Pokerstars Launches THE DEAL

Mini game offers the opportunity to win big on small stakes.
Pokerstars has launched a new mini game that it claims offers poker players chances to win big for a small price.
Titled The Deal, the game was pioneered on sister site Full Tilt, and proved popular. It is a quick-fire poker mini game where spending as little as 7 StarsCoin gives players the chance to instantly win cash prizes and get a shot at spinning the wheel for the progressive jackpot, which ranges from $25,000 upwards.
Players can also buy-in for 70 StarsCoin for a chance to win larger prizes and a better chance of hitting the jackpot.
The Deal players are dealt seven cards face down and are given the option to discard two, leaving a five-card poker hand which is then revealed to the player.
StarsCoin and cash prizes are paid out based on the strength of the hand; the higher the hand ranking the better the prize. The progressive Jackpot is activated when a player makes either a Straight Flush in the 70 StarsCoin mode or a Royal Flush in the 7 StarsCoin mode, the highest ranked hands in a game of poker. These hands give them the chance to spin the wheel for a shot at the progressive jackpot. When the jackpot is struck anyone who has played The Deal in the last 12 hours wins a share of half of the jackpot.
Severin Rasset, director of poker innovation and operations, said in a launch statement Thursday:
"PokerStars players get the chance to play an exciting game, and Full Tilt players benefit from the additional liquidity that the PokerStars clients bring to the table. It's sure to mean that the progressive jackpot builds up at a faster rate and is triggered more frequently."