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PRESS ROOM

The Rational Group operates globally from our corporate headquarters in Isle of Man. We strive to work closely with responsible press and provide information about our company, our brands and our business. Below you will find recent news announcements regarding our various businesses.

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Press Releases

April 23, 2014
MORONGO BAND OF MISSION INDIANS, CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST CARD CLUBS AND POKERSTARS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO OFFER ONLINE POKER IN CALIFORNIA WHEN LEGISLATION IS PASSED

Sacramento, CA - The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California’s (and the world’s) three largest card clubs – the Commerce Club, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino and the Bicycle Casino – and The Rational Group, which owns and operates PokerStars, announced today that once California enacts legislation authorizing intrastate online poker, PokerStars will serve as the subcontractor providing the online poker platform and related services for a real-money online poker website to be licensed, owned and operated by an entity owned by the Tribe and the card clubs.  This will give Californians access to the world’s largest and most popular online poker brand in a safe and locally-regulated environment. The organizations will work together to advocate for legislation that extends California’s tough, long-established gaming regulations to include intrastate online poker and thus ensure stringent consumer protection, consumer choice and maximum revenue for the state.

April 23, 2014
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR ANNOUNCES DATES FOR EPT SEASON 11

The European Poker Tour (EPT) today announced some dates for the forthcoming Season 11 – kicking off with Europe’s largest-ever poker festival in Barcelona in August to celebrate the 100th EPT.

April 16, 2014
POKERSTARS ANNOUNCES BIGGEST EVER SCOOP CHAMPIONSHIP WITH $40 MILLION GUARANTEED

PokerStars today released the official schedule for the Spring Championship of Online Poker 2014, which at 45 events - 135 tournaments across Low, Medium and High stakes - will be the biggest ever. 

March 27, 2014
DOMINIC MANSOUR APPOINTED MANAGING DIRECTOR OF FULL TILT POKER

The Rational Group has appointed Dominic Mansour as Managing Director of Full Tilt Poker, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Full Tilt brand and business.

March 21, 2014
RAFA NADAL TAKES ON THE WORLD AND WINS

World number one tennis player and PokerStars ambassador, Rafa Nadal, took on and beat players from around the world in a Zoom 6-max ring game held on the PokerStars Play Facebook app.

March 17, 2014
PLAY POKER AGAINST THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE TENNIS PLAYER RAFA NADAL

PokerStars announced today that world tennis number one, Rafa Nadal, will play poker against fans from around the globe in an exclusive ‘Rafa vs The World’ poker game.

March 6, 2014
POKERSTARS UK & IRELAND POKER TOUR RETURNS TO ISLE OF MAN HOMETOWN FOR 2014 POKER FESTIVAL

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – March 6, 2013 – PokerStars today announced that the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) will be returning to Douglas, Isle of Man from October 2 - 6, 2014. This will overlap with the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess tournament, leading to an exciting mind-sports festival throughout early October.

March 6, 2014
POKERSTARS ISLE OF MAN INTERNATIONAL CHESS TOURNAMENT TO BRING GLOBAL CHESS COMPETITION TO VILLA MARINA IN OCTOBER

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – 6 March, 2014 – Competitive chess and world-ranked players will return to the Isle of Man in October when the PokerStars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament takes place in the Villa Marina in Douglas.

March 3, 2014
GERMAN PLAYER WINS TITLE AND MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN POKERSTARS SUNDAY MILLION 8TH ANNIVERSARY

PokerStars player ‘DrUPSWING’ lived up to his name in the early hours of Monday morning, by winning the Sunday Million 8th Anniversary tournament for more than $1 million, as German players dominated at the final table.

February 26, 2014
POKERSTARS MICROMILLIONS 7 CHAMPIONSHIP GUARANTEES $5 MILLION IN MARCH

The world's richest low-stakes poker tournament series, MicroMillions, returns to PokerStars in March, for a seventh series that features 100 events and $5 million in guaranteed tournament prizes.

February 21, 2014
POKERSTARS GUARANTEES $8 MILLION PRIZE POOL FOR SUNDAY MILLION 8TH ANNIVERSARY TOURNAMENT

PokerStars players will get the chance to compete for at least $8 million in guaranteed prize money on March 2, as the world's largest online poker site today announced details of the Sunday Million 8th Anniversary tournament.

