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  1. It was an action-packed Sunday with multiple six-figure scores and some of online poker’s biggest names taking their talents to big-money final tables. 'Wild_Smurf', Ivan 'Negriin' Luca Take Home Six-Figures One of the largest payouts of the day went to Germany’s 'Wild_Smurf’ who took down the PokerStars Sunday Million with an outright win for $140,572.39. The tournament drew 5,202 runners creating a prize pool of $1,040,400 allowing everyone at the final table to earn no less than $11,782. Belgium’s ’francais50’ settled for second place and a healthy $98,647.39. PocketFiver ‘BenjaminChalot' made his way to the final table, laddering to seventh place for $16,790.28. With the score, the Hungarian just eclipses $600,000 in lifetime earnings. Usually, the winner of the Sunday Million is the day’s biggest winner, but this Sunday PokerStars was also running Bounty Builder special editions of some of their High Rollers. This led to Argentina’s Ivan ’Negriin’ Luca combining his winnings for his victory in the $2,100 High Roller SE Bounty Builder #4 for the biggest haul on Sunday. He earned $72,909.23 for the win and another $92,671.87 in bounties or a total of just over $165,580. Finishing right behind Luca was former top-10 ranked player ‘ekziter’. He walked with $55,485.96 (+ $17,281.25 in bounties) for his single largest payday of 2018. A familiar name was atop the leaderboard in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up as Bryan ‘bparis’ Paris walked away as the winner. He defeated the 1,031 player field and added $33,458.20 to his already legendary online earnings total of over $11.3 million. Joining him at this final table was another online poker veteran as Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer finished in fourth place for $12,436.27 ‘GlobalHappiness’ Outlasts Karmatskiy In partypoker SHR ‘GlobalHappiness’ celebrated a victory in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller, winning $57,000 for the win. He defeated one of the best Russian players on the planet in Arsenii ‘josef_shvejk’ Karmatskiy who settled for second place and $39,000. The cash is his largest score since taking third place in Powerfest Event #97 for over $64,000 and puts him up over $2.8 million in career earnings. Joining the final table of this one was the world’s #4-ranked ‘C Darwin2’ from Sweden. He captured fifth place and added $14,000 to his $10.8 million in lifetime scores. The Swede is on pace to hit $11 million by year’s end. The partypoker $1,050 Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller pulled in 211 runners and exceed the $200K guarantee with its $215,220 prize pool. ‘Dextered’ ended up with all the chips and $21,511.45 (+ $26,341.26 in bounties) for first place. A pair of top 10-ranked player also made the final eight as the #1-ranked player in the world ‘lena900’ (‘Drulitooo’) finished in eighth place adding $2,426.50 to his already $12.3 million in lifetime earnings. Lasting one extra spot was ‘Ariados’ who also took down a major tournament on 888poker. In other partypoker action, ‘MaXiMiSpkr’ defeated the 213 runners in the $1,050 Sunday Main Event High Roller for over $43,000. Also, ‘BOOMALOOM’ made a deal in the $215 Sunday Main Event for $26,195.58. The runner-up, ‘LordPiasonG’ took him $23,356.53 in the deal. Ariados & Ramiro Rule 888poker A pair of Swedish crushers made a deal in the 888poker $60,000 Whale. The #7-ranked player in the world ’Madeon1994’ (aka ‘Ariados’) took home the top prize of $20,054.90 and officially gets the win. His countryman ‘creutz93’ finished as the runner-up, earning nearly $3,000 more than the posted second place, walking with $18,385. ‘creutz93’ is currently ranked 107 in the world. Argentia’s #1-ranked pro Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone bested the 314 runners that registered the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. The #10-ranked player in the world won $19,500 for his second five-figure cash this week. He climbed up over $4.25 million in lifetime earnings with the victory. ‘Baistipoika’ finished as the runner-up earning $14,500 and PocketFiver ‘wisimaki’ captured the bronze for $11,000. PokerStars Sunday Million Entries: 