Pokerstars PSPC Makes History

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jan 11, 2019

As richest $25,000 Poker Tournament

Described as ground-breaking, PokerStars’ Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) has blasted live poker records as 1,039 players registered to take part, generating the largest-ever prize pool for a $25,000 buy-in poker tournament of $26,455,500 with a $5.1 million top prize

181 players will cash-in and the final table alone will produce a total of six millionaires.

“Passion and interest in poker is alive and well in 2019, and this tournament highlights the global excitement for the game,” Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars Director of Poker Marketing, said. “Tens of thousands of players participated in a year of unique promotions leading up to the event and that enthusiasm delivered one of the most exciting events in poker history.”

Playing out at the Atlantis Resort & Casino, registration took place on January 6 and 7.

The field is comprised of diverse players from all over the world and a spectrum of experience from some of the game’s best professionals to novices who won entry through one of the dozens of low buy-in and free-to-play competitions and giveaways PokerStars held in 2018.

Over the past 13 months, PokerStars awarded 320 Platinum Pass packages, each worth $30,000, covering the player’s buy-in, travel and accommodation.

The tournament broke records without taking the the 320 Platinum Pass winners into account, smashing the previous attendance record for a $25,000 buy-in event, which was 639 entries, and the previous highest prize pool of $15,495,000.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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