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  1. The World Poker Tour joins forces with partypoker LIVE to present the Season XVII partypoker WPT Montreal festival from October 21-November 4. All the action takes place at the popular Playground Poker Club in Montreal and, for the first time, brings together all of the WPT tournament brands in a single stop. Three Tours In One There will be a lot of firsts taking place at the Montreal festival. The stop is the beginning of the new four-year partnership between the World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE brands to co-produce live events in both Canada and Europe. It’s also the first time that the World Poker Tour has brought all of their major tournament brands under the same roof at the same time. Players who travel to Montreal will have the ability to compete in a WPT500 event, a WPTDeepstacks tournament as well a WPT Main Tour championship event. WPT500 The popular WPT500 tournament kicks off the festival on October 26. But not before players are able to participate in three starting flights that will take place on partypoker. The online Day1's run from October 21-23, one per day, with those who finish the day able to make their way to the Playground Poker Club for the live portion of the event. Then five more live starting flights of the C$550 will take place at the Playground Poker Club. The WPT500 Montreal tournament carries a C$550 buy-in and a C$1 million guarantee. The final table is set to play out on October 30. WPT Main Event Right on the heels of the WPT500, the C$5,300 Main Event takes place. partypoker will again play host to an online starting flight which runs on Sunday, October 28. Then players take their seats in the cardroom for one of three starting flights for the Main Event. The championship event guarantees C$5,000,000 and begins on October 29. The players who advanced both online will join those who advanced playing live and the two will play side-by-side as they combine the fields in the live arena on November 1. From November 1-4, the WPTDeepstacks event begins with five starting flights. The C$1,650 buy-in provides a C$1million guarantee as well. In addition to all three marquee events, the festival offers a Ladies Event, a $10K High Roller, a Pot Limit Omaha event and for the closer, a C$550 No Limit Hold'em Six Max Turbo A Look Back Season XVII marks the seventh season that the World Poker Tour has been visiting Montreal at this time of year. The popularity of the poker room plus the prestige of the event has, in no small part, contributed to the long list of popular poker pros that have appeared at the final tables of Montreal. Past champions of the event include Canadian Jonathan Roy, who took down the initial WPT Montreal in 2012 for over $784,000. Two years later, Jonathan Jaffee bested a field of 732 for $463,432 at a final table that included back-to-back WPT Montreal final table participant Mukul Pahuja and WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Kevin McPhee. In 2016, current partypoker Chairman, Mike Sexton, went on to win the event while still in his duties as co-commentator for the WPT television show. It was a performance that got him nominated for two American Poker Awards. Then just last year, Canadian Maxime Heroux took down the event for $403,570. It was the first time a Canadian had won the tournament since Roy’s initial victory in 2012. What To Watch For With the ability to satellite into various events online plus play starting flights on partypoker, watch for an uptick in the number of players in the Main Event. The number of players has never drifted south of 600, but player turn out has continually decreased year over year since the beginning of WPT Montreal. The hope will be that the online presence plus bringing in all three WPT tournament banners for a single festival be just the shot in the arm that the festival is looking for in 2018. In the short history of the event, the winner has always been from North America. In fact, only three players of the past six WPT Montreal final table has not been either American or Canadia. Rainer Kempe represented Germany in 2015, Ilan Boujenah from Israel in 2016 and Pat Quinn, who finished as the runner-up, in 2017. Perhaps with the ability to buy-in using partypoker LIVE dollars, the rare European, perhaps red-hot partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov, will arrive to take the Montreal title away from the North Americans. Follow Along Live updates for all of the major events will again be provided by the World Poker Tour on their website. The final table of the Main Event will be livestreams and can be seen both from the WPT as well as partypoker on the My partypoker LIVE app. partypoker WPT Montreal Schedule Of Events Dates Event Buy-In 10/21 WPT500 Online - Day 1A $550 10/22 WPT500 Online - Day 1B 10/23 WPT500 Online - Day 1C 10/26 WPT500 Online - Day 1A WPT500 - Day 1A WPT500 - Day 1B 10/27 WPT500 - Day 1C WPT500 - Day 1D 10/28 WPT500 - Day 1E WPT500 - Day 1F WPT Main Event Online - Day 1A $5,300 10/29 WPT500 - Day 1G Turbo $550 WPT Main Event - Day 1A $5,300 10/30 WPT Main Event - Day 1B 10/31 WPT Main Event - Day 1C 11/01 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1A $1,650 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1B 11/02 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1C High Roller $10,300 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1D $1,650 11/03 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1E Turbo WPT Ladies Event $220 11/04 Pot Limit Omaha $1,100 NLHE Six Max Turbo $550
  2. The partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament is arguably the most can’t-miss online poker event of the last decade. With a massive $20 million prize pool guarantee and plethora of satellite qualifiers, poker players around the world cannot wait for this one to go down, including players located in the United States. Although the global partypoker client is not currently accessible for play within the confines of the United States, there are plenty of locations within a short flight or drive for you to set up shop for a week or so while you grind the partypoker MILLIONS Online event. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Many of the world’s top online poker players from the U.S. took to Vancouver as their home away from home for online poker play, such as Phil Galfond, Brian Hastings, and Jason Koon, just to name a few. Located just north of Washington state, Vancouver is a coastal city in British Columbia. It’s just under a three-hour drive from Seattle to Vancouver and a short flight from most major cities in the western U.S. Vancouver is a very state-of-the-art, diverse city, with lively nightlife, good food, and, of course, good internet. A spot in Vancouver will likely be a little more pricey than some other destinations outside of the United States, but that could fit quite well for those looking to play a $5,300 buy-in online poker tournament with a $20 million prize pool guarantee. The one drawback to Vancouver would be the weather, or at least it could be. If you’ve ever been to Seattle, you know what we mean. Overcast skies and rainy days could become aplenty, but nothing an online poker grind and an umbrella can’t fix. Toronto, Ontario, Canada Another location just north of the U.S.