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PokerStars grassroots activities across Europe yield record breaking entries

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – September 19, 2017 – The deep-structured, low buy-in live poker series designed for recreational players, PokerStars MEGASTACK, has added an additional stop to its schedule in Malta this October, PokerStars, the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI), announced today.

The PokerStars MEGASTACK Malta event will take place from October 19 – 22 with the €170 buy-in Main Event prize pool guarantee increased to €40,000. Action will take place at Portomaso Casino in the lively seaside resort of St Julian’s, the unofficial ‘capital’ of Maltese nightlife. St Julian's is home to dozens of clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, and is the perfect setting for a MEGASTACK event. Details of the full tournament schedule can he found here. Online satellites will run on PokerStars from September 24 to October 18.

“For a low buy-in of only €170, PokerStars MEGASTACK Malta is an event perfect for the bankroll of every beginner wanting a taste of live poker action,” said Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker. “Not only will players compete for their share of the €40,000 Main Event guaranteed prize pool, but it’s also a great proving ground for those with an eye on playing a PokerStars Festival or Championship tournament in the future.”


Earlier this year, PokerStars launched MEGASTACK, a series of grassroots tournaments delivering an exceptional live poker experience at a low cost. This year, more than 5,800 players have participated in the MEGASTACK series contributing to a €870,890 total prize pool thanks to record breaking entries for some of its grassroots activities and initiatives across Europe, which further demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing the game locally and investing in local poker communities. Throughout the year, the popular MEGASTACK live poker tournament series has expanded its European reach across the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France and Iberia, and to New Jersey in the U.S., with further plans to expand into other markets shortly.

  • The inaugural Sunday Million Live held at King’s Casino, Rozvadov with a €1 million guarantee became the largest poker tournament ever held in mainland Europe, attracting 5,045 entries (2,672 unique players) from 66 countries.

  • PokerStars MEGASTACK France at La Grande Motte broke the record for France’s largest live poker tournament at 2,177 entries. Jonathan Jovet emerged victorious for a cash prize of €43,148.

“We are very proud of the success of PokerStars grassroots initiatives which were introduced in March this year. These tournaments have been highly anticipated by live and online poker players and have appealed to many players’ poker calendars,” said David Curtis, Live Events Manager Europe, at PokerStars. “It is thanks to our players and partners that we’re able to hold some of the biggest poker tournaments across Europe.”


With another nine events to go, MEGASTACK is half way through the 2017 schedule with events still to be held in Namur, Estoril, New Jersey, London, Connacht, Madrid, Luton, and Forges-les-Eaux. The first MEGASTACK of 2018 will kick off at the CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre in county Meath, Ireland for the perfect fun-filled poker weekend.

Players can experience all the thrills and excitement of a PokerStars event in their own backyard by qualifying through one of the many satellites PokerStars is offering:

PokerStars MEGASTACK Satellites
Namur September 4 – 24
Estoril September 10 – October 1
Malta September 24 – October 18
New Jersey Sunday Special Live August 27 – October 5
London September 24 – October 15
Connacht 29 October - November 19
Madrid November 12 – December 12
Luton November 19 – December 5
Forges-les-Eaux November 26 – December 10
Ulster December 17, 2017 – January 11, 2018

More information on PokerStars MEGASTACK can be found here.

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

PokerStars is the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI), which owns gaming and related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, StarsDraft, and the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK live poker tour brands (incorporating aspects of the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour). PokerStars is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions.

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