#PlatinumPass winners talk about their success. Here's how you can join them
The news from PokerStars this week...
• A look at this week's Platinum Pass winners
• Gardner crowned London Series winner
• Lester Edoc wins in Manila
• Julian Perouse aiming high with Platinum Pass
• James Ablott and the six-way chop
• We need your help to raise $50,000 for Right To Play
• Poker In The Ears
• Braddlz bags Turbo Series title
This week's Platinum Passes
What is it like to win a Platinum Pass worth $30,000? And a seat in the PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas next January?
The best people to speak on that are the winners themselves.
This week we featured interviews with four of those winners, each winning their Platinum Pass in events around the world.
Those stories are below.
Meanwhile, there are still hundreds of Platinum Passes still to be won. Check out how on the PSPC homepage.
Gardner crowned London Series winner
Last weekend the London Series at the Hippodrome made an extraordinary promise.
The winner of the £250 Main Event would not only win the first prize (which amounted to more than £13,000), they would also win a Platinum Pass.
It was no wonder that the Hippodrome was full.
That winner, late on Sunday evening, was Gareth Gardner, whose reaction was not unlike the reaction of other Platinum Pass winners. A mixture of disbelief and joy.
The Trophy and Gareth Gardner's winning hand from last weekend's PokerStars London Series, which was worth £13,000 AND a Platinum Pass worth $30,000
You can read the report of Gardner's success by clicking HERE.
Lester Edoc wins in Manila
Meanwhile on the other side of the world in Manila, Lester Edoc was doing the same.
Edoc thanked a few people after winning, including his boss, which might rank as a first.
Lester Edoc was successful in Manila, thanking his boss and winning a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championhsip in the Bahamas next January
After all it was his boss that gave him the time off to win the Platinum Pass, and who will be relied upon to grant the same next January when Edoc takes his seat in the PSCP.
Read the interview with Edoc by clicking HERE.
Julian Perouse aiming high with Platinum Pass
Julien Perouse spoke to us this week about his Turbo Series Main Event win, which also came with a Platinum Pass.
Perouse, who won $396,000 in the event, is a man with big ambitions.
"My goal is to be the new Fedor Holz."
Julien Perouse is on his way to the PokerStars Players Championship next January after winning more than $390,000 in the Turbo Series Main Event
Talking to him you get the impression he's heading in the right direction. Not least with a seat in the PSPC next January.
Click HERE to read the full interview.
James Ablott and the six-way chop
Six way ICM chops are not something you see every day on PokerStars, but it served as the prologue to James Ablott's win in the Genting Series Main Event, and which ended with him collecting a Platinum Pass.
"Absolutely buzzing," was his reaction to the win. We can't blame him.
James Ablott came out the best from a six-way chop in the Genting Series Main Event to win a Platinum Pass
We need your help to raise $50,000 for Right To Play
PokerStars wants to donate $50,000 to a case that will help disadvantaged children around the world. But we need your help.
We're hosting a Play Money Charity Event next month, with a 5 Billion guarantee. And for every player who registers, we'll donate $10 to Right TO Play on their behalf.
Right To Play works around the world helping disadvantaged children. Help us donate up to $50,000 by playing in this special play money charity tournament
We'll do that for the first 5,000 players to register which will amount to $50,000.
The event costs 1 million play chips to enter, but with 5 billion guaranteed, and a 5 million bounty on the Team Pros lining up to play, it'll be worth your while. And if you leave empty-handed, you'll at least get the warm glow of having helped a good cause.
Click HERE to get the details.
Poker In The Ears
This week's podcast features Jake Cody, discussing key hands and interesting moments from the PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge TV shows. We'll let the team introduce the new episode:
"This week's podcast starts with a basket of apology kittens for everyone who was unable to play Sunday's #PokerInTheEars freeroll due to an unfortunate scheduling error. But James and Joe reveal how they're going to make it up to the fans with the next TWO freerolls (#PlayOnPokerStars).
"There's more chat about the #CashChallenge (currently airing on Channel 4 in the UK and Ireland, and available to watch in the rest of the world at PokerStars.tv), as the boys analyse recent episodes with special guest Jake Cody.
"And Phil Raisor from the US answers questions about the 1993 Western 'Tombstone' in this week's edition of 'Superfan vs Stapes'."
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Braddlz bags Turbo Series title
There's one more interview to round off this week.
Bradley "Braddlz" Hill won a Turbo Series event, and when we spoke to him was still unable to believe he'd won it.
"It was a dream of mine to win a tournament as prestigious as this."
Sometimes PokerStars players fulfill those dreams.
Click HERE to read the interview.