February 19, 2014
POKERSTARS OBTAINS BULGARIAN ONLINE GAMING LICENSE

PokerStars has received approval from the Bulgarian State Gambling Commission for an online gaming license in Bulgaria, the company announced today. In the next few weeks, the world's largest poker site will work towards finalizing the technical requirements for starting operations under the license and serving the Bulgarian online poker market under the local license.

February 7, 2014
POKERSTARS INVITES PLAYERS TO 'SUPPORT YOUR COUNTRY' AND SET NEW WORLD RECORD IN FEBRUARY

To celebrate the sporting feats of athletes from across the world in February, PokerStars today announced that it will attempt to break its own record for Largest Online Poker Tournament on February 23 at 13.00 ET.

February 5, 2014
POKERSTARS NAMED 2014 ‘ONLINE Poker Operator of the Year’ AT INTERNATIONAL GAMING AWARDS

PokerStars received the ‘Online Poker Operator of the Year’ award for the second consecutive year at the prestigious International Gaming Awards held in London.

February 4, 2014
RATIONAL GROUP SUPPORTS CANCER RESEARCH UK’S WORLD-FIRST MOBILE PHONE GAME

Cancer Research UK today launched a new mobile app called Play to Cure: Genes in Space, a ground-breaking mobile game that analyses genetic data while you play, enabling anyone to help accelerate cancer research. The Rational Group, through its corporate giving programme ‘Helping Hands’ is proud to be supporting the game, which will help scientists discover cancer-causing genes and develop new life-saving treatments.

February 3, 2014
SIX PLAYERS WIN MORE THAN $100K IN TURBO CHAMPIONSHIP OF ONLINE POKER MAIN EVENT

Swedish player 'Riverlan_88' was crowned PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker 2014 Main Event champion on Sunday night, as six players at the final table pocketed six-figure sums, three of which celebrated quarter million-plus scores.

January 22, 2014
POKERSTARS ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF SEVEN VIP CLUB LIVE EVENTS FOR 2014

PokerStars today announced the return of the VIP Club Live tour for 2014, with seven destinations scheduled across three different continents.

January 8, 2014
POKERSTARS ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR THIRD TURBO CHAMPIONSHIP OF ONLINE POKER

PokerStars today announced the schedule for the third annual Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP), which will take place from January 23 to February 2 and guarantee $15 million across 50 events.

January 2, 2014
POKERSTARS TO GIVE AWAY MORE THAN $500,000 IN 'JANUARY DAILY CHALLENGE

PokerStars today announced two new promotions that will give players some great opportunities to boost their bankrolls at the start of the New Year. PokerStars players will be able to win a share of more than $500,000 in cash, 10,000 VIP Store gifts, and get a VPP (VIP Player Points) boost that will enable them to reach a higher VIP level, and unlock Stellar Rewards bonuses, even faster in January.

January 3, 2014
DANIEL NEGREANU NAMED ‘POKER PLAYER OF THE DECADE’

Daniel Negreanu, a member of Team PokerStars Pro, has been recognised as the best poker player of the past decade by independent poker ranking service Global Poker Index (GPI). This recognition follows an outstanding performance by Negreanu in 2013, where he won a number of big poker tournaments and received numerous ‘Player of the Year’ awards.

January 2, 2014
POKERSTARS TO GIVE AWAY MORE THAN $500,000 IN 'JANUARY DAILY CHALLENGE

PokerStars today announced two new promotions that will give players some great opportunities to boost their bankrolls at the start of the New Year. PokerStars players will be able to win a share of more than $500,000 in cash, 10,000 VIP Store gifts, and get a VPP (VIP Player Points) boost that will enable them to reach a higher VIP level, and unlock Stellar Rewards bonuses, even faster in January.

December 17, 2013
APPT SEASON 8 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

PokerStars today announced the schedule for Season 8 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The 2014 season will begin at PokerStars LIVE Macau with the 20th celebration of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC20) on January 10 and conclude in New Zealand with APPT Auckland on November 19.

