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Barcelona poker event is a December highlight

Tue, Dec 10, 3:11pm by William Brown

The 200,000 euro guaranteed Christmas Poker Series at Casino Barcelona from December 9 until December 22 will showcase the best of poker, with affordable buy-ins and great holiday weather.

Poker News reports that Barcelona is one of the most majestic cities in the world, regardless of the time of year and certainly won’t disappoint during Christmas with the casino located steps away from the beach.

The festival features dozens of action-packed tournaments and satellites with buy-ins ranging from 12 euro to 750 euro.

The highlight of the festival is the Christmas Poker Series 300 euro Main Event on December 11.

The tournament is a deep-stacked affair with players starting off with 30,000 in chips and four opening flights on December 11 to 14.

Blinds increased from 45 to 50 minutes throughout the tournament, except during the final Turbo Day 1d flight, where blinds move along faster at 20-minute increments.

Players will have plenty of opportunities to build a monster stack as not only is the structure great, but players can re-enter an unlimited amount of times until late registration closes at the conclusion of Level 14, which coincides with the second blind level of Day 2 on December 14.

Those surviving the second day will compete for one more final day of action on December 15, until a winner is crowned.

Although the 300 euro price tag should prove affordable to most players, you can get into the event much cheaper with a plethora of satellites with buy-ins ranging from 12 euro to 60 euro.

More than the Main Event in Barcelona

The Main Event is the biggest attraction of the festival, but there are plenty of other multi-day events littered on the schedule.

For those on a more limited budget, the Christmas Poker Series 85 euro Christmas Cup on December 15-20, the Christmas Poker Series No Clock (December 18 and 10)) and e the Christmas Poker Series 200 euro Second Chance (December 20-22) are other available events.

Players with bigger budgets weren’t left out as there will be the two-day Christmas Poker Series 750 euro High Roller on December 16 and 17.

Playtech expands poker offering with Red Star Poker coming on board

The world’s leading gambling technology company has announced that operator Red Star Poker is joining its online poker network, which is already one of the most wide-reaching networks in the world.

Having been a well-established poker operator across Eastern Europe, Calvin Ayre reported last month that Red Star’s agreement with Playtech reaffirms Playtech’s commitment to the poker vertical continues to strengthen.

With several other collaborations already in the pipeline, Playtech is driven to increase investments into their iPoker offerings, ensuring their network grows even stronger.

Red Star Poker was established in 2005 to provide a comfortable and secure poker experience to players across the globe.

Since then, it has been chosen as a safe and reliable partner by hundreds of thousands of players looking for a high-quality gaming solution that focuses on the Eastern European marketplace.

With a focus on growth in regulated markets worldwide, in line with Playtech’s wider strategy, the iPoker network offers an excellent liquidity pool, backed by software and services developed to comply with regulatory requirements in multiple jurisdictions.

The scale and stability of the network allows Playtech to cater to a wide range of partners, regardless the size of their player base, core business or marketing strategy, thanks to the sophisticated Source Based Rake player valuation method.

Chief operating officer at Playtech Shimon Akad comments: “We are delighted to welcome Red Star on board with Playtech. At a time when the poker market is facing undeniable challenges, at Playtech, we are completely committed to addressing those challenges head on.


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