PokerStars Announces All-Star Showdown

PokerStars yesterday announced a new showdown that is designed to give high rollers the chance to prove that they are amongst the best High Stakes Heads-Up players on this earth. It will be hosted later on this month on the PokerStars client and is set to attract the biggest online players in poker.

The event will be a $100k buy-in heads up single elimination tournament which will bring a first place payout of $500,000. Whilst the payout is a very healthy one, the bragging rights at winning the very first PokerStars All-Star trophy will be almost as important to the players.

The tournament is to begin on the October 27th and run until the 4th of November, this will include some small breaks in play on both the 29th of October and 1st of November.

Each of the contests will be played at the same and spread over four separate heads up tables, with each player beginning with their $100k buy-in and having to cope with initial blinds of $50/$100 which will double in size after there has been 3,000 hands played. The winner of each heads-up match will then go through to the semi-finals of just four players.

Once those semi-finals are out of the way it leaves just the final to be played out with the winner walking away with $500k.

With five players already confirmed there is space for three more to apply, yet it shouldn’t take too long with the amounts of High Stakes players lurking around PokerStars. Of the names that are already confirmed we have new PokerStars Team Pro Isaac “Ike Haxton” Haxton, Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond, Alexander “Kanu7” Millar, current leading High Stakes cash game yearly profit maker Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, and the ever aggressive Alexander “Sussie Smith“ Roumeliotis.

New PokerStars Team Pro Isaac Haxton was the first to make an announcement on the event by saying “This is what really excited me about signing on with PokerStars, being given the opportunity to win big titles, this very format is my personal favourite so I will be looking to win, that’s for sure”, he then went on “Usually there is never a title on the line in heads up cash games, simply just a winner and a loser, yet this tournament is certainly going to change that, with all of us hoping to become the first ever PokerStars All-Star Showdown Champion”.

With a good few days until proceedings start, it will give a few other players the chance to put their names forward for the remaining seats. We here certainly cannot wait to see who else is going to be willing to put $100k on the line.