PSPC Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship (PSPC), and need help with your trip to paradise? Check out the most frequently asked questions below, or contact us.

What is the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship?

The PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC) launched in 2019 as a rake-free, $25,000 buy-in poker tournament. It aimed to be one of the biggest in poker history, and it succeeded, with 1,039 players taking part. Ramón Colillas, a Platinum Pass winner, eventually walked away victorious after turning his free entry into a staggering $5,100,000.

In 2020, the PSPC returns and could be bigger and better than before. Get playing and win your Platinum Pass via a range of routes.

When is PSPC 2020?

PSPC 2020 takes place from August 20 to 24, 2020, during EPT Barcelona.

Other key tournaments taking place during EPT Barcelona include:

  • EPT Barcelona National Event – August 15-18, 2020
  • EPT Super High Roller – August 17-19, 2020
  • EPT Barcelona Main Event – August 24-30, 2020

A full schedule of tournaments will be released closer to the PSPC start date.

Where will PSPC 2020 take place?

PSPC 2020 will play out in the seaside city of Barcelona, Spain. The casino is mere minutes’ walk from the beach as well as a host of hotel, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

How much does it cost to play in the event?

The PSPC has a €22,500 (approx.$25,000) buy-in. However, we recommend you try and qualify for the event by winning a Platinum Pass.

How old do I have to be to participate?

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the PSPC or any EPT Barcelona events. No persons under the age of 18 are allowed to enter the tournament area or the casino at any time.

How can I win a Platinum Pass?

There are numerous qualification options open to players. Keep an eye on the PokerStars Live and PokerStars Blog and social media channels and never miss out on details. Click here for a list of live events where you can win a Platinum Pass.

What is a Platinum Pass package?

A Platinum Pass package is your chance to play the PSPC for free. Please visit the PSPC main page for full details on what is included in a package, and how you can win one.

What if I have won a Platinum Pass but can’t attend the live event?

All Platinum Pass packages are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you are unable to attend the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship, you will forfeit the entire value of the prize package.

Can I purchase a PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship package?

Yes, there are multiple ways in which you can purchase a package, visit the Buy-in page or contact our Registrations Team for full details.

Please Note: if you register for PSPC in advance of the event, we will reserve you a seat. If you do not arrive to collect your ticket, and have not informed us of your un-registration BEFORE the start of the tournament, your funds will be added to the prize pool and you will not be entitled to a refund.

Can I register for into the PSPC 2020 tournaments only?

Of course! Visit the Buy-in page for or more details or contact us.

Can I buy in via debit/credit card?

You can buy chips at the Casino Cashier desk with credit or debit cards, but you cannot directly buy-into the tournament.

You can also wire the funds to the casino in advance. For details, please check the Buy-in page.

Will there be currency exchange services?

Barcelona Casino offers a currency exchange service. It is your responsibility for ensuring you have the correct funds (EUR ONLY) to buy into any of the events on the schedule.

How can I book accommodation for the event?

If you have won (or bought) a Platinum Pass package, you will be required to complete an online accommodations registration form, where you can input all hotel details, including requests for extensions and upgrades. Any special requests (i.e. additional nights, additional guests, upgrading accommodation), should be included on this registration form. You will then be contacted with rates and information regarding the request by our Accommodations Team.

For all other players, media and anyone else planning on attending the event, please go to PokerStars Travel or contact the PokerStars Travel team.

Can I choose my PSPC starting day?

There is only one starting day for the PSPC. The event starts on August 20, 2019.

How can I buy into the side events on the schedule?

There are multiple ways to buy into side events. Visit the Buy-in page for full details.

How will I get paid if I win the tournament?

We will allow you to take a portion in cash at the Casino discretion. The rest can be deposited into your Stars Account if you have a COM or EU account, or wired directly to a bank account in your name.

Will there be a party? Can I bring a guest?

Yes. There will be a Party held as part of the EPT Barcelona event that all PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship players are invited to attend. Further details will be announced closer to the event.

Is there an agreement I need to sign to play in any of the events?

Yes. You are required to accept the PSLive Terms of Use to sign up for a PSLive account. The PSLive Terms of Use are comprised of The Stars Group rules and regulations governing live poker tournaments and cash games during tour events. Upon registration to a Tournament for the first time, you will need to accept the PSLive Terms in order to receive a PSLive Card, which is mandatory to play in any of the tournaments.

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