PokerStars announced it would take the European Poker Tour global in October. It would do that by consolidating its myriad regional poker tours under the singular umbrella of PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival events. Ever since, more and more information has been trickling out.
A month after the initial announcement, PokerStars offered the poker world its first look at the 2017 PokerStars Festival and PokerStars Championship schedule. At the time, only seven total stops were revealed, which meant the schedule was far from complete.
What we know about PokerStars live events
This week, PokerStars filled in some of the blanks, announcing five more Festival stops in South America, Europe and Asia.
The newly announced Festival stops are:
- May 20-27: PokerStars Festival Chile
- June 19-25: PokerStars Festival Marbella
- July 14-24: PokerStars Festival Asia
- July 28-Aug. 7: PokerStars Festival Manila
- Sept. 16-23: PokerStars Festival Uruguay
“We are excited to take our PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival across the globe, bringing our vision for live poker to a whole new level, ensuring a year filled with far more winning moments than ever before,” PokerStars Director of Live Events Edgar Stuchly said in a press release.
“The wide range of poker events on offer in new and exciting destinations shows the expansion of poker and underscores our commitment to growing the game while providing the best live poker experience to players all over the world.”
The initial tour stops announced by PokerStars were:
- Jan. 6-14: PokerStars Championship Bahamas
- Jan. 22-29: PokerStars Festival London
- March 2-13: PokerStars Festival Rozvadov
- March 10-20: PokerStars Championship Panama
- March 30-April 9: PokerStars Championship Macau
- April 25-May 5: PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino
- Aug. 15-27: PokerStars Championship Barcelona
Here’s a deeper look at each of the new stops announced by PokerStars.
PokerStars Festival Chile
PokerStars’ first Festival in South America will occur in May, when the tour rolls into Garden City of Vina del Mar at the Vina del Mar Hotel & Casino.
The eight-day series will feature multiple tournaments every day, including the following highlight events:
- $220 PokerStars Open, May 20-21
- $440 PokerStars Cup, May 21-22
- $3,300 PokerStars Festival High Roller, May 21-23
- $1,650 PokerStars Festival Main Event, May 23-27
You can find the full schedule of events for the PokerStars Festival Chile here.
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PokerStars Festival Marbella
In June, PokerStars will head back to Europe for the PokerStars Festival Marbella, in Marbella, Spain. The series will take place at the Casino Marbella from June 19-25. Marbella has been a stop on the PokerStars Estrellas tour for several years, and with its reputation as a beach resort, tournaments tend to attract plenty of poker players.
Interestingly, the Marbella stop will occur during the height of the 2017 World Series of Poker.
PokerStars Festival Marbella schedule highlights include:
- €275 PokerStars Open, June 19-21
- €1,100 PokerStars Festival Main Event, June 21-25
- €2,200 PokerStars Festival High Roller, June 23-24
- €330 Marbella Poker Cup, June 23-25
- €170 Super Deepstack Turbo Estrellas Edition, June 25
- €550 Sunday Hyperturbo, June 25
You can find the full schedule of events for the PokerStars Festival Marbella here.
PokerStars Festival Korea
The first PokerStars Festival on the continent of Asia will take place July 14-24 in Incheon, South Korea. The series will be held at the recently opened Paradise City, Incheon complex, not far from the capital of Seoul.
The tournament schedule has yet to be ironed out. However, you can find more information about PokerStars Festival Korea here.
PokerStars Festival Manila
After the South Korea stop, PokerStars will move on to the Philippines, for the PokerStars Festival Manila.
Manila is a familiar stop on PokerStars’ tours, as the company has been hosting events in Manila since 2007. The Festival will unsurprisingly take place at PokerStars LIVE at City of Dreams Manila, one of several PokerStars-branded poker rooms around the globe. The series will run from July 28 to Aug. 7.
The schedule has yet to be finalized, but there will be cash games, as the PokerStars LIVE poker room boasts 14 cash game tables.
You can find the full schedule of events for the PokerStars Festival Manila here.
PokerStars Festival Uruguay
In September, PokerStars will return to South America, in the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este for the PokerStars Festival Uruguay. The Festival will run from Sept. 16-23.
PokerStars Festival Uruguay schedule highlights include:
- Sept. 16-17: PokerStars Open, $220
- Sept. 17-18: PokerStars Cup, $440
- Sept. 19-23: PokerStars Festival Main Event, $1,650
- Sept. 17-19: PokerStars Festival High Roller, $3,300
You can find the full schedule of events for the PokerStars Festival Uruguay here.