More details have been revealed for the rake-free PokerStars All Star promo. The California State Poker Championship attempts to turn back the clocks. Check out these stories and more in the end-of-the-week Hit and Run.

Further Details of PokerStars All Stars Released

Beginning on April 12th, “Season 1” of PokerStars latest experiment, PokerStars All Stars will run for 29 days. The games will be invite-only tables available to PokerStars players who earned at least $10k or $25k in profit — depending on stake levels — over the previous 12 months. The tables are divided between All Stars ($10/$20 NL) and Masters qualifiers ($1/$2 NL), with no rake charged at the tables. PokerStars will award $100,000 in leaderboard prizes as an extra incentive for qualifiers to participate in these tables during their run.

Each table will feature two leaderboards – one for total winnings and the according to hands played. The majority of the prize money will be awarded to the highest winning players. To encourage continued participation, PokerStars will require that players play a minimum of 2000 hands to receive a prize. All Stars will split around $60,000 in prizes, whereas Masters will receive about $40,000 of the share.

If PokerStars’ All Stars proves to a success with player participation and strong interest from the general player community, a second season may not be too far behind. Players will be able to watch the action by entering “Home Games” in the PokerStars client. For more information, access the PokerStars All Stars page.

Quick Hitters

– Live poker will be going old school in California next month. As part of the California State Poker Championship, a “Social Experiment” tournament will be held on April 29th. On the surface, the tournament is a just a regular No Limit Hold’em Triple Stack tournament with a $350 buy-in and a $100,000 guarantee. What makes the tournament different is to encourage social interaction the event will be prohibiting mobile phones, headphones, sunglasses and hoodies. If this isn’t your brand of poker, there are still 16 other events running from April 28th to May 14th.

– Aria has announced the schedule for the 2017 ARIA Poker Classic, a lower buy-in alternative to the World Series of Poker this summer. The ARIA Poker Classic series will be being held from June 2nd through July 9th with a daily $400 tournament and a $240 tournament on most days. Go here to check out the full schedule.

– Daniel Negreanu has clarified his remarks on rake. In a post on Full Contact Poker, Negreanu states that rake is not good for poker, but neither is giving a majority of rewards and bonuses to higher skilled players.

– Alex Weldon takes a deep look at the aftermath of the Cate Hall/Mike Dentale grudge match, which has arguably been a bigger spectacle on Twitter than it was on Poker Night in America.

– Watch a free classic poker training video on Mastering MTTs. In the latest episode posted by Part Time Poker, the subject of early stage play is discussed.