PokerStars to Push Forward with Changes to VIP Programme

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Following the recent boycott, PokerStars is even more determined to change their VIP Programme.

Over 2,000 players boycotted PokerStars after learning about the imminent changes to the online poker room’s VIP programme. However, Amaya’s flagship poker brand is not giving up on the plan to introduce a new ‘VIP Steps’ system from the 1st of January, 2016. The new programme is said to be in favour of recreational and new poker players.

The changes to PokerStars’ VIP programme

  • VIP Club rewards will be capped at 30%
  • PlatinumStar rewards will decrease with 10%
  • BronzeStar and GoldStar remain the same
  • Supernova Elite rewards will be capped at 45%

Furthermore, players won’t receive VIP Players Points for some pot-limit and no-limit games. “We are introducing these changes to move towards a more balanced long-term poker economy,” stated Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Amaya Inc. and PokerStars.

The changes to PokerStars’ VIP programme

Following the boycott, Hollreiser has once again turned to his blog to clarify PokerStars‘ current stance. “The recent three-day boycott by some players that disagree with our announced VIP changes did not have a significant impact on PokerStars,” he wrote. Actually, PokerStars’ traffic “spiked through the period as a result of the start of our long-planned holiday promotion.”

Hollresier apologized “to players who did not expect cuts as significant in 2016 as we announced on November 1st” since some of them might have “chosen not to participate in the rewards program in 2015 had they known.” However he confirmed that the plans won’t be altered because the “current VIP program is no longer fit for its purpose.”

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