The Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars, Severin Rasset, has announced significant, and controversial changes to the company’s Stars Rewards program.
Stars Rewards has been widely praised for its customer-friendly features, which has made the revamp even more controversial than it would otherwise have been. The headline change was a significant cut in the multi-table tournament (MTT) Rewards offering. This is set to fall by over 50 percent, so whereas previously customers have been able to enjoy 100 reward points for each dollar they spend in scheduled tournament fees, they will now receive only 45.
There was some good news for PokerStars players in the latest announcements. The company announced that it was revamping the Rewards Chest component of the Rewards system, which will be trialled for Italian customers initially. The details include the replacement of the Red and Platinum Chests with Black and Diamond, and a change in the qualification for a higher tier. Previously, you needed to win four Chests in a day to advance, but players will now be able to move up to the next tier by winning ten Chests over a 28-day period.
The new Chest format also has adjusted values. The Blue Chest is worth €0.50 and the top-level Black Chest worth €35 to €700. The net result is that the average value for one Chest has increased three-fold, and while the maximum prize is down from €1,000 to €700 it is more likely to pay out.
PokerStars Tournament Dates
The company has also announced the dates of its major spring tournament. The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online poker (SCOOP) will take place between May 12 and May 27, with the Championship’s Main Event happening on May 26h to Monday, May 27 with the Main Event taking place on Sunday, May 26. Satellite events will start on April 15 and April 21.
A version of this article first appeared at calvinayre.com