The Virtual Rail: PokerStars to Host $6m GTD March High Roller Series; Rabichow Run It Once Poker Pro

PokerStars continues to pollinate the high stakes online multi-table tournament (MTT) world after announcing plans to give their High Roller Series a spit wash in readiness for a March parade.

The PokerStars High Roller Series runs between 23-30 March, contains 19-events, guarantees $6m in prize money, and offers buy-ins between $215 and $10,300.

There are three events priced at $10,3000.

Here they are:

Tuesday 24 March 13:00 (ET) – $10,300 buy-in, $500k GTD NLHE 8-Max.

Thursday 26 March 13:00 (ET) – $10,300 buy-in, $500k GTD NLHE 8-Max.

Sunday 29 March 14:30 (ET) $10,300 buy-in, $400k GTD Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) Six-Max.

Sailors in this one are looking for the treasure chest sitting at the end of the $5,200 buy-in, $1.5m GTD No-Limit Hold ’em (NLHE) Main Event. That bright and bubbly rainbow springs forth on Sunday 29 March at 13:00 (ET).

The $6m guarantee is $5m less, and the schedule 30% lighter than when Stars last ran a High Roller Series in December. You don’t need a spy to figure out that December numbers didn’t inspire confidence within the halls of PokerStars’ power. 

The series coincides with the $215 buy-in, $12.5m GTD 14th Anniversary Sunday Million (March 22-24). 

Here is the link to the full schedule.

In December…

The last time PokerStars pulled this guitar out of the bag and strummed a melody was in December. 

Andreas “daskalos20” Christoforou won the 106-entrant $10,300 NLHE 8-Max for $244,261.02, Alexandros “mexican222” Kolonias won the 115-entrant $10,300 NLHE 8-Max for $265,000.18, Michael “mczhang” Zhang won the 86-entrant $10,300 NLHE PKO for $239,804.59, Pascal “Pass_72” LeFrancois won the 69-entrant $10,300 PLO 6-Max for $186,237.66, and Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov won the 515-entrant $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Main Event for $457,344.17.

Kevin Rabichow to Represent Run It Once Poker

With Phil Galfond 100% focused on climbing out of the €900,000 hole dug by VeniVidi1993, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for his online poker site to announce their first sponsored pro – and that man is Kevin Rabichow.

Rabichow won’t need a translator to get into the Run It Once (RIO) spirit of things. He is an ‘Elite Coach’ on the RIO training site, and has been playing poker since 2005. He will exchange his formidable ‘KRab42’ pseudonym for the bog-standard sheet of glass ‘Kevin Rabichow,’ making him only the second player after Galfond to play with a unique avatar and real name.

Joe Stapleton released the news after Rabichow joined him in the commentary booth during Galfond’s clash with VeniVidi1993.