PokerStars players in Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey will have chances to win $30,000 in PSPC Platinum cards for most of the remainder of 2022. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
valuable prize package
Although poker players in five states have the ability to enjoy the game online, one of the problems they face is that they are trapped by the rest of the world, hence many of the best international tournament chains and promotions. PokerStars is trying to at least somewhat correct that, announcing Friday that US-based players will now have a chance to win a $30,000+ platinum ticket to the PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em Tournament (PSPC) in the Bahamas, due to be held in the Bahamas. In January 2023.
We want to give players as many opportunities as possible to be a part of this epic event.”
“In the PokerStars Players Championship, anything is possible, but you have to get there first,” Severin Rasset, managing director of PokerStars USA, said in an email to the media. “We want to give players as many opportunities as possible to be a part of this epic event, and our leaderboards are a great way to reward our US community for being a part of the daily action. We will have more news to learn about other ways to win soon.”
The Platinum Pass includes a $25,000 PSPC seat, six nights’ accommodation in a five-star hotel for both recipient and guest, airport transfers, $1,900 in expenses (such as travel), and “Platinum Pass Winner Experiences.”
months of opportunity
The search for American players for Platinum Passes runs from August 30 to December 10. By playing real money games on PokerStars – tournaments or cash games – in addition to depositing, players can earn points for their placement on special leaderboards. At the end of each month, the top 500 players from Pennsylvania, 300 from Michigan, and 200 from New Jersey will qualify for freeroll tournaments on the PokerStars platforms in their states to compete for the Platinum Pass.
This is not the only way to win. The Tournament of Online Poker (COOP) will be released in the above three states where PokerStars are present, from September 9-26. At the end of the COOP competition, the top leaderboards in each state will win platinum passes, six in total.
The top 1,000 players on the state’s COOP leaderboards will also qualify for a free spin, taking place on September 27, where PokerStars will distribute over $30,000 in Platinum Pass.
long time coming
The No-Limit Hold’em Tournament for PokerStars players was the first and only in early 2019. PokerStars amplified it throughout 2018, describing it as a very high-profile drum tournament that everyone can access because of their Platinum Pass. The big idea is that it will be a huge, expensive tournament with a huge prize pool where all low-income professionals and amateurs will be able to compete.
1,039 players entered the PSPC, a record for the tournament with a $25,000 entry.
During 2018, PokerStars awarded 320 Platinum tickets and a star’s dream became a reality: 1,039 PSPC players entered, a record for a $25,000 entry tournament.
The cherry on top was Platinum Pass holder Ramon Colias winning the championship and first prize of $5.1 million.
Because of PSPC’s success, PokerStars planned to host it again before 2023, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented it in the past two years. With plenty of time to allow for enough qualifiers, Platinum Pass prizes, and travel plans, January 2023 was the earliest reasonable date to reintroduce PSPC to the world of poker.