The French Grand Prix gets the green flag this Sunday and as an official team partner of Oracle Red Bull Racing, PokerStars is ready to celebrate. The site is launching two online poker rewards for players with a chance at doubling the prize pool.
If Oracle Red Bull finds a victory, players win as well. In other PokerStars news, the company also announced the signing of international football star Ronaldo as a member of Team PokerStars.
Boosted prize pool opportunities at PokerStars
PokerStars recently launched the Embrace the Race Chequered Flag Freeroll. This is a new post-race weekend tournament running every Monday beginning July 25.
Any players who play in the Sunday Million the previous day win entry into the freeroll. Those who attempted to qualify for the tournament the previous week also earn an entry into the tournament.
The tournament features a guarantee of $25,000 in Sunday Million tickets or qualifying tickets. To add some extra excitement, if an Oracle Red Bull Racing driver wins Sunday’s race, Stars will double the prize pool to $50,000.
The site also recently announced the new Pitstop Cash Drop, which launches with the French Grand Prix as well. One randomly chosen PokerStars player across poker, sports, and casino (where available) will receive an instant bonus of $10,000.
That is boosted to $20,000 if Oracle Red Bull achieves a win. As in F1, speed is necessary to win. The lucky player has just 15 minutes to claim the prize. If not claimed, the money rolls over into the next Grand Prix.
Pitstop Cash Drops take place every Tuesday following a race, with the first drop set for July 26. To participate players only have to opt in to the promotion via the Stars software.
The latest promotions highlight the company’s Formula 1 involvement. That’s a trend seen among some operators in recent years as online poker sites work to reach new players.
Stars Casino also celebrates F1 season
Players at PokerStars Casino will also celebrate every F1 race with a new leaderboard format for Casino Races. The leaderboard prize pool doubles during each race weekend.
The races already have a $50,000 prize pool, but on race weekends that doubles to $100,000. To get involved, players can register for free via the Casino Races lobby or Casino Races widget.
They then can play their favorite slots to qualify. Every winning spin awards points and helps players climb the leaderboard.
Sunday Million freeroll added
Beyond these promotions, Stars has also announced a special Sunday Million freeroll this week. The evnt is open to most players on the international platform.
The event will award 50 tickets for the weekly $109 event. The Sunday Million is the oldest weekly online poker tournament with a $1 million guarantee.
If you'd like to play our #SundayMillion Freeroll you'll need the password. 👇
⏰ 20:02 CET, Wed
🎟️ Fifty $109 tickets
💺 Registration opens at 18:02 CET, Wed (the tournament will not appear in the app until then)
🔎 How to find freerolls: https://t.co/87j49EhZLY pic.twitter.com/pBQo7rfTU9
— PokerStars (@PokerStars) July 19, 2022
Football legend Ronaldo signs Stars partnership
Brazilian football star Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (also known simply as Ronaldo) rejoined PokerStars Tuesday in a renewed partnership focused on his love of poker.
“The poker community can expect to see plenty from Ronaldo throughout the year, including on his Twitch channel where he plans to stream PokerStars tournaments,” the company noted in a news release.
The 45-year-old’s career spanned 1993 to 2011 and he retired after scoring 280 goals. During his illustrious career, Ronaldo played for major football clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and AC Milan.
In international play for Brazil, he also played in 98 matches and scored 62 goals. That was highlighted by helping the team win the World Cup in 2002.
He is now involved in various business interests including serving as president of La Liga club Real Valladolid. He is also the owner of Brazilian club Cruzeiro.
Beyond the pitch, Ronaldo also has a passion for poker. He previously became a member of Team PokerStars in 2013.
Now almost a decade later, he now returns to the company as an ambassador. More information about promotions involving Ronaldo are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
“I am extremely excited to announce that I am becoming part of the PokerStars family again,” he said. “I have always been a huge fan of the game and look forward to working on some exciting projects in the future. Keep an eye on Ronaldo TV where I’ll be streaming some tournaments soon.”