Beat them or back them: it's Team Pro Online week
There's a big week coming up on PokerStars, with cash prizes and EPT packages up for grabs starting on Monday. The reason: it's Team Pro Online week, a time when you the PokerStars player reap the rewards while they slug it out for nothing more than bragging rights. Allow us to explain how you cash in.
In all there are three EPT packages and tens of thousands of dollars to be won, starting on Monday and running until Sunday March 6. PokerStars players will have the chance to take on Team Pro Online members and win big prizes in a special Heads-Up Challenge, $20,000 Bounty Freeroll, and special micro-stakes Zoom pools, among all sorts of other activities.
"Team Pro Online Week is a great opportunity for all players to compete against a host of PokerStars pros and win some big cash prizes," said Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra of Team Pro Online. "The Heads-Up Challenge in particular promises to be a really fun competition and I can't wait to try to get my hands on the title."
So here are a few details.
'BEAT THEM' OR 'BACK THEM' HEADS-UP CHALLENGE
The 'Beat Them' or 'Back Them' Heads-Up Challenge is the focal point of the week, running from Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 March from 14:00 ET.
The 'Beat Them' promotion features 32 players, made up of Team Pro Online members and online qualifiers, battling it out to become the Heads-Up Challenge champion. The highest-placed online qualifier in the Heads-Up Challenge tournament will win $5,000.
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If they then go on to win it they receive a $10,000 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final package. So the first thing you need to mark in your diary is the qualifying tournament. That runs on Tuesday, March 1 at 14.00 ET, with a buy-in of $11.
But even if you don't reach the final stages there's more to keep you interested.
You can still back the winners (yep, this is where the "Back Them" element comes into play), by predicting the winner of the Heads-Up Challenge and winning one of two $10,000 EPT Grand Final packages. Every player who plays the qualifier gets a "backing ticket", which allows them entry into one of 32 freeroll tournaments, with the finals of each streamed live on the PokerStars Twitch channel: http://www.twitch.tv/pokerstars/
$20,000 BOUNTY FREEROLL
The $20,000 guaranteed Bounty Freeroll and takes place on March 6 at 15.00 ET. As the name suggests there's a $50 bounty on each Team Pro Online. All you need to claim a ticket is to deposit $10 or more using bonus code ONLINE2016 by 15.00 ET on March 6.
SPECIAL ZOOM POOLS
It sounds like something you might find at a water park, but the Special Zoom Pools are actually a great way to play against Team Pro Online in micro-stakes games. The pros themselves will announce that they're playing on Twitter an hour before they log in, and if you make a profit against them within an hour we'll multiply your winnings by seven.
JOIN TEAM PRO ONLINE
While it's fun to play against Team Pro Online, we hear it's even better to be a Team Pro Online. PokerStars is also currently accepting applications to join Team Pro Online from Supernova VIP level players. Supernova players will have received an email for details of how to apply. What are you waiting for?
For everything else, including ways to show your support for your favourite team pro, and all the terms and conditions, check out the Team Online Pro Week homepage.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.