$1 Million Poker Freeroll Coming in March Thanks to PokerStars
You can’t lose what you don’t put in. That’s an old saying in poker when it comes to folding, and thanks to PokerStars, there is a no-risk poker tournament coming in March that boasts a massive cash pot.
The best part is you don’t have to put in anything, as PokerStars is putting up an impressive $1 million Freeroll this month. It’s the first of four in 2016, per PokerStars VP of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser, who broke the news back in December on a PS blog post.
PokerStars responded with the news thanks to some bad PR after major changes were applied to their VIP memberships. Hollresier admitted to as much right away in his blog post:
“We’re doing everything we can to make 2016 an exciting year for poker, but recognize that 2015 has been tough for many of our players.”
There is always a catch and nothing is every truly “free”, right? Yeah, that’s about the deal, here, too, as there are two paths to the PokerStars $1 million freeroll, which gets started on Saturday, March 19th.
You can gain access one of two ways: basically pay for your entry by signing up as a new member and depositing $20 using the “Million1” promo code, or you can “win” your way in by using an “opt-in” ticket to compete in a 90-man satellite, where the top-9 finishes gain entry into the freeroll.
Of course, that comes after an initial paid tourney, which initially unlocks the ticket that you will use to access the satellite game.
The point? PokerStars are definitely putting up a tournament that will award some cash, but it’s not quite as free as it sounds. If you win your first 90-man satellite on the first try, then sure, you get access to a huge tournament for very little down.
The top prize isn’t as gaudy as the $1 million freeroll plug sounds, however. First place still takes home a big piece of coin, though, with the top finisher getting a cool $20,000. Overall, the freeroll is slated to payout up to 50,000 poker players.
Freerolls tend to sound a lot better than they actually are, but this is a fun way for PokerStars to try to give back to their loyal community after an up and down 2015. If you can get into this tourney (or the other three freerolls they’ll sport in 2016), it should go a long way in helping to make up for it.
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