The Platinum Pass promotion for the PokerStars’ Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) received a lot of buzz in 2019 and 2020 but then fizzed out once the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
PokerStars scheduled the 2020 PSPC in Barcelona, Spain but had to cancel the event due to the global lockdown brought on by the pandemic. PokerStars announced that the PSPC would take place in 2021 in the same location but once again had to cancel the event as COVID-19 was still a concern.
PokerStars has not given any indication as to when it will bring back the PSPC and if there will be one in 2022. As a result, there has not been a lot of talk about the Platinum Pass promotion until now.
$30,000 PSPC Platinum Pass Giveaway
The Cardplayer Lifestyle Mixed Game Festival is now promising the winner a $30,000 PSPC Platinum Pass to the next PSPC whenever that may be. The Mixed Games Festival is set to take place in Las Vegas from October 4 to 7 alongside the 2021 WSOP which will be underway at the Rio in Vegas.
Robbie Strazynski who loves playing mixed games said that they had planned this Lifestyle Mixed Game Festival for a long time. Strazynski runs the Cardplayer Lifestyle site and was close to advertising this event in March 2020 before the pandemic hit.
In a statement, Strazynski said “Quite frankly, I was pretty concerned that everything would fall apart but thankfully Westgate and PokerStars maintained their belief in my concept and stood by me throughout this entire interim period until I finally announced the event back in mid-July. So, it’s a genuine honor and privilege to be awarding the first Platinum Pass in over 1.5 years.”
Mixed Game Festival in October 2021
The Mixed Game Festival will take place at the Westgate Casino in Las Vegas and feature a unique format that has a mix of tournament and hybrid cash games. The current plan is for cash games to run on a 24/7 basis for the first three days of the tournament. Since this is a mixed game festival, these cash games will run based on the dealer’s choice.
Things will come to an end with the $200 buy-in H.O.R.S.E tournament that will be held on October 7. The winner will walk away with prize money as well as the Platinum Pass package which includes a seat to the $25,000 PSPC.
The format is designed to encourage players to take part in cash games during the first three days. Players who accumulate 5 hours of dealer’s choice cash games will get extra starting chips to the main event. If you end up accumulating 25 hours of dealer’s choice cash games during the first 3 days, you get to double your starting stack for the Main Event.
Will PokerStars Run The PSPC In 2022?
It’s definitely exciting news for live poker players to see the first Platinum Pass give away in nearly 18 months. Another positive is to see the Campeonato España de Poker (CEP) which is sponsored by PokerStars set to take place at Casino Barcelona in Spain. The event is scheduled to take place at the end of the month.
Casino Barcelona is the same place where PokerStars scheduled its 2020 and 2021 PSPC tournaments. There is no indication as of now from PokerStars if it will bring back the PSPC in 2022 and whether Casino Barcelona will once again play host after two cancellations.
With more countries boosting their vaccination rates, it looks like live poker will make a strong comeback in 2022 and so will the PSPC!

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