PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Ready for a two-month celebration?

10th-ann-thumb.JPGA $10 million tournament with a $2 million first prize. One hundred $15,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure packages. Countless other promotions and giveaways. It can only mean one thing: PokerStars is getting ready to throw a massive party to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

Who would've thought it? It's a fad, they said. This whole online poker thing? It will pass in a year or so. Who wants to play poker on a computer?

Indeed, in the early days, there were doubters, people who couldn't quite grasp the idea that poker could be played as well or better at a computer terminal than at the baize. They looked at online poker and its fans as curiosity-seekers or professional geeks. Today those doubters are just as likely to be among the legions of people with a PokerStars account. In autumn of 2001, PokerStars hit the button to establish its ethereal place on the internet. Today, it has more than 47 million registered users and stands as the biggest online poker site in the world. Now, in 2011, PokerStars is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and it will do so in the style for which it's developed a worldwide reputation.

There is so much to report about the 10th anniversary celebration, it simply cannot be done in one day. Over the course of the next two months, PokerStars has so many jaw-dropping promotions scheduled, you won't want to step away from your computer for more than a couple of hours. With that understood, you may just need a little taste of what's to come. You might want to sit down before you read the next two bits.

PokerStars $10 million Sunday Million

There is not a richer or better-known weekly tournament on the planet than the Sunday Million. Now, it's about to get insane. On December 18 at 14:30 ET, PokerStars is guaranteeing $10 million in the Sunday Million. That's right. The prize pool of the Sunday Million on December 18 will be worth ten million dollars. As if that wasn't startling enough, first prize in the event is guaranteed to be at least $2 million. You'd be hard-pressed to find many $10,000 entry events these days with a $2 million first prize. On December 18th, it will only cost you $215 to compete for the life-changing money. In fact, it doesn't even have to cost you that much. PokerStars will be running satellites for as little as $1 or a few Frequent Player Points. PokerStars will also be hosting an $11 mega satellite with 1,000 seats guaranteed for the big one.

See the special 10th Anniversary $10 Million Sunday Million page for more.

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Giveaway

If you're like most PokerStars players, you're already itching for a little time in the Bahamas sun in January. Now, the PokerStars 10th Anniversary Giveaway will give you a chance to get there for free.

Over the next couple of months, the 10th Anniversary Giveaway will hand out 100 PCA prize packages worth more than $15,000 apiece. Every ten minutes, PokerStars will run free qualifiers. The top ten finishers in each of the qualifiers gets a seat to one of the weekly final tournaments. If you prefer to spend a little money, PokerStars will be hosting low-stakes and FPP tourneys every hour to get you into the finals, as well.

Beginning November 13 and running through December 11, PokerStars will host two of those weekly finals, each of which will award 10 PCA prize packages and $10,000 in cash. Everyone who finishes in the top 1,000 spots is guaranteed money. See the PCA Giveaway page for more info.

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Indeed, it's all nearly unthinkable. In one very fast decade, PokerStars rose from a small place where 100 people played poker online to become a place where hundreds of thousands play at any given time. It holds the world record for number of simultaneous players (more than 300,000), biggest tournament field (149,196), and most hands of poker dealt (approaching 70 billion). It's the home of Team PokerStars Pro, the elite stable of players including some of the world's best like ElkY, Jason Mercier, and Daniel Negreanu. It changed the live poker world with online WSOP satellite winners like Chris Moneymaker. It created gigantic online tournament series like the World Championship of Online Poker and the Spring Championship of Online Poker. What's more, PokerStars has launched live tours like the EPT, LAPT, and APPT all over the globe. In short, in just ten years, PokerStars has become an institution.

It's all reason to throw the biggest party PokerStars has ever hosted. The events you see above are just a portion of the big things PokerStars has in store over the next couple of months. Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog and the PokerStars 10th Anniversary homepage for full information on all the upcoming promotions.

Until then, put on on your party hats and get ready for the next two months. Guaranteed, you've never seen anything like what's coming.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in News