Online poker giant PokerStars will soon launch a new rake-free month-long challenge to find the best cash game players in the world.

The concept of the new cash game competition, All Stars, is to give the best players the opportunity to compete in a rake-free environment, with the focus being on the skill difference between players.

The month-long competition will take place during April-May with two stake levels, NL200 (Masters) and NL2000 (All Stars) in no limit hold’em, with $100,000 of leader board prizes.

Qualification for the competition is determined by winnings at the no limit hold'em cash game tables in the previous 12 months, with a Masters level player requiring at least $10,000 in winnings to qualify, or $25,000 for All Stars.

“There will be no other way to get access to this competition; only the best of the best fighting for the top spot and the prizes,” said PokerStars director of poker innovation Severin Rasset. “We will ask players to agree to share their hand histories with us in order for us to select content to highlight the excitement of the competition.

“We want to showcase these games and remind all poker players that cash games are exciting and aspirational.”

Eligible players will receive an email from PokerStars in the coming weeks announcing their selection.

“The future of PokerStars All Stars depends 100 percent on the attendance,” Rasset added. “If Season 1 is a success and we gather good feedback, we are already committed to looking into a Season 2, and will consider additions such as expanding into new games and formats, and further invitations to players.”

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