PokerStars Wants to Put Your Name on its Open Tournament

PokerStarsPokerStars is challenging players to win the right to have an online tournament named in their honour by final tabling the same event twice within a week.

Last month, Lex “RaSZi” Veldhuis – a member of PokerStars Team Pro Online – was set the challenge of final tabling PokerStars´ daily $22.00 buy-in 6-Max PLO turbo event three times within a week. The reward for completing the challenge was to have the tournament renamed in his honour.

Incredibly, “RaSZi” reached the final table on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, and the “Lex Veldhuis Open” was born. PokerStars then opened the challenge to every other player – saying that if anybody could emulate RaSZi´s achievements, the tournament would be renamed in their honour. Such was the response to the challenge, the average number of entries for the 6-Max PLO turbo increased by 73%.

“The Insert Name Here Open” NLHE Challenge

Now PokerStars is extending the challenge in order to give NL Hold´em players the same opportunity. The site´s new challenge revolves around the daily $11.00 buy-in $5,000 guaranteed NLHE tournament at 14:45pm (ET). Usually the tournament attracts around 500 players, so PokerStars has made the challenge a little easier than the one Lex Veldhuis had to complete.

The tournament has been renamed “The Open”, and any player who final tables the event twice within the same week (Monday to Sunday) will have the tournament named after them – at least until another player accomplishes the same feat, in which case the name of the tournament will be changed once again to “The Insert New Name Here Open”.

According to the PokerStars Blog, any player who accomplishes the feat of final tabling a 500 player tournament twice within a week deserves to have their name put in lights. Not only will that lucky player have infuriating bragging rights (“Hey, do you want to come play in my tournament on PokerStars tonight”), but they will also receive a significant boost to their bankrolls.

Meanwhile the WCOOP Picks up Speed

Another way to get infuriating bragging rights and a significant boost to your bankroll is to win an event in the PokerStars´ World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP). The series started last Sunday and already more than $8.5 million has been paid out over the first dozen events – the biggest winner to date being “Perfect1232”, who chopped the Sunday Million Special Edition for $231,370.

The series motors on towards another big weekend of multi-million guarantees with a trio of knockout tournaments being featured over the next three days. Tonight´s feature event is a $400,000 guaranteed progressive knockout tournament. Tomorrow night, the guarantee goes up to $1,000,000 and, on Friday, the feature event is a 3-Max, progressive knockout turbo Zoom event – kind of like a Spin & Go on amphetamines!

Sunday is the day to hit the virtual felt at PokerStars – if your bankroll can stand it! The $215.00 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up has a $1 million guarantee and a deep payout structure. Ninety minutes later, the $102,000 buy-in 8-Max High Rollers gets underway and then, ninety minutes later, there is another $1.5 million guaranteed Special Edition of the Sunday Million (buy-in $700.00). Naturally, satellites are running for all three events.

What Else is Going On at PokerStars?

As usual, there are dozens of events and special promotions taking place at PokerStars. Among the eye-catching promotions of the moment, PokerStars is hosting “Spin & Go on Holiday” games – where, for a buy-in of just $0.50, you could win a $5,000 package to the holiday destination of your choice.

There is a new “Play Along” PokerStars app just been launched, which is not only fun to use, but could win you a seat in a weekly $500 freeroll. Plus there is the regular $600 PokerStars first deposit bonus, which remains one of the easiest in the industry to clear, and which will give you plenty of free poker money to enter the daily “Open” tournaments and hopefully get the events renamed in your honour.