PokerStars.com Introduces the Biggest V.I.P. Club in Poker History

Popular Online Poker Website Rewards Players at All Levels With Gifts and Unique Prizes

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ — PokerStars.com, the world’s leading poker tournament site and one of the largest poker rooms in the world in overall traffic, has launched its new VIP Club. This special program is intended to reward players who enjoy playing online poker at all levels. A wide variety of prizes are available. Currently, PokerStars.com has over 4,000,000 registered players and is one of the poker industry’s fastest-growing poker rooms.

Land-based casinos were the first to introduce loyalty-based VIP programs to their customers. While successful, most of these rewards programs are oriented predominantly towards gamblers who play slot machines, video poker, and table games. Incentive programs for poker players, for the most part, remain limited.

However, PokerStars.com is run by, and was created with poker players in mind. It is taking the VIP Club to an unprecedented level. Top rewards include gift certificates (Neiman-Marcus and Dell are two partner companies), high-demand electronics (iPod nano and plasma-screen televisions are among the options), and Porsche Cayman sports cars.

PokerStars’ VIP Club also offers prizes which are unavailable anywhere else in the world. For example — special poker matches with Joe Hachem, the reigning World Series of Poker champion are available. The VIP Club also allows members to play with former world poker champions Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, and Tom McEvoy. Indeed, the VIP Club offers everything from concierge service to box seats for professional sporting events (the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks are PokerStars newest pro sports partner). There is even an option to become a real star, by naming a star in the galaxy after yourself or someone special, which is included as part of the VIP Club rewards program.

“Poker players are the most loyal customers in the gaming business,” said Nolan Dalla, Director of Communications at PokerStars.com. “Poker players spend more time doing what they enjoy than any other sector in the industry. Furthermore, we have found that online poker players, in particular, are very loyal. With the VIP Club, PokerStars.com will reward that customer loyalty with prizes unmatched by any other card room, anywhere.”

For thousands of poker players all over the world, PokerStars.com is the gateway to exciting tournament action — both online and in-person. The VIP Club offers its players special all-inclusive packages to exciting events including the World Series of Poker, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and tour stops on the European Poker Tour (EPT). Players can also redeem points to play in special events such as the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). In addition, VIP Club members are regularly invited to special freeroll tournaments with all prize money put up by PokerStars.

Players with real money deposits at PokerStars.com start earning VIP Player Points (VPPs) immediately. With the first hand dealt, players instantly become Bronze-Star VIPs. Then, as more hands are played, players reach higher club levels. After Bronze-Stars — Silver-Stars, Gold-Stars, and Platinum Stars are the next VIP levels in succession. The most loyal players of all earn SuperNova status — which is the highest VIP Club level.

To read more about the VIP Club, please go to:
http://www.pokerstars.com/vip/main.html

To see a complete list of prizes available to VIP Club members,
please go to:
http://www.pokerstars.com/fpp_store.html

About PokerStars:

PokerStars (www.pokerstars.com) is the world’s most innovative online poker site. PokerStars was the first site to introduce features that became industry standard such as sophisticated multi-table tournaments, integrated game statistics, players’ notes, personalized images, time bank for tournaments and big bet ring games, satellite tournaments, multi-table sit and go tournaments, and much more.

To date, PokerStars has dealt over four billion hands and run more than 15 million poker tournaments, awarding well over $1 billion in prize money. PokerStars is one of the world’s largest poker rooms, with 4.6 million registered player accounts. PokerStars’ support team is truly unique, as help and assistance is available around the clock from people who know and understand the game of poker and the importance of impeccable customer service.

The PokerStars.com site is also one of the most secure. PokerStars uses industry-leading security software to ensure the integrity of the system, including encryption, card shuffle randomness and preventative measures against cheating and collusion. Money covering player’s balances is held in segregated accounts managed by the Royal Bank of Scotland, ensuring that PokerStars can fulfill its obligations to players at all times.

PokerStars is an official member of the World Poker Tour, and the title sponsor of the European Poker Tour (EPT) and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. During the last three years, PokerStars.com sent more players to the World Series of Poker than any other source or website. A whopping 1,116 entrants qualified to play this year via PokerStars satellites. PokerStars is the site where the 2003 and 2004 World Series of Poker champions won entries into the World Series of Poker. The reigning world poker champion Joe Hachem, has also been an active player at PokerStars since 2001. He joined Moneymaker and Raymer as official representatives of PokerStars.com, thus fortifying the company trademark, “Where Poker Players Become World Champions.”

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