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  1. Although some land-based casinos have started reopening their poker rooms, players will have to wait an additional year for the 2020 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) and EPT Barcelona events. On Friday, PokerStars made the announcement that it is postponing the two festivals until 2021. "We realize that this news will come as a disappointment to many, but we know you will understand and appreciate why this is necessary," a post on the PokerStars Blog stated. "Our priority is the safety and good health of all our players and staff, as well as the communities that host such large events." The second edition of the PSPC was scheduled to take place August 20-24, 2020, at Casino Barcelona, with the always popular EPT Barcelona festival wrapped around it. Exact dates for the 2021 edition have yet to be announced, but it is planned to still be held in Barcelona. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] There were 320 Platinum Passes set to be awarded to the 2020 PSPC event, of which nearly 200 have already been given out through various promotions. Those that already hold Platinum Passes for the 2020 PSPC will be eligible to use them for the 2021 event. Plus, PokerStars is upping the number of Platinum Passes to be awarded, taking it from 320 to 400. "While we cannot provide exact dates at this time, we do know that the PSPC will be back bigger and better in 2021 at Casino Barcelona," the post stated. "Until then, we will focus on creating a life-changing and memorable PokerStars experience for when we are safe and together again." The news comes almost exactly one month after the 2020 World Series of Poker was postponed as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the postponed of the PSPC and EPT Barcelona, PokerStars announced that is has canceled the Road to PSPC Cannes, Road to PSPC Madrid Torrelodones, and Manilla Super Series 14 stops. The first-ever PSPC, held as part of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival, awarded 320 Platinum Passes and generated a field of 1,039 entries. Ramon Colillas was crowned champion for $5.1 million. With its $26.455 million prize pool, the event became the largest $25,000 buy-in poker tournament of all time. PSPC 2020 was already anticipated to take this record to new heights, and now with an additional 80 Platinum Passes to be awarded it hopes to be even bigger. For those with questions regarding the postponements, PokerStars has put together a PSPC Postponement FAQ page with more information.
  2. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC
  3. Every poker player wants to play in the PokerStars Players Championship in Barcelona this August, but not everyone can afford to buy-in for €22,500 (approx. $25,000). Winning a PokerStars Platinum Pass - which includes the buy-in and money for travel and accommodations - could be your ticket to the big dance, and there are plenty of ways to win one. Included in the ways to win a Platinum Pass are the Mega Path qualifier promotion, PokerStars live events, Mystery Chests, and more. Here are the details on how to win a PokerStars Platinum Pass for PSPC 2020. PSPC Mega Path One of the most popular ways to try and win a Platinum Pass is through the PokerStars Mega Path. Through Mega Path, players can work their way through a four-step path that has a Platinum Pass being awarded at the end. Plus, you can get started with Mega Path for as little as $2 or 50 Stars Coin. Pierre Lewandowski is one of the many players to win a Platinum Pass via Mega Path. Lewandowski won a Platinum Pass to the first-ever PSPC by winning a MegaStack event in Dublin and this time he did it through Mega Path. Not only did Lewandowski win a second Platinum Pass, but he won the second one on his birthday. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] PokerStars Live Events Another way to win a Platinum Pass is by doing so at a PokerStars live event, and there are plenty on offer for 2020. As of Saturday, January 11, PokerStars had confirmed 21 live events and plenty of them lead up to PSPC. As part of the schedule are 'Road To PSPC' events. Like the name suggests, these events are just that, they’re roads to the PokerStars Players Championship. These events have a specific focus to awarding Platinum Passes and come at accessible price points. One player who has already won a Platinum Pass for Barcelona is Scott Baumstein, who did so by winning the Moneymaker's Road to PSPC - Seminole Main Event in December 2019. In that $360 buy-in tournament, the New Jersey grinder topped a field of 464 entries to win a Platinum Pass. If you remember, Baumstein made the final table of the first PSPC, finishing fourth for $1.657 million. Playing On PokerStars Players can win Platinum Passes multiple ways by playing on PokerStars. Platinum Passes are given away through Mystery Chest promotions and Platinum Pass Experiences. Steve Zander won his Platinum Pass via a Mystery Chest Drop. He was simply playing on PokerStars, opened a Mystery Chest, and boom, there was his Platinum Pass. If you’d like to have a chance at a Platinum Pass from a Mystery Chest, log into PokerStars and play real-money stakes of at least $0.02/$0.05. If you win a hand with ace-five, the hand that Ramon Colillas won the first-ever PSPC with, you’ll have a chance to unlock a Mystery Chest to see if you are a Platinum Pass winner. Oliver Hutchins won a £5 online qualifier that earned him the chance to compete for a Platinum Pass against seven other players at an exclusive Platinum Pass Experience tournament in London. Hutchins won the eight-handed tournament and scored a Platinum Pass. Social Media and Twitch PokerStars loves to get social, whether it's Twitter, Facebook, or Twitch. If you’re not already, make sure you follow all of their accounts so you can be made aware of any special social offering that is going to award a Platinum Pass. Look at the UK’s Richard Robinson, who won his Platinum Pass by watching via Mason 'pyefacepoker' Pye's Twitch stream. Follow PokerStars on Twitter, like the PokerStars page on Facebook, and stay tuned to PokerStars' Twitch channel.
