PSPC PokerStars Barcelona Again Postponed

By Ben Hamill - March 27 2021
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PSPC PokerStars Barcelona Again Postponed

The unprecedented global health crisis has taken its toll on yet another major Poker tournament. PokerStars this week announced that this year’s PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), played each year at the Casino Barcelona in Spain, has been postponed until further notice.

The Poker brand said it isn’t at this time able to confirm new dates for the hosting of the popular annual event, but that it has big plans in place for when the event is in a position to make its return to the Casino Barcelona. PokerStars said it planned on celebrating the return of live Poker to its community with “a bang” once the time is deemed right. 

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No Effect On Passes

One way in which to gain entry to the popular event is via a Platinum Pass. This allows holders of the pass to avoid having to pay the $25,000 buy-in fee. PokerStars has assured players that the postponement of PSPC will not have any effect on any of the issued Platinum Passes. The operator also confirmed that it would not stop awarding further and additional passes to deserving parties.

The inaugural edition of the event took place at the beginning of 2019, that year hosted in the Bahamas. The tournament made history as the largest $25k buy-in event ever staged, with an incredible 1,039 players having joined in the action. Not only were Platinum Pass-holders exempted from the $25,000 buy-in fee, but they were also treated to expense money for hotel accommodation for the duration of the event as well as special promotional PSPC merchandise.

About Platinum Passes

The idea behind the issuing of Platinum Passes, reiterated PokerStars this week, is to make the event accessible to a broader dynamic and scope of players – professional as well as casual (recreational). A total of 320 Platinum Passes were awarded during the lead-up to the 2019 event, with 43 pass-holders eventually ending up among the 181 players who finished in the money.

In fact, even the ultimate winner of the event, Ramon Colillas, had been a Platinum Pass entry. He ultimately walked away with a phenomenal $5.1 million in 1st place prize money.

This will not be the first year that the event is postponed. Last year’s event, which would have been the second instalment of the tour, and which had been set to be played during the European Poker Tour Barcelona festival in August, was also postponed for the same reason.

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