PokerStars announced that it has added Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) – a live event where you can play against some of the poker legends from the LATAM tour – to its tournament calendar. The first event will be conducted at Sao Paulo. It will lead in to the main event, which is scheduled to take place over six days – between 26th and 31st July. A few other stops in the tour are – Belo Horizonte, Balneário Camboriú, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza and Curitiba.
To give poker enthusiasts a convenient option to go to the tournament, PokerStars is conducting BSOP freerolls that will continue until 20th July. The weekly events will conclude Saturday evenings with a satellite final. Players who make it to the top spots in the events can earn a prize package which will comprise the buy-in for the tournament and money for spending.
The online poker room has created another provision through which players can improve their chances of winning a ticket to the BSOP – allowing them to enter the events if they buy-in with real-money. The satellites will continue until 25th July. The buy-ins for the events start as low as $0.55. Players who do not want to pay the buy-in with real money have the option of exchanging 100 Frequent Player Points (FPPs) for an entry.
PokerStars is conducting two types of BSOP satellites: full-package and seat-only. If a player wins a seat-only satellite, he will qualify to play in a BSOP event for the same poker game. The player has to pay for his travel to the BSOP venue and stay during the tournament. A player who wins a full-package event will get the buy-in to the main event. The package will come with money to pay for accommodation and to spend at the venue.
One of the Team Poker Pro members, Andre Akkari, stated that he is excited about PokerStars sponsoring the event as he can play in the BSOP circuit, which has a few highly skilled poker professionals. According to him, this has created a unique opportunity for experiencing the poker scene that is seeing tremendous growth in the country. The live operations director in Latin America, David Carrion, stated that the purpose of offering freerolls and satellites is to attract players and expand the BSOP tournament field.
How to enter the poker tournament
To enter the poker tournament, you first have to become a member of the online poker room. Getting started at PokerStars is easy. The first step is to download the room’s software and install it on your system. For this, visit PokerStars by clicking here and click on the option tagged ‘Play Poker’. Click ‘Run’ in the next two dialogue boxes that open. This will take you to a window where you can select the language and confirm that you have read the license agreement. Once the software is installed, you have to ‘Launch PokerStars’. The site’s icon will be on your desktop.
When the PokerStars lobby opens, you have the option to create an account. To facilitate this, the site will require you to provide a few personal details. After you fill in the details, the site will ask you where you heard about the poker room. Check the box that says ‘website’ and enter the marketing code MPONLINE in the field provided for it. PokerStars will send a validation code to your email address. Return to the PokerStars lobby, select the ‘Validate Email Address’ option and enter the code. This will verify your email address, after which, you can deposit money to play any real money tournament or cash game at the site.
Rafa Joins PokerStars
Besides the BSOP, PokerStars made another addition – a new player. A tennis champion with eleven Grand Slam titles to his name, Rafael Nadal is the newest player to join the site’s SportStars Team, which has players like Boris Becker and Marcus Hellner. But, unlike the other big names at the site, he has not won a poker tournament. As a new member of PokerStars, Rafa (as he is known among fans) plans to make his mark at the felt in the coming months.
PokerStars is giving you the chance to be a part of Rafa’s journey to his first success in poker, firstly by inviting players to keep track of his progress with the site’s updates. Secondly, the online poker room is running a promotion through which players get to share their poker tips with Rafa. Players have to make a video and send it to PokerStars, who will select the best entry of the week and feature it on the site.
Rafa will award special prizes to those who send videos that are most helpful. The player who sent the video Rafa rates the best at the end of the promotion will get a prize package to play in the Barcelona leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT). The package will contain a €5,300 buy-in to the Main Event which will take place between the 19th and 25th of July. It will also come with accommodation for eight nights and money for spending (€1,500). If you are one among the top five in the contest, you can win a chipset that Rafa signed. All players who submit helpful videos will get a tournament ticket to PokerStars’ MicroMillions Main Event.