PokerStars is looking to hold an exclusive, invitation-only tournament at this month’s PokerStars Italian Poker Tour stop in San Remo. That plan is in jeopardy as a squabble over company logos looks to keep several prominent players away, as Full Tilt vows to boycott the event over PokerStars decision to ban logos from rival sites.

The online giant is planning to hold its Pro Championship tournament at the San Remo stop. The exclusive event will have a €3,500 buy-in and will be capped at 64 participants, with players being selected according to specialized rating system.

The plan has one caveat; PokerStars will not allow players sponsored by rival websites to wear their sites’ logos. Full Tilt is objecting to the ban and will not be sending players to join the event, underscoring the continued friction between online poker’s two superpowers.

The two online poker giants fighting isn’t such a strange occurrence. The odd part is why the battle is taking place in Italy, a country where Full Tilt doesn’t event have a presence at this time.

The conflict will likely have a negative impact on the overall strength of the field. Full Tilt sponsors a number of top Italian pros including: Isaiah Alessio, Daniele Mazzia, Flavio Ferrari Zumbini and Philip Candiorisk.

While the PokerStars Pro Championship tournament will still be a great event, the decision to ban logos and Full Tilt subsequently opting to boycott will certainly water down the competition. With less than three weeks until the tournament kicks off, time is running out for the two online poker heavyweights to work out a solution.


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