December 12, 2013
WORLD TENNIS NUMBER ONE RAFA NADAL WINS LIVE POKER TOURNAMENT IN PRAGUE

World tennis number one Rafa Nadal emerged as winner of the EPT Charity Challenge today, beating Brazilian football legend Ronaldo and world number one poker player Daniel Negreanu.

December 11, 2013
RAFA TV DOCUMENTARY TO INCLUDE FANTASTIC “TIME FREEZE” TECHNOLOGY

The European Poker Tour is today announcing an exciting new technology to be used in an upcoming documentary about Rafa Nadal playing poker to be distributed in 2014.

December 5, 2013
WORLD NUMBER ONE TENNIS PLAYER RAFA NADAL TO FACE BRAZILIAN FOOTBALL LEGEND RONALDO IN CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT

World number one tennis player Rafa Nadal revealed today that he will take on Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldo at a live charity poker tournament taking place on December 12, 2013 as part of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague poker festival.

November 26, 2013
POKERSTARS CELEBRATES FESTIVE SEASON WITH $27 MILLION TO BE WON IN DECEMBER

PokerStars today announced the launch of the December Festival, which will see more than $27 million won by players across 22 days of special tournament and ring game promotions.

November 25, 2013
WORLD TENNIS NUMBER ONE RAFA NADAL SETS SIGHTS ON PRAGUE POKER TOURNAMENT

ATP world number one tennis player and PokerStars ambassador Rafael Nadal will head to Prague in the Czech Republic on December 12 for one of his final challenges of 2013 – a live charity poker tournament.

November 20, 2013
POKERSTARS LAUNCHES QUALIFIERS FOR NEW TV SHOW 'THE SHARK CAGE' WITH $1 MILLION TO BE WON

PokerStars today launched a series of online qualifying tournaments for a new TV show called The Shark Cage, which will feature a winner-take-all first prize of $1 million.

November 6, 2013
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR SEASON 10 MOVES TO VIENNA FOR SIXTH STOP

The European Poker Tour announced today that the Austrian capital of Vienna will take the place of Berlin as the sixth stop of EPT Season 10, with the festival taking place March 19-

November 4, 2013
POKERSTARS TO GIVE AWAY MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN 'NOVEMBER MISSION WEEKS' PROMOTION

PokerStars today unveiled a new promotion called 'November Mission Weeks', which will award more than $1.5 million in cash giveaways to players of all abilities and stakes across three weeks.

November 4, 2013
POKERSTARS TO GIVE AWAY MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN 'NOVEMBER MISSION WEEKS' PROMOTION

PokerStars today unveiled a new promotion called 'November Mission Weeks', which will award more than $1.5 million in cash giveaways to players of all abilities and stakes across three weeks.

October 29, 2013
POKERSTARS MICROMILLIONS 6 SET FOR NOVEMBER WITH 100 EVENTS AND $5 MILLION GUARANTEED

PokerStars today announced that the world's most popular online poker series, MicroMillions, will return from November 14-24. The sixth series will have 100 events and $5 million in guaranteed prizes.

October 8, 2013
POKERSTARS LAUNCHES 'CARNIVAL OF TOURNAMENTS' TO CELEBRATE TOURNAMENT NUMBER 800 MILLION

PokerStars will celebrate another industry milestone later this month when the world’s largest online poker site marks tournament number 800 million. To commemorate the achievement, PokerStars has announced the Carnival of Tournaments: 800 Million Celebration, a player promotion that will take place at PokerStars from October 13-20.

October 1, 2013
German player crowned World Champion of Online Poker winning nearly $1.5 million

PokerStars player ‘PlayinWasted’, from Germany, was crowned the World Champion of Online Poker in the early hours of Tuesday morning, winning the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event for nearly $1.5 million. He topped a field of 2,133 players to take the biggest share of the $10,665,000 prize pool after a three-way deal was struck at the final table.

September 24, 2013
$10 MILLION MAIN EVENT HIGHLIGHTS THE 2014 POKERSTARS CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

PokerStars today announced the tournament schedule for the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament schedule, which will take place January 5-13, 2014 and feature, for the first time ever, a $10 million guarantee for the $10,300 Main Event.