5,202 Prize pool: $1,040,400 1. Wild_Smurf - $140,572.39 2. francais50 - $98.647.39 3. Galva1388 - $69,227.69 4. razvanik08 - $48,581.79 5. Worjoh - $34,093.28 6. vovtroy - $23,925.66 7. BC1989RF - $16,790.28 8. TheMrsTT - $11,782.94 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, $200K Gtd Entries: 1,031 Prize pool: $206,200 1. bparis - $33,458.20 2. FROGGERT - $24,055.93 3. kill_619 - $17,296.40 4. UhhMee - $12,436.27 5. raissa1990 - $8,941.78 6. que_te_crio - $6,429.23 7. Widzywidzy^^ - $4,622.67 8. S3d3m2 - $3,323.75 PokerStars $530 High Roller SE Bounty Builder #3, $500K Gtd Entries: 1,609 Prize pool: 804.500 1. alitogiu30 - $57,472.04 (+ $44,633.90 in bounties)* 2. cruelShark - $47,236.24 (+ $4,076.17 in bounties)* 3. win2980 - $31,062 (+ $9,329.09 in bounties) 4. pececada - $22,142.41 (+ $3,574.22 in bounties) 5. cartoon2387 - $15,783.88 (+ $17,791.23 in bounties) 6. boris801 - $11,251.29 (+ $8,508.30 in bounties) 7. Proupflop - $8,020.30 (+$5,970.85 in bounties) 8. rojorulez - $5,717.17 (+ $6,839.85 in bounties) * denotes deal PokerStars $2,100 High Roller SE Bounty Builder #4, $500K Gtd Entries: 403 Prize pool: $806,000 1. Negrin - $72,909.23 (+ $92,671.87 in bounties) 2. ekziter - $55,485.96 (+ $17,281.25 in bounties) 3. Pwndidi - $42,226.42 (+ $20,296.88 in bounties) 4. n3xD - $32,135.58 (+ $11,468.75 in bounties) 5. NastyMinder - $24,456.13 (+ $15,031.25 in bounties) 6. Stakelis24 - $18,611.82 (+ $8,343.75 in bounties) 7. 0409479 - $14,164.16 (+ $3,750 in bounties) 8. compris - $10,779.36 (+ $3,500 in bounties) partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event High Roller, $150K Gtd Entries: 213 Prize pool: $213,000 1. MaXiMuSpkr - $43,430.70 2. IamPEAKing - $31,524 3. SouhftW - $22,471.50 4. JimyTransaction - $16,614 5. megustaestrecha - $11,715 6. VolZoK_ - $8,946 7. z-boooo - $6,603 8. MOTHERSMATTERS - $4,899 partypoker $215 Sunday Main Event, $150K Entries: 811 Prize pool: $162,200 1. BOOMALOOM_ - $26,195.58* 2. LordPiasonG - $23,356.53* 3. DieMeerkat - $13,835.66 4. BobBogdanovich - $9,375.16 5. IliusDooo - $6,617.76 6. Iamnotyourbuddy - $4,768.68 7. POKERPRO2.0 - $3,406.20 8. XINBAMA - $2,368.12 * denotes deal partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller, $200K Gtd Entries: 79 Prize pool: $200,000 1. GlobalHappiness - $57,000 2. josef_shvejk - $39,000 3. rdcrsnn - $27,000 4. Phil_Zajmo - $18,000 5. HellmuthTheGr8 - $14,000 6. CapEstel - $11,000 7. MOTHERSMATTERS - $9,500 8. MechaCorta - $8,500 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Bounty Hunter-HR, $200 Gtd Entries: 211 Prize pool: $215,220 1. Dextered - $21,511.45 (+ $26,341.26 in bounties) 2. ItiusDooo - $15,614 (+ $7,385.62 in bounties) 3. RingelStink - 11,130.25 (+ $2,941.25 in bounties) 4. PotatoLottery - $8,229 (+ $4,842.50 in bounties) 5. justkot - $5,802,50 (+ $6,378.12 in bounties) 6. PureBaadi - $4,431 (+ $1,495 in bounties) 7. Algorhytm - $3,270.50 (+ $4,810 in bounties) 8. Drulitooo - $2,426.50 (+ $780 in bounties) 888poker, $1,050 The $60,000 Whale Entries: 45 Prize pool: $62,000 1. Madeon1994 2. creutz93 3. DeuceofDuc0 4. Farrugia_1 5. chazcombes 6. sweet_dr34ms 888poker $215 The $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep Entries: 314 Prize pool: $100,000 1. lasochobi - $19,500 2. Baistipoika - $14,500 3. wisimaki - $11,000 4. summuNNN - $8,000 5. tikkapekka - $5,500 6. Legenden - $4,000 7. KimberSlice - $3,000 8. Holdababy - $2,500
  2. Evan Mathis is no stranger to big money and impressive accolades. The former offensive lineman spent 12 years in the NFL, earning millions, making the Pro Bowl twice, and winning a Super Bowl title with the Denver Broncos from the 2015-16 season. Mathis was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, the team that the Broncos beat when Mathis won his Super Bowl ring, and he also played for the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Arizona Cardinals. Now, Mathis lives a life of cards, and less than a year ago, in April 2018, Mathis he landed a $2.88 million score. The multi-million dollar payday didn’t come from poker, though. It came from another form of cards. Trading cards. “Ever since I was like six years old, I’ve been drawn to trading cards, collecting, and things like that,” Mathis told