The weekend ahead on PokerStars (and Las Vegas)

Five things from the world of PokerStars heading into the weekend.

1. Sunday Majors

Okay, if you have interest in the Sunday Majors this weekend it likely means you're not in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker Main Event (more on that below). Personally speaking I feel your pain.

But let's look on the bright side. With the best players in the world currently dealing with frostbite from the Rio air-con tundra, not to mention a 15 minute wait in line to use the bathroom, you can take advantage of their absence online and cash in in any of the weekend majors, including the Sunday Million.

Last week it was won by Jay-Syl11 who picked up $177,000 for first place. I know, it's not Las Vegas, but open the refrigerator, climb in and play from there. It's almost the same thing.

2. The Blog heads to Vegas

Of course, the other place to be if you can't be in Las Vegas (apart from the fridge) is on the PokerStars Blog. That's where our coverage starts from tomorrow on the WSOP Main Event, which brings the summer Series to a close.

Day 1_2016 WSOP_8july16.jpgThe Amazon Room ahead of another WSOP Main Event storm

Brad Willis and Howard Swains will be on hand bringing news and stories from the tournament room, through every stage of the tournament. The writing is typically of a standard to wear out any refresh button. Bookmark this link to avoid missing any of it.

3. Mercier on track

Talking of the WSOP we wrote this week about one contest that will still go on even after the end of the Main Event in a couple of weeks from now, that of the Player of the Year.

Jason Mercier_2016_wsop_8july16.jpgJason Mercier at yet another final table at the WSOP this summer

You can read the full story here, but a look back over recent years has shown Team PokerStars Pros to be prolific in this category. First Daniel Negreanu in 2013, then George Danzer a year later. Now it seems Jason Mercier is poised to take this year's title, already out to a formidable lead.

4. Did you say "a million"?

Back online and the word "million" crops up a couple of times, the first in the announcement today of the second $1 million freeroll on PokerStars.

As you can read here, it all takes place on Sunday July 17, and what's more entry into it couldn't be easier. We really mean that, it's ridiculously simple. You'll read how and say "Really? That's it?" That's guarantees, as is the $10,000 to the winner. With 75,000 players finishing in the money it's a great way to get your bank roll going, or top it up a little. Read more about it here.

5. Did you say a "Spin and Go million"?

The other use of the word "million" is in reference to the amount still up for grabs in special Spin & Go's, at least for the next three days.

As you can read about here, we're talking about $5 Spin & Go's that could make you make you $1 million better off in the space of about ten minutes.

We could explain it in great length, but time is running out. Log in, get playing, and read more about it as you play . It all ends on Sunday. Good luck.

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.