The EPT Barcelona is the biggest of PokerStars´ live European events; and, to encourage players to qualify online for the EPT Barcelona Main Event, the site is running a competition that will award a PSPC Platinum Pass to the qualifier who lasts longest – one of ten passes that will be given away during the event.
If you are intending to play in next January´s PokerStars Players Championship, and you have not yet won a Platinum Pass to the event, your best chance of pocketing a $30,000 dream ticket in the next couple of months will likely be at the EPT Barcelona.
During EPT Barcelona, PokerStars will be giving away ten Platinum Passes – more than any other leg of its European tour. Each pass includes the $25,000 buy-in for the PSPC tournament, accommodation at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and $2,000 toward travel expenses.
Typically during large live events, PokerStars only awards Platinum Passes to the winners of the Main Event. However, during the EPT Barcelona, not only will the winners of three tournaments be packing their bags to the Bahamas, but also five winners of novelty events, the winner of a special live PSPC satellite, and the qualifier who lasts longest in the EPT Barcelona Main Event.
The EPT Barcelona Last Longest Competition
The EPT Barcelona last longest competition is open to all online qualifiers and players who leave it until the last minute to qualify via one of the live satellites in the days before the Main Event gets underway. It doesn´t matter whether the longest lasting player finishes in the money or not – simply finish ahead of all the other qualifiers to collect the prize.
Online satellites are running daily with buy-ins of either €320 (seat only) or €530 (package). The packages include eight nights´ accommodation at the Hotel Arts (adjacent to the casino Barcelona in which the Main Event will be played) and €326 spending money. Sunday´s satellites guarantee five packages and, if the €530 buy-in is a bit steep for you, sub-satellites are running around the clock.
How to Win One of the Other Nine Passes
If you are headed to Barcelona between August 21st and September 2nd, there are a further nine PSPC Passes up for grabs during the EPT Barcelona. One will be awarded to each winner of the following events:
- EPT Barcelona National (#4) August 22nd to 26th.
- EPT Barcelona Cup (#7) August 24th to 26th.
- EPT Barcelona Main Event (#13) August 27th to September 2nd.
- EPT Barcelona Live PSPC Satellite (#25) August 30th.
The other five passes will be awarded to players who win Crazy Pineapple hand challenges during Events #4, #7, #13, #23 and #28 – Crazy Pineapple being a game very similar to NL Hold´em except players are dealt three hole cards at the start of each hand and have to discard one of the three cards after the flop. Details of how exactly the challenge is going to work have yet to be released.
Not Headed to Barcelona? You Could Still Win a PSPC Pass
If you are not headed to Barcelona this summer, there are still several ways in which you could win a PSPC Platinum Pass. Felix Schneiders´ “Bro Battle Challenge” is in full swing; and – although being in Las Vegas to play in the WSOP – Fintan Hand and Ben Spragg are continuing their “As Random as it Gets Challenge” in which players can win PSPC Passes for free (you can find the details in this article).
Also, don´t forget to open any unopened Rewards Chests before the end of the month. PokerStars has added special PSPC hyper-turbo sub-satellite tickets to the chests and, if you win one of the sub-satellites, you will be entered into a PSPC Stars Reward Freeroll Giveaway tournament on Sunday July 1st with one PSPC Platinum Pass and $10,000 cash added to the prize pool.