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PokerStars Sets Global Championship & Festival Dates for 2017
Are you ready for a whole new live poker experience under the PokerStars umbrella?
Ready or not to say goodbye to the EPT, UKIPT and the like the PokerStars Global Championships and PokerStars Festivals will debut in January 2017.
Beginning with the PokerStars Bahamas Championships in January (previously known as the PCA) the new tour brand will hit London, Rozvadov, Panama City, Macau and Monte Carlo before the end of May alone.
The full second half of the season is still to be determined but by the looks of the first half there will be plenty on offer for all bankrolls.
Rozvadov, Panama City Debut
Two notable 'new' locations are the booming Central Europe hotspot, Rozvadov, and the more mysterious Panama City.
The Latin America Poker Tour has of course hit Panama before but it's a decidedly new stop for most of the regulars on the European or Asia-Pacific circuits.
Following on the heels of the more familiar Bahamas stop to kick off the year, PokerStars Championship Panama will run March 10-20 at the Sortis Hotel & Casino.
56 events are on the calendar including:
• PokerStars National Championship: March 11-14 - $1,100
• PokerStars Championship Main Event: March 14-20 - $5,300
• PokerStars Championship High Roller: March 18-20 - $10,300
• PokerStars Championship Super High Roller: March 11-14 - $50,000
The King's Casino in Rozvadov, meanwhile, will make its debut hosting its first lower buy-in PokerStars Festival series from March 2-13. Thirty events will play out over 12 days including:
• Kings High Roller: March 8-9 - €5,300
• PokerStars Cup: March 11-13 - €330
• PokerStars Festival High Roller: March 12-13 - €2,200
• PokerStars Festival Main Event: March 9-13 - €1,100 (€500,000 GTD)
Barcelona Back to Begin Second Half
While the Fall/Winter schedule for 2017 is still to be filled out at least one stop for sure is back: Barcelona.
Despite security concerns over the past few years it's still one of the most popular stops on any tour and a favorite city for thousands of poker players.
The upcoming EPT Prague festival is also a player favorite so very likely to be a Festival or Championship destination for 2017, as should New Jersey.
Here's a look at the current live tour schedule until August:
- PokerStars Festival London - Jan 22-29, Hippodrome Casino
- PokerStars Festival Rozvadov - Mar. 2-13, King's Casino
- PokerStars Championship Bahamas - Jan. 6-14, Atlantis Resort
- PokerStars Championship Panama - Mar. 10-20, Solaris Resort & Casino
- PokerStars Championship Macau - Mar. 30 - Apr. 9, City of Dreams
- PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo - Apr. 25 - May 5, Monte Carlo Bay Casino
- PokerStars Championship Barcelona - Aug. 15-27, Casino Barcelona