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The World Poker Tour and PokerStars, once considered rivals on the European poker circuit, are teaming up to provide some extra incentive for players headed to Monte Carlo and Amsterdam.
Players who take part in both WPT and PokerStars events at those two stops will earn points towards a leaderboard that will give away €19,600 in prizes.
The player who finishes first on the leaderboard will walk away with a €7,500 package to the PokerStars Championship event in Barcelona.
The PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo takes place April 25-May 5, which transitions right into WPT Amsterdam, running May 5-13 this year.
Pliska: “Proud to Take Collaboration Further”
It’s been awhile since PokerStars and the World Poker Tour worked together directly but the original PokerStars Caribbean Adventure was actually on the WPT schedule back in Season 2.
“For many years, PokerStars and the World Poker Tour have collaborated behind the scenes to ensure the scheduling of our major events is done in the best interest of the players,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour.
“We are proud to take the collaboration a step further with the creation of the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing, and we welcome all players to kick off a spectacular three weeks of poker by attending PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo starting April 25.”
Players who take part in both the PokerStars Championship and WPT Amsterdam will have access to a staggering 80+ events with a wide variety of formats and buy-in levels.
“This exciting partnership allows players a natural transition from one world-class festival to another, and we encourage our players to head to WPT Amsterdam following their time in Monte Carlo,” said Edgar Stuchly, PokerStars Director of Live Events.
Here’s a look at the four qualifying events for the MonteDam leaderboard:
€1,100 buy-in PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo – April 26-30
€5,300 buy-in PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event – April 29-May 5
€1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam – May 5-8
€3,300 buy-in WPT Amsterdam Main Event – May 9-13
These are the complete leaderboard payouts (*DeepStack events must be in Europe):
1st place: PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event package (worth €7,500)
2nd place: WPT Main Event* package (worth €6,000)
3rd place: WPTDeepStacks* package (worth €3,000)
4th place: PSC Barcelona Buy-in (€1,100) plus hotel voucher (€500)
5th place: WPTDeepStacks* Buy-in (€1,500)