The world’s leading online poker brand, PokerStars has recently taken the decision to withdraw 6+ Hold’em Spin & Gos from its selection of game options. The removal of it took place over this past weekend – a decision that is thought to have taken place due to its lack of popularity with players. PokerStars is continuing to offer Short Deck cash games and tournaments, though.
Both the .com and .eu variations of the PokerStars platform were provided with the 6+ Hold’em Spins on July 25th of this year. This came after a one-day trial took place in Denmark, with most regulated markets that could access the global player pool also being able to access the game variation.
To begin with, PokerStars provided the 6+ Hold’em Spins at five separate buy-in rates, which were $1, $3, $15, $30 and $100. A short time after its initial launch, the operator introduced a $7 buy-in option as well. As of September 2nd, the company opted to then remove the higher buy-ins, meaning that just the three lower buy-ins were available, which remained available until this past weekend. PokerStars hasn’t commented so far on the reason why it chose to remove the game from its selection.
PokerStars Folds Its Caribbean Adventure Live Poker Festival
The removal of the 6+ Hold’em Spins from the PokerStars platform comes only days after the operator confirmed that the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure would cease to exist after this year. The Live Poker Festival dates back to 2004, and it has run on a yearly basis ever since then, providing a great post-New Year treat for avid poker players. Usually taking place in Nassau, the Bahamas, the Caribbean Adventure was one of the longest-running live poker festivals to be directly tied to an online poker platform.
Prior to the removal of PokerStars from many US locations, the Caribbean Adventure was an attractive event to participate in for poker players, providing a wonderful start to every New Year. The festival did become somewhat of a harder sell for poker players after 2011’s ‘Black Friday’ in the United States, which saw it frozen out of the online qualifier pool. The festival did find itself added to the European Poker Tour of PokerStars, although because of it being several thousand miles away from the continent of Europe, it didn’t garner so much attention there, either.
When you combine those issues with a few player complaints over the venue it was held in and various travel issues for reaching Nassau, it pretty much forecast the festival’s impending doom with dwindling player numbers.
Even though the Caribbean Adventure Festival has been removed from the events offered by PokerStars, there’s little doubt that it will be remembered by many as having a lengthy 16-year run and providing a welcoming start to each New Year. There is potential for it to return if the majority of the US population is able to access PokerStars platforms again in the future, but for now, players should wave bye-bye to its presence.