PokerStars Championship Bahamas

PokerStars is back in The Bahamas! Join thousands of players from around the world at the sun-drenched Atlantis Resort in Nassau for an action-packed schedule of tournaments, cash games, and unforgettable activities across 9 days in January 2017.

With over 90 tournaments on offer there is something for everyone. Pack your swimsuit, grab your sunglasses, and get ready for one of the best events in poker.

Festival dates: January 6 - 14, 2017

Key Dates & Event Info

  • PokerStars Open: January 10-12, 2017 - $220
  • PokerStars Cup: January 12-14, 2017 - $440
  • PokerStars National Championship: January 7-9, 2017 - $2,200
  • PokerStars Championship Main Event: January 8-14, 2017 - $5,000
  • PokerStars Championship High Roller: January 12-14, 2017 - $25,750
  • PokerStars Championship Super High Roller: January 6-8, 2017 - $100,000

Buy-in Information

For details about how you can buy-in to each event using a range of methods, see our Buy-in page.

Venue

The license holder and operator of this event is Atlantis Resort & Casino.

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Beach Dr
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Contact telephone:  +1 242 363 3000

  • Dress code:  Smart casual (sportswear is allowed)
  • Minimum age:  18 years+
  • NB:  Must bring a valid government issued passport or ID to participate

Schedule

For a full list of all available events at PokerStars Championship Bahamas visit the Schedule page.

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Player Lounge Opening Times: January 6-14 from 12:00-22:00

Come and relax in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Player Lounge. With comfy seats it offers players a chance to sit down and unwind after a long day’s play, or a moment of peace before the day begins. With plenty of activities on offer it is also a great place to experience memories away from the felt. A breakdown of the additional activities taking place in the Lounge are listed below.

Virtual Reality Stations & High Score Competition

Come and experience Virtual Reality gaming with a chance to win daily prizes. With two VR stations being set up in the lounge we will be running daily High Score competitions where you could win prizes including Atlantis restaurant vouchers, Spa vouchers, PokerStars online tournament tickets and more!

Messages from The Bahamas

Send your friends and family a message from the PokerStars Championship Bahamas with the 360 degree video station. Get your buddies with you, record a video and we will post it on the PokerStars Championship Facebook page for everyone to see.

Breakfast with the Pros

The always popular Breakfast with the Pros Q&A sessions will once again take place at the event with a wide range of topics to chat through, including strategy, regulation, the future of the game and more. Ever wanted to ask your favorite Team Pro a question or hear them give tips and advice on the game? This is your chance. Full details will be released closer to the event - keep your eyes peeled.

AFC/NFC Tailgate & Squares Competition

With the AFC/NFC playoff games taking place in January we don’t want you to miss a thing. We will be showing the games on the player lounge big screens as well as hosting our very own tailgate BBQ on January 7/8 (full date and time to be confirmed once playoff schedule is finalized). With free food and drinks you can put your feet up, relax and cheer on your favorite team!

As part of the playoffs we will again be running a free Football Squares competition with great prizes to be won. Ask a member of staff in the player lounge how you can take part and stand a chance to win.

Other activities taking place during the PokerStars Championship Bahamas include;

Ultimate Gaming Set Up Giveaway

PokerStars will be giving you the chance to win the ultimate gaming set up, including a top of the line laptop, widescreen monitor, keyboard, mouse and other prizes worth a whopping $5,000! Take your online poker game to the next level with this fantastic prize.

The competition will only be open to those players who attend the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, so you need to be ‘in it to win it’. This amazing prize will be given away on the evening of January 13 via a raffle. All registration tickets from every tournament a player enters will be added to this raffle so the more tournaments you play the better your chances of winning!

Player Party

Date: January 13

Time: 20:00-23:00

Venue: Aura Nightclub at Atlantis

Come and party the night away at the official players’ party of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. With free drinks throughout you don’t want to miss it! Open to all players, you can get your party wristbands (two per person) from the Information Desk. Keep them safe; without them you won’t be able to party.

3 v 3 Basketball Competition

If you love playing basketball then this one is for you. We will be hosting a special 3 v 3 basketball competition on the Atlantis courts with the winning team receiving $1,000 in tournament credit each! Full details will be announced at the beginning of December, as well as details on how you can enter. There is limited space for teams and it is first come first served.

For more on the amazing facilities available at the Atlantis Resort & Casino, please visit their website.

Travel

PokerStars Championship offers a wide range of accommodation options, including discounted rates, specifically for PokerStars players. Further information will be emailed to all full package qualifiers within seven days of winning a satellite.

TRAVELING FROM THE USA

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American Airlines, Delta and United all offer daily direct and indirect flights to Nassau from the United States. Indirect flights change at Miami, Newark, Atlanta and other major city hubs.

Popular websites such as Skyscanner list all available route and flight options.

TRAVELING FROM CANADA

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Westjet and Air Canada operate a daily direct flight Toronto to Nassau. Indirect flight options throughout Canada are also available on these carriers.

TRAVELING FROM EUROPE

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British Airways operate five direct flights a week to Nassau from London Heathrow. Most carriers operate indirect flights throughout Europe that connect in either London or via major hubs in the US (Miami, Newark, Atlanta).

