PokerStars is changing its satellite policy to offer players flexibility

Player-friendly changes

PokerStars has announced a change to its policy for online satellites to live regional events to provide players with more flexibility. It used to be when a person won a place in a tournament on a regional tour, such as the UKIPT or the Eureka Poker Tour. They could no longer participate in satellite games. That is no longer the case.

Stars recognized that recreational players often found themselves in a situation where they were eliminated from the tournament for which they had won a seat, only to be unable to re-enter or participate in other tournaments because they were outside of their normal price range.

There was a good reason for the “one and done” policy – PokerStars didn't want professional players with greater financial resources constantly competing against each other in satellites and getting seats. The poker room wanted more players to have the opportunity to participate in the live regional events.

Now PokerStars has adjusted the policy to allow players to win multiple seat-only tickets to the live events. This means that subsequent satellite wins after the first time will reward additional, flexible live tournament access instead of cash.


And honestly, the way it works makes perfect sense. The first seat ticket won, worth €/£1,100, must be used for the target event. Tickets won after the first are what PokerStars calls “Player's Choice” and are essentially mixed and matched at the player's discretion. Here are the options as described in detail PokerStars Blog:

  • Take part in the same regional event again worth €/£1,100
  • At another stop, take part in another regional event worth €/£1,100
  • Tickets can be combined to gain access to high-roller events or split for smaller buy-ins
  • Tickets can be exchanged for T-Money (e.g. multiple Sunday Million packages).

The first two options are self-explanatory. PokerStars offers some examples of ticket combinations:

  • €2,200 High Roller entry = 2 Player's Choice tickets (2 x €/£1,100).
  • €3,000 Mystery Bounty buy-in = 3 Player's Choice tickets (3 x €/£1,100) + €300 T-Money
  • €5,300 EPT Main Event buy-in = 5 Player's Choice tickets (5 x €/£1,100) + €/£200 T-Money

We assume that the latter two examples mean that the player redeems the required number of €/£1,100 tickets and in return receives the larger ticket plus additional T-money as “change”.

In the opposite scenario, a ticket worth £1,100 can be split into smaller entries, with the remainder paid out as T-money.

If a player has a ticket from a satellite that does not exactly correspond to the value of the desired tournament entry, they can pay the additional amount from their PokerStars account balance (although looking at the terms and conditions it appears that the prices should apply to this ). be near a game).

If Player's Choice tickets are not used within 12 months, they will be converted to online ticket packages.

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