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SH-SH-SHARK! Survive the dorsal fins in The Shark Cage at PokerStars

The Shark Cage at PokerStars
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Did someone scream SHARK? Are you ready to travel the world and hit the spotlight on TV while you play for $1,000,000 against poker's biggest name players? Screaming may be allowed but don't let the pros know you're afraid when you enter The Shark Cage with your poker skills and knowledge as your armor and PokerStars as your host!!!

The Shark Cage is a new TV show that pits Team PokerStars Pro and poker legends from around the globe against each other — and you if you make it through the qualifier tournaments that are running now and put the best shine on your audition video!

How to qualify for The Shark Cage

The European Poker Tour (EPT) events are scheduled to film the TV show that includes eight heats with each one seeing one online qualifier (hopefully it's you) and five top pros playing for a seat in the final that will be held at EPT London. Winner takes all — a massive $1,000,000.

The TV show includes eight heats, all filmed at European Poker Tour (EPT) events. Each heat will see five top pros and one online qualifier play for a seat in the final, held at EPT London, where the prize is jammed full of $1 bills — One Million of them - and the winner takes all.

Heats 3 and 4 are going to pamper your 'spoil-me' side when they claim the spotlight as part of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final in April 2014. Of course you're interested in a trip to Monaco and with two qualifiers available, you could be jetting off to Monaco with the following from PokerStars:

  • A trip to Monaco, including return flights for two
  • Double room at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
  • $600 credited to your PokerStars account for expenses!

Qualification has started but you can get there when you jump in the daily qualifier tournaments that kick off at 15:00 ET from March 3rd-14th. Along with the $5,000 added prize pool, if you finish in the top 50 in each qualifier, you advance to the casting stage to audition for the TV show — keep reading for more information.

Get your ticket for the qualifier tournaments by using the special bonus codes listed below when you make a deposit:

Minimum DepositBonus CodeNumber of TicketsOffer Valid Until
$10 (€8/£7)1SHARKCAGE115:00 ET, March 14
$20 (€14/£12)2SHARKCAGE215:00 ET, March 13
$30 (€21/£18)3SHARKCAGE315:00 ET, March 12
$40 (€28/£24)4SHARKCAGE415:00 ET, March 11
$50 (€35/£30)5SHARKCAG515:00 ET, March 10
$60 (€42/£36)6SHARKCAGE615:00 ET, March 9
$70 (€49/£42)7SHARKCAGE715:00 ET, March 8
$80 (€56/£48)8SHARKCAGE815:00 ET, March 7
$90 (€63/£54)9SHARKCAGE915:00 ET, March 6
$100 (€70/£60)10SHARKCAGE1015:00 ET, March 5
$110 (€77/£66)11SHARKCAGE1115:00 ET, March 4
$120 (€84/£72)12SHARKCAGE1215:00 ET, March 3

NOTE: Using more than one bonus code is allowed but each code can only be used once. There are only 12 qualifying tournaments and you are allowed to claim as many tickets as you want but be aware that any unclaimed tickets that exceed 12 will be forfeited. The Shark Cage qualifying tickets cannot be exchanged for cash or transferred. Once the qualifying tournaments have been played, all unused tickets and tickets that have been claimed will be forfeited.

Put on your best shine for the Casting Stage

PokerStars will invite you to send a video audition in when you make it to the casting stage and that's how you're going to show PokerStars that your personality, humor, enthusiasm, and talent shine, and you are ready to be a major contender with everything it takes to become a super poker stage presence!

NOTE: Videos must be in English and kept to two minutes in length. Once you are picked, make your video and head over to YouTube. Email the link to before the clock strikes midnight on March 23rd. Videos without permission that use copyrighted material will not be considered.

PokerStars will be ready and waiting to review all submissions and after choosing the best video auditions, will contact selected players by phone — for more interviews, of course! On April 2nd, two winners will be publicly announced.

Check PokerStars Terms and Conditions for more information.

The scoop on The Shark Cage

The Bahamas, Monaco, and Barcelona EPT events will film The Shark Cage heats and the $1,000,000 final will take place in London. Look for the A-list of poker superstars to be in the middle of the mix and on top of the entertainment platform as they pump up the action and trash-talk along the way.

The following features are guaranteed to get your momentum up to full speed and keep the action rolling nonstop and are word-for-word from PokerStars:

  • ‘Play against the clock’: Each player only has 30 seconds to act on each street, ensuring plenty of fast and exciting play.
  • ‘Don’t get bluffed’: If a player pulls off a bluff on the river, the loser gets sent to the Shark Cage to miss an orbit. The bluffer meanwhile gets bonus chips if they make it to the final. If the bluff gets called, the bluffer will go to the tank, and the player who called will get the bonus chips.
  • ‘No deals’: All players who participate in the TV show will be asked to sign a contract and release form confirming that they will not enter into any deals for the $1,000,000 first prize.

Questions? Contact

Check out a PokerStars' Shark Cage video and then get in action:

Play your A game and don't become Shark Bait when you face off with the pros. See you there!

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