PokerStars announced today that there will only be five more ways for players to win a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship via the Platinum Pass Adventure. The popular promotion culminates with five more PokerStars Ambassadors, including Daniel Negreanu and Jeff Gross, becoming part of the adventure. A total of 12 passes will be given away by 12 different PokerStars ambassadors when it is all said and done.
For their part, the Ambassadors are encouraging players to do something meaningful and close to their hearts as a means to win a pass. The new contests provide players creative ways to qualify for a Platinum Pass, with ambassadors creating their own competition tailored to their audiences.
Each Platinum Pass Adventure winner will receive a $30,000 prize package. That includes entry into the $25,000 PSPC event in January in the Bahamas. Winning players also receive mentoring and coaching from their PokerStars Ambassador in preparation. Here’s a look at the latest contests available for players hoping to snag a pass.
The Negreanu Challenge
Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu is challenging his community and fans to submit a short video about a charity, cause, or foundation close to their hearts. Contributors are asked to submit using #DonateWithDaniel by Sept. 30.
Negreanu will then select a shortlist of five entries with comments about why they were chosen on his vlog. The Platinum Pass winner will be selected on Oct. 13. If the winner cashes in the tournament, that player can donate 50 percent of the winnings to the cause. The other four shortlist causes or charities aren’t out of luck – each will receive a $1,000 donation.
“You can make a huge difference for yourself and make the world a better place at the same time,” Negreanu said. “So … who do you play for?”
Kings and Queens
Jennifer Shahade is challenging her community to create a game incorporating elements of both chess and poker. The winner will be announced Oct. 14.
“Poker is not just a game, but a passion, a science, and a community, just like my first love – chess,” Shahade said.
Shahade will narrow down the submissions with help from a panel of personalities and experts from gaming, poker, and chess – such as PokerStars Ambassadors Negreanu and Liv Boeree as well as International Master and Chess.com content director Danny Rensch.
Submitters can use the hashtag #MyChessPokerGame to submit on Twitter.
Spin a Tale
Author and journalist Maria Konnikova is on a quest to find the most compelling storyteller demonstrating a core principle of what it means to be a good poker player – whether self-control, probabilistic thinking, decision-making, or other ideas.
“I truly believe that creativity and storytelling ability are among the most valuable and most often overlooked skills in poker – and I can’t wait to see you embrace those skills in this challenge,” Konnikova said. “I’m so excited to announce my Platinum Pass challenge: a call to tell me your stories in your own voices.”
Those hoping to win should use #mypokerstory to share their submission.
PokerStars Ambassador, Twitch streamer, and YouTube vlogger Jeff Gross hopes to find the best poker vlogger through a series of challenges.
“To have the opportunity to encourage someone to create something they are passionate about and give away a once in a lifetime experience trip to the PSPC means the world to me,” he said. “This is an event that will go down in history as one of the most special poker tournaments of our time. I am grateful to be playing in this event and giving away a PokerStars Platinum Pass on top of that is truly incredible.”
To get a submission considered, use the hashtag #VloggerInParadise.
Be a Good Samaritan
Following his success and the supportive community he has built on Twitch, Lex Veldhuis will be asking fans to simply go out of their way to do something nice for someone.
“When thinking about this challenge I really wanted to encompass what makes Twitch special for me,” Veldhuis said. “Then it became very simple. It’s people anonymously doing stuff for others, going out of their way to do something nice or be there for someone. It’s a win-win contest as those who do not win a pass will still feel like they have won by doing something they cherish. And people will have received something nice because of them.”
To enter use the hashtag #PSPCitFWD.