The first-ever PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) held in January was a huge success and left an indelible mark in the poker tournament scene. PokerStars made this tournament special by giving away hundreds of Platinum Passes to aspiring players and poker pros around the world.
When it was all said and done, it was Spain’s Ramon Colillas who emerged victorious, walking away with a massive $5.1 million in top prize after defeating a huge field of 1,039 players, swelled by a total of 320 pass Platinum Pass winners. Colillas, a former fitness trainer from Barcelona entered the tournament after winning a Platinum Pass. He received a coveted pass after topping a poker leaderboard in his home country.
With the right amount of skill, passion, hard work and determination, Colillas outlasted eventual runner-up Julien Martini from France heads-up to win the biggest tournament of its kind in the history of poker. Martini walked away with $2,974,000 for his efforts.
Two other Platinum Pass winners were able to make it to the top 10 — Marc Rivera from the Philippines won more than $2.1 million for his 3rd-place finish, while Brazilian player Pedro Padilha finished in 10th place taking home $328,500.
Grab a Platinum Pass Via The Moneymaker Tour
With the second edition of the PSPC being scheduled for next year, PokerStars is again providing plenty of chances for players to enter the prestigious tournament for free. One such way is through the Moneymaker Tour which kicks off in October.
The tour, headlined by 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker, also gave away Platinum Passes passes last year. Three players who won their passes from the Moneymaker Tour managed to finish in the money — Cliff Ellefson of California earned $39,500 for finishing in 97th place, while Anthony Maio and Ori Kossonogi each won $35,000 for finishing in 130th and 139th place. All three reached Day 3 of the $25,000 buy-in PSPC tournament.
Moneymaker Tour Schedule
The Moneymaker Tour will be on the road once again in 2019 with scheduled stops at a number of venues around the world. The first stop takes place at Sochi Casino in Sochi Russia on October 11-13, carrying a buy-in of $166 (RUB10,500). The tour will then head over to Reno Peppermill in Reno, Nevada for the Run It Up Reno festival. Players can take part for a buy-in of $175.
On October 24-27, Moneymaker will travel to Hippodrome in London, UK, followed by a second UK stop at Aspers Casino, Newcastle on October 28-November 3, and another stop at Casino Milton Keynes & Aspers Casino in London on November 4-10. The tour will then travel to Dublin Ireland, for its sixth stop at the Bonnington Hotel on November 22-24. From there, it will fly to the US for two stops taking place Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in Florida (December 11-15) and Stones Gambling Hall in California (January 10-19).
Moneymaker, who triumphed in the 2003 WSOP Main Event for $2.5 million via an $86 online satellite, said his namesake tour gives players a once-in-a-lifetime shot at winning big for just a small investment and enjoy the game without travelling too far from home. Moneymaker said he is excited to get back out there and play and hang out with people who also love poker as much as he does. Moneymaker promises and awesome experience with a potential to change someone’s life.
Road To 2020 PSPC
Apart from the Moneymaker Tour, PokerStars has released a long list of upcoming opportunities for players to earn their own Platinum Pass via both online and live challenges. Some of these include the PSPC Mega path which takes place every Sunday, Streamer Showdown, University Championship Paris, CEP Marbella, CEP Peralada, IPO Nova Gorica, Road to PSPC Divonne-les-bains, Road to PSPC Aix en Provence, and Platinum Pass Experience Aix en Provence.
PokerStars is also offering Platinum Passes through its Dare to Dream Sign Up Offer which gives away a freeroll ticket with no deposit required. The promo kicked off on September 1.
Each Platinum Pass is worth over $30,000. This includes the €26,000 buy-in to the PSPC which takes place in Barcelona, Spain during August 2029.

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