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PokerStars Hold’em Challenge

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Online qualification for the PokerStars Hold’em Challenge is currently closed. Details of further events will be available soon, so please keep checking back.

PokerStars Hold’em Challenge 2012

The PokerStars Hold’em Challenge signed off 2012 in fine style, as the Winter Edition smashed records for player numbers and total prize pool. A grand total of 561 players turned out, creating a prize pool of more than €700,000. Expert player Paul Berende from the Netherlands took it down, scooping the trophy, title and a big €119,974 in first place prize money.

This first season of the PokerStars Hold’em Challenge was a huge success. The series included a range of live tournaments and one online tournament. Poker players from Belgium and beyond tested their skills across five different Hold’em formats, with big money on the line every step of the way.

The first-ever, Spring Edition of the PokerStars Hold’em Challenge took place at Casino de Namur and was won by Frank de Busscher from Belgium. The Online Edition then played out over two days as Norway’s Yngve Hella Steen, aka ‘Sykoen’ took it down, collecting €15,326 for first. The big winner of the Summer Edition was PokerStars qualifier Ioannis Kontonatsios from Greece, who scooped the title and €40,716 in cash. Mark Roovers then won the Autumn Edition claiming the title and €27,000 in cash.

For full details of all the events, including the latest Tournament Leader Board rankings, check out the official PokerStars Hold’em Challenge website.

For full details of all the events, including Tournament Leader Board rankings, check out the official PokerStars Hold’em Challenge website. Information about more events will be available soon, please keep checking back.

PokerStars Hold’em Challenge Winners and Results

Tournament Buy-In Players Prize Pool Winner
PokerStars Hold'em Challenge - Spring Edition - THNL Freezeout €1,000+100 212 €203,304 Frank de Busscher (€47,769)
PokerStars Hold'em Challenge - Online Edition - THNL Deepstack Freezeout €300+20 292 €87,600 Yngve Hella Steen (€15,326)
PokerStars Hold'em Challenge - Summer Edition - THNL Deepstack €500+50 531 €254,349 Ioannis Kontonatsios (€40,716)
PokerStars Hold'em Challenge - Autumn Edition - THNL 6 Max €500+50 352 €168,608 Mark Roovers (€27,000)
PokerStars Hold'em Challenge - Winter Edition - THNL Re-entry Freezeout €1,350+150 561 €726,495 Paul Berende (€119,974)

If you have any questions about the PokerStars Hold’em Challenge, contact support@pokerstars.com

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