PokerStars launch Moneymaker PSPC Tour and partner with Seminole Hard Rock

PokerStars launch Moneymaker PSPC Tour and partner with Seminole Hard Rock

Two news stories from PokerStars Towers including nine $30,000 Platinum Passes due for delivery in a new Moneymaker PSPC Tour promotion, and two more handed to the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida.

I couldn’t sleep last night. Chris Moneymaker was in my thoughts. I knew I was writing this when I woke up, and I was thinking of an angle.

PokerStars launch Moneymaker PSPC Tour and partner with Seminole Hard RockI didn’t think of one.

So it’s back to basics.

15-years ago, the aptly named Chris Moneymaker won the $2.5m first prize at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event after qualifying for $86 playing online at PokerStars.

15-years on, and it’s difficult for anyone to achieve the same feat given PokerStars limited access to the American market, and the apparent lack of relationship they have with the most iconic live tournament in the world.

So PokerStars went back to the drawing board to think of another way of giving someone the chance of not only emulating Moneymaker’s success but bettering it (money wise).

I like what they’ve done.

The Moneymaker PSPC Tour

In recent months, PokerStars has given creative license to a broad range of ambassadors to distribute an array of $30,000 Platinum Passes for the PokerStars Player’s No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC).

The ideas that have sprung forth have ranged from ridiculous to sensible, but I think Moneymaker’s methodology is by far the purest and sound idea thus far.

The recent Poker Hall of Fame nominee will headline the Moneymaker PSPC Tour. It begins Saturday, August 4 and will visit eight different live cardrooms across America, with one leg taking place online at

Each buy-in is $86, and the winners will receive cash prizes as well as the opportunity to win mega-millions at the PSPC via a $30,000 Platinum Pass. The winners also receive support from the man himself.

“The Moneymaker Effect, this fat guy from Middle Tennessee likes to drink beer, likes to watch sports. I am just your average guy,” said Moneymaker when asked to explain his appeal.

He is hoping that the Moneymaker PSPC Tour will inspire more average guys and gals to follow in his footsteps

“This idiot from Tennessee who looks like a country redneck wins $2.5m playing cards, heck I can too.”

A little self-deprecating Chris, but I hear you.

Here are the dates.

DateVenueGeographic Area
August 4 – 5, 2018Stones Gambling HallCitrus Heights, California
August 19 – 26, 2018Lucky ChancesColma, California
September 9, 2018Foxwoods Resort CasinoMashantucket, Connecticut
September 15, 2018MGM National HarborOxon Hill, Maryland
September 22, 2018Gardens CasinoHawaiian Gardens, California
September 23, 2018Talking StickScottsdale, Arizona
September 30, 2018PokerStarsNJ.comONLINE
October 7, 2018Mohegan SunUncasville, Connecticut
October 10 – 14, 2018Maryland LiveHanover, Maryland

Nine Platinum Passes folks.

Here is the Platinum Pass Hall of Fame detailing who has won Platinum Passes to date.

PokerStars Team Up With Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Another two Platinum Passes will be distributed to American customers thanks to a partnership with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

The first is the primary prize in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s $65,000 Summer Freeroll and the second comes courtesy of August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) Play to Win Poker Promotion.

For the Freeroll, you have to log 100 hours or more on any jackpot eligible game from now through July 31 to qualify. The casino announces the winner on 1 August.

For the SHRPO Promotion, you must enter a minimum of one event during the SHRPO between 2-14 August. On 14 August there will be a draw to determine the winner.

It’s the second time that the pair has hooked up. In September, PokerStars staged a Hurricane Irma relief tournament at the casino. All told, five Americans have won Platinum Passes. David Peters and Maria Konnikova earned theirs at the Caribbean Poker Adventure (PCA). Michael Page and Derik Li came by theirs during NJSCOOP.

More than 120 players have won one.

There are 320 up for grabs.

PokerStars will also give the winner of the PSPC an additional $1m.

The event takes place at the Atlantis Resort, Bahamas Jan 6 – 10, 2019.