PocketFives.com. “I’ve always been a gambler, and I love the fact that there’s so much skill involved in poker. You’re able to gamble and you’re able to apply your skill and discipline to the game. It’s always been a lot of fun, as is the [trading] card industry. I do things that are fun, obviously. I choose to play football for a living. That was fun. Now I do trading cards for a living and that’s fun. Doing this kind of thing (poker) as a hobby, that’s fun. I’ve always been drawn to things like that. Whatever makes my dopamine receptors fire, I go to.” The card Mathis auctioned off was a 1952 Topps rookie card of Mickey Mantle. He sold it at auction after trading away an enormous chunk of his collection to acquire the rare item, then flipped it for nearly $3 million through Heritage Auctions. “What was exciting about that one was having the most expensive item I own, which was [the Mickey Mantle baseball card], and I sent it to auction without a reserve,” Mathis said. “So whatever it sold for, it sold for. It was ultimately one of the biggest gambles I’ve ever taken, so it was exciting in that aspect.” The result of the auction made it the second most expensive price tag for a baseball card ever, with a 1909 Honus Wagner card that sold for $3.12 million being the first. In the Bahamas, Mathis was chasing more millions, only on the poker felt at the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship. “I got into poker in college playing with friends,” Mathis said. “Then, I started playing a little bit online - partypoker, Full Tilt, a few years later PokerStars and Ultimate Bet. I got most of my experience playing online cash games and online tournaments. Then, throughout the years when I’ve had some free time I’ve just done it as a hobby.” Mathis shares the professional football connection with another player partaking in the poker action at Atlantis. That’s Richard Seymour, a three-time Super Bowl winner whose career overlapped with a good portion of Mathis’. Seymour played from 2001 to 2012 and Mathis played from 2005 to 2016. Now, they’re sharing another competitive overlap with poker. “I think what’s really cool about it is that Richard was such a high-caliber player in football and you hear people talking about him at these events, how much respect they have for him as a poker player,” Mathis said of seeing an NFL peer of his, Seymour, compete in poker. “So he’s not just some dumb, dead money coming here, or some rich guy blowing his money. He’s actually a really good tournament poker player. It’s fun to see someone who’s able to go from taking that on-the-field discipline to the poker room. These events, it takes a lot of discipline over the course of time, and I think playing football might definitely help to have some of that discipline. Having to weather things like training camp and things like that.” Mathis made the money in the PSPC on Day 3 and advanced to Day 4 with just 38 players remaining from the record-setting field of 1,039. For many, it’d be a career poker highlight to simply get this far in this event, outlast more than 1,000 players, and earn no less than $86,000 in prize money, but Mathis wants more. Much more. “I didn’t come here just to have fun,” Mathis said. “I came here with the intention to win. I’m not celebrating anything yet. I want to go pretty deep into this thing. Surviving each day has been great and all, but the most rewarding thing would be finishing the entire thing. “I think I might be more excited about just getting first place and getting the trophy amongst this very competitive field. The money obviously would be incredibly exciting, but it would be really cool to win an event of this caliber against such a good field.” As it turned out, Mathis’ run would go no further than Day 4, as he busted in 35th place for $86,400. On his final hand, Mathis was all in with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jh"] against the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8s"] for opponent Yiannis Liperis. Liperis went on to best Mathis with two pair and send Mathis to the payout desk. Mathis does still have a sweat left, that being his friend that he traveled to the Bahamas with, Jason Koonce, who was still in as the prize payouts hit six figures.
