Baseball and poker go so well together, they fill up each other’s downtime perfectly. What better companion for the MLB All-Star Weekend than an Ignition online poker tournament series? We’ve got qualifiers and tune-ups running the week before the All-Star game and a Main Events Sunday that will absolutely knock you right out of the park. Below you can get all the details on our tournament series and the All-Star game itself. Play ball!

What is Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend?

Like any all-star game, it’s a showcase of the league’s biggest talents of the year. You’ll see the most productive sluggers, the most lethal pitchers, and the most astounding athletes the game has to offer. This year, it’ll be hosted in Seattle with games played at T-Mobile Park.

How does a player become an all-star?

Through fan voting! And unlike the NBA, which is 50% determined by players and press, MLB relies heavily on the fan vote. The top vote-getters in each league (AL and NL) automatically start. For other players, it’s a head-to-head race in each position between the top two players garnering the most votes. Pitchers and reserves, however, are not left to fans, and get in on a player vote.

What events happen on MLB All-Star Weekend?

On June 29th, starting rosters are revealed (7 p.m. on ESPN). Here’s the official schedule of games and events after that:

  • July 7: HBCU Swingman Classic at 10 p.m. (student-athletes from Division-I programs at Historically Black Colleges & Universities)
  • July 8: MLB All-Star Futures Game at 7 p.m. (Played by prospects. The All-Star Celebrity Softball Game happens right after).
  • July 10: MLB Home Run Derby
  • July 11: MLB All-Star Game

The 2023 All-Star Game is the 93rd to be played. The AL has won the last 9 meetings over the NL – what a streak!

Ignition MLB All-Star Week Series Qualifiers – Saturday, July 1st to Thursday, July 6th

Qualifiers for our MLB poker tournament will start on Saturday, July 1st. There will also be tune-up events every day during the qualifying period until Thursday, July 6th. You can use these events to get into the larger Main Event games and to get your game sharp for the tournaments with larger prize pools to come later in the series.

Numbered Events – Friday, July 7th to Thursday, July 7th

MLB All-Star Week Series numbered events will run from Friday, July 7th 2023 to Thursday, July 13th. This is when our MLB series poker tournaments really heat up. You don’t need to be a pro to get in on the game, because we have tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $5 + $0.50 to $1,000 + $55.

A couple of our familiar regular events will get baseball makeovers:

On Sunday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 9th, we will replace our regular Sunday $200K Guaranteed tournament with an MLB All-Star Week Tune-Up Event – $200,000 Gtd. The $150 + $12 buy-in that you normally see will reappear as the MLB All-Star Series Edition – $200,000 Gtd.

Some daily tourneys will also have new names and prize pools:

The morning $3,000 Guaranteed $50 + $5 you’re used to will become the MLB All-Star Week Series Edition – $5,000 Gtd. The nightly $30,000 Guaranteed tournament is going to become the MLB All-Star Week Series Edition – $35,000 Gtd.

Then it’s time to turn your hat around and go rally cap mode. Main Event Sunday is going to be a four-event grand slam of games that will keep you busy from sunup to sundown!

Ignition MLB All-Star Week Series Main Events – Sunday 7/9

The biggest Ignition poker tournament of the whole series will take place on Sunday. But throughout the day, there will be some warm-up events to get you ready. Here’s the schedule (times in ET):

  • 7:23: MLB All-Star Early Bird Main Event #17 – $15K Gtd – $75 + $7
  • 15:23: MLB All-Star Mini Main Event #19 – $60,000 Gtd – $75 + $7
  • 17:23: MLB All-Star Series Main Event #20 – $200,000 Gtd – $250 + $20
  • 19:23: MLB All-Star Micro Main Event #21 – $20,000 Gtd – $25 + $2.50

Hot bats!

Hopefully you’ll run hot, run up the score, and run away from your computer a whole lot richer. The good news is, if you win a tourney, you can use the proceeds to buy a ticket to the All-Star Game itself, which happens on Tuesday. If you need a ticket to Seattle, it won’t be a problem if you take down a big enough prize pool. Some lucky player could be watching Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge, Ronald Acuña Jr., and the rest smack some dingers out at T-Mobile. If not, there’s always the trusty TV at home. Dust off those gloves, throw the ball around the horn, and get ready for some classic summer poker fun.