Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm

The folks at PokerStars are running a new promotion for their 2020 PokerStars Players Championship, which will be hosted in Barcelona, Spain at the end of the summer. Starting today, PokerStars will award 21 Platinum Passes to the 2020 PSPC over the next 21 days. They dubbed this maddening promotion, "Platinum Madness", which has a catchy ring to it.


Get ready for the madness. The insanity. The harrowing intensity known as Platinum Madness. PokerStars will be ramping up their 2020 PokerStars Players Championship with various promotions and pimping over the next several months. To commemorate the second installment of the PSPC, PokerStars is hosting something called Platinum Madness.

The PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship, otherwise known as the simple acronym... PSPC... returns to life at the Barcelona Casino in Barcelona, Spain on August 20, 2020 and the final table will crown the 2020 PSPC champion on August 24.

Over the next three weeks, we will be under the Platinum Madness phase of the lunar cycle in which PokerStars will dole out 21 Platinum Passes to the 2020 PSPC over the next 21 days.

According to Stephen Bartley at PokerStars Blog, the rumors are true about the madness of platinum... "21 Platinum Passes. 21 days. Rewards chests. $1 million in prizes. No experience or big bankroll necessary."

Yes, it's one of those promos where you simply have to show up and be present in order to walk away with a potential free trip to Spain and a freeroll into the biggest poker event of 2020. In this case, all you have to do is opt in.

First of all... Platinum Passes are packages worth $30,000. Players win a seat into the $25,000 free roll plus a hotel and cash for traveling expenses. Remember the first PSPC in the Bahamas last year? PokerStars went crazy bananas for Platinum Passes, and it seemed like a silly and crazy promotion, but it worked! The inaugural PSPC in the Bahamas was a huge hit. So huge that Stars decided to kill the PCA and just host another PSPC! This time, they picked Europe's playground... Barcelona.

"The inaugural PSPC generated hundreds of personal stories of achievement and ambition among the Platinum Pass winners who dared to dream of playing in an exclusive high-roller event," said Severin Rasset, a big wig from PokerStars.

The Platinum Passes are a cool way to get everyday folks involved instead of those weird grinders that devote their lives to grinding grinding grinding online poker, forums, and social media. I was gonna write "blogs" but those died back in 2012, right? Anyway... a lot of people love poker, but they're not super crazy about it like everyone else because they have a fruitful life with family and work and school and whatever floats your boat. This is a chance to give away a Platinum Pass to almost anyone. And all you have to do is take the first step and OPT IN.

Once you're in, you're eligible over the next 21 days.

So, what's this Platinum Pass and Platinum Madness all about? It's about playing a game that's a hybrid of Candyland meets Bingo. Don't worry, you won't be surrounded by your granny and her somewhat racist cat lady friends at the bingo parlor. Ah, you skip all that and just get back to trippy, old-school fun of the Candyland variety.

I'll lazily cut and paste what Bartley wrote on PokerStars Blog because he did an excellent job explaining what's going down with the Platinum Madness board...

"You make progress on the board by earning dice roles found in Stars Rewards chests. Earn these simply by playing on PokerStars.

As you move along, you'll come across ladders that advance you up the board, but also random chests. These contain things like cash prizes and All-In Shootout (AISO) tickets. But in each box, there's a single Platinum Pass waiting for someone.

When you reach the end (no need to roll the exact number, we're not cruel) you'll receive a Super PSPC Chest. This contains an even larger cash reward, and an even bigger chance of winning a Platinum Pass."

Yes... dice rolls and chests. That's what it's all about, Mr. Jones.

Yes, something is happening here and it's the Platinum Madness. For the next 21 days jump on board the love train and shake your booty and moneymaker to get a shot at becoming the next Spanish Moneymaker!

Last January, Roman Colillas became a millionaire overnight. He was just a mild-mannered regular guy from Spain who caught the poker bug the previous year and started grinding it out. Along the way, he won a Platinum Pass and flew down to the Bahamas to take a shot at the first-ever PSPC. Heck, even he didn't think he'd win but rather, he wanted to have fun and enjoy the holiday in the Caribbean. But of course, once you sit down at any poker table... anything can happen and anything goes. Colillas battled his way through a difficult field of 1,039 runners (no shortage of dead money or sharks) in the Bahamas. Roman Colillas banked $5.1 million and walked away as an internet sensation and the Spanish Chris Moneymaker. The total prize pool topped $26.4 million including an extra cool million added to the champ. The top six spots were paid out seven figures. Even the runner-up walked away with nearly $3 million. Not too shabby, eh!?! French pro Julien Martini took second place, while Colillas went on to the victory.

And now there's a second PSPC in his backyard. Why not Spain?

If you'd like to win a seat into the 2020 PSPC and hang out in Barcelona for a few days to soak up the food, wine, culture, art, and local nightlife... then what are you waiting for? Opt in ASAP and participate in the Platinum Madness over the next three weeks. 21 days. 21 Platinum Passes. If you're not excited then you're not paying attention to one of the coolest promos in the gaming universe right now.

21 Platinum Passes. 21 days. You have a chance... to carve out a piece of poker history. But like Hunter S. Thompson said... "Buy the ticket and take the ride." Wheeeeeeeeeee!

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