PSPC Return Excites Poker Fans, Especially Move from Bahamas to Barcelona

The announcement that the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) is returning in 2020 came as quite a delight to the poker community. Many were ecstatic by the news for more reasons than just Average Joe’s having an opportunity to compete in a €22,500 buy-in tournament ($25,000 in 2019).

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The PSPC is back in 2020 and everyone is pumped for it. (Image:

Last year’s PSPC – the first ever – took place at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. While the weather in the Caribbean is balmy in the winter, some poker players aren’t big fans of the location. Thus, many were thrilled to find out next year’s event – scheduled for August 20-24 – is moving to Barcelona, Spain. Poker vlogger Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno is one who is sold on the new destination.

PSPC Only High Roller Regular Folk Can Afford

Every recreational and low-stakes grinder dreams of playing in a high roller event. But few, if any, have ever been able to afford to play in one. Well, that was until the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship.

The PSPC generated a field of 1,039 players, many of whom were casual poker players and low-stakes pros. Throughout the year, PokerStars handed out hundreds of Platinum Passes, free tickets into the tournament plus $5,000 in travel money. That gave the Average Joe’s an opportunity to compete in their first high roller. And that, along with the new venue, is why so many are pumped for the 2020 PSPC.

“Wow …PokerStars is doing it once again! This is a special occasion & I truly believe this will be even better than the first time. It only gets better from here.,” wrote Twitter user @JohnnyAsays

Adam Williamson (@WilliamsonSAW) is one of the many poker fans who loves the Platinum Pass chase.

“I want to win one of these! Can’t wait to see the details and how to chase them. This was so awesome to follow last time,” he posted.

Garry Gates, the fan favorite who finished fourth at the 2019 WSOP Main Event, said the return of the PokerStars Players Championship gives him “goosebumps.” The former poker media member wrote that the 2019 PSPC was the “most incredible project I’ve been a part of in my 10+ years in the poker industry.

How Many Players Will Enter?

Poker media guru Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers asked an important question. How many players will compete in the 2020 PokerStars Players Championship?

With over 560 votes in at the time of publishing, exactly 50 percent predict more than 1,101 entries. The second most common projection is in the 800-900 range.

Spain’s Ramon Colillas won the PSPC in January for $5.1 million. If “Kevmath’s” followers are correct with their prediction, the 2020 champion might win even more money.

Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.


Debi wrote...

Interesting – would be great if you won a pass – but for US players financing their own trip it is definitely less affordable.

Babapaps04 wrote...

It was such a wonderful experience to be at the Bahamas as a winner of a PlatinumPass.

I wish it to everybody. Now others will be next in the line.

Highly recommend you, to invest yourself and give you a try.


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