FAST FIVE: Things you might have missed this week

August 30, 2019inPoker

Here’s a look back at the stories we brought you this week on PokerStars Blog… 

  • PokerStars announces PSPC 2020
  • Chase Your Dream finalists receive first Platinum Passes
  • All Things EPT Barcelona
  • How the Sunday Million was won (August 25)
  • Road to PSPC starts in Namur


EPT Barcelona was the site this week of PokerStars’s biggest announcement since December 2017: the PokerStars NL Players Championship will return next August.

It’s baaaaaaaack…

The Catalonian capital will serve as the home of PSPC from August 20-24, 2020. The tournament will feature a €22,500 buy-in.

“The PSPC demonstrates our commitment to cultivating and growing the game, not only by creating opportunities for poker fans of all levels to win life-changing sums of money, but by showcasing poker and its many inspirational stories well beyond the poker realm,” said Severin Rasset, Managing Director & Commercial Officer at PokerStars.

Click through for everything you want to know about PSPC 2020. And then unlock your PSPC Mystery Chest and win your own Platinum Pass!


Five players from Europe and North America converged on Barcelona this week for the Chase Your Dream final. They thought they were just going to be competing against a lineup of pros and celebrities for a $10,000 top prize — but there was something special waiting for all of them.

All the Chase Your Dream qualifiers won a Platinum Pass

At the event’s conclusion, James Hartigan was on hand to announce that all five of our finalists will be returning to Barcelona next year to play in PSPC 2020.

You can watch an archived feed of the live stream, or just relive the five biggest hands from the event. And once you’ve done that, spend a little time getting to know our first five Platinum Pass winners: Clement Eloy, Adrian Viñuela, Daryl Inglis, Christoph Walkenhorst, and Danielle Summer.


The European Poker Tour (EPT) has been camped in Barcelona this week and it’s been a pretty good one for the locals.

Super High Roller champion Sergi Reixach

Sergi Reixach overcame Sam Grafton to take the €1.8m Super High Roller title. Juan Pardo won two high roller titles and narrowly missed out on another in the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller, which Laszlo Bujtas won for €712,810.

The rest of Europe has also fared well at the festival. First, Estonia’s Markku Koplimaa won the record-breaking €1,100 EPT National for €585,500. Alexander Ivarsson topped the €2,200 EPT National High Roller for €498,520, and Russia’s Mikhail Rudoy won the first-ever EPT €25,000 6+ Hold’em High Roller for €213,210.

It’s been a hot summer for Ben “Fabaz” Farrell, one of the hottest players in the game at the moment. Our own Jack Stanton got the skinny on how Farrell does it.

Have a look at our EPT Barcelona photo gallery and results, and don’t forget the live stream continues this weekend.


Franklin “FKAXM” Magalhães

How did an accountant from the UK and a former advertising publicist from Brazil end up battling for more than $100K in the small hours of Monday morning? And what did Joe Stapleton have to do with it?

Here’s the story of how Geoffrey “ŠQ3-Paper” Thai finished fourth and Franklin “FKAXM” Magalhães captured his second major title of 2019.


The road to the PSPC begins in Belgium

PokerStars will be on the banks of the river Meuse, at the Grand Casino de Namur, Belgium, from Monday 23 September to Sunday 29 September.

It’s the first live opportunity to pocket your own Platinum Pass since the big announcement in Barcelona this week. And you don’t have to win the €175 Main Event to claim the pass either. A special draw at the start of Day 2 will decide the winner.

Click through to learn how you can win your Platinum Pass in Namur this September.

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