After three years of waiting, PokerStars fans don’t have to wait any longer. The PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure are set to return in 2023. The event will take place over two weeks in the Caribbean in January 2023.
The PCA is expected to feature a Main Event buy-in of $10,300 and will have several events from January 30th – February 3rd. The PSPC will be from January 30th – February 3rd.
Managing Director & Commercial Officer at PokerStars, Severin Rasset, commented on the press release, “We have missed our live events as much as our players, so it is our true pleasure to announce the PokerStars Players Championship will take place at Baha Mar in January.” said Rasset. “Beautiful location, hundreds of qualifiers, with millions to win. If there is one tournament to choose for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it will be the PSPC.”
What started initially as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), an annual event held at the Atlantis Casino and Resort in the Bahamas each year since 2005, eventually featured the first PSPC event. The first-ever PSPC event was held in 2019 during the PCA event. After the 2019 tournament, it was rumored the event was the last PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. PokerStars announced its plan to host the PSPC in Barcelona in 2020 with no word about the PCA.
After the cancellation of the event in 2020 and a delay in 2021-2022, it seemed like there was no hope for a PCA return. However, after a three-year wait, PokerStars announced the return of the PCA event series.
The PokerStars Players Championship brought in 865 entries, for a total prize pool of $8,390,500. Chino Rheem took home the victory, winning $1,567,100.
The first PSPC held in 2019 resulted in Ramon Colillas winning an incredible $5.1 million from the tournament. The 2023 tournament will feature the same size buy-in as the 2019 series, $25,000.
Return of PCA and PSPC
After the successful tournament in 2019, the brand announced the PCA series would go on no longer, and the company was looking to Barcelona to host the 2020 PSPC. Covid-19 had different plans obviously, and PokerStars officially called off the event. To many fans’ delight, PokerStars is returning to the Caribbean.
What makes the PSPC unique?
The PSPC is quite a special event thanks to the multitude of Platinum Passes up for grabs. To keep the event interesting, PokerStars allocated 400 Platinum Passes (valued at $30,000) to give to players throughout the past year. The Platinum Pass includes a Buy-in for the $25k PSPC main event and six nights of hotel accommodations for the player and a guest. The winners of the Platinum Passes also receive exclusive Platinum Pass Winner experiences during the event, as well as $1,900 in expense money.
The PSPC is particularly interesting due to these Platinum passes. At the championship table, we could see Platinum Pass winners (who could have won their passes online or in-person) right next to $25k high-roller regulars.
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and PSPC will be held at the Baha Mar Hotel and Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.
Still looking for a Platinum Pass?
If you’re still looking to win a Platinum Pass, there are a few chances left.
Four Road to PSPC events remain in 2022 for players to win a ticket to the event in January. Below is a list of the events with Platinum Passes still available:
- Road to PSPC Bucharest – Romania – October 12th – 16th
- Road to PSPC Paris – France – November 8th – 13th
- Road to PSPC BSOP – Brazil – November 14th – 17th
- Road to PSPC Namur – Belgium – November 26th – December 4th
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