The five-day event will precede the extremely popular PCA in January 2019. And the company has been on a mission to give away more than 300 Platinum Passes worth $30,000 each.
The Platinum Pass package includes a $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship buy-in plus $5,000 worth of accommodations and spending money.
The global online poker site has found plenty of ways to give Platinum Passes away outside of the U.S. While PokerStars hopes to offer online poker when it launches in Pennsylvania, currently the company only operates in New Jersey.
As such, the opportunities to give Platinum Passes away to U.S. poker players is more of a challenge.
Only six U.S. players are holding a Platinum Pass to next year’s Players Championship. Those players are:
- Maria Konnikova – PCA National Championship Winner
- Thai Ha – PCA Main Event Day 2 drawing
- David Peters – PCA Main Event Wild Card drawing
- Michael Page – NJSCOOP Main Event Winner (High)
- Derik Li – NJSCOOP Main Event Winner (Low)
- Alice Zheng – LIPS National Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada
More passes will make their way into U.S. poker players’ hands through PokerStars Ambassadors Jaime Staples, Jason Somerville, Liv Boeree, and Igor Kuganov.
Plus earlier this month, PokerStars announced the Moneymaker PSPC Tour. The nine-event tournament series hosted by Chris Moneymaker will travel around the United States and award a Platinum Pass at each stop.
And the giving of passes doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
PokerStars teams up with Seminole Hard Rock to give away more passes
PokerStars is teaming up with Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida to give away two more Platinum Passes.
To win one of the two available passes, players must log 100 hours of play at any jackpot-eligible poker game. The first 235 players to qualify will be able to play for their share of the Seminole Hard Rock $65,000 Summer Freeroll.
The top 20 finishers in the freeroll will earn various prizes including satellite tickets. The winner wins an entry into the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship event and the coveted Platinum Pass.
The second Platinum Pass winner will come from a pool of players that participate in at least one tournament during the SHRPO series. The 26-event series takes place from Aug. 2 – 14.
Every buy-in to either satellites or primary events earns an entry. A player can earn multiple entries.
The drawing will take place on August 14. One random winner will walk away with an entry to the most highly-anticipated event of 2019.
“We have partnered with the Seminole Hard Rock on various charity events in the past including last year’s Hurricane Irma Relief, and we are very proud to be working with them once again,” said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications at The Stars Group in a press release.
“We wanted to give their players the opportunity to play in the PSPC through tournaments right on their doorstep. The Bahamas is only a short hop from the States, so this is perfect for those who have their eye on a Platinum Pass and the poker adventure of a lifetime. Poker lovers who can’t make it this time don’t have to worry. We have more routes coming up.”
PokerStars showing a commitment to growing the game
PokerStars was the leader in online poker in the U.S. before Black Friday. Today, only three states offer online poker: Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. PokerStars is offering games in only one of them.
The fact that PokerStars continues to invest in the United States as a whole when they only operate in New Jersey speaks to its commitment to the game.
Sports betting legislation has been the talk of the country ever since the Supreme Court‘s decision in May to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
Many think this bodes well for online poker to make its way back into homes across America. It’s fair to say PokerStars is hoping that is the case.
Staying involved in the U.S. market and partnering with local casinos like Seminole Hard Rock, which could become a future partner for online poker in Florida, proves PokerStars is ready to be back on top once legislation makes it possible.