September 6, 2013
£50,000 SUPER HIGH ROLLER EVENT MAKES DEBUT AT EUROPEAN POKER TOUR SEASON 10 LONDON FESTIVAL

The European Poker Tour today announced the 38-event schedule for the Season 10 London Poker Festival, which will feature a £50,000 Super High Roller event for the first time. The London stop, which will take place from October 2-12.

September 2, 2013
BRAZILIAN FOOTBALL LEGEND RONALDO IN BARCELONA FOR SPAIN’S BIGGEST POKER FESTIVAL

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo was in Barcelona today to take part in an invitational poker tournament as part of Spain’s biggest annual poker festival, the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT).

August 26, 2013
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR AWARDS HALF A BILLION EUROS TO PLAYERS IN FIRST NINE SEASONS

As the European Poker Tour gears up for the start of its tenth season in Barcelona next week, EPT President Edgar Stuchly revealed today that the EPT is on the brink of a major milestone having paid out almost half a billion euros – €499,908,225 – in tournament prizes to players in just nine years.

August 8, 2013
POKERSTARS LAUNCHES BIGGEST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF ONLINE POKER

PokerStars today officially announced the schedule for the World Championship of Online Poker 2013, which will take place from September 8-29 and be the largest to date with 66 events.

August 1, 2013
POKERSTARS TO GIVE AWAY $1 MILLION IN CASH AND WCOOP TICKETS DURING 'VIP CLUB MONTH'

PokerStars today announced the lunach of VIP Club Month, which will give all real money PokerStars players the chance to win a share of $1 million in cash rewards and World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) tickets in September.

July 8 2013
POKERSTARS INTRODUCES NEW SECURITY FEATURE

PokerStars is pleased to announce ‘SMS Validation’, a new feature in the software to protect the security of PokerStars player accounts.

July 7, 2013
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, July 7, 2013

Resorts Casino Hotel and The Rational Group, operator of PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site, have reached an agreement to provide online gaming in New Jersey, the companies announced today.

July 2, 2013
POKERSTARS MICROMILLIONS 5 COMING IN JULY WITH 100 EVENTS AND $5 MILLION GUARANTEED

PokerStars today announced the return of the world's most popular online poker festival, MicroMillions. The fifth running of the tri-annual tournament series will see 100 events take place from July 18-28 with a total of $5 million in guaranteed prize pools.

July 1, 2013
BARCELONA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The European Poker Tour today unveiled the 39-event tournament schedule for the forthcoming EPT Barcelona event, promising 11 spectacular days of world-class poker action to celebrate the tenth season of Europe’s richest poker tour.

June 17, 2013
POKERSTARS SETS NEW RECORD FIELD FOR ONLINE POKER TOURNAMENT

PokerStars yesterday beat its own record for largest online poker tournament, as the 100 Billion Hands Celebration continued. The $1 buy-in tournament reached its cap of 225,000 players, surpassing the previous biggest tournament of 200,000 players in December 2011.

June 13, 2013
POKERSTARS REWARDS PLAYERS BY GIVING AWAY $1 MILLION AS SITE DEALS 100-BILLIONTH HAND OF ONLINE POKER

PokerStars made poker history today by dealing the site’s 100-billionth hand, and rewarded players by giving away $1 million to nearly 10,000 players in just ten minutes. It brings the total prize money awarded to players so far in the 100 Billion Hands Celebration to just over $2 million, with a further $3 million to come in other game promotions throughout June.

June 13, 2013
POKERSTARS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST WORKPLACES IN UK

PokerStars has been named as one of the best workplaces in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man by The Great Place to Work® Institute, the world’s largest consultancy specialising in workplace assessment and enhancement.

June 3, 2013
POKERSTARS RENEWS SPONSORSHIP OF CONOR CUMMINS

PokerStars today announced that has renewed its sponsorship of Isle of Man TT Races local hero Conor Cummins, the 27-year old from Ramsey, who is the fastest Manx motorbike racer.

May 30, 2013
LIVE WEBCAST FROM GDAM IN MACAU CONFIRMED FOR POKERSTARS.TV

PokerStars is set to host an online broadcast of the massive HKD $1,000,000 (USD $129k) ‘GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions’ (GDAM) Main Event from June 5-7, 2013. This continues the incredibly popular webcast coverage that was provided during the recent ninth season of the European Poker Tour.

