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Three PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship Platinum Passes Awarded

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – March 12, 2018 – The Stars Group Inc. announced today that the recent PokerStars Turbo Series exceeded its original $15.6 million prize-pool guarantee by nearly $10 million, ultimately paying out more than $25 million among the 46,581 unique players who participated in the online poker series.

The Turbo Series, which took place from February 18 to March 4, replaced PokerStars’ long-running Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) and featured 74 events with buy-ins ranging from $11 to $5,200. Three events had prize pools exceeding $1 million, while PokerStars awarded three $30,000 Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), a $25,000 buy-in event taking place in the Bahamas in January 2019.

“We designed the Turbo Series to be inclusive of all players, with buy-ins ranging from $11 to $5,200, so everyone could have the chance to enjoy the fun and fast-paced events no matter their bankroll,” said PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations, Severin Rasset. “The series has proved to be a success with our players and we look forward to seeing how the Platinum Pass winners transfer their online skills to the live event tables in paradise next year.”**


Both Twin Turbo Series Main Events, held on March 4, awarded a Platinum Pass to first place. Dutch poker player ‘PIPI tapis!’ took down the $55 Main Event, defeating 28,523 other entrants to win $143,852.83. Canadian player ‘L1VeYRdrEamS’ won the $1,050 Main Event, beating 2,710 entrants for $396,217.75 in just six hours and 23 minutes, earning around $1,000 per minute.

All players who participated in Turbo Series events qualified for the PSPC All-in Shootout on March 5. This was won by ‘TGM#21406’ from the United Kp>


PokerStars Team Pros’ success was spearheaded by Liv Boeree who finished 5th out of 1,733 entrants in TCOOP-25: $700 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Progressive KO (50%)]. Boeree was the last British player standing in the event and won $24,150.86 plus $12,949.21 in bounty payments. It started a successful week for the British pro who also won £6,280 in the PokerStars Festival London £2,200 High Roller, taking place on January 24 and 25.

The winner of the final ever Latin American Poker Tour event, sponsored by PokerStars, in November, Nacho ‘PokerLoans1’ Barbero, took his skills to the online felt for TCOOP placing 5th in TCOOP-37: $320 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Fat Tuesday SE] for $26,118.19.

Check out the PokerStars blog for full reports on all TCOOP events.

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PokerStars is the flagship brand of Rational Group, which is ultimately owned by Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) and operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, StarsDraft, 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). Amaya, through certain subsidiaries, is licensed, approved to offer, or 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. In particular, PokerStars is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions. and operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively.

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