  3. The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is in the books, with notable victories coming from Ramon Colillas in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship, David 'Chino' Rheem in the PCA Main Event, Sam Greenwood in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and Martin Zamani in the PCA $25,000 High Roller. Each of those players earned mammoth payouts from their victories, but where do they stack up on the 2019 money leaderboard? Let’s take a look. The $25,000 buy-in PSPC was such an enormous tournament that the top three finishers from that event make up the top three spots on the 2019 PCA money list, with Colillas on top thanks to the huge $5.1 million score he earned. Runner-up in that event, Julien Martini, sits second on the list, and third-place finisher Marc Rivera is third on the list. Here are the top 25 money earners from the 2019 PCA festival. Top 25 2019 PCA Money List 1. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 2. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 3. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 4. Sam Greenwood - $1,954,860 5. Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 6. David 'Chino' Rheem - $1,576,200 7. Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 8. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 9. Rainer Kempe - $1,202,760 10. Jesus Cortes - $1,153,440 11. Stephen Chidwick - $1,084,322 12. Marc Perrault - $1,040,520 13. Talal Shakerchi - $994,300 14. Daniel Strelitz - $964,020 15. Alex Foxen - $904,040 16. Martin Zamani - $895,110 17. Farid Jattin - $746,000 18. Igor Kurganov - $697,100 19. Sean Winter - $673,120 20. Scott Wellenbach - $671,240 21. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 22. Steffen Sontheimer - $623,220 23. Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 24. Pavel Veksler - $560,240 25. Justin Bonomo - $533,370 As you can see, Greenwood sits fourth after having won $1.954 million from the 2019 PCA series. Greenwood's big win was in the $100,000 Super High Roller when he scored a $1.775 million first-place prize, but he also added scores of $89,320, $69,100, and $20,980 to his bankroll. Greenwood was one of 21 players to cash at least four times at the 2019 PCA. Another player to cash four times was the player 18th on the 2019 PCA money leaderboard, Igor Kurganov. He banked scores of $378,760, $129,780, $121,040, and $67,450 for a total of $697,100. The largest of those four scores was a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller that Greenwood was victorious in. Other than Greenwood and Kurganov, no player cashed four times in the top 25. Several players in the top 25 cashed three times, though, in addition to Greenwood and Kurganov, of course. Those players were Rainer Kempe, Jesus Cortes, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, Sean Winter, and Steffan Sontheimer. Kempe won the most money of that bunch with more than $1.2 million in payouts. He placed fourth in a $25,000 no-limit hold’em event before he won a $50,000 no-limit hold’em event and a $10,200 no-limit hold’em knockout turbo. The $50,000 buy-in tournament that Kempe won earned him $908,000. Foxen doesn't appear that he's going to slow down after an epic 2018 saw him haul in more than $6.6 million in live tournament earnings. Foxen has already won more than $900,000 in 2019 thanks to his performances at the 2019 PCA. He placed 11th in a $25,000 buy-in event, second in the $50,000 event that Kempe won, and third in another $50,000 buy-in tournament. Foxen's three scores were for $45,020, $651,980, and $207,040 in those three events, respectively. Four players cashed five times each at the 2019 PCA, but none of them ranked higher than 75th on the 2019 PCA money list. Sitting in 75th overall with a total of $136,460 won was Ariel Celestino. Daniel Tang, Sean Legendre, and Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira were the others to cash five times during the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series. How did the 2019 PCA change the festival's all-time money list? With a little help from our friends at HendonMob.com, here’s a look at the new top 25 following the completion of the 2019 PCA. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List 1. Bryn Kenney - $6,262,731 2. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 3. Steve O'Dwyer - $3,910,382 4. Tony Gregg - $3,183,095 5. Poorya Nazari - $3,000,000 6. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 7. Scott Seiver - $2,970,620 8. Sam Greenwood - $2,927,337 9. Galen Hall - $2,877,080 10. Vanessa Selbst - $2,824,640 11. Jason Koon - $2,645,595 12. Isaac Haxton - $2,583,616 13. Justin Bonomo - $2,524,742 14. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - $2,484,120 15. Daniel Negreanu - $2,348,097 16. Harrison Gimbel - $2,329,220 17. Dan Shak - $2,323,840 18. Byron Kaverman - $2,307,235 19. Cary Katz - $2,257,420 20. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 21. Mustapha Kanit - $2,077,000 22. Dimitar Danchev - $1,985,000 23. John Dibella - $1,960,700 24. Daniel Dvoress - $1,946,102 25. Tyler Reiman - $1,937,770 As you can see, Bryn Kenney reigns supreme. He came into the 2019 PCA with a big lead on this list, thanks to $6.245 million in earnings from the PCA, and Kenney added a small cash by his standards of $17,620 to move up to $6.262 million. The most notable additions to the top 25 of the PCA all-time money list were three players we already talked about, Colillas, Martini, and Rivera. Those three finished first, second, and third in the 2019 PSPC. Colillas moved to second on PCA's all-time money list, Martini jumped to sixth, and Rivera went up to 20th. Another big jump was had by Greenwood, who entered the 2019 PCA with $972,477 in earnings from the series. After winning nearly $2 million this year, Greenwood shot up the all-time PCA leaderboard to eighth with nearly $3 million in earnings total from the event. Justin Bonomo also increased his standing, going from 17th to 13th on the all-time PCA list after winning $533,370 at the 2019 PCA. Notable departures from the top 5 PCA all-time money list were Christopher Oliver, Eugene Katchalov, Will Molson, and Nick Petrangelo.