  4. There are only 38 players left to pursue the $5.1 million first-place prize of the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Championship. Day 3 of the record-setting tournament started with 207 players of which only 181 would make the money. By the end of the day, New York tournament pro Scott Baumstein flew into the chip lead with 4.24 million in chips, followed closely by Yiannis Liperis (4.21 million). However, before the stacks could reach such heights, there was a money bubble that needed popping. As one might expect in a tournament where there were over 300 players who gifted their $25K entry, plenty of players were hanging tough to pick up the $25,450 min-cash. With four players left to the actual bubble, the remaining 185 players went hand for hand. It took roughly an hour, plus a 20-minute break in the middle, but eventually, Team Ireland’s Paul Leckey ran pocket kings into Tianle Wang’s pocket aces. Leckey didn’t go home empty-handed though, as the official bubble boy received an EPT package worth over $11,000. After that, the bustouts were fast and furious, with the next pay ladder happening faster than tournament officials could break and rebalance tables. At the conclusion of Day 3, only Baumstein and Liperis have eclipsed the 4 million chip mark, but there’s plenty of top-flight competition left in the field. France’s Julien Martini (3,250,000), Canada’s Louis Boutin (3,040,000) and Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas (2,895,000) from Spain complete the top 5 chip leaders. Other notables still left in the field include Mikita Badziakouski (1,910,000), Dan O’Brien (1,765,000), Griffin Benger (1,560,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi (1,330,000), Brazil’s Pedro Padilha (1,315,000), Kristen Bicknell (1,115,000), Tony Gregg (905,000), Platinum Pass winner Jackie Burkhart (660,000) and Day 2 chipleader Farid Jattin (640,000). By the end of the day, 143 players found their way to the cashier to pick up their earnings. Including Felix Schneiders ($69,100), Max and Sam Greenwood ($69,100), Mustapha Kanit ($56,800), Christoph Vogelsang ($56,800), Ryan Reiss ($56,800), former PocketFives #1-ranked Bryan Piccioli ($56,800), Blair Hinkle ($56,800), Athanasios Polychronopoulos ($45,700), Victor Ramdin ($45,700), Benjamin Pollak ($45,700), Dan Shak ($45,700), Brandon Adams ($39,500), Darren Elias ($39,500), Christian Harder ($39,500), Dylan Linde ($39,500) and Matt Affleck ($35,000). Three of the winners of the $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tour made the money, however, all three failed to bag at the end of the day. Clifford Ellefson ($39,500), Anthony Maio ($35,000) and Ori Kossonogi ($35,000) all found a way to turn their Platinum Passes into five-figure scores. Additionally, there were plenty of big name pros who made the money but were unable to ladder up. Parker Talbot, Sam Grafton, JC Alvarado, Frank Kassel, and Sean Winter were just a few of the roughly 30 players to settle for the min-cash of $25,450. Play in the PSPC resumes when 38 players will play down to the final table at noon ET.
