The Internet poker giant is ready to explore new frontiers, and the first important project is the unveiling of the PokerStars’ LIVE concept. Just as the name suggests, the company intends to expand its scope and organise live tournaments in the foreseeable future, with the first poker room being already opened in Spain’s capital city. A press release written in Spanish and aimed at shedding some light on the upcoming competition was published by http://www.pokerstarsmadrid.com/.
Local people, tourists and poker aficionados are already playing on a nightly basis, in no limit Texas hold ’em tournaments with buy ins that vary from €60-€140. Every month a larger tournament is held at Madrid poker room with the buy ins starting at €150, while the largest events are organised on a quarterly basis. These tournaments would set players back €300, so those who are on a tight income but willing to experience the thrills of live poker, can sign up for the sit ‘n go tournaments held every Thursday.
PokerStars is poised to make more steps into this direction, and the next in line is the opening of a brand-new venue in the London Hippodrome. The event is scheduled for early March, but well before this happens, PokerStars players can qualify for Madrid’s tournaments online. The satellites for PokerStars LIVE have gone live and players can qualify for any of the tournaments held there every week from the comfort of their home and with a minimal investment.
The PokerStars.ES lobby suddenly came alive a couple of days ago and players can compete is one of the multiple online satellites that are available in the Madrid tab. The company is also more active in promoting the event, and the lobby is scattered with additional information about this brand-new project. So far there is no information about whether cash games will be held in the Gran Madrid room, and players can only speculate on this issue. If this project proves to be a success, we shouldn’t be surprised to see even more such tournaments being held in venues all over Europe, in a not so distant future.
For the time being, those who are interested in the online satellites running for PokerStars LIVE in Madrid should know that the buy ins start at €10 and go all the way up to €140 buy-in. Over 200 players can fit in the live room, but the competition is even more intense online where thousands compete for an inexpensive ticket. Speaking of which, one can buy the entry for a satellite for the insignificant amount of €0.5, if they don’t mind going through several qualification stages.