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Special $2 poker and sports betting promotion will award over $2,500 in free bets and a €7,200 EPT Prague package

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – September 13, 2018 – PokerStars and BetStars are teaming up to provide an unmissable opportunity in The Big Race, a motor sports-themed $2 buy-in online poker tournament with the chance to win a poker holiday of a lifetime to the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague and up to $2,500 in free sports bets in total, ranging from $2 to $50.

The Big Race tournament will take place on Sunday, September 23 at 14:00 ET and will randomly assign the top 20-placed players with a driver in the Russian Grand Prix on September 30. The player with the winning driver will receive an EPT Prague package worth approximately €7,200, including eight nights’ accommodation at the Hilton Prague Hotel, a Main Event seat worth €5,300 and approximately €500 spending money.

In addition to the first prize package and players’ shares of the prize pool, the top 500 finishers in The Big Race will be awarded up to $2,500 worth of free BetStars bets in total, ranging from $2 to $50. Bets will be awarded as follows:

Place Prize
1st $50 worth of free BetStars bets
2nd $35 worth of free BetStars bets
3rd $25 worth of free BetStars bets
4th to 9th $15 worth of free BetStars bets
10th to 99th $10 worth of free BetStars bets
100th to 299th $5 worth of free BetStars bets
300th to 500th $2 worth of free BetStars bets

The tournament follows the EPT Open Sochi, which takes place from September 21-29, where PokerStars will award six Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em (PSPC). $5.50 Spin & Go’s are running until September 16 with a potential prize package valued at $3,100. Satellites to EPT Prague, which will take place from December 7 to 18, commence on September 16.

Earlier this year, The Big Race promotion ran a horse racing edition exclusively in the United Kingdom. The winner, Chris Hopgood, was awarded a trip to PokerStars Festival Marbella with the added bonus of professional coaching from PokerStars Ambassadors Jake Cody and Fatima De Melo.

Chris said at the time, "I can't believe I've won! Now I'm off to Marbella all for $2! I'm nervous but very excited to get to play in my first big live tournament! Native River will be a horse that I will never forget."

Watch a video of Chris’ experience at PokerStars Festival Marbella here.

To register, desktop players can find the tournament by searching the ID 2404960617 once restricted tournaments in their client settings have been enabled. Mobile users can either search for the tournament ID or ‘The Big Race’ on the PokerStars app. Markets on the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix will be available at BetStars from September 17.

Additional information about The Big Race can be found on the PokerStars Blog.

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Notes to Editors: All BetStars shared liquidity countries are eligible, with the exclusion of Greece, the Czech Republic and Russia.

About PokerStars and BetStars

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 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

BetStars is the European focused online sports betting brand of The Stars Group. The sports betting service features a wide range of popular and specialist betting options, fantastic promotions and exclusive new products.

BetStars offers players a seamless experience between sports betting, casino and poker, with a single wallet between all three services. BetStars is available online and on mobile and tablet, with dedicated iOS and Android apps for a quick and simple betting experience.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker and BetEasy as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas.

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