  5. The final table for the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship is set. On Thursday, the final eight players will take their seats to play for a massive $5.1 million first-place prize in what is the largest $25,000 tournament of all time. New York tournament professional Scott Baumstein once again finished the day as the overnight chip leader with 10,725,000 chips. Baumstein, had a roller coaster ride on Day 4, even finding himself all in, at risk and behind only to survive and go on an incredible heater. “It’s a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky,” said Baumstein in an interview with PocketFives. Two Platinum Pass winners have made the final table including Marc Rivera, who sits right behind Baumstein in terms of chips (10,350,000). Rivera won his Platinum Pass by winning the APPT Manila National in August 2018 and is representing the Philippines at the final table. Rivera and Baumstein are the only two players of the final eight to have more than 10 million in chips which equates to more than 40 big blinds. France’s Julien Martini (8,600,000) continues to find himself towards the top of the end of day chip counts as he has since the completion of Day 2. Colombian pro Farid Jattin (8,525,000), the Day 2 chip leader, also had a very swingy day. He started Day 3 with his chip stack 36th out of 38. However, and with his well-timed aggression and plenty of rungood he, at one point, soared into the chip lead. Jattin finishes the day fourth in chips. The second of the Platinum Pass winners, Ramon Colillas (8,300,000) along with the U.S's Jason Koonce (7,125,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi and Canada’s Marc Perrault (2,275,000) fill out what looks to be an entertaining final table. Those players that were unable to make it through the day but still secured very healthy paydays by making the final two tables include Florian Duta (9th for $405,000), PocketFiver Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (10th, $328,500), Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell (11th, $328,500), Jake Schwartz (12th, $261,750) and Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger (14th, $229,700). Other notable names who made it to Day 4 but were knocked out throughout the day include Scott Stewart ($202,400), Platinum Pass winner Michael Robionek ($150,600), Marvin Rettenmaier ($126,000), Dan O’Brien ($105,000), Mikita Badziakouski ($88,600), Tony Gregg ($86,400) and Platinum Pass winner from Boring, Oregon Jackie Burkhart who finished in 38th place for a career-high score of $86,400. There is still $15.4 million of the over $26.4 million prize pool to be fought over. Six of the top eight will earn themselves no less than $1 million. The final day of play in the PSPC resumes on Thursday a noon ET. 2019 PSPC Final Table Chip Counts 1. Scott Baumstein - 10,725,000 2. Marc Rivera - 10,350,000 3. Julien Martini - 8,600,000 4. Farid Jattin - 8,525,000 5. Ramon Colillas - 8,3000,000 6. Jason Koonce - 7,125,000 7. Talal Shakerchi - 5,500,000 8. Marc Perrault - 2,275,000
  6. In a storybook ending to the historic PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship, Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas defeated WSOP bracelet winner Julien Martini to become the first-ever PSPC champion, earning $5.1 million. "A lot of players were saying that this was the most important tournament in history," Colillas said in the afterglow of the victory. "So now, it's only about happiness and enjoying the moment." But before the Spaniard was able to celebrate, Colillas, as a Platinum Pass winner, needed to navigate a difficult final table full of seasoned pros. The final table of the largest $25,000 tournament of all time took only five-and-a-half hours to play to a winner. However, it took roughly an hour and a half before the first player hit the rail. Talal Shakerchi and France's Julien Martini were the first to clash in a battle of big hands. The action started as Marc Rivera opened, only to be three-bet by Martini who was holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"]. Farid Jattin, holding a pocket pair in the small blind, found a fold, however Shakerchi woke up with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] in the big blind. Shakerchi moved all in and was called by Martini. The flop came [poker card="3c"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2h"], giving little life to Martini. However, the [poker card="ts"] on the turn opened a number of backdoor outs for the Frenchman. The river provided Martini the flush as the [poker card="5s"] completed the board. Shakerchi’s run ended in eighth place for $509,000. Marc Perrault was sitting on roughly two big blinds, which made the next elimination so surprising. In the hijack seat, Martini opened holding the [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Jattin looked down at the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and went deep into the tank. Finally, he decided to shove over Martini, allowing Perrault to get out of the way in the small blind. Start-of-day chip leader Scott Baumstein folded the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and Martini snap-called. Jattin, all in and at risk, was dominated, but the flop provided some life. It came [poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"], giving