PokerStars Prepares Promos for 200 Billionth Hand Milestone

PokerStars Prepares Promos for 200 Billionth Hand Milestone

There is one thing about PokerStars that has stayed true in its 18-year history. It doesn’t like to celebrate alone. Rather, the famed online poker operator likes to welcome all players to its celebrations.

Queue the upcoming milestone. PokerStars is preparing to deal its 200 billionth hand of poker online. And just as it did for its 100 billionth hand back in early summer 2013.

The multi-million-dollar promotion welcomed players into the money for weeks prior to the dealing of the 100 millionth hand, which ended up hitting at a micro-stakes table where six players were in a hand at $0.02/$0.05 stakes. The player who won the hand – microulis69 from Greece – won the pot worth $31.55, as well as a prize of $103,800 for winning that 100 millionth hand. Everyone else at the table won a five-figure payout, and more than nine thousand other players also won approximately $84 each.

Now, as PokerStars looks toward its 200 billionth hand online, it is rolling out the promotions.

200 Billionth Hand Payout

The announcement of the run-up to the milestone came with news that every player in the eventual 200 billionth hand will win $10,000, no matter the outcome of the hand. No matter if players compete in the hand or fold, whether they are in a tournament or cash game, the payouts will happen.

PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations Severin Rasset reflected on the number of hands dealt since the site launched in 2001. “These milestones are always emotional for us,” he said, “reminding us of everything the company has achieved over the years and the stories of millions of players who’ve been on this journey with us.”

Surprise Chests in Cash Games

One of the many promotions leading up to the 200 billionth hand is for cash game players.

From April 15 to April 30, from 12:00 ET to 17:00 ET daily, chests will be dropped randomly once per hour to all tables with three or more players in the hand. The surprise chest will contain a reward worth 20 times the big blind of that table, and all cash game tables are included up to $30/$60 stakes with the sole exclusion of heads-up games. The winner of the hand receives the chest.

The promotion will be extended past May 1 if the 200 billionth hand has not been dealt.

Spins and Freerolls

Players in cash games and tournaments, beginning on April 15, will receive a spin on the 200 Billion Hands Celebration Wheel. The promotion will run until May 1 or until the 200 billionth hand is dealt.

Anyone who logs in and plays at least one hand in a cash game or tournament will receive a pop-up with a ticket that can be used to spin the wheel immediately or throughout the remainder of April. Players can then claim another ticket every 24 hours through the end of the promotion.

Daily rewards can be any of the following:

–$2,000 cash

–Tournament ticket worth $27

–Spin & Go ticket worth $0.25, $1.00, $1.50, or $7

–Sit & Go ticket worth $0.10

–Freeroll ticket worth $10K

–All-In Shootout ticket worth $5K

–Freeroll ticket bundle for $10K freeroll and $5K All-In Shootout

All players who spin the wheel will also receive a ticket to one of the 200 Billion Hands Celebration Freerolls, which will award $10K in prizes each day through May 2. Then, a Mega Freeroll will take place on May 1 for all players, and that tournament will offer a $200K prize pool.

The 200 Billion Hands Celebration $5K All-in Shootout will happen on May 2 for those ticket winners.

Milestone MTTs

Finally, all tournament players will have the chance to win free tickets to tournaments in the upcoming SCOOP series, with values from $2.20 up to $215. This, too, will run from April 15 to May 1.

All of the following tournaments will award tickets at random:

–$215 Sunday Warm-Up

–$109 Sunday Million

–$22 Mini Sunday Million

–$11 Sunday Storm

–Daily Bigs from $2.20 to $215 buy-ins

–Daily Bounty Builders from $2.20 to $215 buy-ins

In addition, the Stars Store will be offering special merchandise pricing and giveaways beginning April 23.

More immediately, players can also compete to win Spin & Go tickets by submitting their favorite Twitch clips for the Spin & Globe Awards for categories like Best Bluff, Best Bad Beat, Best Laydown, and Best Winning Moment.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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