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).
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.
I couldn’t bring myself to go to Bahamas for the 4th time. Barcelona is an easy sell. 💯
— Johnnie Vibes (@JohnnieVibes) August 28, 2019
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.
One of the coolest experiences I have ever been apart of in my life and its back. The 2020 PSPC. Which also means the Moneymaker Tour is back. I will be seeing you guys soon https://t.co/qaeTQooiyJ
— Chris Moneymaker (@CMONEYMAKER) August 27, 2019
“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.
— Chad McVean (@Veaner85) August 27, 2019
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?
POLL: The 2019 $25,000 #PSPC finished with 1,019 players in the Bahamas.
The 2020 €22,500 #PSPC in Barcelona will finish with ______ players.
— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) August 27, 2019
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.