First-Ever PokerStars Championship Set to Fire in Bahamas

Same same but different.

It's an annual tradition for poker players from around the globe to congregate in the Bahamas every January for a massive poker festival.

This year, just the name will be different.

Previously known as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and part of the now-defunct European Poker Tour, the 2017 PokerStars Championship series begins tomorrow at the Atlantis Resort.

Over 90 tournaments will be played over the course of the next nine days starting with the illustrious $100k Super High Roller on Friday.

Before the smoke clears on January 14 millions of dollars will have been distributed and the first-ever PokerStars Championship Main Event winner will be crowned.

What's New?

So far as most can tell from the schedule of events, not much will be different. It's still the usual action-packed line-up of tournaments in multiple variations, cash games and extra-curricular activities.

Main Trophy
Retired but not forgotten.

Some tournament highlights:

  • PokerStars Open: Jan 10-12 - $220
  • PokerStars Cup: Jan 12-14 - $440
  • PokerStars National Championship: Jan 7-9 - $2,200
  • PokerStars Championship Main Event: Jan 8-14 - $5,000
  • PokerStars Championship High Roller: Jan 12-14 - $25,750
  • PokerStars Championship Super High Roller: Jan 6-8 - $100,000

Among the extra features set up for players and families include Virtual Reality stations, a 360 degree video message station, the players lounge, Breakfast with the Pros Q&A, a 3-on-3 basketball competition and the traditional player party.

Live streaming begins on Day 2 of the Main Event Jan. 10 and you can follow it right here.

21 Players c/o the Thirst Lounge

While at least 250 online qualifiers from over 40 countries will join the action in the PokerStars Championship Main Event, 21 more players will experience the joy of poker in the Bahamas in January thanks to the benevolence of high-stakes regular Bill Perkins.

The benevolent Perkins abides.

The charismatic Perkins decided to give away full packages to random followers of his stream, the Thirst Lounge, back in December.

One of those players, 27-year-old Brit Dan Jones, was featured in a PokerStars radio piece back in October about his first experience at a big live event.

Jones had satellited into the EPT Barcelona Main Event and was feeling his way around the scene as "the New Guy" in a field of major stars.

He'll get another go-round on someone else's dime in Nassau along with 20 other players Perkins picked to see how they'll fare in among the heavy hitters.

How did Jones' win his way this time? By posing for a picture in his girlfriend's bikini.

It's just one of the many intriguing storylines set to play out under the arches of Atlantis and PokerListings will be there live starting on Saturday for all the action.

Check back here for more stories over the course of the festival. Get a taste of the atmosphere in the video below:

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