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Refreshed schedule means there’s always something for everyone

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – April 22, 2016 – The multi-table tournament schedule will be updated and enhanced from Monday, April 25 on PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand. The exciting new schedule will make it easier for customers to find and play their favourite tournaments. The hallmarks of the new schedule are better timing, instantly identifiable ‘major’ tourneys, and, best of all – something for everyone, 24 hours a day.


The new tournament schedule is anchored by a bigger and more conveniently-timed daily ‘major’ tournament offering. A ‘major’ tournament will take place at 05:00, 14:00, and 19:00 ET every day, providing delightfully predictable round-the-clock excitement for players in the Far East/Central Asia, Europe, and the Americas.


The majors occur three times per day, and there’s at least one Big, Hot, Bounty Builder, or Omania tournament every hour. Between the big headline tournaments, there is a strong selection of all the niche tournament formats that only PokerStars can offer in conjunction with large prize pools: games such as Phase, n-stack, Zoom, Ante-Up, shootouts, and more.

The size of a player’s bankroll doesn’t matter, either – every Major has a ‘mini’ version at 1/10th the price, and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays have a ‘micro’ version at 1/100th the price of the Major. The Bigs, Hots, Bounty Builders and Omania will feature new buy-in levels – both higher and lower than before. Regardless of a player’s budget, PokerStars will have an exciting tournament, starting at a convenient time, for all players.


With a tournament schedule as comprehensive and diverse as PokerStars’, locating a particular tournament might have been perceived as a challenge in the past. With the updated schedule, that will no longer be the case. Majors are bold blue, the daily recurring tournament series, such as the Bigs and Hots, are bold red, and the rest is black.


The key changes include running PokerStars players’ favourite branded tournaments, the ‘Daily Bigs’, the ‘Hot Turbos’ and the ‘Bounty Builders’ hourly. Four additional micro-stakes versions of each brand will be available daily during peak time. They will be highlighted in the lobby in red and will run at defined times:


More major tournaments will run every weekday, and will be highlighted in the PokerStars lobby in bold blue text. They will run at the following times:

Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)British Summer Time (BST)Central European Summer Time (CEST)


Of particular interest to many is a change to PokerStars’ flagship Sunday Million tournament, the start time for which is changing from 14:30 to 14:00 ET. Also starting earlier is the world’s best-attended weekly tournament, the Sunday Storm, which shifts from 13:30 ET to 13:00 ET. These changes are part of an enhanced weekend tournament offering, with more big events on Saturdays and Sundays to build upon the popular Sunday Million, Kickoff, Warm-Up, and Storm tournaments.

Further information on the enhanced weekend tournament offering is available online 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 150 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 also holds local licenses or approvals to offer services to players in many jurisdictions, including Italy, France, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, United Kingdom, Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Ireland, Romania and New Jersey in the United States of America.

PokerStars is the flagship brand of Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt and the European Poker Tour. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Rational Group companies in the UK and Isle of Man was recognised as one of the top 25 best places to work by the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Workplaces – Large category ranking. Rational Group entities in Costa Rica and Dublin also achieved the same accolade in their respective local rankings in 2014. PokerStars is ultimately owned by Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA).

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