Jattin a wealth of additional outs. The [poker card="qd"] arrived on the turn and the [poker card="tc"] on the river closed the door on Jattin’s tournament. Jattin earned a career-high cash of $746,000 for his seventh-place run, propelling him to more than $3.5 million in total live earnings. After the hand, Martini pulled away from the field to hold nearly three times as many chips as anyone left. With six players left and running on fumes, it was finally time for Perrault to make his stand. After laddering two spots, he found himself all in and at risk holding the [poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] against Colillas' [poker card="kh"][poker card="kc"]. The board [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] ran out clean for Colillas. Perrault, who started the day as the shortest stack, ended his day as a millionaire. The Canadian turned his $25,000 entry into $1,012,000 for his sixth-place finish. Jason Koonce had been picking his spots, but after being forced to fold in a hand right before the first break of the day he found himself on a short stack. On one of the first hands after the break, he made his move by shipping his stack on the button holding the [poker card="td"][poker card="7d"]. Colillas called him from the big blind holding [poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"]. Koonce needed to catch, but when the board ran out [poker card="2c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6d"], it provided him with no help. The Colorado sports memorabilia aficionado’s dream run ended in fifth place with a $1,304,000 "consolation prize." His previous career live earnings were just over $6,000. Shortly thereafter, Martini continued to gain momentum after a clash with Baumstein. Martini opened under the gun with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and when it folded back to Baumstein, he shipped his short stack in the middle with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. Martini made the call and Baumstein was at risk. The flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] favored Martini and left Baumstein looking for an ace or backdoor hearts. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river fell the [poker card="ts"]. Baumstein, the longtime New York pro, was rewarded with a career-best $1,657,000 score for his fourth-place finish. With three players left, Martini held a comfortable chip lead over both Colillas and Rivera, the remaining Platinum Pass winners. The three played roughly six orbits before Rivera made his final stand. Martini, with his large chip lead, opened the button with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Rivera pushed in his 16-big blind stack with the [poker card="as"][poker card="3d"]. Martini snap-called and Rivera needed some serious help. The flop had none for him as it came [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ts"] on the turn left Rivera searching or a three. The river was the last of Rivera’s tournament, it came the [poker card="td"], and sent the Platinum Pass winner to the rail in third place with a massive $2,168,000 score. Headed into heads-up play Martini held a roughly 2:1 chip lead over Colillas. After Colillas began to close in Martini the pair played what would be the pivotal hand of the heads-up match. Martini opened holding the [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] and Colillas called with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="5s"]. The flop was perfect for Martini, [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"][poker card="qh"] for the flopped flush. Colillas with flopped middle pair called Martini’s bet. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] improving Colillas to trips. Martini placed a large bet, Colillas called. The river turned out to be one of the most pivotal cards of the tournament - the [poker card="5d"] giving Colillas a backdoor full house to Martini’s flopped flush. Colillas checked, Martini shoved, Colillas snapped and secured a massive double up reducing Martini’s stack to roughly 20 big blinds. In the end, after his stack had trended downwards, Martini made a stand on the button with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"] and Colillas made the call with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] giving both a pair but putting Colillas in position to secure a historic victory. The turn was the [poker card="2c"]. Colillas and Martini then saw the championship card of the [poker card="5d"] fall. Colillas was the champion and Martini's PSPC dream run ended in second place for $2,974,000. Ramon Colillas made his way to his rail and was quickly engulfed by supporters. The Platinum Pass winner, with $10,000 in recorded live cashes according to his Hendon Mob page, became the inaugural PSPC champion, earning the life-changing sum of $5.1 million for the victory. PSPC Final Table Payouts Ramon Colillas - $5,100,000 Julien Martini - $2,974,000 Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 Marc Perrault - $1,012,000 Farid Jattin - $746,000 Talal Shakerchi - $509,000
