The PokerStars Megastack Dublin event came to a close last night at the Bonnington Hotel on the northside of the city, with Pierre Lewondowski striking a deal taking home €9245 in cash and the coveted ‘Platinum Pass’ - a trip to the Bahamas to take part in the PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em Championship in January 2019 worth $30,000.
The Platinum Pass will see Lewondowski receive a $25,000 buy-in to play at the live event, luxury accomodation at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau and $2,000 for travel and expenses. Over the course of 2018, PokerStars will have issued more than 300 of these passes at events around the world.
The tournament, which will take place in January 2019, will see players of all levels come together and will have a minimum prize pool of $8,000,000. There will also be $1,000,000 added for the winner.
Glenn Doyle is a live tournament floorperson for PokerStars who says that he’s essentially a ‘poker referee’. His priority lies in ensuring that the events he works at run in a structured, timely and efficient manner, keeping players and dealers happy across the board. He loves his profession and spoke highly of PokerStars and the Megastack:
“The community is very much international and working the floors all over the world affords me the opportunity to meet people of many different nationalities and cultures. I often run into the same sets of people on different continents. It’s an incredible thing to be able to do and I wouldn’t trade in my job for anything else.”
Karen Bergin, a professional dealer at the event explained why PokerStars tournaments are great to deal at:
“PokerStars is one of the biggest poker companies in the world and there’s an extremely high standard of player and dealer at its live tournaments. Everything runs so smoothly.”
The Dublin Megastack no-limit hold’em tournament, which ran from Thursday 19th to Sunday 23rd of April, had a €170 buy-in with a €50,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players sat down with 50,000 chips and played to a blind structure that increased every 30 minutes on three of the four starts and every 40 minutes during Sunday’s play. Competitors were afforded one re-entry per flight if they went bust prior to the end of the eighth level.
The prospect of the Caribbean trip upped the stakes of this tournament significantly as was evidenced by the number of entries and subsequent prize pool. In May 2017, a Dublin Megastack prize pool rose to €68,850 according to pokernews.com, more than double the advertised guarantee. However this Platinum Pass event reached 634 entries, with a prize pool around the €92,000 mark.
Players will have further opportunity to nab themselves a Platinum Pass in Dublin in the near future. The Mammoth Poker Event, which takes place from Wednesday 30th to Monday 4th of June is also sponsored by PokerStars and has one on offer. It too will take place in the Bonnington Hotel and there will be a prize pool of €150,000 guaranteed for a €120 buy-in.