The list of American Platinum Pass winners continues to grow. Rishya Iyer scored the massive PokerStars prize over the weekend in a Road to PSPC women’s event at Live! Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The 24-year-old poker player, a Philadelphia resident, earned $5,840 and the highly sought-after pass. The win now awards her a complete tournament and travel package for the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC). The $25,000 buy-in event is set for January and the pass is valued at $30,000.
“I’m a regular here at Live! so I’m always checking for events and I saw there was a ladies event and I thought I can’t miss this, I have to play it,” Iyer said after the win. “I try to play the big tournaments now and then, but I don’t study them as much and I don’t have that much experience at all, so it was kind of tough, but it’s always fun.
Road to a PokerStars Platinum Pass
The win for Iyer comes after PokerStars launched Platinum Pass opportunities for American online poker players. The company recently added both live Road to PSPC and online poker qualifying opportunities. Several players have now locked up passes and a trip to the Bahamas.
In the $200 women’s event, Iyer topped a field of 120 players that produced a prize pool of $19,800. Normally a cash game player, she learned how to play poker in home games while in college. Her boyfriend later helped Iyer with her skills and she began taking the game more seriously.
The women’s-only event seemed like a perfect fit for Iyer and she hopes to shine at the PSPC.
“I think doing more events like these and just supporting women when you see them play and giving more recognition for women in poker, is always great,” she said. “I’m excited to play a $25,000 tournament, to play that big of a tournament is what I’m most excited for.”
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More Platinum Pass opportunities
The chance at a Platinum Pass continues this weekend for US-based players. Live! Casino Philadelphia hosts another Road to PSPC event from Oct. 13-16, with one of the prizes on the line.
The action then shifts to Live! Casino Pittsburgh from Oct. 27-30. A $360 Road to PSPC event awards another pass in that tournament as well.
Stars is also awarding several passes via monthly leaderboards on the company’s three US platforms. A few online players have already cashed in with more set to be rewarded in coming weeks. PokerStars USA is currently available in:
What do winners earn?
With the PSPC returning, the Platinum Pass has again become one of the biggest prizes in poker. Along with Road to PSPC events and online leaderboards, PokerStars also occasionally hands them out via social media contests.
Here are the specifics of what comes with winning a Platinum Pass:
- $25,000 PSPC buy-in
- six nights hotel accommodations for each winner and a guest in a five-star hotel
- flights and airport transfers
- $1,900 in spending money
- unique Platinum Pass winner experiences during the event