The inaugural PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC) is set to take place in little over a week. PokerStars has been promoting this event for the past 12 months and poker players from all over the world were eager to take part in the $25,000 PSPC event which is billed as the biggest poker tournament in the history of the game.
Most Indian poker players will struggle to come up with the $25,000 buy-in but thanks to the Platinum Pass package, eight Indian poker pros will be participating in for free. They will all be attending the PSPC as one team, with a team captain and take part in the event which runs from Jan 6 to 10.
Platinum Passes Won
Each Platinum Pass is worth $30,000 in total. Besides the $25,000 buy-in, it will also give the holder six nights’ accommodation at the Atlantis Resort, Nassau Bahamas. PokerStars released 320 of these passes during the last 12 plus months and Indian players won eight of them.
One of the big names that is part of the Indian team is PokerStars Team Pros Aditya Agarwal. He has earned over $1 million in his career so far and his performances on the felt has led to him being named the captain of Team India, though he technically did not get a Platinum Pass.
As for those who won Platinum Passes, Sumit Shapra became the first Indian PSPC Platinum Pass winner when he defeated PokerStars Ambassador Randy Lew at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour in Korea. Player Sharad Rao competed in the Diwali Rush tournament and beat a field of 500 to get his Pass.
Nikhil Segel, who mainly works as an architect, joined the #UltimateSweat challenge. In this challenge, players needed to lose weight and quit smoking to get the chance to win a PSPC Platinum Pass. Seghel quit smoking and lost 15 kg to claim the pass.
The remaining five players are members of a team that won the PokerStar’s Global Poker League (GP;). The five poker players are Aneesh Nair, Vivek Singh, Kavin Shah, Saurabh Sindhwani, and Raman Gujral. They defeated five other teams in the tournament to earn their passes.
India Poker Market Growing
The fact that India is sending across 8 poker players to a tournament that has a buy-in of $25,000 is proof how popular poker has become in India during the last few years. Ankur Dewani, CEO of Sachiko Gaming Pvt Ltd, is happy to see how well the Indian player base has performed and he is confident that it only means good things for the Indian poker market. He also congratulated the eight players going on the trip. If they do well at the 2019 PSPC, they will certainly attract more Indian poker players to play the game.