PokerStars launches Battle of the Planets

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Last week PokerStars introduced its first sit-and-go tournament leaderboard that will help determine who the winners of the weekly Battle of the Planets will be.

The new competition is expected to pay out more than $3 million a year to SNG players as they battle their way through their favorite levels of sit-and-go tournaments.

Whether players prefer $2 games or $500 tournaments, there is a competition level on the Battle of the Planets for them.

The Battle divisions are:

Division SNG Buy-in Low Orbit Prize Pool High Orbit Prize Pool
Mercury $1-$2.99 $1,500 $1,500
Mars $3-$4.99 $2,000 $2,000
Venus $5-$9.99 $2,500 $2,500
Earth $10-$19.99 $3,000 $3,000
Neptune $20-$49.99 $3,500 $3,500
Uranus $50-$99.99 $4,000 $4,000
Saturn $100-$299.99 $4,500 $4,500
Jupiter $300+ $5,000 $5,000

"One of the greatest things about the new SNG TLB is that it gives both casual and high-volume players a shot at winning," said Brad Willis in his PokerStars blog about the new feature. "PokerStars has devised Low Orbit and High Orbit competitions. Low Orbit competitors will compete in blocks of 20 SNGs at a time, while High Orbit players will fight it out in 100-game blocks. The monthly prize pools are divided equally between the two Orbits."

For the Low Orbit Leaderboard, the player's points total is recorded in blocks of 20 tournaments, with a player allowed to play up to five 20-tournament blocks per division in any given week. Only the player's best block score will count toward the Leaderboard, and only completed blocks of games will be eligible for the leaderboard.

For example, say a player takes on 42 nine-handed $5 tournaments in one week. That player will have completed two, 20-tournament blocks for the Mars Division: Low Orbit Leaderboard.

That player's first 20 games are recorded as the first block and the next 20 as the second block, while the extra two won't count because they're not part of a completed block. Of the two completed blocks, the one with the highest points will be the one that gets ranked on the leaderboard.

The High Orbit Leaderboard works much the same way as the Low Orbit, except that players are recording points in blocks of 100 tournaments instead of 20. Their highest block will count toward the High Orbit Leaderboard.

For the Low Orbit, players are limited to 20 blocks filled per week. There is no limit to the amount of blocks filled for High Orbit players and no limit on the number of division players can participate in.

Cash isn't the only thing the top players in each division and orbit will receive. Every player who finishes in the top 10 of the divisions each week will receive an exclusive ticket to a monthly tournament.

The highest-ranking players from each division will come together to fight in the Battle of the Planets, a triple shootout, for a monthly prize pool of $50,000.

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