2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer walked away with $4,911 and a PokerStars Platinum Pass at the inaugural Cardplayer Lifestyle Mixed Game Festival.
The unique poker festival, which took place at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort from October 4-7, included three days of mixed games cash games and was then rounded off with $200 H.O.R.S.E. tournament finale; where the winner would receive a coveted Platinum Pass as well as the first place cash prize.
Raymer Rides to Victory in H.O.R.S.E. Tournament
The PokerStars sponsored event was littered with a host of big names from all facets of the poker industry.
WSOP bracelet winners like Nathan Gamble, Robert Turner and Linda Johnson were just a few of those who were determined to get a Platinum Pass to the next PokerStars Player No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC).
PokerNews’ very own Chad Holloway, Christin Maschmann and Jesse Fullen also made appearances, and rookie PokerNews live reporter Mike Patrick ended up with a money finish.
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The 124 player field, which generated a total prize pool of $20,460, was topped by Raymer who overcame Onur Unsal in heads-up play to get his hands on the winner’s spoils.
Speaking to Cardplayer Lifestyle after his tournament win, Raymer emphasised just how much winning means to him regardless of what stature the event he is is playing has.
“It means a lot because the PSPC is a huge event. If it’s like the last one, the winner gets $5 million. That’s as much as I got for winning world championship in 2004. It’s not like winning $5 million is ho-hum. Winning $50,000 isn’t ho-hum either.”
Final Five Standings
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1st||Greg Raymer||United States||$4,911 + Platinum Pass|
|3rd||Jason Simon||United States||$2,455|
|4th||Jeff Planck||United States||$1,841|
|5th||Mike Patrick||United States||$1,432|
PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship
The maiden PSPC, in 2019, was a glittering success for the poker platform. The tournament became the biggest ever $25,000 buy-in event with 1,039 entries which created the staggering $26,455,500 in prize pool.
On that day, it was Spain’s and Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas who emerged as the winner, taking home a $5.1 million payday. Colillas would then join Team PokerStars following his triumph in the event.
Although the next instalment of the PSPC is still up in the air, it is expected to take place in Barcelona next year. Originally due to take place in 2020, the tournament was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in a press release back in March, it was announced that the postponement would run beyond the year.