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PokerStars Releases Details for Inaugural $9 Million-Added PSPC in Bahamas

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With the World Series of Poker firmly in the rear-view window, poker players are already looking ahead to the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, which will feature one of the most value-laden live tournaments ever held.

The inaugural Poker Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC) will offer $9 million in extra value thanks to PokerStars giving away more than 300 packages to the $25,000 buy-in tournament.

While there are a few poker pros who have won packages to the PSPC, there are also a large number of recreational players who have qualified, which means it will likely be the softest $25k buy-in tournament in history.

The PSPC is just one component of the overall PCA festival, however, which runs January 5-16 with over 40 different tournaments for poker players.

What is the PSPC?

There has never been anything quite like the PSPC in the poker world.

Last winter PokerStars announced that it would be running a new $25,000 buy-in tournament in 2019 at its exclusive PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, which takes place at Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas every year.

There’s nothing unusual about a $25,000 buy-in tournament as there are countless high-roller events around the world.

What is unique about the PSPC, however, is that PokerStars is giving away over 300 packages to the tournament, which adds about $8 million to the prize pool.

Throughout the year PokerStars has been giving away $30,000 packages to the PSPC (called Platinum Passes) that include the $25,000 buy-in in addition to airfare, accommodations and more.

Caling All Recretional Players

It’s been possible to win Platinum Passes in traditional ways — such as winning an EPT tournament or PokerStars high roller — but also in non-traditional ways like social media contests and straight-up giveaways.

The end result of the huge promotion is that the PSPC will be flush with amateur players. There’s a good chance that will also bring a large number of pools, which could help boost the prize pool into astronomical territory. You can actually satellite into the PSPC for as little as $1 on PokerStars right now.

If that wasn’t enough, PokerStars also threw in an extra $1 million for first place and made the event completely rake-free.

Interestingly, the PSPC also allowed players to vote on the structure of the tournament and recently announced the results.

Here’s how the PSPC will play out:

  • Game: No-Limit Hold’em
  • Value: Over $9m added to prize pool in packages and promos
  • Blinds: The PSPC will feature a big blind ante to speed up play.
  • Payout percentage: Top 15% get paid
  • First place: Extra $1 million added
  • Starting stack: 300 big blinds
  • Length of levels: One hour
  • Min-cash value: Between $31,900 and $36,300
  • Length of days: Eight hours
  • Dates: January 6-10, 2019
  • Location: Atlantis Resort & Casino, Nassau, Bahamas

Millions More Up for Grabs in 2019 PCA

With the massive PSPC, it’s easy to forget that PokerStars is still hosting the massive 40-event PCA festival, which runs concurrently at the Atlantis Resort & Casino.

The series will once again feature its flagship $10,000 Main Event from Jan. 11-16, which remains one of the biggest single events on the international poker circuit.

The PCA is such a popular poker series that it’s attracted numerous celebs over the years, including former NBA star Gilbert Arenas, PGA star Sergio Garcia and even Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

The festival offers a wide variety of events with buy-ins that range from just $330 all the way up to $100,000 for the Super High Roller. The series also offers a mixture of Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha as well as the odd Omaha-8 and HORSE tournament thrown in for good measure.

Players looking to play the PSPC will also be able to take advantage of a series of live satellites for the PSPC on the first two days of the festival.

Here’s a look at some of the highlight events over the course of the 2019 PCA:

  • $25,000 PSPC (Jan. 6-10)
  • $5,300 Turbo (Jan. 7-8)
  • $330 Turbo (Jan. 8)
  • $50,000 Single-Day High Roller Event (Jan. 9)
  • $1,100 PCA National (Jan. 10-11)
  • $100,000 Super High Roller (Jan. 10-12)
  • $100,000 Single-Day (Jan. 12)
  • $25,000 High Roller (Jan. 14-16)
  • $10,000 Main Event (Jan. 11-16)