[toc]The first of PokerStars‘ newly minted Festival events, PokerStars Festival New Jersey, is now in the books.
Despite meager attendance, the Festival was well-received by attendees, a successful reintroduction of the PokerStars brand to the US market, and overall, a successful launch of PokerStars’ new global live events.
PokerStars is now turning its attention to the first of its Championship events, a grander version of the more regionally focused Festival events.
Championships are meant to be destination events: larger, longer, and featuring a wider range of buy-ins and tournaments for players.
Previously known as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (or simply PCA) the PokerStars Championship Bahamas will usher in the new era of PokerStars’ major tournament series come January.
PokerStars will be sending three New Jersey poker players to the inaugural Championship event via three special freerolls, exclusive to PokerStarsNJ.com.
PokerStars Championship Bahamas freerolls
PokerStarsNJ will host a trio of special freeroll tournaments for qualifying New Jersey online poker players over the course of three weeks.
On Nov. 13, 20, and 27, the site will be awarding a total of three $10,565 prize packages (one in each freeroll tournament) to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas.
Each package includes the following:
- Free entry to the $5,000 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event.
- Nine nights’ accommodation for a player and one guest at the Atlantis Resort, Nassau, including all touristic taxes and internet. Check-in on Jan. 6 and check-out on Jan. 15.
- $1,002 for travel expenses, credited within 72 hours of winning your package.
- $1,000 hotel room folio, credited upon your arrival at the hotel.
In addition to the grand prize, PokerStars will also award $1,000 in added prizes in each freeroll:
- Winner: 1 x $10,565 PS Championship Bahamas Package
- Places 2-5: $100
- Places 6-9: $50
- Places 10-18: $20
- Places 19-40: $10
How to qualify
Here’s how you can qualify for one, two, or all three of the freerolls:
- New and existing players: Earn 30 VIP Points at the PokerStars tables — cash games, tournaments, or Spin & Go’s.
The easiest way to qualify for one or more of the freerolls is to simply play online poker. Any player earning 30 VIP points will be awarded a ticket they can use to enter one of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas freeroll tournaments.
- Existing players: Make a deposit of $20 or more using the bonus code BAHAMAS.
Current PokerStarsNJ players can grab a ticket to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas freerolls by making a deposit and using the bonus code “BAHAMAS.” Players can use the code once a week throughout the promotion and the freeroll ticket can be used to enter any of the three tournaments.
New players at PokerStarsNJ have two options available to them:
Enter the bonus code “FREE30” when making a first deposit of $20 or more before 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 27, 2016, and not only will players receive a free ticket to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Freeroll, but they will also be given $30 free play on top and a ticket to the monthly new depositor’s $5,000 freeroll.
If players would rather have a 100 percent deposit bonus worth up to $600, use the bonus code “STARS600” instead. Players will also receive a free PokerStars Championship Bahamas Freeroll ticket and a Depositor Freeroll ticket, as well as the deposit bonus.