Just as the World Series of Poker is gearing up, PokerStars has announced it will be awarding at least 200 seats to the 2008 WSOP Championship, all on one night. On June 15th, PokerStars will host a $370 buy-in super satellite with a guaranteed $2.5 million prize pool. The estimated 200-plus winners will be awarded a $12,500 prize package that includes a coveted $10,000 buy-in to the 2008 WSOP Main Event, $2,500 in spending money, round-trip airfare to Las Vegas, and hotel accommodations for the two-week Main Event.
Last year 7,377 players entered the online super satellite tournament, trying to win their way into the 2007 World Series of Poker. Players from around the world battled for a guaranteed 150 seats. The event quickly turned into the largest WSOP satellite in history and ended up awarding 220 seats. This year, PokerStars is hoping to make history again and beat that number.
PokerStars has already awarded 1,200 seats to this year's WSOP and guarantees that for 2008, at least 2000 players will win WSOP Championship packages. At last year's Main Event, Team PokerStars players Tuan Lam, Raymond Rahme, and Hevad Khan all made it to the final table, earning a combined $8,845,249.
Tomorrow the first "Shuffle up and deal!" of the WSOP will resonate throughout the Amazon Room, signaling that players have only a few more weeks to qualify for the 39th World Series of Poker Main Event.