  4. Everyone in poker knows what January brings. It brings a fresh start to the poker year, it brings the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and it brings a big result for Tony Gregg. This year, the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship may have added an exciting new element to the poker world, but much was the same in regards to Gregg making a big splash in the Bahamas. Entering the 2019 edition of the PCA, Gregg had earned $3.096 million from the stop and sat third on the festival’s all-time money list. He added another $86,400 to his total haul from PCA after placing 36th from a field of 1,039 entries in the record-setting PSPC. “I guess it’s just one of those things that when you have continued success you’re going to have that much better of a feeling playing here,” Gregg said of his string of big results from the Bahamas. Gregg’s first result from PCA was also his largest. In 2009, he placed second in the PCA Main Event from a field of 1,347 entries to win $1.7 million. A few years later, in 2012, Gregg was back at the PCA Main Event final table from a field of 1,072 entries. This time around, he took sixth place and brought home $364,000. “I don’t think it specifically has anything to do with the Bahamas, I just think Tony is a fantastic poker player and some places you run good and some places you run bad,” Christian Harder, 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas winner and good friend of Gregg, commented. Another six-figure score from a sixth-place finish came in 2014 with Gregg earning $347,720 in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. Then in 2015, he took third in a $5,300 side event for $72,800. As if those results weren’t impressive enough, in 2016 Gregg reached the final table of the PCA Main Event for the third time. Again, he found himself heads-up. Again, he finished in second place. Although he didn’t land in the winner’s circle, Gregg added another $612,175 to his bankroll. “For me, living in the mid-Atlantic most of the time, getting out of that area in January and getting to come here, it just feels so good to be here that I guess it just motivates me to play better, be more patient, or have more faith in myself that things are going to work out,” Gregg said. “Any number of those things.” “It’s awesome,” Harder said of seeing Gregg’s continued success. “Tony deserves all the success he has. He’s a student of the game and always keeps himself sharp even when he’s not playing live much. He’s always watching live feeds, or videos, or playing online. I’m not surprised one bit he went deep in PSPC.” Prior to his PSPC result this year, Gregg’s last cash was in December 2017. He took a bit of a break from the poker grind, but it doesn’t appear to have caused any sort of drop-off in his play. Gregg was right back, true to form in the Bahamas, and making a deep run. “Seeing Tony go deep in something big again hopefully inspires him to play some more poker,” Greg Merson, 2012 WSOP Main Event champion and another good friend of Gregg, said. “Not for the financial gains, but to imprint his legacy on the game as one of the all-time legends that he is.” If it wasn’t for Louis Boutin hitting an ace on the flop with ace-king against Gregg’s pocket sevens, another final table run at this stop could have been in the cards. Ultimately, he’ll settle for the $86,400 score and look for the next tournament at Atlantis to crush. “It’s nice,” Gregg said of Merson’s comments. “He’s one of my best friends, so of course he’s going to say that (laughs). I’ve been around for a while and it’s always good to have respect from your peers.”
