PokerStars marketers have come up with a crowd-puller as a sideshow to the online poker site's 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure scheduled for early January - a chance for online players to take on the former world famous tennis star Boris Becker, who plays as a celebrity for the site.
The idea is for seven PokerStars players to compete with Becker in a heads up match, with the main prize a sponsored seat in the $10 000 buy-in main event of the Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. The match will be played in a Battleship format, which means that participants play each other heads up and online, using laptops instead of in front of a live dealer.
In a company statement, Becker said: "Battleship poker gives you all the fast play luxuries of online poker, but also allows you to look your opponent in the eye. It's an exciting game to play and I'm really looking forward to competing against these players."
Four North American players have so far been chosen for the confrontation: Itsik Oknin of Ottawa, Canada; Joshua Miloy of Oley, Pa.; and Keith Anderson and Michel Dion of Quebec, Canada.
PokerStars is still offering 40 main event sponsored seats for the Caribbean Adventure as prizes in tournaments running through December 27 - 28, where a $650 buy-in secures a chance to win a package many time that value and a week in the Bahamas.