In its efforts to increase casual players on the website, PokerStars has announced the first $1 million freeroll of 2016. This move comes after reducing the player’s benefits via revamped VIP program starting 1st January and with an objective to lure recreational players into its poker ecosystem. The Press Release of PokerStars says, “One of the richest online freeroll poker tournaments in PokerStars’ history will kick off on March 7 at 15:00 (GMT). Players are being given two chances to qualify into the million-dollar added event, which will take place on March 19.”
One of the two chances to qualify for this freeroll bash is via the Challenge window in the software where player can opt-in for a ‘PokerStars $1 Million Freeroll’ satellite ticket. After opting in, players will need to play just one real money poker hand or one real money tournament, at any stake level, to release the ticket into their account. Players can then use their ticket to enter any of the 90-man Sit & Go ‘PokerStars $1 Million Freeroll’ satellites running around the clock. The top 9 players in each Sit n Go will be given entry to the $1 Million Freeroll.
Player who fail to qualify through Sit n Go may get a second satellite ticket by making a deposit of $20 or more using bonus code ‘MILLION1’.
“We believe that these freerolls are further affirmation of our commitment to bring more excitement and recreational players to PokerStars, which is good for all players,” said company VP of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser in a blog post. “These changes are a critical component of our broad-based initiative to improve our online poker ecosystem by attracting more new players, improving the environment for recreational players and instituting loyalty programs that serve the majority of players.”
It would be noteworthy to mention here that only 100,000 players will be given entry to the $1 Million Freeroll. Hence, all satellites will stop running once that number is met, or two hours before the event, whichever comes first. Depending upon the total number of entries, prizes will be awarded to 30,000 to 50,000 players with a minimum of $20,000 to the winner.