Weekend Planner: Winter Series &...let's talk about those PSPC Platinum Passes

Earlier this week, I had someone ask (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Hey, man, this PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Players Championship sounds pretty cool, but there aren't a lot of people out there who can afford a $25,000 buy-in, a flight to the Bahamas, and a hotel room at Atlantis. This is for people with mad cash."

(Okay, I paraphrased a lot.)

But the point is here, that if all of our screaming to this point hasn't made one thing clear, I'm not doing my job very well. So, let's try this again. I'm going to use bold type and some bigger letters, so prepare yourself. Ready?

PokerStars is giving away 300+ Platinum Passes that cover the $25,000 buy-in, an Atlantis hotel room, and $2,000 for a plane ticket.

Okay. With that out of my system, let's dig a little deeper into this. I hope you saw this video we posted Wednesday that gives some more details on some places and events you could win one of these bad boys. No? I suck at this job. Okay. Here. Watch.

Okay, so that's some of what you need. Since then, we've learned a little bit more.

First off, your chance to win one of those passes is coming super-duper soon. I mean, have you checked out this Winter Series PokerStars sprung on us? It begins this weekend, and you're going to find millions upon millions in guarantees. Hit the link to see what's up, but this is what we're talking about there.

TournamentDate & TimeBuy-InGuaranteed Prize Pool
Winter Series Main Event - MicroJanuary 7, 13:00 ET$2.20$50,000
Winter Series Main Event - Low$22$250,000
Winter Series Main Event - Medium$215$1,500,000
Winter Series Main Event - High$2,100$1,500,000

See those Main Events? You win one of those, PokerStars is going to give you a PSPC Platinum Pass on top of your prize. Put another way, if you win a Winter Series Main Event this Janaury, you will be in the Bahamas playing for life-changing money next January. So, there's that. Here, look at this picture to see if you could imagine yourself as the silouhette.

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"But, Brad! you say. "I'm going to the PCA this year, and I may not have time to play the Winter Series. How am I, an unfortunate soul who will be sunning himself on Bahamian beaches in a couple of weeks, supposed to win a Platinum Pass?"

I'm glad you asked.

PokerStars is giving out five Platinum Passes at the PCA.

Win a Main Event? Platinum Pass.

Win the PCA National? Platinum Pass!

There are three others that will be handed out there, too. But, I'll be honest: I don't have a great understanding of the particulars. PokerStars is describing them as In The Money, Wild Card, and Day 2 Winner. Speculate away! We'll have more details for you soon, but not before we take a break for the holidays.

Speaking of which, you should do the same. Take a few days, enjoy being around the people you love, reflect on the good things you have in your life, and think about those people who may not have it so well.

And then come back next week and start planning for how to crush 2018 with us.

is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.

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