May 29, 2013
POKERSTARS RENEWS SPONSORSHIP OF ISLE OF MAN TT RACES AND SENIOR RACE DAY

PokerStars today announced details of a new multi-year sponsorship with the Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development to be the 'Official Gaming Partner’ of the TT Races.

May 28, 2013
POKERSTARS AWARDS MORE THAN $75 MILLION AS SCOOP 2013 BECOMES RICHEST ONLINE POKER FESTIVAL EVER

The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker 2013 has become the richest online poker series ever, after awarding a total of $75,585,435.05 in prize money to players.

May 27, 2013
POKERSTARS TO CELEBRATE 100-BILLIONTH HAND MILESTONE WITH 5 WEEK $5 MILLION PRIZE GIVEWAY IN JUNE

PokerStars is set to deal its 100-billionth hand in June and is celebrating this incredible milestone by giving away $5,000,000 in cash prizes across a range of exciting ring game, tournament, and Sit & Go promotions.

May 9, 2013
TWO PLAYERS IN RACE TO BECOME FIRST POKERSTARS ‘TRIPLE COOP’ WINNER DURING SCOOP 2013

The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker 2013 festival gets under way on May 12 with two players on the brink of a poker first.

May 6, 2013
POKERSTARS ANNOUNCES EPT SEASON 10 SCHEDULE

PokerStars, the world’s largest poker site, announced the European Poker Tour Season 10 schedule today, with a total of eight events, starting with the ever-popular EPT Barcelona opening event scheduled to take place from August 28 to September 7.

May 1, 2013
EPT GRAND FINAL SUPER HIGH ROLLER PRIZE POOL SET TO TOP €3 MILLION

With just under two weeks to go, the prize pool for the €100,000 Super High Roller tournament at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final already looks set to top €3 million with over 30 players already confirmed, PokerStars revealed today.

April 29, 2013
POKERSTARS NAMED BEST MOBILE POKER OPERATOR

PokerStars has been named the Best Mobile Poker Operator of 2013 at the mGaming Awards organized by iGaming Business, a leading industry media company.

Aprl 22, 2013
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER MONACO CUP FOR GRAND FINAL FESTIVAL

The European Poker Tour announced today that there will be an inaugural €1,100 Monaco Cup (event 26) as part of the 50-strong event offering at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. It will have a guaranteed prize pool of €500,000.

Aprl 17, 2013
POKERSTARS SCOOP 2013 SET TO BE LARGEST AND RICHEST ONLINE POKER FESTIVAL EVER

PokerStars today released the official schedule for the 2013 Spring Championship of Online Poker, which takes place from May 12-26 and features 44 events (132 tournaments) spread across low, medium and high stakes levels, making it the largest poker festival ever held.

April 16, 2013
TEAM POKERSTARS PRO DANIEL NEGREANU WINS FIFTH WORLD SERIES OF POKER BRACELET

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu today won his fifth World Series of Poker* (WSOP) Bracelet and AUD $1,038,825 (USD $1,079,443) in the Main Event of the WSOP Asia Pacific at Crown Casino in Melbourne.

March 28, 2013
POKERSTARS LAUNCHES NEW RAFA NADAL TV ADVERTISEMENTS

PokerStars today announced the release of a major new television advertising campaign featuring tennis superstar Rafa Nadal. The television advertisements will air globally in coming weeks, and revolve around Rafa Nadal competing online at PokerStars against a fictional character representing one of their 50 million players.

Rafa Nadal plays poker in bath

March 21, 2013
POKERSTARS LAUNCHES FOUR NEW OMAHA GAMES

PokerStars today announced the launch of four new Omaha games – 5 Card Omaha, 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo, Courchevel and Courchevel Hi/Lo – which are being rolled out across PokerStars’ shared liquidity and segregated market sites over the next couple of days and will be available to play for real and play money.

