PokerStars Players Championship Postponed Until 2021

The 2020 PSPC has been postponed due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The eagerly anticipated PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) will not take place in August as planned. PokerStars announced the 2020 PSPC is postponed due to continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

PSPC was due to run at the Casino Barcelona in August 2020 during the European Poker Tour Barcelona festival. Casino Barcelona will now host the PSPC during 2021, although dates are still to be confirmed.

A statement from PokerStars revealed the main reasons for postponing this huge tournament.

“Due to health risks and challenges to international travel posed by the global pandemic, we have made the decision to postpone EPT Barcelona in August and, as such the 2020 edition of PSPC. We are of course disappointed and we sympathise with the players who will have to put their PSPC poker dreams and aspirations on hold until next year.”

PokerStars is in the process of contacting all the players directly affected by the news.

PSPC Platinum Pass Awards to Continue

Players have even more opportunities to get their hands on a coveted Platinum Pass. The are packages to the PSPC that includes the tournament’s buy-in, money for travel and expenses, plus a six-night stay in Barcelona for the player and a guest. Each Platinum Pass is worth approximately $30,000.

Some 186 players have received Platinum Passes. PokerStars awards them to winners of specific tournaments, special PSPC satellites, and via a variety of competitions. The initial plan was to award 320 Platinum Passes, but it is throwing another 80 into the mix.

“In the coming months, we’ll bring our players even more ways to win as we make this event a true celebration that brings the PokerStars live events community back together again. It will be worth the wait.”

PokerStars postponed four other events in addition to the PSPC. EPT Barcelona suffered the same fate. As did Road to PSPC Cannes, Manila Super Series 14, and Road to PSPC Madrid Torrelodones.

Inaugural PSPC Broke $25,000 MTT Record

The inaugural PSPC was immense. PokerStars gave away $9 million worth of Platinum Passes. This helped create a 1,039-strong crowd the largest-ever assembled for a $25,000 buy-in poker tournament. The prize pool weighed in at $26,455,500 and was shared among the top 181 finishers.

Such luminaries as Parker Talbot, Mark Radoja, Nacho Barbero, Ana Marquez, and Ryan Riess cashed. As did Christoph Vogelsang, Sam Greenwood, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Kristen Bicknell.

All but two of the eight players at the final table won at least $1 million! Talal Shakerchi and Farid Jattin fell in eighth and seventh-place for $509,000 and $746,000 respectively.

Marc Perrault of Canada won the first seven-figure prize, namely $1,012,000. Jason Koonce, Scott Baumstein, and Marc Rivera each fell in succession. Rivera’s exit left France’s Julien Martini and Roman Colillas to lock horns heads-up for the title.

Colillas won the heads-up battle and walked away with $5,100,000, doing so from a Platinum Pass win.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Ramon Colillas Spain $5,100,000
2 Julien Martini France $2,974,000
3 Marc Rivera Philipines $2,168,000
4 Scott Baumstein United States $1,657,000
5 Jason Koonce United States $1,304,000
6 Marc Perrault Canada $1,012,000
7 Farid Jattin Colombia $746,000
8 Talal Shakerchi United Kingdom $509,000

This Event is Special

Everyone involved in the PSPC loves the tournament. It’s special because it gives amateurs the chance to play in a massive Super High Roller event. Professional players love it because the amateurs provide value to them. These events are usually only frequented by the game’s elite, making them accessible to everyone makes PSPC special.

The poker community needs tournaments like the PSPC. Postponing it is the correct thing to so in the current climate. It’s a crying shame, but people’s health and lives are far more important. 2020 has been awful for live poker. We’ve lost the 2020 WSOP among dozens of other events. At least 2021 is shaping up to be quite the year.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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