It pays off to have VIP status at PokerStars to benefit from exclusive promotions, better rake back deals and plenty of other extras that loyal players enjoy on a daily basis. In August, those who attain SilverStar VIP status are in for treat, because the poker company announced the VIP Club Month. Also known as the $1 million VIP Giveaway, this promotion is aimed at rewarding the most dedicated players, with hundreds of thousands of dollars up for grabs this month.
Climbing up the ladder can be a long and tedious process for those who play at low stakes, but regulars and grinders will easily attain VIP status. Many of those who play at high-stakes or spend a lot of time at PokerStars tables are already there and for them, August promises to be the best time of the year. The $1 million VIP Giveaway will begin on September 2nd and will come to an end on the sixth, and it will consist of five distinct tournaments.
Just as the name suggests, the total prize pool will be $1 million, equally divided among the five events so those who qualify for a tournament can grab a share of the $200,000. The structure of these events is very different to what PokerStars players are used to, because these tournaments rely almost exclusively on luck. Instead of calculating their odds at every single hand and playing according to position, chip stack and table image, players will automatically go all-in immediately after they are dealt the starting hands.
This makes the tournament similar to a raffle and all those who are eligible for the event will have the same chance to win regardless of skill level and experience. The prize pool is $1 million, but only 600,000 will be awarded in cash prizes, with the remaining 400,000 consisting of WCOOP tickets. The tournament will begin on Sunday, September 8th with the qualifiers starting one month earlier, so players have two distinct ways of securing a seat without actually paying the buy-in.
For VIP players, the aforementioned tournament is only the icing on the cake, because they will enjoy several other perks throughout August. Between the 5th and 11th, players will accumulate points 50% faster during the so-called happy hours and will be allowed to shop at the VIP store where discounts go as high as 90%. Those who know a great deal about poker can aspire to win seats in the VIP trivia freeroll satellite which are awarded to those who answer correctly various questions. One week before the WCOOP, players who attain SilverStar VIP status can also compete in the VIP Bash satellite on August 31.