March 21, 2013
POKERSTARS LAUNCHES FOUR NEW OMAHA GAMES

PokerStars today announced the launch of four new Omaha games – 5 Card Omaha, 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo, Courchevel and Courchevel Hi/Lo – which are being rolled out across PokerStars‟ shared liquidity and segregated market sites over the next couple of days and will be available to play for real and play money.

March 21, 2013
POKERSTARS LAUNCHES OMAHA WEEK

PokerStars today announced the launch of four new Omaha games and to celebrate, PokerStars is unveiling a special Omaha Week. Omaha Week runs from March 25-31 and features a host of new regular tournaments.

March 16, 2013
POKERSTARS QUALIFIER RUBEN VISSER TAKES DOWN THE POKERSTARS.COM EPT LONDON MAIN EVENT FOR £595,000

Dutch pro Ruben Visser has won the £5,250 PokerStars.com EPT London Main Event today for a £595,000 first prize.

March 18, 2013
Hang out with Team PokerStars Pros and celebrate the Women's Sunday second birthday with a double guarantee

The PokerStars Women’s Sunday tournament is celebrating its second birthday this month with two special events on the weekend of March 23-24 that highlight the incredible value that PokerStars consistently delivers and the inclusivity of the PokerStars community.

March 10, 2013
TEAM POKERSTARS DEFEATS ‘THE PROFESSIONALS,’ THREE GAMES TO ZERO

Team PokerStars crushed the Full Tilt Poker ‘Professionals’ in the Full Tilt v PokerStars Heads Up contest held today at the London Poker Festival with a clean sweep of all three matches.

March 4, 2013
POKERSTARS SUNDAY MILLION 7TH ANNIVERSARY TOURNAMENT SEES TOP THREE PLAYERS SHARE $2.5 MILLION

PokerStars player ‘benislovas’, from Lithuania, won the Sunday Million 7th Anniversary tournament on Monday, earning $848,589.33 after a three-way deal was done at the final table. The second- and third-placed players were ‘sexygee’ from the UK (a former SCOOP winner) and ‘Kasra84’ from Germany, who won $836,321.83 and $813,370.28 respectively.

March 1, 2013
POKERSTARS AND MONTE-CARLO®CASINO EPT GRAND FINAL SCHEDULE FEATURES CASH GAMES FOR THE FIRST TIME

PokerStars has announced the schedule for the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final in Monaco which will feature EPT-run cash games for the very first time.

February 28, 2013
POKERSTARS TO LAUNCH ZOOM TOURNAMENTS DURING MICROMILLIONS 4 FESTIVAL IN MARCH

PokerStars today announced the schedule for the fourth MicroMillions festival, which will incorporate 100 events from March 14-24 and guarantee a total prize pool of $5 million. The series will also include the launch of the highly anticipated Zoom Poker tournaments on PokerStars, with two events scheduled for March 14 and March 17, guaranteeing $75,000 and $50,000 respectively.

February 21, 2013
POKERSTARS TO OPEN MACAU'S LARGEST BRANDED POKER ROOM AT CITY OF DREAMS MACAU

PokerStars will launch a branded live poker room at City of Dreams, one of Asia’s leading integrated entertainment resorts offering the foremost in premium world-class leisure, gaming and entertainment, establishing Macau’s largest dedicated poker room to meet the growing interest and demand in poker in Asia.

February 15, 2013
POKERSTARS GUARANTEES $7 MILLION PRIZE POOL FOR SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY MILLION

PokerStars is celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Sunday Million – poker’s richest weekly tournament – with a special event featuring a $7 million guaranteed prize pool on March 3 at 14.30 ET.

February 8, 2013
POKERSTARS APPOINTS LEE JONES AS HEAD OF POKER COMMUNICATIONS

PokerStars today appointed Lee Jones as Head of Poker Communications for PokerStars.

February 7, 2013
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR CONFIRMS THE SCHEDULE FOR LONDON’S LARGEST POKER FESTIVAL

The European Poker Tour (EPT) today announced details for EPT Season 9’s London poker festival which will bring the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) and the EPT together for the first time creating a massive set of tournaments and opportunities for players at all levels.

