The inaugural PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship was held in January of 2019. The first working of the occasion broke the report for the biggest $25,000 buy-in poker event within the historical past of the sport, attracting 1,039 complete entries to create a prize pool of greater than $26.4 million. A complete of $9 million was contributed to the prize pool, most of which got here within the type of free $25,000 seats into the occasion that had been awarded to gamers by PokerStars within the lead-up to the occasion. One of these ‘Platinum Pass’ winners was Spain’s Ramon Collilas, who turned his free seat right into a $5,100,000 payday.
The second working of the occasion was scheduled to happen on the European Poker Tour Barcelona cease in 2020, however each that 12 months’s PSPC and the entire tour cease had been finally postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The hope was that the second version of this distinctive event would happen in 2021, however on Wednesday, Mar. 24, PokerStars introduced that the occasion is not going to go forward this 12 months.
“We are sad to announce that the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) will not go ahead this year. However, we are excitedly planning ahead to a later date with the aim to truly celebrate being back with our community with a bang when the time is right,” mentioned a put up from PokerStars Staff on the location’s weblog. “Due to the ongoing uncertainty, at this time, we cannot provide exact dates for when the PSPC will happen however will hold everybody knowledgeable with updates when we’ve them.
“We know that this further news will come as a disappointment to many hoping the PSPC would take place this year, but 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 assertion continued. “We are committed to running the PSPC at Casino Barcelona and making it a true celebration of poker, and to ensure everyone has the best experience we need to have a safe, healthy and comfortable environment. This event is one of a kind, therefore we don’t want to settle for anything less than an amazing experience for those currently with a Platinum Pass, and those yet to win one. And we truly can’t wait to see all our players, and run this event as it should be.”
The assertion went on to say that this information of yet one more postponement is not going to have an effect on any ongoing Platinum Pass promotions that the location presently is working. “We will continue to award Platinum Passes with 400 in total of our players set to turn their Platinum Pass into what we intend to be an exceptional experience. We look forward to highlighting our Platinum Pass winners, sharing their amazing stories and creating that brilliant community of winners that we had in our inaugural event. Our Platinum Pass winners are a very special community and we will continue to plan activities and surprises in the run-up to the event, albeit a longer than expected lead time. We promise it will be worth the wait.”
The announcement didn’t make clear if the EPT Barcelona cease that the PSPC was meant to happen throughout has additionally been postponed. As of the afternoon that the postponement was made, the one stops listed on the official EPT website had been the presently ongoing EPT Sochi that spans from Mar. 18-28, and one other cease on the identical venue in Russia deliberate for Oct. 2-11.