It's like your favorite band breaking up, and then getting back together. You know that the folks at the Red Spade could not keep the PCA on ice for eternity, which is great news for poker players and pros that loved flying down to the crystal-blue waters of the Bahamas for an annual pilgrimage for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
The PCA ended its supreme reign in 2019 with the last-ever running of the popular event. In the fall of 2019, PokerStars announced that there would not be a PCA at the start of 2020, but instead they were focused on a huge PSPC in Barcelona in 2020. Alas, the pandemic reared its ugly head and it never came to fruition.
But now, the PCA is back and will be hosted at a new venue after wearing out its welcome at Atlantis. The Baha Mar Hotel and Resort in Nassau will be the new home of the return of the PCA in January 2023. And it will also host the 2023 PokerStars Players Championship.
The return of the PCA is set to run for two weeks starting on January 22, 2023 and ending on February 3. The PSPC begins January 30 and concludes on February 3.
"We have missed our live events as much as our players, so it is our true pleasure to announce the PokerStars Players Championship will take place at Baha Mar in January," said Severin Rasset, Managing Director & Commercial Officer of PokerStars. "Beautiful location, hundreds of qualifiers, with millions to win. If there is one tournament to choose for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it will be the PSPC. We will provide more details soon on how to get your hands on a Platinum Pass - stay tuned!"
Yes, Platinum Passes return! Players from all over the world will have multiple and unique ways to win one of 400 Platinum Passes (valued at $30K) for a trip of a lifetime at the long-awaited return of the PSPC after a triumphant initial $25K event that attracted 1,039 runners and a generated a prize pool worth $26.5 million for the richest in tournament poker history.
PokerStars also announced that live poker returns to Ireland with the UKIPT Dublin will run May 6 through May 11 at the Bonnington Hotel in Dublin.
The ESPT/UKIPT Summer Poker Festival will be hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel in Malta between June 18 and June 26.
The EPT Barcelona will return to Casino Barcelona for two weeks between August 8 and August 21.
Check in with PokerStars to find daily freerolls and feeder satellites for their EPT events. And stay tuned for more info on how you can win a Platinum Pass.