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PokerStars to host secret invite-only high stakes promos to keep losing players?

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Defrag   Poland. Sep 11 2017 19:40. Posts 4515

This is one of the most interesting news since a long time. A 2+2 forum poster posted some screenshots claiming that he won a secretly-hosted high stakes invite-only 9 player sit&go tournamnet at PokerStars. And that there was $55,000 in prizes, with every player getting paid no matter what's his finish position.

User hiding under "poiulkjh" was claiming he managed to win the invite-only tournament for $25,000, where the funds were manually credited to players account by PokerStars employees to keep it from trackers like Sharkscope. A lot of people claimed for the screenshot to be fake and photoshoped, but he showed a part of the invite as well.

Prizes were: 1st: $25000, 2nd: $10300, 3rd: $5200, 4th-6th: $2100, 7th-9th: $1050.

So, how to get invited to that club? "poiulkjh"said that he lost around $40,000 in last year alone. There are supposedly around 440 players in the club at the moment.

However, one of our Polish players shared the entire e-mail with us, so we can confirm - that the entire thing is true,at least to some degree:

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Stroggoz   New Zealand. Sep 11 2017 20:51. Posts 3550

is gus hanson in this club

I was GTO in 2007 -wobbly_au 

cariadon   Estonia. Sep 11 2017 20:54. Posts 3938

Gus runs it


shootair   United States. Sep 11 2017 21:15. Posts 399

Gus hanson got invited twice


shootair   United States. Sep 11 2017 21:16. Posts 399

And so did Goose HInson


Baalim   Mexico. Sep 11 2017 21:24. Posts 31578

and Gosse Hansel is still a loser in that club

Ex-PokerStars Team Pro Online 

whamm!   Albania. Sep 12 2017 00:41. Posts 11625

It's called Gus's Home Game guys


Naib   Hungary. Sep 12 2017 19:01. Posts 935

There was also a promotion this weekend available to only a select few people in spins - no advertisements whatsoever -. If you managed to win 3 spins in a row, you got your an extra buyin credited to your account (any stake). Theoretically you could make quite a hefty amount of rakeback, but again, it was only available to a select few players - players they deemed fishes / losing players most likely by some algorhytm.

I find this whole debacle extremely shady, but it comes as no surprise: they have a lot of extra revenue now with the huge RB cuts, and sure they could allocate a few bucks to this end (i really find this whole differentiation between customers ugly tbh).

My favourite line is Bet/Fold. I bet, you fold. 

Trav94   Canada. Sep 13 2017 09:30. Posts 1658


  On September 12 2017 18:01 Naib wrote:
There was also a promotion this weekend available to only a select few people in spins - no advertisements whatsoever -. If you managed to win 3 spins in a row, you got your an extra buyin credited to your account (any stake). Theoretically you could make quite a hefty amount of rakeback, but again, it was only available to a select few players - players they deemed fishes / losing players most likely by some algorhytm.

I find this whole debacle extremely shady, but it comes as no surprise: they have a lot of extra revenue now with the huge RB cuts, and sure they could allocate a few bucks to this end (i really find this whole differentiation between customers ugly tbh).



Sure they have some extra money due to huge rakeback cuts. But if anything, this all screams huge desperation. I wouldn't be surprised to see stars tank very hard, at least in term of their high point, in the next couple of years


 





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