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A Billion Tournaments!

I’m trying to get my head around this one… and will probably end up having to admit defeat – 1 billion online poker tournaments is just beyond conceptualizing for me. PokerStars have certainly earned the right to have a celebration. Not only with some big extra prize pool MTTs – the excellent ‘Golden Sit N Goes’ are returning too. It all kicks off very soon, with the event running between the 17th and the 30th of November.

PokerStars Billionth Tournament Carnival

Just when you think some of the other sites are running promotions which seem tasty… PokerStars come along and out-do them. With this promo, they have even outdone themselves.

First the breakdown, below that a way to get 3 ‘first’ deposit bonuses at PokerStars if you are not already a member.

$500,000 extra Sit N Go prize money with ‘Golden’ Sit N Goes – Nov 17th to 23rd

I like these, just play a sit n go, any real money game can qualify. At random, some games become golden (see pic from last time). There are 3 tiers of prizes. First the prize pool is doubled and you get your buy-in back. Second tier games you get double your buy-in right away, and the prize pool is tripled. The top tier games give you 5x your buy-in and the prize pool is multiplied by 6.

So if you play a $10 game and are lucky enough to hit the top tier, you get $50 right away, and the prize pool (assuming a 9 handed game) goes up to $540!

In addition, there are milestone awards when you hit the millionth games coming up to the big billion. These give away 10x and 20x your buy-ins + multiplier. If any readers hit these, I would love to know about it.

Huge Increases to Prize Pool of Daily Bigs and Hots – Nov 24th to 30th

This is split into different sections for the weekdays and the weekend. From the 24th to 28th prize pool guarantees are increased by 50%. On Saturday the 29th the guarantees are doubled, and on the 30th they are trebled. You can see the bigs schedule over at

Hots are the turbo tournaments, these also get bigger prizes with the same setup as above. There are $100k in random prizes to be won too. These are in the forms of tickets with the value of your buy-in which are awarded during the first 40 minutes of each game.

The Grand Finale – The Billionth Tournament has $2 million Prize Money

This game on the 30th November will have a buy-in of just $109 (plenty of satellite qualifiers too from just $1). The prize pool is guaranteed at $2 million, and there is an additional $200,000 in random give-away prizes to be awarded during the event.

I’ll stick my neck on the line right now – this guarantee will be broken.

I have already taken a sneaky look at the social plans for this month… clear the last weekend in November so far, and judging by this promotion, this is not likely to change any time soon! Remember, we found PokerStars to be the number #1 SNG site on Android too.

How to get 3 Welcome Bonuses at

Many new players miss out on the fact that you can get up to 3 welcome bonuses at

This is super-easy, and has two steps.

  1. First, you need a player account. If you choose ‘Affiliate Marketing Code’ from the drop-down a new box will appear, add PSP3108 to this, and you’ll be letting them know I sent you over (always appreciated).
  2. Second, you hit the cashier, there are plenty of deposit options depending on your country. You should use bonus code STARS600 for your first 3 deposits. This will get you a 100% match on those 3 deposits, within 90 days, up to a total of $600.

As you can see from the size of their promotions – PokerStars really do blow away the opposition. Check them out for yourself now at

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