Duhamel joins the Ultimate Home Game in Macau
One thing you learn about PokerStars is that they don't do promotions by halves. Whether it's the $5 Million Sunday Million Anniversary, $45 million in guaranteed prizes at the upcoming Spring Championships of Online Poker, or the brand new $100,000 Game of Your Life promotion - PokerStars know how to reward their players in style.
Just ask Jiri Gattnar, better known as George, winner of the $100,000 PokerStars Ultimate Home Game Promotion which was launched in conjunction with the brand new PokerStars Home Games feature earlier in the year. The 21-year old from the Czech Republic is currently on an adventure of a lifetime in the heart of poker in Asia.
Playing under the online moniker "Hark123", George claimed victory in the $100,000 Ultimate Home Game Freeroll, winning an all-expenses paid trip to a poker destination of his choice for himself and seven of his friends. Macau was his chosen location, ahead of possibilities such as Austria, Canada and Argentina, and George isn't regretting his decision for a minute.
"Macau is the Las Vegas of Asia with some of the biggest cash games in the world. We're having a great time here!" said George as he sat down to collect the second part of his prize - the ultimate in poker home games.
Staged in the world-class facilities of the PokerStars Macau Poker Room in the luxurious Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino, George and his friends took their seats for a private VIP home game with three of their favourite Team PokerStars Pros. Joining George this afternoon was none other than the "Flying Dutchman" Marcel Luske, Czech hero Martin Hrubý and the 2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel.
This once-in-a-lifetime home game had prime positioning in the PokerStars Macau Poker Room with VIP treatment including dedicated waitresses, canapés and champagne on ice.
The boys opted to play a friendly sit and go, rather than a cash game, with a US$500 buy-in and three US$500 rebuys - all bankrolled by PokerStars - and plenty of fun was had by all.
"We have been treated very well in Macau, and it was a thrill to play with top class players like Marcel, Martin and Jonathan. It has been truly amazing," added George.
"I'm thrilled that Macau was selected," said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Macau Operations Manager. "The whole PokerStars Macau team is excited to have them here and we're looking forward to giving them a poker experience to remember. We plan to sponsor the Home Game winners and PokerStars pros into the Macau Millions."
George and his crew will be able to enjoy the next week in Macau, seeing the sights, experiencing the culture, hitting the nightlife, and squeezing in a little poker. We'll be keeping a close eye on the Czech entourage when Day 1c of the Macau Millions Main Event recommences on Wednesday evening.
In the meantime, if you'd like to be the next lucky player to receive the rock star VIP treatment from PokerStars then you should check out the $100,000 Game of Your Life promotion which has just kicked off. You and your friends will have the chance to grab front row tickets to the sporting event of your choice, anywhere in the world!
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