Bencb shares his views on the new PokerStars VIP scheme that is worth up to 65% rakeback to loyal players.

In 2021 PokerStars has responded to the recent increases in competition to offer their customers enhanced VIP benefits worth up to 65% in rakeback for some players. This takes a lot of players back to the ‘good old days’ of PokerStars offering the best rewards.

This week PokerStars Pro bencb released a new video to discuss these changes and to talk more broadly about what loyalty should mean for poker rooms and players alike. This is an update to the first video he posted on the topic which explored the changes to the VIP scheme, with more details below.

Ben makes the case that while the system should reward high volume regulars, it should also look out for recreational players who bring new life to the tables. Those customers are the ones who put the most money into the ecosystem and they should be treated well by players and poker rooms as a result.

Rewards of up to 65% Rakeback


Last month a new rewards system at PokerStars worth 65% rakeback was made available to all players.

Pokerstars Rewards scored a 78% jump in customer satisfaction for the 20% of players who tried it. The new system aims to be more generous and transparent. 

You can get up to 65% rewards in the form of a baseline rakeback up to 25% and up to 40% more in the form of Monthly Challenges. All formats earn the same points including high stakes cash games, sports and casino. 

The rewards are all fixed value rather than random, as per the previous Chests programme. It will still be in the form of Chests which are Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond and Black respectively.

These are the benefits you can expect:

Level Chest Value Value Monthly Challenge Cashback Reward Points/Rake Required Number of Chests to move up
Blue $0.50 15% Unavailable 333/$3.33 5
Bronze $1.50 16% Unavailable 935/$9.35 5
Silver $5 17.5% Up to 40% 2,850/$28.50 7
Gold $20 18.5% Up To 40% 10,800/$108 7
Diamond $75 20% Up to 40% 37,500/$375 10
Black $250 25% Up to 40% 100,000/$1,000 N/A

The PokerStars VIP scheme was once the envy of the poker world but the biggest PR hit the company ever took was when they controversially pulled the SuperNova Elite tier for high volume players. 

The new PokerStars Rewards program is available for players on .BG, .COM, .CZ, .EE, .ES, .EU, .FR, , .PT, .RO, .SH, .UK. Monthly Challenges are not available in the Czech Republic or Greece due to local regulation.

$10M GTD in the Big 20 Rewind Series

The entire month of November and start of December, PokerStars is also celebrating their ground-breaking inception 20 years ago.

Apart from special cash game and Spin & Go leaderboards available since November 1, PokerStars also announced the Big 20 Rewind Series that includes 20 very special tournaments in total for each year of PokerStars’ existence, dishing out a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000,000.

The series is running from November 14-December 5 and is bringing us a special event every day to celebrate each specific year since PokerStars was founded back in 2001, with things starting off with The Big 20 Rewind – 2001 – Year of PokerStars coming this Sunday at 19:05 CET, guaranteeing $100,000 for a very affordable buy-in of only $11.

Check out the below schedule to see what other guarantees and buy-ins you can expect from every upcoming Big 20 event, ultimately topped off by the massive Big 20 Finale, starting on December 5 that is bringing a huge prize pool of $5,000,000 while asking for a buy-in of just $55.

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The upcoming events of The Big 20 Rewind Series at PokerStars (Click to enlarge)

Special prizes for Big 20 winners

Every single event of the Big 20 Rewind Series will also include a special additional prize for the winner, alongside the biggest share of the prize pool.

These prizes are all well thought out and truly something special, including luxury trips around the world, a fully fitted streaming station, an electric car worth up to $100,000, tickets to next year’s F1 Grand Prix in Monaco, a Platinum Pass for the PSPC 2022, an EPT ticket and EPT trophy and much more…

Apart from that, PokerStars is once again also offering special Spin & Go’s during the Big 20 festivities, giving players the chance to turn $0.50 into $5,000, while also giving away numerous tickets to the Big 20 Rewind Series, including tickets worth $55 for the Big 20 Finale and a shot at the $5M GTD prize pool:

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The Big 20 $0.50 Spin & Go’s
Prize Probability
$5,000 Cash 1 in 1,000,000
$55 Big 20 Finale Entry 1,000 in 1,000,000
$5.50 Big 20 Ticket 3,500 in 1,000,000
$2.20 Big 20 Ticket 187,001 in 1,000,000
$1.10 Big 20 Ticket 808,498 in 1,000,000

The Big 20 Ticket Machine

Last but not least, PokerStars is also giving away $300,000 in prizes from November 14-December 6 to players completing daily challenges that enable them to take part in daily draws with a chance to win one of the prizes.

Each player can earn up to three entries into the draws per day simply by opting-in and completing the following challenges below:

  • Challenge #1 – Play 300 Cash Game Hands (any stake)
  • Challenge #2 – Play 10 Spin & Go’s (min. $1 buy-in)
  • Challenge #3 – Play 3 MTTs (min. $1 buy-in, incl. MTT Sit & Go’s)

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