TRAVELING FROM SOUTH AMERICA

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Copa Airlines operate direct flights from Panama to Nassau twice a day. Indirect flight options are available through South America via Copa Airlines (all of which connect via Panama).

There are also numerous carriers that operate indirect flights via the US however transit visas would be required to travel these routes.

IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION

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Nassau International Airport (NAS) is around 15 miles from the Atlantis Resort & Casino. The journey takes some 30 minutes by car/taxi and costs around $40.

Accommodation

Atlantis Resort and Casino is one of the world's most exclusive and luxurious hotels, and has everything you need to make your PokerStars Championship stay one to remember.

Players who qualify for a 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas package (that includes accommodation), or those who purchase one of our packages directly, will receive nine nights’ hotel accommodation at the Atlantis. As part of the package, the rooms provided will be standard guest rooms in the Royal Tower.

ROYAL TOWER GUEST ROOM

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  • 400 square feet
  • King Bed or Two Queen Beds (subject to availability upon your arrival)
  • Sitting area
  • Combined shower/bathtub
  • Armoire with flat-screen HDTV

THE COVE GUEST SUITE

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  • King Bed, ocean views, balcony
  • Open floor plan including a step-down living area with sleeper sofa
  • Spacious bathroom with marble floors, twin granite vanities with vessel sinks, frosted glass-tile enclosed shower and separate bathtub
  • Comfortable workspace (desk and chair)
  • Flat-screen HDTVs, Bose 321 system, universal docking station for IPODs, MP3 players and laptops.

Please Note: The Coral Tower is undergoing renovations, so no rooms will be made available.

UPGRADE OPPORTUNITIES

For details of upgrade options, please email the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Accommodations Team at bahamas@meridican.com. Please Note: upgrade charges will be made at your own expense.

HOW TO BOOK ROOMS

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If you have won (or bought) a full PokerStars Championship Bahamas package you will be required to complete an online accommodations registration form, where you can input all hotel details, including requests for extensions and upgrades. Any special requests (i.e. additional nights, additional guests, upgrading accommodation), should be included on this registration form. You will then be contacted with rates and information regarding the request by the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Accommodations Team.

Please Note: rate quotations will be valid for no more than 48 hours. Quotations for rooms, upgrades, extensions and additional guests will only be confirmed when a valid form of payment is provided, providing the requested option(s) are still available.

For all other players, media and anyone else planning on attending the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, please contact bahamas@meridican.com directly to enquire about rooms. If you wish to book accommodation outside of the Atlantis Resort please contact the specific hotel directly.

Cash Games

Cash Game sign up is located inside the poker room (the Imperial Ballroom) on the left hand side.

PokerStars Championship Bahamas also offers a wide variety of Sit & Go’s, with buy-ins starting from $120. Please ask a member of the tournament staff in the poker room for more details on what Sit & Go’s are available each day.

PokerStars Championship Bahamas 2017 Poker Room Hours:

January 6-13: 12:00-04:00 ET
January 14: 12:00-00:00 ET

Click on the tables below for more information about each available Cash Game or Sit & Go. Please Note: Larger betting limits spread upon request for all game types.

NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD’EM

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BlindsMinimum BuyinMaximum Buy-inRake or Seat Charge
$1 & $2 $100 $400 $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$2 & $5 $200 $1,000 $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$5 & $10 $400 $2,000 $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$10 & $25 $1,000 N/A $10 Per Half Hour
$25 & $25 $1,500 N/A $10 Per Half Hour
$25 & $50 $2,000 N/A $10 Per Half Hour
$50 & $100 $5,000 N/A $15 Per Half Hour
$100 & $200 $10,000 N/A $15 Per Half Hour
$200 & $400 $20,000 N/A $15 Per Half Hour

POT LIMIT HOLD’EM OR OMAHA

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BlindsMinimum BuyinMaximum Buy-inRake or Seat Charge
$1 & $2 $40 N/A $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$2 & $5 $100 N/A $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$5 & $10 $200 N/A $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$10 & $20 $400 N/A $10 Per Half Hour

LIMIT HOLD’EM OR OMAHA

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LimitBlindsMinimum Buy-inRake or Seat Charge
$2 & $4 $1 & $2 $40 $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$5 & $10 $2 & $5 $100 $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$10 & $20 $5 & $10 $200 $10 Per Half Hour
$20 & $40 $10 & $20 $400 $10 Per Half Hour

LIMIT 7-CARD STUD

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LimitAnte/Low CardMinimum Buy-inRake or Seat Charge
$5 & $10 $1/$2 $100 $3 on the Flop $1 @ $20, $40 & $60
$10 & $20 $1/$3 $200 $10 Per Half Hour
$20 & $40 $2/$5 $400 $10 Per Half Hour

CHINESE POKER

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  • $100 table rental per half hour, regardless of the point value or number of players.
  • Additional Games and Betting Limits
  • If your favorite game is not listed just ask and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

SIT & GO’S

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We will be operating a wide variety of Sit & Go's, starting at $120 from 18:00 ET daily - based on table availability and player interest. Please speak to a member of our Tournament staff in the Imperial Ballroom for more information.