12 Canadians Score PSPC Platinum Passes

By Ben Hamill - January 09 2019

12 Canadians Score PSPC Platinum Passes

The hype all began late in 2017 in Prague when Team Pro Daniel Negreanu officially announced the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC). The $25k tournament was slated to run at the start of the yearly PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this year – but that was only the start of the intense excitement to come!

At the time, Canadian poker pro Negreanu also revealed the creation of the industry’s most coveted ticket: the Platinum Pass. Hundreds of these passes were generated to hand out through 2018, giving a few very lucky players the $25,000 buy-in and $5,000 spending money needed to compete in the PSPC free of charge.

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Negreanu, Foxen, Kruk & More

Players from all over North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and New Zealand were granted these exciting passes, and all of them were delivered in a number of different ways. Among the final winners were 12 Canadians as well, including familiar names like Christopher Kruk and Negreanu himself.

Also set to attend the Bahamas festival this year are commentator and comedy icon Norm MacDonald, as well as American GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen. Arlie Shaban, the legendary Twitch streamer and former Big Brother Canada competitor grabbed himself a pass as well, after completing the ‘12 Labors of Arlie’ (a challenging test that culminated in the player convincing Joey Ingram to accept a pass of his own and take part in the action).

There were also a few newer names on the list of local Canadians who got a shot at the PSPC’s life-changing pot. Among them was Saskatchewan resident Travis Nesbitt, who kicked off his career in 2018 by quitting his job to pursue professional gaming full time. Just two months down the line, he had bested a field of 20,000 pros to claim his very own Platinum Pass.

Jadavji Beats the Odds to Attend

Also set to appear at the Caribbean bonanza will be Aleeyah Jadavji, who booked her ticket to the event by winning a poker media competition. The renowned reporter for PokerNews Canada is well known in the industry for her energy and determination, putting in countless hours of work on the floor when reporting live tourneys.

Late last year, Jadavji was struck with some unfortunate health news – but that didn’t stop her from recovering rapidly after a successful surgery. Just days after the procedure, she was nominated for a Platinum Pass, and won her spot as a celebrated member of the industry’s media.

The PSPC comes as a potentially life-altering event for many of these entrants, and after five days of gruelling action, one player will go home with $1 million and a first place trophy. The action kicked off in the Bahamas on January 6, and can be followed at PokerStars’ live reporting webpage.