February 5, 2013
POKERSTARS NAMED 'ONLINE POKER OPERATOR OF THE YEAR' BY INTERNATIONAL GAMING AWARDS

PokerStars received the ‘Online Poker Operator of the Year’ award at the prestigious International Gaming Awards, held last night in London. PokerStars beat 14 other nominees to take the award, which recognises the best global poker operator.

February 1, 2013
POKERSTARS AND CASINO GRAN MADRID LAUNCH NEW POKER ROOM

PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, today opened a state-of-the-art PokerStars-branded poker room at Casino Gran Madrid

January 28, 2013
POKERSTARS TURBO CHAMPIONSHIP OF ONLINE POKER 2013 SETS NEW MAIN EVENT AND HIGH ROLLER RECORDS

PokerStars player ‘frma1103’ from Sweden became the latest Turbo Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion on Sunday night winning $326,880.

January 17, 2013
RAFI ASHKENAZI APPOINTED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE RATIONAL GROUP

Rational Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Scheinberg today announced that Rafi Ashkenazi has joined the Group as Chief Operating Officer and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Group and its brands, including PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the two largest online poker sites in the world.

January 15, 2013
ATLANTIC CLUB CASINO HOTEL STATEMENT

The following statement was issued today by Eric Hollreiser, Rational Group head of corporate communications:

“The Rational Group, which operates PokerStars and other global gaming brands, has agreed to acquire The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ from Resorts International Holdings pending the grant of an Interim Casino Authorization by the relevant New Jersey authorities. The acquisition of The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will secure up to 2,000 jobs and maintain the economic benefits the casino brings to New Jersey. During this interim period, The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will operate as normal under current management, who will be retained following completion of the acquisition.”

January 14, 2013
VANESSA SELBST WINS THE PCA $25K HIGH ROLLER AND BECOMES HIGHEST-EARNING FEMALE POKER PLAYER OF ALL TIME

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst became the highest-earning female poker player of all time today when she won the $25k High Roller tournament at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $1,424,420

January 8, 2013
POKERSTARS SIGNS TRIPLE CROWN WINNER JAKE CODY AS NEWEST MEMBER OF TEAM POKERSTARS PRO

Jake Cody, poker’s youngest Triple Crown winner, kicks off 2013 as the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro, the world’s largest poker site announced today.

January 8, 2013
SCOTT SEIVER WINS THE $100K PCA 2013 SUPER HIGH ROLLER FOR $2,003,480

American poker pro Scott Seiver has won $2,003,480 - one of the biggest prizes in poker - after winning the $100,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller tournament tonight.

December 21, 2012
PokerStars becomes one of the first regulated online operators in Germany

PokerStars announced today that it has become one of the first regulated online poker operators in Germany, having been granted a license from the German state of Schleswig-Holstein

December 21, 2012
PokerStars becomes one of the first regulated online operators in Germany

PokerStars announced today that it has become one of the first regulated online poker operators in Germany, having been granted a license from the German state of Schleswig-Holstein

December 20, 2012
POKERSTARS AND CASINO GRAN MADRID TO OPEN NEW POKER ROOM

PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site, has reached an agreement with Casino Gran Madrid, the biggest casino in Spain, for a new state-of-the-art PokerStars-branded poker room at Casino Gran Madrid, which will deliver the highest-quality live poker experience.

December 18, 2012
POKERSTARS' TURBO CHAMPIONSHIP OF ONLINE POKER RETURNS IN JANUARY WITH $15 MILLION GUARANTEED

PokerStars today released the schedule for the second annual Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) series, which will take place from January 17-27, 2013 and guarantee $15,000,000 in tournament prizes – $5,000,000 more than in 2012!

November 26, 2012
MICROMILLIONS III BECOMES MOST POPULAR ONLINE TOURNAMENT SERIES EVER

MicroMillions III has set a new record for largest online poker festival, with 1,308,994 entries across the 100 events, beating the previous best of 1,294,889 set in the first MicroMillions series back in March, and the 1,288,221 entries from MicroMillions II in July.

November 22, 2012
POKERSTARS TO AWARD UP TO $1 MILLION IN CASH PRIZES DURING 90-BILLIONTH HAND PROMOTION

PokerStars is poised to deal its 90-billionth hand in just over a week, with the world’s most popular online poker site set to award up to $1 million in cash prizes for players dealt into promotional milestone hands.

