After the smashing success of the site’s “Platinum Pass” promotion throughout 2018, PokerStars will host a second edition of the Player’s Championship (PSPC) event next year.
The global online poker leader recently announced that the PSPC – a $25,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament which players can qualify for by winning a Platinum Pass – will take place in Barcelona, Spain between August 20-24 of 2020.
In a press release dated August 27, PokerStars managing director Severin Rasset explained that the PSPC’s widely acclaimed debut in January of this year made bringing the event back for a second run an easy decision:
“The inaugural PSPC was an amazing success, and featured hundreds of Platinum Pass winners who dared to dream of playing in an exclusive high-roller event.
The PSPC demonstrates our commitment to cultivating and growing the game, not only by creating opportunities for poker fans of all levels to win life-changing sums of money but also by showcasing poker and the entertainment it provides.”
Back in December of 2017, PokerStars began its Platinum Pass program by awarding $30,000 prize packages – consisting of a $25,000 seat in the PSPC plus $5,000 in travel and accommodation expenses – to players worldwide. Platinum Passes were won in a wide variety of ways, including capturing tournament titles on PokerStars, qualifying via the “Moneymaker Tour” which visited several brick and mortar casinos across the United States, and through social media submissions and nominations.
By the time the actual PSPC tournament kicked off at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas this January, 320 players earned their way into the field by claiming a Platinum Pass. Others were free to pay the $25,000 entry fee to buy-in directly, swelling the final field to 1,039 players for a total prize pool of $26,455,500.
Both figures made the 2019 PSPC the largest $25,000 high-roller tournament ever held, thanks to PokerStars adding $8 million in free funds to the prize pool – including $1 million to the first-place payout.
In an odd twist of fate, the 2019 PSPC champion Ramon Colillas traveled to the Bahamas from his native Barcelona, site of next year’s second running.
Colillas won his Platinum Pass by topping a $500 buy-in tournament leaderboard on the Spain-facing PokerStars platform, before parlaying the prize into a windfall worth $5.1 million. He has since been hired on as a PokerStars Ambassador, a position Colillas used to invite fellow poker fans to chase their own Platinum Pass over the next year:
“The PSPC was an incredible experience for me.
From the lead-up to the tournament to the event itself, and now wearing the PokerStars patch, it has been a dream come true. I’m so happy it’s back again and I get to be a part of an event that could change someone’s life.
Although, I am definitely going to attempt a back-to-back!”
Last year, the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) – a recurring series hosted by the PokerStarsNJ.com platform within the Garden State – produced three Platinum Pass winners.
Additionally, two more Platinum Passes were secured by players participating in the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP).
Scheduling details for the future editions of both series have yet to be released, but the PokerStarsNJ.com site has already published a 2020 PSPC promotional page.
As for Pennsylvania, the second state to welcome PokerStars back into the American regulated iGaming fold has yet to launch its online poker vertical. Nonetheless, industry news outlets have tabbed September as a likely launch date for PokerStars.PA, so players in the Keystone State can expect to have Platinum Pass promotions up and running between now and next August.