-Canada border is Toronto, and it’s also been a popular one for U.S. online poker players over the years. Bring a warm coat, though, because it can certainly get cold in “The 6.” Like Vancouver, Toronto will only take you a few hours to drive there from some of the larger U.S. cities located near it. Buffalo, NY, is two hours away by car, Detroit, MI, is four hours away, and Cleveland, OH, is about five hours from Toronto. There are also plenty of affordable flights available for those looking to head to Toronto from a little further away, and most major airports fly directly there. Also like Vancouver, Toronto is a big city where U.S. players won’t feel like they are no longer in their own country. It’s very modern and diverse, with good food, sights to see, lots to do, and entertaining nightlife. It’s also regarded as a good sports city. The Toronto Raptors are one of the NBA’s better teams, with home games on November 25, November 29, December 3, and December 5. The Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL are a high-flying bunch with home games on November 24, November 26, and November 28. You’ll likely find Toronto to be a tad more affordable than Vancouver, but both are pretty equal, both in terms of cost and as great locations for a week of online poker grinding. Montreal, Quebec, Canada A third popular option to the north for U.S. online poker players looking to travel to play the partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament is Montreal. Quebec has a very French-Canadian vibe to it and will likely make U.S. players feel more out of place than Vancouver and Toronto, but it’s a beautiful city that is equally elegant and modern. The people are very nice, internet quality is good, nightlife is fun, and it’s a more affordable option than Vancouver and Toronto. Montreal likely won’t be an option for you if you’re looking to drive, but flights are available from major U.S. cities for good prices and in high volume. If you’re looking to “get away” from the U.S. for the grind, Montreal will serve you better than Vancouver and Toronto. Playa del Carmen, Mexico Mexico has a few options for U.S. players, and Playa del Carmen is right up there at the top. The environment and surrounding are stunning, and it will certainly be a bit warmer than heading up to Canada. There are several apartment complexes that offer high-quality living arrangements for affordable prices, and Playa del Carmen is a place where you can walk pretty much everywhere you need to go. Of course, the beaches are a huge draw for anyone heading to Playa del Carmen, including those who travel there for the online poker grind. If going to Mexico over Canada for the warmer weather and beachfront living had a tradeoff, then it’d be the internet quality. High-quality internet will require you to prepare yourself a little more than the major Canadian cities. Plan to secure a private connection that isn’t widely shared with the public. It also wouldn’t hurt to purchase an air card as a backup in case things go wrong. Ultimately, you should be fine, and plenty of online poker players reside in Playa del Carmen, but it can’t hurt to go the extra mile to make sure everything is in order. Costa Rica Whether it’s in the city of San Jose or beach locations such as Tamarindo or Jaco, Costa Rica is an awesome location to travel to for the online poker grind. There are many options in Costa Rica, so do your research and pick the best one that suits your desires. Internet quality has very much improved over recent years, but, like Mexico, you should prepare accordingly for this and it will be a good decision to have an air card as a backup option. The cost of living is low and there are plenty of rental options available. If you pick one of the beach destinations, it’s downright gorgeous. Furthermore, Costa Rica is known as one of the safer countries in the world.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. A little over a year and a half ago, the marketing manager of an online poker room emailed Scott Baumstein in the middle of the night to offer him a lucrative deal to be a brand ambassador. Unfortunately for Baumstein, it was a case of mistaken identity. They were actually looking for Scott Blumstein, who had just made the final table of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. Search for "Scott Baumstein" on Google and even they ask you, 'Did you mean Scott Blumstein?'. Now, with 15 players left in the PokerStars Players Championship, Baumstein has the chip lead and is in position to win $5.1 million and make sure nobody gets the two Scott's mixed up again. "It's a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky," said Baumstein. "It's definitely stressful, but I'm just trying to focus and I'll worry about all of that stuff when we're done." Throughout Day 4 it's been nearly impossible for Baumstein to ignore the TV cameras that are hovering around, even from one of the secondary feature tables. The New York native believes the power of the spotlight he's under now is second only to poker's most prestigious event. "Nothing can match this except for the WSOP Main Event. This is the biggest tournament of the year outside of that," said Baumstein, who cashed in the WSOP Main Event in 2009, 2010, and 2015. The quality of players Baumstein has had to tangle with in the PSPC has changed each and every day. The Platinum Pass winners that accounted for 30% of the field on Day 1 are now mostly gone and Baumstein recognizes it's getting harder and harder to navigate through the pros that are now left. "The field, every day, in this tournament, got continually tougher. The first day I had two really great table draws," said Baumstein. "I thought it was really easy, especially for a $25K, but even for a smaller buy-in tournament. As this tournament progressed, the better players sort of stuck in there and I've had very difficult tables from Day 2 on." The elimination of Louis Boutin in 16th place also secured Baumstein a career-best cash, even if the unthinkable happens. His previous top score in January 2018 when he took down the opening event of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $220,238. Having people no longer confuse him for the 2017 WSOP Main Event champ isn't something Baumstein is concerned about, even if it felt like a bit of an unintentional needle at the time. He's just focused on maximizing the opportunity that's now in front of him. "I'm definitely playing for the money," said Baumstein. "In terms of respect, everybody knows that any idiot can get lucky in one poker tournament."
  7. 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.

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