November 15, 2012
SPANISH COURT UPHOLDS POKERSTARS' RIGHT TO OFFER ONLINE POKER

A Barcelona court has ruled in favour of PokerStars and reaffirmed that the world's largest online poker company has operated legally in the country ever since it began offering its services in 2001.

NOVEMBER 1, 2012
MICROMILLIONS RETURNS IN NOVEMBER WITH $5 MILLION GUARANTEED

PokerStars today announced a $5 million guaranteed prize pool for the third instalment of MicroMillions, the popular micro-stakes online tournament series launched earlier this year.

OCTOBER 24, 2012
POKERSTARS ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN

PokerStars today announced the first annual All-Star Showdown, bringing together eight of poker‟s biggest stars battling it out to earn bragging rights as the best heads-up No-Limit Hold'em player in the world.

OCTOBER 18, 2012
ISAAC HAXTON JOINS TEAM POKERSTARS ONLINE

One of the poker world’s smartest, most successful and fearless young talents, Isaac ‘Ike Haxton’ Haxton has joined PokerStars as the latest member of Team Online. The high stakes pro, who is one of the best known players never to have represented a poker site, has chosen to make PokerStars his home because he believes in what the world’s most popular poker site represents.

October 15, 2012
Full Tilt Poker signs Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan and Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom

Full Tilt Poker today announced that two of the biggest names in poker – Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom – are joining Danish poker legend Gus Hansen to form a new team of Full Tilt Poker ambassadors known collectively as “The Professionals”.
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October 9, 2012
GUS HANSEN WILL RETURN AS THE FACE OF FULL TILT POKER

FullTiltPoker.com today announced that international poker star and tournament legend Gus Hansen will return as brand ambassador for the site, which plans to re-open for real-money poker on November 6, 2012.
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October 8, 2012
Full Tilt Poker granted online gaming license from Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission

The Rational Group today announced that the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission has granted a licence that will allow Full Tilt Poker to provide online poker services from the Isle of Man.
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OCTOBER 2, 2012
PAYSAFECARD BECOMES OFFICIAL PAYMENT PROVIDER SPONSOR OF EUROPEAN POKER TOUR SEASON 9

The leading internet prepaid payment solution, paysafecard, will be the official payment provider sponsor of the European Poker Tour Season 9, EPT President Edgar Stuchly announced today.

OCTOBER 1, 2012
POKERSTARS UNVEILS PCA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE AND PROMISES ‘10 BEST DAYS OF POKER ON THE PLANET’ TO CELEBRATE PCA'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

PokerStars today unveiled the 40-event tournament schedule for the upcoming PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), calling it the ‘10 best days of poker on the planet’ and kicking-off a 10-week qualification campaign that will award 100 packages for the prestigious Main Event.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
POKERSTARS PLAYER WINS $1 MILLION AND WCOOP MAIN EVENT TITLE AFTER QUALIFYING USING ONLY LOYALTY POINTS

Russian player ‘maratik’ was crowned the PokerStars 2012 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion this morning, winning $1,000,907.26 having qualified into the $5,200 buy-in event for just 40 Frequent Player Points (FPPs)!

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
POKERSTARS DETAILS PLANS FOR FULL TILT POKER RE-LAUNCH AND PAYMENT OF $184 MILLION TO PLAYERS

PokerStars revealed details of its plan to repay $184 million to former customers of Full Tilt Poker outside of the United States of America and announced that FullTiltPoker.com will re-launch during the first week of November.

AUGUST 29, 2012
POKERSTARS RADIO SHOW RETURNS FOR BIGGEST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF ONLINE POKER

PokerStars Radio returns on September 2 to bring poker fans daily live coverage of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and hours of entertainment, competition and interviews with the elite players in online poker.

JULY 31, 2012
POKERSTARS SETTLES DISPUTE WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND ACQUIRES ASSETS OF FULL TILT POKER

PokerStars today announced that the Company has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Southern District of New York. As part of the settlement agreement, PokerStars has also acquired the assets of Full Tilt Poker, and has committed to the full reimbursement of Full Tilt Poker customers outside the United States.

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