  5. Originally scheduled to take place in August, the 2020 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made by PokerStars on Friday, May 22, 2020. Last update: Friday, May 22, 2020 Where and When Is the PSPC 2020? PSPC 2020 was scheduled to take place at Casino Barcelona from August 20-24, 2020, during the European Poker Tour Barcelona time slot. The event has been postponed until 2021, as has EPT Barcelona. No exact dates have been issued, but the event is still planned to take place in Barcelona, Spain. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] How Much Does It Cost To Enter PSPC? The PSPC buy-in is priced at €22,500, which is approximately $25,000 and very much equivalent to the price tag that came with the first PSPC that was held at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival. As was done for the first PSPC, PokerStars will be hosting many different ways for players to win their way to PSPC for less than €22,500, including bringing back the popular Platinum Pass promotion. What Is a Platinum Pass? With the return of the PSPC comes the return of PokerStars’ Platinum Pass promotion that will award packages to the event. Platinum Passes are tickets to PSPC that can be won by players around the world through various promotions. Each pass is valued at €26,000 (approximately $30,000) and includes more than just the buy-in to the event. For PSPC, a Platinum Pass includes the following: €22,500 buy-in to PSPC (originally scheduled for 2020 but pushed to 2021) Six nights’ hotel accommodation in a five-star hotel Airport transfers PSPC Merchandise €1,250 for expenses Platinum Pass winner experiences during the event How To Win a Platinum Pass Platinum Passes will be given out in numerous ways. If you’re not looking to spend the €22,500 (approx. $25,000) to buy one, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get your hands on one for much cheaper or even for free. Players have chances to win Platinum Passes through PokerStars' live events, special promotions and contests on social media, Twitch promotions, playing on PokerStars, and more. As we saw with the first PSPC, PokerStars is more than willing to get creative with how it awards Platinum Passes. How Many Platinum Pass Winners Are There? At the time of the announcement to postpone, nearly 200 Platinum Passes had been given out, with the goal to award 320 of them. Those that have already secured a Platinum Pass can use it for the 2021 event. Additionally, PokerStars is upping the allotment of Platinum Passes by 80, pushing the total to 400 Platinum Passes to be awarded. What About New Jersey and Pennsylvania? PokerStars has activity in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, the site launched in March 2016 and has been going strong ever since. Platinum Passes were given out in the Garden State for the first edition of PSPC through PokerStarsNJ.com, and that will likely be the case for future PSPC festivals. The same goes for Pennsylvania. Although PokerStars PA was not operational to award Platinum Passes to online poker players in the Keystone State for the first-ever PSPC, PokerStars PA is running now and will likely award Platinum Passes for the next PSPC. It also wouldn't be out of the question to see a Moneymaker's Road To PSPC stop appear in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Moneymaker regularly makes his way to regulated states to play some of the bigger online series that PokerStars hosts, and we all know how successful the first run of the Moneymaker-PSPC promotion was. What Other Events Are Part of the PSPC Festival? The €22,500 buy-in PSPC event wasn't the only tournament planned as part of the highly anticipated Barcelona festival. In fact, it's PSPC that is part of the greater EPT Barcelona schedule. EPT Barcelona €1,100 National Event EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event Those are just three of the big events that were scheduled to take place as part of the EPT Barcelona festival. Although EPT Barcelona has also been postponed until 2021, we can expect to see the same sort of schedule in 2021, where there are EPT Barcelona events all around PSPC to create an enormous festival. To give you an idea of how successful EPT Barcelona has been, let's take a look at the last editions of those three events that were mentioned. The EPT Barcelona €1,100 National Event enjoyed record-breaking success in 2019, attracting a field of 4,682 entries and generating a prize pool north of €4.5 million. Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa, who won the PocketFives July 2019 PLB title, emerged victorious in the event for €585,500. The popular EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller always seems to attract poker’s best of the best and it’s enormous six-figure buy-in always lends itself to huge scores. In 2019, it was Sergi Reixach taking this event's title and first-place prize of €1.816 million. The event drew 64 entries. The EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event is always one that is not to be missed, and in 2019 it attracted a giant field of 1,988 entries to become the largest European Poker Tour main event in history. Sweden's Simon Brandstrom took top honors and the €1.253 million top prize. PSPC History PSPC in Barcelona will be the second-ever PokerStars Players Championship. The first was held as part of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival. It had a $25,000 buy-in and became the largest $25,000 buy-in tournament of all time. The tournament attracted 1,039 entries and generated a $26.455 million prize pool. Included in the field were 320 Platinum Pass winners. One of those Platinum Pass winners was Spain's Ramon Colillas and he went on to beat WSOP bracelet winner Julien Martini to become the first-ever PSPC champion. For the win, Colillas won an incredible $5.1 million in prize money. Martini took $2.974 million for second place, with notables Scott Baumstein (4th - $1.657 million), Farid Jattin (7th - $746,000), and Talal Shakerchi (8th - $509,000) also reaching the final table.

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