PokerStars To Bring Back Regional Tournaments Including EPT &

Posted by Carolyn on Dec 20, 2017 Posted in Poker Industry News | No Comments »

PokerStars is the number one online poker website in the world but the brand also has a strong presence in Live poker tournaments. The company recently announced that they are bringing back popular regional tournaments such as the European Poker Tour (EPT), Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and Latin America Poker Tour (LAPT) in 2018.

This is one of the many changes PokerStars has made in recent times to their live poker and online poker offerings during the last few years.

PokerStars Dropped Regional Tournaments In 2017

PokerStars announced during its 2016 European Poker Tour in Barcelona that it would drop regional poker tours like the APPT and LAPT, which was a surprising and unpopular move to many players. These regional tours have been taking place for a number of years and players were unhappy to find the tournaments they had grown to cherished suddenly scrapped without any prior notice.

They were specifically disappointed that PokerStars dropped the tours without getting feedback from them first. Other smaller tours like Eureka and the Australian New Zealand Poker Tour (ANPT) were also discontinued. This was done in favor of more global tours such as PokerStars Championships and PokerStars Festivals.

All regional PokerStars tours were essentially “combined” under the global championships banners, which classified them based on their buy-in results. The PokerStars Festival banner had Main Events that had under $1,000 buy-ins. Meanwhile, the PokerStars Championship banner handled Main Events that went over $5,000 buy-ins.

EPT, LAPT and APPT Back In 2018

Now that 2017 is about to come to a close, the company ultimately decided to go the regional route once more. This announcement to discontinue the numerous PokerStars Championships and Festivals came about during the PokerStars Championship Prague.

The company had Daniel Negreanu, who is a Team Pro ambassador make the announcement. Negreanu is considered by many players to be one of the greatest poker players of his generation. The Poker Hall of Famer discussed the many plans and paradigm shifts that PokerStars wished to implement in 2018 and 2019.

Negreanu admitted that when PokerStars changed the name of the regional tournaments and brought it under a global banner, many a player expressed surprise and disappointment in light of the long history of regional tournaments such as the EPT. He added that PokerStars wanted to reaffirm its commitment to the players by giving them back what they wished for. 

Many PokerStars players welcomed the news that the company will bring back its regional tours in 2018. Negreanu confirmed the news of the return of EPT, APPT, and LAPT but there’s still no news in regards to the continuation of smaller tours such as Eureka and ANPT.

PokerStars Wish to Give Players What They Want

The online poker company is expected to announce more changes in 2018. PokerStars is specifically intending to give its players more value for their money when they engage in online and live poker sessions. One of the ways they intend to do this is by launching the “PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’Em Championship” in 2019.

PokerStars will also be investing $9 million into this new endeavor. What’s more, $8 million will be given away to 300 lucky PokerStars players in the form of Platinum Passes.



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