Low stakes recreational and amateur poker players across the US are being presented with a golden opportunity to get into what is sure to be one of the biggest tournaments of next year, or any other.
Back in December 2017, online poker giant PokerStars announced plans to run the first ever $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series in January 2019. Not only that, but it would be giving away more than 300 PSPC tournament entry packages, also known as Platinum Passes, valued at $30,000 each.
The Platinum Passes include the $25,000 tournament buy-in, cash for travel, and accommodations at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
In its omnipotence, PokerStars is adding another $1 million to the winner’s take, making the total giveaway about $9 million.
They immediately began giving away Platinum Passes to players in PokerStars tournaments across the globe and somewhat randomly through various social media outlets.
The Moneymaker PSPC Tour
Now, to mark the 15th anniversary of Chris Moneymaker‘s 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event win, they have put together a new multi-stop Moneymaker PSPC Tour of the US where they will give away an amazing nine $30,000 Platinum Passes.
Moneymaker famously earned entry into the historic 2003 WSOP Main Event through an $86 satellite on PokerStars. As a result, the Moneymaker PSPC Tour will feature a series of $86 buy-in events with a Platinum Pass added to the winner’s take. Moneymaker has also agreed to provide support to winning players as they prepare for the PSPC in January 2019.
The tour is actually Moneymaker’s brainchild and he says it’s all about giving players a similar opportunity to what he experienced:
“It’s been 15 years since the big win and it only feels like yesterday. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I want to give someone else the opportunity to feel that #winningmoment.
“I’ve played a lot of poker for years and during that time I’ve got to know lots of people at live events and meet-ups. Now US fans will have the chance to win an amazing prize and have some fun along the way. Come join me to play, you never know, this could lead to a life-changing moment like I had.”
Eight casinos and one online event
The Moneymaker PSPC Tour will hit a variety of casinos across the US and include one online tournament on PokerStarsNJ in September.
The festivities begin August 4 in Citrus Heights, California. Here’s a look at the entire Moneymaker PSPC Tour schedule:
- Aug. 4 – 5 Stones Gambling Hall, Citrus Heights, CA
- Aug. 19 – 26 Lucky Chances, Colma, CA
- Sept. 9 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
- Sept. 15 MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD
- Sept. 22 Gardens Casino, Hawaiian Gardens, CA
- Sept. 23 Talking Stick, Scottsdale, AZ
- Sept. 30 PokerStarsNJ.com (online)
- Oct. 7 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
- Oct. 10 – 14 Maryland Live, Hanover, MD
Dates and venues are subject to change.
More ways to win a Platinum Pass
PokerStars is also teaming up with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida to give more players in the US a shot at one of two Platinum Passes.
Players can enter for a chance to win a Platinum Pass by participating in two promotions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. This includes the property’s $65,000 Summer Freeroll and its Play To Win Poker Promotion at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) tournament series in August.
The $65,000 Summer Freeroll gives players who log 100 hours through July 31 the chance to play in a freeroll. Now there will be a Platinum Pass up for grabs in that event as well.
The SHRPO Play To Win Poker Promotion is a straight sweepstakes. Players get one entry into a draw every time they buy into a SHRPO event or satellite. The draw for a Platinum Pass will take place on August 14.
According to PokerStars, five US players are already Platinum Pass winners. The list includes:
- Michael Page, PokerStars NJSCOOP Main Event High winner
- Derik Li, PokerStars NJSCOOP Main Event Low winner
- David Peters, PCA 2018 Wildcard winner
- Maria Konnikova, 2018 PCA National Championship winner
- Thai Ha, PCA Day 2 Draw winner