PokerStars Players Championship Online: $3.5 Million Guaranteed for U.S. Poker Players

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PokerStars Poker US recently merged its player pools in New Jersey and Michigan. To celebrate the union of states, a special online version of the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) will take place this month. 

Poker players looking for some fun in the sun currently have their sights locked on the Bahamian resort of Baha Mar. PokerStars’ tournament bandwagon will stop in the resort on Jan. 22 for a two-week vacation. 

However, it will be anything but a resultful vacation. The first PokerStars Caribbean Adventure since 2019 will feature 70 events. Things get underway with a $100,000 super high roller and conclude on Feb. 3 with the highly-anticipated PokerStars Players Championship. 

PSPC Popularity Inspires Online Alternative

Players are waiting with bated breath for the $25,000 tournament to start for two reasons. First, it’s the first PSPC since 2019. Secondly, because of the recent glut of Platinum Pass promotions, it looks set to be the biggest ever PSPC. 

If that’s the case, the winner will bank more than $5 million when the event concludes on Feb. 3. For this reason alone, the PSPC and, more widely, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, are the events of choice this month for anyone with deep enough pockets. 

However, in the interests of inclusivity, PokerStars has created an online alternative. Although the name, PSPC Online, lacks creativity, it’s apt. The series takes the best parts of the PSPC and puts them into a digital format. 

This means there will be a selection of MTTs designed to suit all bankrolls. What’s interesting is that the online events cost significantly less than their live counterparts. Specifically, buy-ins start at $10 and, if you want to ante up for even less, satellites are starting at $1. 

PokerStars Players Championship Online Details

PSPC Online will be available in three states: New Jersey online poker, Michigan online poker, and Pennsylvania online poker. As newly merged entities, PokerStars NJ and PokerStars MI will offer a joint series. Because it’s yet to join the multi-state network, PokerStars PA will host its own PSPC. 

PSPC Online NJ/MI

  • Dates: Jan. 13 - 30
  • Total Guarantee: $2.5 million
  • No. of MTTs: 85
  • Main Event: $250 buy-in and a $300,000 guarantee
  • Requirements: Must be 21+ and a PokerStars NJ/MI customer physically located in New Jersey/Michigan

PSPC Online PA

  • Dates: Jan. 13 - 30
  • Total Guarantee: $1.5 million
  • No. of MTTs: 72
  • Main Event: $250 buy-in and a $150,000 guarantee
  • Requirements: Must be 21+ and a PokerStars PA customer physically located in Pennsylvania

PokerStars Setting New Multi-State Standards

Having access to another online tournament series is a positive for poker players in the aforementioned states. However, it’s also a significant step forward for PokerStars’ interests in New Jersey and Michigan. 

A liquidity-sharing agreement facilitated the merging of player pools on Jan. 1. An initial surge of activity saw weekly guarantees beaten. With the demand for more action clear, PokerStars’ tournament experts answered the call and created a new tournament series. 

PSPC Online will be PokerStars’ first multi-state series in the U.S. The company has offered cross-border events in parts of Europe, but this will be the first time players in two U.S. states can play together in the same series. 

Because of this, the guarantee has been set at $2.5 million, which according to Severin Rasset, managing director at PokerStars U.S., sets a new standard in North America. 

“We’re excited to bring players our first multi-state online series and our largest online series to date in the U.S.,” said Rasset.

PSPC Online starts on Friday. If you’re not already a member of PokerStars U.S. and you’re eligible, you can use our secure sign-up links to join PokerStars NJ, PokerStars MI, or PokerStars PA.

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Daniel Smyth
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