PokerStars reaches out to PSPC Platinum Pass winners along with prospective entrants to obtain feedback for January’s $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players NLHE Championship showcase event.

The world’s largest poker site has announced that it is seeking player feedback to help determine final details of the upcoming PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).

While most poker players are aware that the PSPC is a $25,000 [tournament] to be held during the PCA at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, the full details of the event are not yet public,” said PokerStars Executive Director Danny McDonagh in an August 16th blog post. “That’s because we’re seeking player preferences in relation to the format of the event, hence the name: the Players’ Championship.”

McDonagh — a two-decade veteran within the poker industry — signed on with the world’s largest poker site to oversee its live tournament operations earlier this year.

PokerStars Reaches Out: Player Survey

PokerStars will be soliciting feedback from existing Platinum Pass winners along with potential entrants in upcoming weeks. “We will also be asking the wider poker community for their views on this,” informed McDonagh. “Once we have collated all the information, we will discuss the findings internally and with a group of players and then announce what the tournament will look like.”


PokerStars Reaches Out - Jason Somerville

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PSPC Package Sales Could Boost Turnout

McDonagh informed readers that he is aware of many players who will be selling pieces of themselves, and that this “could create a snowball effect” resulting in more than 800 total players in the inaugural PSPC.

Conservatively speaking, both McDonagh and Senior Consultant of Player Affairs Garry Gates anticipate 600 total PSPC players, while an entry base of 800 players would result in a prize pool eclipsing $20 million.

The PSPC will be a “freezeout” tournament with no rebuys. It will take place from January 6th-10th, 2019.

PokerStars Reaches Out: Ambassador Communication

PokerStars Reaches Out

PokerStars EPT Announcers: James Hartigan & Joe Stapleton

On a recent PokerStars In The Ears Podcast (Episode #15), EPT announcer James Hartigan acknowledged a string of DDoS attacks that have impacted real money play on various sites, including PokerStars.

What I want to say is, ‘sorry,’ because [Joe Stapleton] and I are basically people who stand up as ambassadors for this company,” said Hartigan. “We encourage people to play on PokerStars and we want people to have a great experience when they sign-up, and when they play on the site.

(EPISODE #15 — TIMESTAMPS: 22:49 to 26:59)

PokerStars Reaches Out for PSPC Collaboration (Observations)

* All observations belong solely to the author.

With $8 million added to the PSPC via 320 Platinum Passes and another $1 million bonus for first place, the event stands to boast one of the largest poker tournament prize pools in history, and could provide tremendous value to the most experienced, highly-skilled players who enter.

This dynamic is a clear departure from communication relayed in August 2017 by The Stars Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi via Bloomberg, which made it clear that “pro” players are not welcome on the world’s largest poker site.

It will most definitely be interesting to see if PokerStars reaches out to community members who frequent high traffic forums such as TwoPlusTwo. A years-long dispute between players and the company’s late 2015 refusal to honor clearly-marketed cashback rewards has significantly hampered what used to be synchronized communication between forum posters and Stars.

However, while many players have already determined that PokerStars’ decision to abruptly remove Supernova/Supernova Elite rewards was decidedly negative for the game of poker, the 2019 PSPC appears to conversely represent, at least in a vacuum, a move that is “good” for poker and “great” for the players who will be competing in the PSPC.


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