From the history of the Platinum Pass and the latest Winter Series results to a big Spin & Go win and a look back at 2018, here’s your weekly round-up of the latest content from PokerStars Blog.

• An oral history of the first #PlatinumPass
• Winter Series results
• jmaciel157’s $150,000 Spin & Go win
• 2018 Year in Review

Platinum history

The plan was simple: the bubble finisher at the PSC Prague Main Event was going to be selected as the first recipient of a $30,000 package to enter the biggest tournament PokerStars had ever put on: the PokerStars NL Players Championship.

The TV production crew, photographers, and blog team coordinated with the tournament staff so everyone could capture the moment. Daniel Negreanu was flown in for the announcement. And then, when the crucial moment arrived, everything went sideways — and then sideways again.

Read all about in Brad Willis’s oral history of the first Platinum Pass.


More Winter Series Results

Three-quarters of the Winter Series has been played and that means lots of new winners.

It’s been a big series already for the United Kingdom’s thehushpuppy, who bagged two Progressive KO titles for more than $150,000 in winnings in a three-day span this week. Here’s a look at the top 15 biggest results of the Winter Series so far.

EVENT WINNER COUNTRY PRIZE (including bounties)
#28-High: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE] blanconegro Mexico $130,029.61
#02-High: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] D_DIGGLER69 Canada $124,602.89
#39-High: $5,200 NLHE WhaTisL0v3 Malta $119,826.19
#16-High: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill] Lagerdreams United Kingdom $95,681.11
#29-High: $530 NLHE “0409479” United Kingdom $92,614.57
#35-High: $1,050 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE] NL_Profit Russia $89,778.60
#02-Medium: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] CallmeBen85 Netherlands $89,342.46
#36-High: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] thehushpuppy United Kingdom $82,810.93
#24-High: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Saturday KO SE] iBreakU_U Russia $81,716.72
#30-High: $1,050 NLHE Black88 Russia $81,461.13
#28-Medium: 215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE] guitey United Kingdom $68,766.07
#31-High: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] thehushpuppy United Kingdom $63,780.20
#43-High: $2,100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE] WATnlos Austria $60,764.80
#43-Medium: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill] Sammy 200176 Germany $55,846.85
#29-Medium: $55 NLHE MadStarfish Germany $55,583.74

Spin it up

January 2nd. Brazil’s “jmaciel157” was back to work, firing up some of their regular $15 Pot Limit Omaha Spin & Gos. Everything was going smoothly, with a few wins already locked before breakfast.

“jmaciel157” registered another two tournaments. The first $15 PLO Spin & Go landed on a 4x multiplier, creating a $60 first place prize. And then the second $15 PLO Spin & Go revealed its prize pool:

$180,000.

Jack Stanton has the full rundown of how the Brazilian player turned $15 into $150,000 in just a few minutes.


Looking forward, looking back

As the new year begins, it’s a good time to take a look back at what happened during the previous year. Here at PokerStars we’re kicking off 2019 with the PSPC, which necessarily means that 2018 was all about the Platinum Pass.

That’s it for this week. See you in the Bahamas!


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