Race off to a PokerStars Festival for just $2

To celebrate the Gold Cup at The Cheltenham Festival on Friday, March 16, we are running a special $2 tournament on Sunday, March 4 at 17:00 GMT called The Big Race. One lucky player will win a PokerStars Festival Marbella package!

The top 110 players of the tournament field will get a BetStars Free Bet ranging from $5 to $50.

The top finishers will additionally each be allocated at random a horse set to run in the Gold Cup at 15:30 GMT on Friday, March 16.

The first three horses past the post in the Gold Cup will win the player allocated that horse a prize as follows:

  • 1st - A $3,000 PokerStars Festival Marbella package
  • 2nd - $500 worth of Free Bets to use at BetStars
  • 3rd - $250 worth of Free Bets to use at BetStars

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Players winning Free Bets can use them at BetStars, which offers betting on a wide range of sports with thousands of markets live every day. The Free Bets will be allocated on March 12 and be valid for seven days. The $500 and $250 Free Bet prizes will be awarded on March 19 and be valid for six months.

The 110 Free Bets will be allocated as follows:

  • The top 10 players will receive $50 in Free Bets.
  • The following 50 players will receive $10 in Free Bets.
  • The following 50 players after that will receive $5 in Free Bets.

Find The Big Race under the ‘Events’ tab and register now for your chance to play at a PokerStars Festival event for just $2!

How horses are allocated to top tournament finishers

If there are 15 declared runners for the Gold Cup on March 14, then the top 15 tournament finishers will be allocated a horse. If there were nine horses declared, then it would be the top nine finishers and so on.

If any horse is withdrawn from the race between the date of allocation to players and the race itself, then the affected player(s) will be given a $5 Free BetStars bet.

Special Offer Details & Rules

The following are the special terms (“Rules”) of ‘The Big Race’ promotion (the "Promotion"), as organized by the operator of the site known as ‘PokerStars’ ("PokerStars"/”we”/ “our”/ “us”) and its affiliated sites (the "Site") and owner of the PokerStars GUI software (the "Client").

  • This Promotion runs from March 4-16, 2018, and is only available to residents of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.
  • To participate, register on the Client to play in the $2 buy in ‘The Big Race’ tournament scheduled for Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 17 :00 GMT / 12:00 ET (“The Big Race Tournament”).
  • The top 110 (one hundred and ten) players of the tournament field in The Big Race Tournament will receive a Free Bet for one of the following amounts – USD $5, USD $10 or USD $50, which can only be used on BetStars. Please note that all Free Bets are subject to expiry as set out here under and must be used strictly in accordance with the BetStars Terms and Conditions
  • The top 38 out of the 110 finishers from The Big Race Tournament will be randomly allocated one horse designated to run in the Gold Cup Day at The Cheltenham Festival on March 16, 2018 (15:30 GMT) (Gold Cup Day). 
  • The actual number of finishers that will be allocated a horse may vary depending on and corresponding to the number of actual horses entered into the race on Gold Cup Day. If any horse is withdrawn between the date of allocation of that horse to a player following The Big Race Tournament and Gold Cup Day, then the affected player(s) will be given a USD $5 (five US Dollars) Free Bet to use at BetStars. 
  • The top three horse finishers on Gold Cup Day will win the following prizes (“Top Prizes”):
  • First Place Finisher
    • a PokerStars Festival package comprising of:
    • 1 x €1,100 Main Event entry buy-in to a PokerStars Festival Marbella from June 4-10, 2018;
    • Six nights’ accommodation at H10 Andaluica Plaza, Urb. Nueva Andalucía, s/n E-29660-Marbella-Peurto Banús Costa del Sol and
    • Up to $600 in travel and on-site expenses.
  • Second Place Finisher
    • USD $500 (five hundred US Dollars) worth of Free Bets to use at BetStars.
  • Third Place Finisher
    • USD $250 (two hundred and fifty US Dollars) worth of Free Bets to use at BetStars.
  • The First-Place Finisher will be responsible for arranging and paying for return travel to Marbella and all transportation costs to and from the Festival. We will credit the First-Place Finisher with USD $600 (six hundred US Dollars) paid directly to the winner’s player account on the Site. The winner must ensure they have the relevant travel documents including visas if applicable.
  • All Free Bets awarded as part of this Promotion must be used within the following time frames and strictly in accordance with BetStars Terms and Conditions.
    RecipientTime of Expiry
    Top 110 players of The Big Race Tournament 7 (seven) days from issue.
    Second-Place Finisher 6 months from issue.
    Third-Place Finisher 6 months from issue.
  • All prizes that form part of this Promotion cannot be assigned or transferred and will be forfeited if not used within the allocated period. No cash alternative will be offered in place of an allocated prize.

Please click here for general promotion Terms & Conditions.

If you have any questions about The Big Race, contact Support.

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