PokerStars, the biggest online poker website in the world has stated that it has rolled out a number of changes to its online tournament structure and that these changes have come into play from October 23. The last time PokerStars made changes to its online poker tournament was back in March 2016.
PokerStars has been working closely with its Players Advisory Council (PAC) to gather player feedback and then make appropriate changes to give its players a better online poker experience. These changes were outlined in detail by Luke Staudenmaier who is the Tournaments Team Manager and consist of rebranding tournaments to make it more attractive, modifying existing tournaments and adding new tournaments.
Poker players will be happy to know that unlike previous changes; this time around PokerStars is making no changes to its rake structure. The full list of changes can be found on the PokerStars blog. The Big tournaments on Sunday were renamed as Bigger and the Hot tournaments were renamed as Hotter. Bounty Builders as well as the Bigger and Hotter tournaments will now allow re-entries on Sundays.
PAC conveyed to PokerStars that players wanted to see more high-roller events. PokerStars decided to introduce a special $530 High Roller event that will take place daily and a Sunday special $2,100 High Roller event. The $700 Super-Sized Sunday event has also been cut down to $530 and will now be a bounty tournament. PokerStars has also decided to rename this as the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller event and confirmed that it will take place on a daily basis.
Staudenmaier stated that based on the success and response of these new high-roller events, PokerStars would look at make more changes to its high-roller events going forward. The online poker giant did not just focus on high-roller events but also made changes to all tiered majors. This means that the mini and micro versions of these events will start a lot earlier than before.
PokerStars will conduct daily themed majors such as Monday 6-Max and Fast Friday at 6 am, 2 pm and 7 pm Eastern Time. The online poker website will also feature new daily majors such as the 3-Max Progressive KO Zoom tournament which starts at 4.45 pm Eastern Time and has multiple buy-ins from $2.20, $22 and $215.
The other significant change to the online tournament schedule is that PokerStars has decided to run its Saturday Special Omania on Sunday as well under the new name of Weekend Special Omania tournaments.