  7. The Dallas Mavericks, an NBA franchise owned by Mark Cuban, are hiring Haralabos "Bob" Voulgaris as Director of Quantitative Research and Development, reported Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN on Thursday. The hiring of Voulgaris, a famed former professional sports bettor known to play high-stakes poker, is another dynamic maneuver within the progressive NBA. As a poker player, Voulgaris became known during the boom years. He arrived on the scene in 2005 when he reached the televised final table of the Season III WPT L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Championship. Voulgaris finished second to Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and took home $904,122. He has since earned 10 addition cashes on the World Poker Tour, including a third-place finish in the Season XVI WPT Borgata Poker Open $10,000 Championship for $434,560. Another career highlight on the felt for Voulgaris includes a fourth-place finish in the 2017 World Series of Poker $111,111 High Roller for One Drop where he earned $1.158 million. At the time of this report, Voulgaris had $3.091 million in live tournament earnings. Voulgaris also has several notable appearances on poker cash games on TV, including High Stakes Poker and the PokerStars Big Game. The move could prove transformative for the Mavericks in two ways. Voulgaris’ success in sports betting can be directly associated with his deep knowledge of statistical analysis and application of data. providing the Mavericks with a very high-level get. Through making the hire, the Mavericks can look to apply Voulgaris’ insight and analysis to such things as roster construction and on-court strategy in an effort to get a leg up on the competition. Given his vast experience as a professional sports bettor, the move also provides the Mavericks with a great asset in alignment with the league’s changing landscape surrounding legalized sports betting. As sports betting becomes legal in more and more states within the U.S. and allows for increased revenue generation within the league, having someone on staff with the strategic mindset of Voulgaris could prove incredibly valuable. Photo courtesy of WPT.
  8. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. The PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship wrapped up Thursday night with Ramon Colillas turning his Platinum Pass into $5.1 million. PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and Senior Writer Jeff Walsh were there to capture all of the action and re-action for this episode. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  9. 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.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 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.
  10. All good things must come to an end. And that end has come for the PCA. As PocketFives reported, when PokerStars announced the return of the PSPC in 2020 they also, unceremoniously, announced that the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure would not be back in 2020, ending its run of 16 years. For many, the PCA kicked off the yearly poker calendar with players making plans to escape their winter hardships for weeks of poker, sun and waterslides. At the height of the poker boom, the PCA was one of the most popular stops on the tour as winners of the Main Event added millions to their career earnings and a marquee victory to their resumes. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] However, as many tour stops experienced, the numbers began to decline after Black Friday and the fatigue of making the trip to the Atlantis Resort & Casino began to weigh on the players. Now, PokerStars has pulled the plug on one of the most enduring poker stops of the last two decades. But even though it’s gone, it certainly won’t be forgotten. With that, we’ve compiled nine of the most memorable moments in the history of the PCA. Gus Hansen’s On A Boat Before the PCA became the flagship stop for PokerStars, it has a very different look. In fact, in 2004, the first year it ever took place the PCA was then a World Poker Tour event. Also, it took place on a boat. The Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas to be exact and just as poker was about to hit mainstream a young up-and-coming player from Denmark, Gus Hansen, was in the middle of making a reputation for himself, a reputation that lasts to this very day. Hansen bested the likes of Daniel Negreanu for the $455,780 first-place prize and his third WPT title. Right from the get-go, the PCA drew premier poker star power and eventually the PCA would be the engine to create that star power. Ryan Daut And Isaac Haxton Take It Outside In 2007, rising online phenom Isaac Haxton was in prime position to take down the 2007 PCA Main Event and it’s massive $1.5 million first-place prize. Ryan Daut had other ideas and the pair put on a famous heads up battle at the final table which took place…outside. The weather outside was nearly as volatile as the play on the felt. The winds whipped as evening fell and it looked like the sky was going to open up and pour at any moment. In the eye of the storm was Haxton and Daut who played an iconic hand where both players had “absolute Garfunkel!” Haxton won the famous battle of the bluffs but Daut took home the PCA title. ESPN Took The PCA Live The PCA made history in 2011 when PokerStars struck a deal with ESPN to bring ‘near-live’ coverage of the PCA final table to the network. The final table was shown on ESPN2 and online on ESPN3.com on a one-hour delay so viewers could see the hole cards. According to the PokerStars Blog, it was the first time that poker fans were able to see a final table, every hand, every decision completely unedited. “For the first time viewers at home will see a poker telecast from start to finish, with all the strategy of world class-poker players playing in real-time,” said ESPN’s Matt Volk back in 2010. Galen Hall Finds A Fold Not only did 2011 produce one of the first unedited accounts of a final table, but it also produced one of the finest folds every caught on camera. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver was cruising in the PCA Main Event and at the start of heads up play he had a 3:1 chip advantage over fellow online pro Galen Hall. On the third hand of play, the pair both make monster hands by the river. Hall rivered a straight while Oliver had just gone runner-runner to a full house. After being checked to by Oliver, Hall put out a bet and was check-raised for his tournament life. “If Hall calls it’s all over,” said commentator James Hartigan. “I don’t see Hall getting away from this hand,” declared Daniel Negreanu. After minutes in the tank, Hall makes the laydown of his poker life and ended up turning the tables on Oliver to become the 2011 PCA Main Event champion for $2.3 million. Antonio Esfandiari DQ’d From Main Event Antonio Esfandiari loves to prop bet. So does Bill Perkins. When the two of them got together at the 2016 PCA they agreed to a bet that had Esfandiari only able to perform lunges when moving for 48 hours. Sore and not wanting to lunge himself to the bathroom, Esfandiari made the unfortunate decision to go to the bathroom in a bottle…under the poker table. When officials caught wind of Esfandiari’s makeshift restroom he was quickly disqualified from the Main Event. However, the prop bet continued and he got up and lunged his way out of the tournament area. Read: Antonio Esfandiari Disqualified from PCA Main Event Vanessa Selbst’s Big Bet So the story goes…after a night of having (perhaps too much) fun in the Bahamas, Vanessa Selbst made a big bet against her friend Jason Mercier that he couldn’t win three WSOP bracelets the following summer. It’s hard enough for pros to count on winning one WSOP bracelet, much less three and so she ended up giving 180:1 odds on a $10,000 wager. The bet was made in a bit of an 'altered state' and when Selbst woke up the next day, she tried to cancel it but according to Mercier, the bet was booked. She offered Mercier a $1K buy-out, he declined. Mercier went on to pick up two bracelets that summer and finish second in another tournament nearly completing the challenge that would have paid him $1.8 million. Christian Harder Battles Bax Long-time online and live pro Christian Harder became a bit of a footnote in PCA history in his 2017 Main Event win. That’s because, technically, it wasn’t the PCA. That year PokerStars shelved their popular PCA brand and tried to rebrand the tour stop the ‘PokerStars Championship Bahamas’. That is the year Harder fought through the field of 738 entries to find himself heads up for the title. When he looked up he saw he sitting across from him was his former backer (and PocketFives Legacy Award winner) Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy. Josephy was a bit of a mentor to Harder and had put him in the PCA in the past so when they got heads up, a deal was quickly struck between the two friends with Harder going on to take home the extra $10K and the first (and last) PSC Bahamas trophy. Maria Lampropulos First Woman Winner of PCA Argentina’s Maria Lampropulos made PCA history in 2018 by becoming the first-ever female to capture a PCA Main Event title. She overcame a 2:1 heads up chip deficit to defeat Canadian crusher Shawn Buchanan and take home the $1,081,100 first-place prize, her second seven-figure score in under 12 months. The Main Event final table was not only notable for who won the title but how she won it. Lampropulos was quite visibly extremely sick throughout the final day, having fits of coughing and seemingly struggling to stay focused. This also led to her taking a long time on many decisions, which prompted other players to call the clock on her on a number of occasions. In the end, she fought through the sickness, made the right decision and won some crucial flips to become the first (and now last) female PCA champion. The PSPC Breaks Records In 2019 PokerStars has a plan to revitalize the PCA and that was by hosting the largest ever $25,000 buy-in tournament - the PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Player Championship. The PSPC was the culmination of a year-long marketing campaign. One that doled out over 320 Platinum Passes, a ticket worth $30,000 that allowed players from all over the world to live their dream of playing in a tournament with life-changing money on the line. When the event got underway, the tournament room was electric with players of every skill level giddy with excitement over such a special event. The tournament exceeded all expectations with 1,039 players registering for the event creating a prize pool of $26,455,500. In fairytale fashion, Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas from Spain ended up as the winner and took home the massive $5.1 million first-place prize.
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