PokerStars announces changes to VIP programme

PokerStars announces changes to VIP programme

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

PokerStars has announced changes to its VIP reward programme starting from 1 January 2010. A special VIP player panel has suggested the amendments in the hope of simplifying what had been a slightly convoluted way of rewarding players.

Six VPPs will now be awarded for every $1 in rake generated at tables of eight or more players. The points will then be shared equally amongst everyone who was dealt cards in the hand. At tables of 7 seats or fewer, the reward will be 5.5 VPPs for every $1 of rake generated, again shared equally. In tournaments, 5.5 VPPs will be awarded for each $1 of entry fee paid.

FPPs will remain similar the how they are now. Players will earn 1 FPP for every 1VPP at bronze level with rates increasing as players work their way up the VIP levels.

It will be easier to go through the levels after 1st January too. Silver Status will require 750 rather than 1,200 points. Players reaching Supernova Status should find it easier to remain at that level, as they’ll need to earn 7,500 points per month rather than 10,000.

PokerStars has also announced a new VIP Stellar Rewards programme. Cash bonuses will be awarded to players hitting one of 19 VPP thresholds. The opening bonus is $10 for reaching 750 VPPs. A total of $1,000 can be earned per year.

The final amendment to the PokerStars VIP programme is the introduction of a series of $1m freerolls. The tournaments, which will only be open to Supernovas, GoldStar and PlatinumStar VIPs, will take place at 5pm UK time on the first Saturday February, May, August and November. The current $75,000 freerolls have been scrapped.

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