In January, PokerStars made history by hosting the PokerStars Players Championship – the largest $25,000 buy-in poker tournament of all time. Now, seven months later they’ve announced that they’re bringing it back and giving it a new host city.
The 2020 PokerStars Players Championship will be held in Barcelona, August 20-24 as part of the European Poker Tour stop.
The first PSPC held in conjunction with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, had a field of 1,039 and a total prize pool of $26,455,500.
“The inaugural PSPC generated hundreds of personal stories of achievement and ambition among the Platinum Pass winners who dared to dream of playing in an exclusive high-roller event,” said Severin Rasset, Managing Director & Commercial Officer at PokerStars. “The PSPC demonstrates our commitment to cultivating and growing the game, not only by creating opportunities for poker fans of all levels to win life-changing sums of money, but by showcasing poker and its many inspirational stories well beyond the poker realm.”
The 2019 PSPC featured an additional $1 million added to the first place prize and PokerStars gave away 320 Platinum Passes that included the $25,000 buy-in. PokerStars had yet to confirm if the 2020 event will include the first place prize bump or the number of Platinum Passes they plan to award over the next year.
The first five 2020 Platinum Passes were awarded Tuesday as part of the announcement. Five players who were brought to EPT Barcelona to be part of a live-streamed event with some Team PokerStars Pros. Adrian Garcia, Clement Eloy, Danielle Summer, Christoph Walkenhorst, and Daryl Inglis will be returning to Barcelona in 2020 to play the PSPC.
On Wednesday, ten more passes will be awarded on PokerStars through the Stars Rewards program in Mystery Chests.
Throughout 2018, PokerStars found a myriad of ways to award poker players and fans with a $30,000 Platinum Pass. This included the Moneymaker PSPC Tour which was 11 live and online tournaments with a $86 buy-in that included a Platinum Pass for the eventual winner. Other PokerStars Team Pros also held contests that gave away a Platinum Pass for completing certain tasks or creating content.
Players who win or are awarded 2020 Platinum Passes will get a €22,500 buy-in to the PSPC, six nights hotel in a five-star hotel, €1,250 to cover other expenses, as well as PSPC merchandise and airport transfers. The value of each package is approximately $30,000 US.
Spaniard Ramón Colillas, who earned a Platinum Pass for winning the 2018 Campeonato de España de Poker, won the 2019 PSPC for $5.1 million. One month after his victory, he became a member of Team PokerStars.