PokerStars Offers MI Online Poker Players Shot at F1 Dream Trip

PokerStars Offers MI Online Poker Players Shot at F1 Dream Trip
By Bill Ordine
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

PokerStars and Oracle Red Bull Racing are cooperating in a promotion to appeal to Formula One racing fans in states where PokerStars has reach for its gaming platforms. That includes real money online casino Michigan players, plus those in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At stake are what PokerStars calls Red Spade Passes. Contestants who participate in the promotion and win Red Spades Passes can enjoy a personal meet-and-greet experience with stars of the Oracle Red Bull Racing F1 team, such as driver Sergio Perez and CEO Christian Horner, who is also the team principal.

The opportunity to win a coveted Red Spade Pass will now be available to PokerStars’ U.S. audiences through Oracle Red Bull Racing-themed games.

The thrill of the Red Spade Pass and the experiences it affords its holders – perhaps including players of online poker in Michigan – will be realized when F1 cruises into the nation’s gambling center later this year.

Las Vegas Race Set For November

F1 roars into Las Vegas Nov. 16-18, the third of three races scheduled in the United States this year. The inaugural Vegas race will wind its way over a 3.8-mile course that will take cars and drivers down The Strip in front of the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the Venetian and even swoops around the newly opened MSG Sphere.

The PokerStars contest will reward the winner and a guest with a trip to Las Vegas which includes round-trip flights, transfers and a five-night stay at the Paris Las Vegas.

There are “races” for players in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey in addition to those using the PokerStars Michigan bonus code. To be a winner requires registering for PokerStars’ Casino Races, which are getting a makeover with an announced launch on July 13. 


How To Opt Into Contest At PokerStars

According to PokerStars: “Players can opt in and register for Casino Races at any time via the Casino Races lobby. Registration is free and without any buy-in or entry fee. Once registered it’s simple for players to win prizes by placing winning bets and earning leader board points.”

PokerStars also announced that its U.S. players can take part in PokerStars Spin & Go Races from July 13 to Aug. 26 with weekly prizes of $5,000.

PokerStars, the operator of one of the top Michigan casino apps, explains:

“Spin & Gos are three-player Hyper-Turbo Sit & Go tournaments, with buy-ins between $1 and $250, where each tournament has a randomly drawn prize pool.

“Spin & Go Races are a separate promotion that draws on the PokerStars partnership with Oracle Red Bull Racing. After opting in, players can attempt 10 Spin & Go Games, earning points for where they finish. The lower the multiplier in the Spin & Go, the more points players earn.

“However, you also have to worry about fuel. You only have a certain amount, and winning won’t lose you any fuel. Placing second or third will see you lose 20% of your fuel. Attempts finish when you run out of fuel, or you complete 10 Spin & Go tournaments with the same buy-in.

“At the end of each day, the player who has scored the most points will be the winner of the Spin & Go Races Leader Board.”

Red Bull has been the top team in F1 for a few years and has been especially dominant in 2023, winning all 10 races run so far. Two-time defending world champion Max Verstappen has won eight of them this year, including the past six. He is such an overwhelming favorite to make it three titles in a row that most MI sports betting sites don't even list his odds anymore; they instead offer "world champion without Verstappen" markets.

There’s a YouTube video produced by PokerStars, “Between the Lines”, that draws a connection between poker and auto racing.



A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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