PokerStars Postpones PSPC And EPT Barcelona To 2021
The PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) and European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona are the latest major live tournaments to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
PokerStars released a statement and confirmed that both the PSPC and EPT Barcelona have now been officially moved to 2021, though the exact dates have yet to be determined.
Both events were originally scheduled to take place this August at Casino Barcelona. In connection to this, three more events have also been dropped from PokerStars’ live events calendar – the Road to PSPC Cannes, Road to PSPC Madrid and Manila Super Series 14.
Severin Rasset, PokerStars’ Director of Poker Innovation and Operations, said the postponement may be disappointing to a lot of players and fans around the world, but the company needs to prioritize the health and safety of all players and staff during these difficult times. Rasset said they will now focus on making the PSPC bigger and better in 2021, hopefully when safety is already assured by that time.
More Platinum Passes Up For Grabs
The inaugural PSPC in 2019 saw 320 players winning the highly-coveted Platinum Pass, which enabled former fitness instructor Ramon Colillas to take down the event for a whopping $5.1 million.
With the PSPC now being postponed to 2021, PokerStars will give away 80 additional passes, bringing the total number of Platinum Passes on offer to 400. So far, 186 platinum tickets have been awarded to players. The package includes the €22,500 PSPC buy-in, 6 nights’ accommodation in Barcelona, as well as extra cash for travel and other expenses.
PokerStars also assured players and fans that they will have plenty of options to get involved, via exciting promos and competitions which will be announced as soon as the details are completed. Players will also receive updates on the status of the other live events scheduled for this year.
Rasset said Platinum Pass holders have already been notified of the news via email, and they may contact [email protected] should they have further inquiries and concerns. Those keen on winning a pass may also check out a dedicated PSPC Postponement FAQ page available on the PokerStars blog. Rasset said they will announce more activities and surprises in the coming months, so players should stay tuned!
The company ended its official statement with a promise that the 2021 PSPC will be worth the wait as they plan to make it bigger and better for 2021.