It looks like PokerStars is going all out this time at their PokerStars live events, as they announced the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC), with the site putting into the prize pool a whopping $9 million right from their pockets!
For those who are in the know, in the past few years the PokerStars site seemed to lose luster when it comes to their live tourney series. In fact, other online poker rivals have stepped up their game and it even came to the point that it may potentially surpass the long-time king of live poker festivals.
At the PokerStars Championship held in Prague (the main event there was won by Kalidou Sow by the way), it was Daniel Negreanu who made the exciting announcement, that the PSPC shall be a $25,000 buy-in event in the Bahamas, and they intend it to be single best event of 2019.
There are absolutely a lot of $25,000 buy-in events scattered throughout, but come 2018, PokerStars shall be giving away 300+ PSPC packages called "Platinum Passes", and each is worth $30,000 (includes travel and hotel expenses); thus, everything is free! By the end of 2018, PokerStars is expected to have garnered $8 million into the PSPC prize pool, and then when the event kicks off around January 6, 2019, they will add another $1 million to the first-place prize.
Thus, PokerStars shall be pulling out of their pockets a sweet $9 million and adding it to the overflowing prize pool for this special event, not to mention an additional $2 million or more in additional player value in the form of hotel, travel, leisure and other on-site expenses.
One important thing to note is that this free giveaway to 300+ players who really do not have a realistic shot of participating at a high-roller event will have the chance of sitting with the poker world's crème de la crème, and they finally have a shot at the title and prize that will surely change their lives for the better, and what's more, they don't have to bulldoze through a battle field of multiple thousands of players in order to reach the final table!
PokerStars Marketing Director David Carrion said, "PSPC is an opportunity to put a show together for the poker fans and the poker players of all skill levels and of all countries. We want to create something that stands out in the entry level, in the prize pool, in the mix of players, for recreational players, for serious players, and for professional players. It's our event for the players."
Carrion also said that with the manageable number of players, PokerStars can provide first-rate service for every person, to truly enhance and elevate each player's experience and make the event more meaningful for everyone. Of course, this is a good plus considering that only a select few of the people in that event will be successful to acquire that life-changing cash. Therefore, the event should at least be a memorable and life-changing experience for anyone who has a ticket.
How to go about winning one of these 300+ Platinum Passes? Well, the first one is already gone as it was awarded alongside the announcement in Prague on December 15.
The next batch of Platinum Passes shall be given during the online Winter Series between December 25 to January 7, followed by exclusive giveaways at the IPO in Italy, PSL Macau, PCA, and PokerStars Festival London.
These Platinum Passes shall be one per player, and there will be no trading or selling them. So if you win a pass (by luck or skill), then you're going to the Bahamas!
Check out their website for the schedule