PokerStars Announces Changes to its 2017 Rewards Program

Since Amaya took over the reins of control at PokerStars, all subsequent announcements relating to changes to the site’s VIP program has caused consternation and near panick amongst its legion of professional grinders. The latest email sent to its members is only likely to exasperate that situation further, as it once more caters largely to its recreational player base.
Earlier this year, PokerStars indicated that it would be introducing a revamped “personalized” rewards program that would include its casino and sportsbook, as well as its traditional poker product. Providing more details, the operator has now disclosed that players will subsequently be able to earn StarsCoin across all these verticals.
Starting January 1st, 2017, however, anyone whose account has been inactive for six months will lose any StarsCoins they may have previously accumulated.
Another negative change is that Supernova status will be determined on a monthly basis, and not throughout the whole of the year. Not only will this make the status harder to achieve, but the amount required has been set higher meaning that players will now have to earn around 20% more VPPs each month in order to satisfy the new requirement.
Keen to avoid a repeat of the situation in which PokerStars grinders had complained about not being given sufficient notice of the changes made to its annual VIP status, this time around players will be given at least two months advance notice before the new rewards program is launched. Furthermore, players who have already achieved Supernova in 2016 will retain their status until whenever the new rewards program is actual launched next year.
Indicating the site’s intention to continue keeping its players abreast of any new developments, part of the email it sent out read: “We are committed to keeping you updated as the details are finalized, and want to share with you what we can, when we can.”

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