The recently concluded PokerStars sponsored Estrellas de San Sebastian – “Estrellas” means “Stars” in Spanish – has gone to yet another PokerStars online qualifier. Following the victories of online qualifiers Antonio Dieguez in the ESPT Málaga and Alejandro Piñeiro in the ESPT Alicante, German online player Fabian Deimann took the San Sebastian leg of the Estrellas Poker Tour €64,600 and a ticket to the Main Event for EPT Barcelona at the end of the month.
History Repeating Itself
In fact, it was a double hat-trick for the tour, as incredibly both the first and second place finishers in the last three events have won their places via online satellites. Their successes continue a long line of historic victories for PokerStars qualifiers on tour:-
· The PokerStars European Poker Tour
In 2010, Michael Eiler from Germany overcame a final table in EPT Vienna which included Daniel Negreanu to collect €700,000.
In the same season, Norwegian qualifier Kevin Stani denied PokerStars pro Arnaud Mattern a historic second EPT title when winning EPT Tallinn.
Ben Wilinofsky captured one of the biggest prizes of last year´s European Poker Tour when qualifying online in Canada for the EPT Berlin and taking home €825,000.
However, PokerStars qualifier Nicolas “niccc” Chouity topped the lot when winning €1.7 million in the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo after winning his seat in a $22 rebuy tournament on PokerStars.
· The PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour
In this year´s Latin American Poker Tour, Chilean online qualifier Alex Manzano broke Brazilian hearts in the largest ever Sau Paulo LAPT to win $555,000.
Alex will be hoping to repeat the feat of Peruvian PokerStars qualifier Martin Sansour, who went on to claim victory in the 2010 LAPT Grand Final.
· The PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour
One-two´s are not unique to Spain. In 2009, online qualifiers Simon Watts and Gerome Guitteau battled out the APPT Auckland, with Watts collecting the NZ$209,000 first prize.
It was almost 1-2 in Perth this year as well, as PokerStars qualifier Grant levy won AU$131,500 when beating compatriot John Corr and fellow qualifier Tim Marsters.
And so it goes on … …
The Italian Poker Tour, the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT), the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure – all of these events – and more – have had winners who qualified through PokerStars satellites.
Of course, the most famous PokerStars qualifier of all must be Chris Moneymaker, who won the WSOP Main Event in 2003 and collected $2.5 million after winning a $39.00 online qualifier. In the following year, the feat was repeated by Greg Raymer, and now PokerStars sends hundreds of players every year to the world´s premier poker event via online satellites.
Get Involved with the PokerStars Qualifiers
It is easy to get involved with the PokerStars qualifiers and earn yourself in some of the most lucrative live poker events in the world. Simply click on the link below and download the free software (compatible with both Windows and Mac). Register an account, and make a deposit of up to $600.00 to take advantage of the PokerStars 100% match bonus. Then head straight to the “Events” section of the poker lobby where satellites are now taking place for:-
EPT Barcelona: August 27 – September 1
EPT London: September 30 – October 6
APPT Queenstown: August 23- August 28
APPT Macau: November 23- November 27
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure: January 5 – January 15 2012
Under the “Specials” tab, you will find PokerStars online qualifiers for:-
Eureka Poker Tour – Zagreb (Croatia): August 24 – August 27
Belgian Poker Series – Blankenberg: September 1 – September 4
Estrellas Poker Tour – Ibiza: September 21 – September 25
Portugal Poker Series: October 7 – October 9
And of course … …
UKIPT – Dublin: September 8 – September 12
Check out this page if you want to read more information on UKIPT satellites.