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Sports stars up the ante for Christmas-themed video challenges in a bid to out-do each other

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – December 19, 2016 – Team PokerStars SportStar Cristiano Ronaldo and renowned basketball player Dwyane Wade have given their #raiseit challenges a festive feel in preparation for the Christmas holidays.

The sporting superstars have combined trick shots with holiday fun in their latest, inventive #raiseit videos for PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand.

Ronaldo and Wade impressed with their Christmas videos, which were posted on their social media channels on Friday and Saturday.

The #raiseit campaign is a fun take on the poker mentality of raising the stakes in order to ‘one-up’ your opponent. It showcases the competitive nature of poker and sport, and the focus, tenacity and endurance needed to succeed in both activities.

The football sensation and Chicago Bulls basketball star have already battled it out twice in the ‘Superstar Wake Up’ and ‘Meme Battle’ rounds. So far, the videos have received more than 43 million views across social media channels.

More videos will be posted on Ronaldo and Wade’s social media channels over the next two months. To view the #raiseit challenges go to

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PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 155 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site. and operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively. PokerStars is licensed, approved to offer, or legally offers under third party licenses or approvals, its products and services in various jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, both within and outside of the European Union, the Americas and elsewhere.

PokerStars is the flagship brand of Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt, StarsDraft, BetStars, PokerStars Casino and the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival live poker tour brands (incorporating the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour). PokerStars is ultimately owned by Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA).

PokerStars is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 16 jurisdictions.

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