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PokerStars Taps Barcelona for Second-Ever PSPC in 2020

PokerStars PSPC

Earlier this year the inaugural PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC) took the poker world by storm.

The event, which benefited from PokerStars giving away millions in entries to amateur players, broke all records for a $25,000 buy-in tournament and eventual winner Ramon Colillas took home a hefty $5.1 million for first place.

Well, the online poker giant is doing it all again with PSPC2 set to take place August 20-24, 2020, in Barcelona, Spain.

The 2020 PSPC will be the flagship tournament of the 2020 EPT Barcelona series, which is already one of the European Poker Tour’s most popular stops.

This time around, PokerStars will have an entire year to qualify players for the tournament so the second edition of the event could be even bigger. The buy-in remains roughly the same as the original $25,000 but will be switched to euros (€22,500) because of the event’s location.

Focus on Amateur Players

While information is still light regarding the 2020 PSPC, there are a few facts that PokerStars released this week during EPT Barcelona.

The focus will once again be on giving amateur players a chance to play a high-stakes, potentially life-changing poker tournament that would normally be out of their price range.

PokerStars will be giving away a large number of PSPC packages (each valued at €26,466) to poker fans via small tournaments, social media giveaways and other unique contests. The company has branded the packages as Platinum Passes. The Passes include airfare, accommodations and spending money for Barcelona.

Last year the massive influx of amateur players into the PSPC helped attract the attention of poker pros around the world and helped create a historic $26.4-million prize pool. In the end there were 320 players who won qualifiers for the 2019 PSPC. Organizers are likely looking to recreate that magic for the second edition of the tournament.

Because PokerStars qualifies so many players for the PSPC, it requires a tremendous amount of lead-up to the tournament. That’s why the company is announcing the tournament so early.

Here’s what we know about the 2020 PSPC so far:

2020 PSPC
  • Takes place Aug. 20-24, 2020
  • €22,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  • Held at Casino Barcelona
  • Numerous €26,466 Platinum Pass giveaways
  • Road to PSPC qualifiers to be held around the world

First PSPC Broke Records for PokerStars

To say the first PSPC put up significant numbers would be a massive understatement.

The inaugural PSPC attracted 1,039 players to create a total prize pool of $26,455,500. It helps that PokerStars contributed nearly $9 million to that prize pool, which made it one of the most value-packed tournaments in the history of poker.

It’s difficult to think of another tournament — outside of the WSOP Main Event — that has been able to offer that kind of prize pool to pros and amateurs alike.

Some of the best poker players in the world including Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo and John Juanda flocked to the PSPC thanks to the massive amount of value but in the end it was Spanish gym owner Ramon Colillas who took down the title.

Colillas outlasted all 1,039 entries in the tournament to take down a staggering $5.1 million. It was one of the biggest scores ever for an amateur poker player. Colillas will return for the 2020 PSPC as an official PokerStars ambassador.

PokerStars has already started giving away Platinum Passes to the 2020 PSPC. Five amateur poker players who won PokerStars Chase Your Dream competitions were surprised with Platinum Passes yesterday.

It’s also possible to win a Platinum Pass just by playing on PokerStars in one of the site’s Mystery Chests. Further ways to win a Platinum Pass will be disclosed by PokerStars over the next 12 months.