This is offline poker, but hey — you travel eventually, right? Absolutely! Sometimes it’s nice to get out of your house, go on holiday, and still play some amazing poker. If you have been in the gambling scene for a while, you’re already very familiar with PokerStars. This is the world’s largest online poker site, and it recently announced that it’s teaming up with Casino Gran Madrid — the premier casino destination in Madrid. The purpose? A whole new poker room! It’s going to have 20 tables to accommodate nearly 200 players. The room will be open during the first quarter of 2013.
Casino Gran Madrid has already worked with PokerStars in the past, hosting the 2011 PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final, as well as the 2012 EPT Madrid.
What can you expect from the new poker room? Plenty! Daily poker tournaments with a wide range of buy ins. This isn’t going to be just for high rollers only — there’s going to be something for everyone.
Mastering live game is a bit different than online game, and knowing how to handle both is really the name of the game. It’s easy to get too lost into the online world, but getting out and meeting new people tends to make your game even tighter. You get to practice the psychological part of poker. After all, you have to be seen by other players.
PokerStars in definitely trying to raise the bar in many ways. In October of 2012, PokerStars teamed up with London’s Hippodrome Casino to upgrade and renovate the poker room before rebranding it with the PokerStars name and logo. PokerStars has also taken a stake in the casino and will provide the technology for Hippodrome’s online poker offering, whenever that happens.
PokerStars has also splashed their name over the tournament room at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex in Macau — another neat travel destination for jet setting poker players.
PokerStars hasn’t ignored the US market, which might be a sign that they’re trying to beat their way into the market in the event that legislation changes for the online gambling scene. They are discussing purchasing the Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City. AC has long been a real fun destination for gamblers, but now it might be even more entertaining. The price tag? $50 million of course, but this isn’t too high of a price for PokerStars to handle.
There’s plenty of great news in the poker scene, so don’t think that it’s all doom and gloom, you know!