PokerStars’ “Common Cents” Festival Treats Low-Stakes Online Players

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PokerStars is awarding its micro-stakes online players with the ‘Common Cents’ series this week. (Image: PokerStars)

PokerStars are treating their many casual online players to a 7-day series of low-cost tournaments: Common Cents.

The online tournament festival runs until October 11, and there’s a guaranteed prizepool worth $250,000 spread over the seven days.

14 Common Cents tournaments are scheduled, kicking off with a $0.01-buy in event that carries a $100,000 guaranteed prizepool.

While our crystal ball is a little out of whack here at CardsChat, we’re predicting that that might be a little popular.

Also running October 5 is the $2,500-guaranteed tournament with a buy-in of $0.11. Two tournaments a day will continue to run on PokerStars, with ever-increasing buy-ins and guaranteed prizepools.

The series culminates on October 11 with a $25,000-guaranteed tournament where the buy-in is a mere $0.99.

Free Main Event Tickets For 500 Players

Early bird registrations will be awarded throughout the festival, with a random table chosen every minute of the first hour of each tournament.

Those players, 500 in total, will receive a free buy-in to the $25,000 ‘Main Event’ which carries a first prize worth $2,500, as well as freebies, a points leaderboard is running throughout the series.

The top 100 players at the close of the festival will bag a share of $1,000, with 1st place getting $100.

Common Cents comes just a few months after PokerStars‘ Micromillions wrapped. The 11th season of Micromillions culminated with a Main Event that carried a $1 million guarantee.

With a buy-in of just $22, that guarantee was well and truly smashed as 55,524 entrants turned out. In the end, Canadian player, “Nolet20” took down the title for a first prize worth $89,854.

Common Cents Too Early For US Players

The Common Cents festival comes a little too early for players in New Jersey, who just last week showed some common sense of their own by paving the way for PokerStars to re-enter the US market.

For now, at least, PokerStars will be restricted to offering New Jersey residents legal online poker, the first time ‘Stars will have operated in a fully-legal market in the USA.

With the Division of Gaming Enforcement approving Amaya Inc, both PokerStars and Full Tilt, who ‘Stars parent group took over after Black Friday, will be allowed to offer online games in the Garden State.

Amaya will be buddying up with brick ‘n’ mortar outfit Resorts Casino Hotel in order to qualify for the license. As yet, the Atlantic City operation has not stated when they think the sites will go live.

Speaking about the opportunity last week, Amaya boss David Baazov said:

“We look forward to bringing our popular brands, innovative technology, marketing prowess and world-class security and game integrity to the growing New Jersey online gaming market.”

Common Cents Schedule

October 5 – $100,000 GTD (Buy-in: $0.01)
October 5 – $2,500 GTD (Buy-in: $0.11)

October 6 – $5,000 GTD (Buy-in: $0.22)
October 6 – $5,000 GTD (Buy-in: $0.22)

October 7 – $7,500 GTD (Buy-in: $0.33)
October 7 – $7,500 GTD (Buy-in: $0.33)

October 8 – $10,000 GTD (Buy-in: $0.44)
October 8 – $10,000 GTD (Buy-in: $0.44)

October 9 – $12,500 GTD (Buy-in: $0.55)
October 9 – $12,500 GTD (Buy-in: $0.55)

October 10 – $15,000 GTD (Buy-in: $0.66)
October 10 – $17,500 GTD (Buy-in: $0.77)

October 11 – $20,000 GTD (Buy-in: $0.88)
October 11 – MAIN EVENT $25,000 GTD (Buy-in: $0.99)

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