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More than $5 Million in Prizes to be won in the PokerStars Christmas Festival
Festive celebrations with PokerStars begin early with the start of the popular poker site's Christmas Festival. A six-week extravaganza has recently been launched including the final $1 Million Freeroll of 2016 and a special Monday Million tournament with a guaranteed $2 million prize pool. More than $5 million will be awarded to players around the globe in a fun and diverse range of online poker giveaways, challenges and tournaments. Festival highlights include:

·         $1 Million Freeroll

·         Christmas Calendar filled with daily surprises

·         $2m guaranteed Monday Million

Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker, said: "Playing online at PokerStars has led to one of the best experiences of my life. Who knows, one of the Christmas Festival tournaments or games could be the start of an epic ride for another talented new player."

The final $1 Million Freeroll of the year kick-starts the festive month on December 1. For the chance to claim part of the $1,000,000 prize pool, players will need to complete a simple daily challenge between November 21-29 to secure a seat in that day's All-in Shootout qualifier to win a place in the $1 Million Freeroll. There will also be an extra chance for players to take part in the Last Chance Skill Qualifier tournament which will take place on the day of the $1 Million Freeroll.

PokerStars' Christmas Calendar runs from December 1-25 offering $2 million in prizes throughout the holidays. Every day, players will be able to unlock a new promotion or activity to complete in the Challenges window of the PokerStars client. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, including Spin & Go challenges, deposit bonuses, freerolls and giveaways a-plenty that offer lots of chances to win a share of the $2 million in rewards and bonuses up for grabs.

Hidden behind one of the Christmas Calendar doors will be an epic MicroMillions Marathon day with 21 low buy-in events! The highlight of the day will be the MicroMillions Marathon Main Event with a buy-in of $22 and $1 Million guaranteed.

The seasonal celebrations conclude on December 26, when the usual Sunday Million tournament becomes a special $2 Million guaranteed Monday Million, featuring a first-place prize of $200,000. The tournament will begin at 14:30 ET and carries a $215 buy-in. Online Sit & Go satellites to the event will run around the clock throughout December.

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Ronaldo and Wade Showcase Astonishing #RaiseIt Skills

Following the worldwide success of the #raiseit social duelling video campaign, PokerStars has launched a new #raiseit campaign today featuring Team PokerStars SportsStar Cristiano Ronaldo and famous basketball player Dwyane Wade.

Ronaldo and Wade battle it out by responding to challenges set by the other in a series of playful yet competitive #raiseit videos. The sporting pair showcase impressive football and basketball skills and tricks as they take turns to #raiseit to the next level with inventive video challenges in a bid to out-do each other.

The concept behind the #raiseit campaign is a fun take on the poker mentality of raising the pot or stakes in order to 'one-up' your opponent. It showcases the competitive  nature of poker and sport, and the focus, tenacity and endurance needed to succeed in both activities.

Ronaldo said: "Challenges often bring out the best in people and #raiseit is all about that so I'm really happy to be part of it. Creating these videos allowed Dwyane and I to showcase some crazy tricks, and take each other on outside of the pitch and court.  I think I have set the bar high for Dwyane, so we'll see what kind of skills he brings to the table in the next few months."

Dwyane said: "I really enjoyed coming up with unique #raiseit ideas to out-smart Ronaldo. The challenge not only pushes boundaries but gets your imagination going. It gets you thinking, 'What can I do to get that person fired up? And how can I think ahead and outsmart their response before they even act?' It's going to be a lot of fun to see how it plays out."

Team PokerStars SportsStar Neymar Jr and football great Ronaldo Nazario featured in the inaugural #raiseit campaign, which launched in June this year.
Simon Tilbury, Associate Director of Advertising for PokerStars, said: "The first instalment of #raiseit featured Neymar Jr and Brazilian Ronaldo, and delivered over 40 million video views and record engagement scores for us. Now with Cristiano Ronaldo and Dwyane Wade showing us their 'poker thinking' I'm confident they'll bring the PokerStars brand to an even wider audience."

The series of 14 unique #raiseit videos launched today (November 23) with Dwayne's video in the 'Superstar Wake Up' themed round. Ronaldo's retaliation will go live tomorrow (November 24). The videos will be posted on Ronaldo and Wade's social media channels over a three-month period.
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Key Dates Announced for PokerStars Championship 2017

Key dates and schedules of PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival stops in 2017 were announced today by PokerStars, an Amaya Inc., (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand.

The PokerStars sponsored live events will include:

·         PokerStars Championship Bahamas, January 6-14
·         PokerStars Festival London, January 22-29
·         PokerStars Festival Rozvadov, March 2-13
·         PokerStars Championship Panama, March 10-20
·         PokerStars Championship Macau, March 30–April 9
·         PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino, April 25-May 5
·         PokerStars Championship Barcelona, August 15-27

PokerStars' Director of Live Events, Edgar Stuchly, said: "PokerStars has an incredibly rich live events heritage, having hosted more than 560 tournament series, attracted more than 800,000 entries and awarded more than $1.5 billion in prize money. The PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival events are an enhancement of the existing PokerStars sponsored live events, helping to take our vision for live poker to a whole new level."

To be given away in the fourth $1 Million Freeroll, set to take place Thursday, December 1 at 14.04 ET. Players will have opportunities to satellite into the million dollar freeroll tournament through a series of simple daily all-in shootout qualifiers which kicked off on Monday and are running until Wednesday, November 29. PokerStars are also hosting a Last Chance Skill Qualifier tournament on Thursday, December 1.
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The amount won by one lucky German player who waged $10 on PokerStars Casino's slot game Genie Jackpot.
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First prize won by English poker player 'DrAnubis' in the PokerStars Sunday Million beating a field of 5,285 players to claim the largest payout from the $1,057,000 prize pool.
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Players who deposit $15 or more into their Stars Account using the code 'CLOCK16' by 23:59 ET on December 4 will receive five $1 Beat the Clock tournament tickets for free. Beat the Clock games are Zoom tournaments that last just five minutes, making for a fun and adrenaline-induced experience for players looking for rapid-fire poker action.
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Episode number of this week's EPT Not Live podcast, which is now available to stream or download.
PokerStars NJ Players participating in major daily and Sunday tournaments are having their buy-ins cut by 50% from November 21-27 for the Half Price Week promotion. Despite buy-ins being cut, all guarantees are being kept the same!
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Check out some of the PokerStars Team Pro Online members reactions to PokerStars new timed tournaments, Beat the Clock.

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