PokerStars US Paves the Online Road to Platinum Passes

The return of the PSPC signals the return of the Platinum Pass, and PokerStars has a few routes for US online poker players looking to head to the Bahamas in January.
PokerStars US Paves the Online Road to Platinum Passes
August 31, 2022

In January 2023, the biggest $25k live poker game returns to the Bahamas as PokerStars hosts the second running of the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC), and PokerStars is looking to give US players a free trip to play it. The operator will reward top results for the rest of the year in the US series with Platinum Passes to the event valued at $30k.

The runway to the PSPC is now in place, with around four months left to go until the big game kicks off in the Bahamas in January. PokerStars US is looking to help some American players take off for the PSPC with Platinum Passes awarded through the end of 2022 in all three US jurisdictions.

The $30,000 (USD) Platinum Pass is undoubtedly the best way to get to the Bahamas in 2023, and the PokerStars US Network will give away a bunch of them over the coming months to loyal customers. Among the ways players can secure a coveted Platinum Pass will be online leaderboards that reward players who regularly play on PokerStars.

The first US Platinum Passes will be handed out before the end of September 2022. Six of them will go to the top finishers in the USCOOP series running in NJ, PA, and MI through September. More passes will be available to the top 1,000 finishers in the state leaderboards for USCOOP through a special freeroll to end the series, so before September ends, quite a few players could wake up with tickets to the Bahamas.

The Platinum Pass Value

  • $25,000 buy-in to the PSPC
  • Six nights of accommodation for the winner and a guest in a 5* hotel
  • Airport transfers
  • $1,900 in expenses
  • Platinum Pass winner experiences during the event
$50 no deposit credits + $600 match bonus
$50 Free Play
after single cash hand
& $600 match bonus
Last verified: Feb 2023
  • $50 in free funds
  • Great tournament schedule
  • Excellent player traffic
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US Road to PSPC

The poker world is just over four months away from the second running of what instantly became an iconic tournament — the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC). In its first running in 2019, the PSPC immediately set a record for the biggest live $25k event ever held.

The prize pool for that inaugural event topped $26 million with over 1,000 entries. While that was on the back of over 300 Platinum Passes given away in the months leading up to the big game, it still crushed the previous record for a live $25k when it passed 640 entries. Even with the passes discounted, it still crushed the previous record.

While the COVID pandemic prevented a planned return for the event in 2021, there was no way PokerStars would miss the chance to hold another edition of this iconic game. As with the first edition, the operator will send many players to the Bahamas for free or for vastly reduced prices.

COOP 2022 runs Sep 9-26The next chances for US online poker players to secure a Platinum Pass come through September with leaderboard promotions in all three jurisdictions. While players compete for the big cash prizes of USCOOP events, they will also be in the running for a chance at Platinum Passes through a leaderboard promotion during COOP events in all three US states.

Players in the USCOOP events will have a couple of ways to pocket a Platinum Pass. The top six finishers in the leaderboards across NJ, MI, and PA will win passes outright, but the top 1,000 finishers across the states will get another chance to win passes in exclusive freeroll games on September 27 in each state.

Below is how the promotion breaks down by state:

  • COOP Dates All States: Sep 9 – 26
  • PokerStars Pennsylvania
    • PACOOP Guarantee: $2 Million
    • Top Two Leaderboard Finishers: 2 Passes
    • Freeroll Access: 500 players
  • PokerStars Michigan
    • MICOOP Guarantee: $1.5 Million
    • Top Two Leaderboard Finishers: 2 Passes
    • Freeroll Access: 300 players
  • PokerStars New Jersey
    • NJCOOP Guarantee: $1 Million
    • Top Two Leaderboard Finishers: 2 Passes
    • Freeroll Access: 200 players
  • COOP/PSPC Promotion Totals
    • Six Passes for Leaderboard Winners
    • 1,000 Players Get Access to Exclusive Platinum Pass Freeroll

These are just the first Platinum Passes that PokerStars US will be giving away before the end of 2022. If you are new to PokerStars in the US, check out our review for details on the latest PokerStars US Deposit Bonus, PokerStars US No Deposit Bonus, and promotions, then take your shot at big 'COOP prizes and a cut-rate trip to the Bahamas this January.

Learn more in our PokerStars PA Review, PokerStars MI Review, and PokerStars NJ Review

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