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Changes Made to PokerStars VIP Program

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PokerStars has already changed the way players earn VPP points as of January 1st, 2012. The change is most likely going to affect the way players play in ring games but PokerStars feels the new method is a superior method of rewarding players for their time spent at the tables.

The previous method of earning VPPS was done by awarding VPPs to each player dealt into a hand - the 'dealt' method - whether or not they contributed any money to the pot or folded preflop.

The new method is 'weighted contribution' and brings about big changes on disbursing VIP points at a ring/cash game table. The number of VPPs will be the same as before but will be awarded proportionally depending on how much a player puts into the pot. Aggressive players are expected to earn VPPs faster because they enter more pots; tighter players will obviously take longer to earn the VPPs. Note: Do not leave the table until a hand is complete or you may miss out on points awarded for that hand. Hit 'sit out' to make sure you receive all your points.

The following is the new formula for VPPs under the weighted contribution method:

VPPs = (your contribution to pot / total pot) * (rake collected * VPP multiplier).

The 'Winner Take All' method of distributing VPPs was considered by PokerStars but they ultimately decided the weighted contribution was superior in allocating VPPs.

"We did review the differences in how the weighted contributed and winner-take-all methods would award VPPs to players in the long run. While individual players would earn VPPs at different rates due to differing play styles, as a group the members of each VIP level would see no material difference in the number of VPPs earned between the weighted contributed and winner take all methods," PokerStars stated in a press release.

SNG and multi-table tournaments will still receive VIP points with no changes and no immediate plans appear to have been made to change the VIP Program in 2012. There is no guarantee that changes may not occur as the year unfolds.

PokerStars is celebrating with their VIP Club Blastoff! VIP Program information.

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