Ramon Colillas Takes Home $25k PSPC Win
With every level that passed in the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC), the stakes grew even higher for those still in the running for the grand prize. A group of 38 participants reached the second last day of action on January 10, and there were plenty of record-smashing cash pots still to claim before the action drew to a close.
The final 38 poker players on the penultimate day were each guaranteed $86,400 or more at the end of it all, but that figure still paled in comparison to the jaw-dropping $5.1 million first place prize. By Jan. 10, there were also still 10 Platinum Pass winners enjoying the free-roll of a lifetime along with an expertly skilled mix of professionals.
As media personnel looked around the venue, they could see the nervousness and excitement on players’ faces as they prepared to take their seats for the games that would narrow down their groups considerably. Even Canadian legend and high stakes regular Kristen Bicknell was in attendance, enthusing about how excited she was to get stuck in.
Kristen Bicknell Brings Her A-Game
The local pro certainly had her work cut out for her on the penultimate day, coming in with just over 20 big blinds and 1,115,000 in chips. Scott Baumstein, on the other hand, enjoyed an incredible last level on Day 3, and came in strong as a result. Baumstein managed to score two massive pots against Farid Jattin, topping the leaderboard with 4,240,000 chips. He just managed to beat Yiannis Liperis (with 4,210,000) to the top.
As the day unfolded, there were plenty of other notable industry regulars grabbing spectators’ attention. Platinum Pass winner Mikita Badziakouski was of course in attendance, kicking off the day with 1,910,000 in chips. Griffin Benger, Scott Stewart, and Tony Greg (with 1,560,000, 1,120,000, and 905,000 chips respectively) also performed exceptionally, but with all three being WSOP main event finalists, that is hardly surprising.
Ramon Colillas Reigns Victorious
While every player at the tournament played admirably – especially Canada’s representatives – one winner eventually rose above them all. That skilled card maverick was Ramon Colillas, who managed to top a total field of 1,039 competitors to claim $5.1 million in prize cash.
Although the Spanish contender only had around $10,000 in cashes when he entered the PSPC ring, the 30-year-old turned his Platinum Pass into a multimillion-dollar windfall with his five years of experience in the pro industry. It just goes to show that when it comes to high stakes poker, it really is anyone’s game!