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PokerStars’ Road to PSPC has landed in the Philippines’ capitol and is making its debut run in the country with the Coral Lounge at Okada Manila, playing host to the week-long festival. The action got underway on September 19 and will continue until September 25, with ten tournaments marking the schedule.
The biggest attraction of the series is the PSPC Platinum Pass on offer for the series’ Main Event champion – a $30,000 added value by PokerStars! The world`s richest $25K buy-in tournament returns from January 30 to February 3, 2023, in a new venue – Baha Mar resort in Nassau, the Bahamas.
The series-opener, ₱1 Million GTD Warm-up, kicked off on Monday, and the seven-figure guarantee was blown away on the opening flight itself. The ₱6,000 (~$104) buy-in event clocked in 426 entrants across the two starting flights, generating a very enticing ₱2,181,802 (~$38,000) prize pool.
The Day 1A frontrunner Noel Regencia (560,000) headlined the 63 survivors who returned for Day 2 earlier today.
Indians have exerted a dominant presence in the South-Asian tournament circuit this year, and a few familiar faces joined the action early in the series. From the Indian contingent, four players registered for the ₱1 Million GTD Warm-up event, and two of them, Chirag Shah (188,000) and Naveen Tiruvalluri (181,000), returned for Day 2 today.
With the ₱10 Million GTD Main Event commencing on September 20, more Indian players are likely to show up!
Road to PSPC
In April, PokerStars made the much-awaited announcement of the return of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC). The PCA and PSPC will be held at a new venue, Baha Mar resort in Nassau, the Bahamas, in January of 2023.
The Atlantis Casino and Resort in the Bahamas was the home for the PCA from 2005 through 2019. In September 2019, PokerStars announced that PCA was being discontinued. However, the popular series will be returning to the nearby Baha Mar next year, running from January 22 to February 3, 2023.
The only running of the PSPC was alongside the 2019 PCA. The $25,000 buy-in tournament set the record as the largest tournament ever at that price point, registering a massive field of 1,039 entries.
The final prize pool touched $26.4 Million, $9 Million of which came in the form of free $25,000 seats that were awarded to players by PokerStars in the lead-up to the event in the form of ‘PSPC Platinum Passes.’
The PSPC was set to host its second edition in 2020, but because of the global pandemic, PokerStars, in May 2020, confirmed that the PSPC and EPT Barcelona would not be taking place as planned in August. Though both series had been initially postponed to 2021, with the second wave hitting most countries last year, they again got delayed.
PokerStars has scheduled 17 Road to PSPC stops worldwide, out of which nine have been completed, with the 10th currently underway in Manila.
Road to PSPC tournaments features lower buy-ins than traditional live tournaments, with the Main Event champion receiving a PSPC Platinum Pass added by PokerStars, worth $30,000, which includes:
₱1 Million GTD Warm-up – Day 1A & Day 1B
The ₱6,000 Warm-up jumpstarted the series with Day 1A logging in an impressive 230 entrants (172 unique entries), comfortably crushing the ₱1 Million guarantee well before registration closed. Day 1B added 196 entrants (153 unique entries) to the player pool, bringing the total number to 426 entries, creating a hefty ₱2,181,802 (~$38,000) prize pool.
A total of 33 players made it through from Day 1A, with another 30 advancing through the turbo Day 1B flight.
Five Indians participated in the two opening flights. While Chirag Shah (188,000) and Naveen Tiruvalluri (181,000) qualified from Day 1A, J. Raju, Raja Puttamsetty, and Othugadi Yesudas Nav joined the Day 1B flight but failed to progress to Day 2.
Day 1A frontrunner Noel Regencia (560,000) emerged as the overall chip leader among the 63 survivors through the two flights combined. Day 1B chip leader Yusuke Moriyama (478,000) is second in chips.
Taiwan’s Chi Hung Ho (466,000), the Philippines’ Jhon Ryan Marcelo (410,000), and Jeffrey Pamplona (393,000) carried the other top stack to Day 2.
The top 65 places are assured a payday with a min-cash worth ₱9,300 (~$161) and ₱415,000 ($7,200) set aside for the champion.
Day 2 got underway at 2 PM (local time) on Tuesday, September 20.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the Start of Day 2
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