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Special tournament will award free BetStars bets and a poker holiday

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – June 13, 2017 – PokerStars and BetStars, Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brands, have teamed up to provide players with a winning combination of sports betting and poker play in The Big Race, a fun themed $2 online tournament this Sunday, June 18, at 15:00 BST to celebrate the Ascot racing festival, which takes place June 20-24.

Players are being given the opportunity to boost their sportsbook bankrolls and win a poker holiday to either Dublin, Lille or Bucharest. It’s easy to get involved: just look for  The Big Race on the PokerStars client under the events tab.

Tournament prizes include free BetStars bets and will ensure that players will be ready to make a call on key summer sporting fixtures - including tennis at Queen’s, Wimbledon and the US Open; Formula 1 racing; international cricket test matches; and the start of the Premier League in August. One player will win a PokerStars Festival package worth at least $2,000 and get to experience all the buzz and excitement of a live poker tournament while seeing the sites of France, Ireland or Romania.

As with all great sporting stories, the path to victory has some twists and turns. The top finishing players in The Big Race poker tournament will be randomly allocated a horse running in the Gold Cup on June 22. The first four horses past the finishing post will award the player that drew them with poker and sports bet prizes as follows:

•    1st place: A PokerStars Festival package (choice of Dublin, Lille or Bucharest) worth at least $2,000
•    2nd place: A free $100 BetStars bet
•    3rd place: A free $50 BetStars bet
•    4th place: A free $25 BetStars bet

There is plenty of value to go round though, as all players who cash in The Big Race tournament will be awarded a free $5 BetStars bet.

To register for the tournament, search ‘The Big Race’ on the PokerStars app, or find the tournament under the ‘Events’ section of the desktop client. Markets on Royal Ascot races will be available at BetStars.

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Notes to Editors: The number of tournament finishers allocated a Gold Cup race horse depends on the number of horses entered into the Gold Cup race. Any players allocated a horse which then does not race will be given a $5 Free BetStars bet.

The PokerStars Festival package to Dublin, Lille or Bucharest comprises six nights’ accommodation, one Main Event seat worth €1,100 and spending money.

About PokerStars

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 Rational Group, which is ultimately owned by Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) and owns gaming and 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). 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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About BetStars

BetStars is the online sports betting brand from the Rational Group, which operates the world’s largest online poker room, PokerStars. 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.

BetStars is ultimately owned by Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA).

Play Responsibly!  For more information on responsible gaming please visit our website at

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