With the PokerStars No Limit Hold'em Players Championship returning to the live poker scene in 2023, the poker world is looking forward to seeing whose life will be forever changed by adding one of the most prestigious poker titles to the resume.
One player who certainly knows that experience is 2019 PSPC winner Ramon Colillas who sat down with PokerNews to discuss his experience of 2019 and how he can finally answer players' questions about when the next PSPC will take place!
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Special Memories from 2019
Colillas went from a local Spanish grinder to a worldwide poker name after he won the inaugural PSPC. Colillas, a Platinum Pass winner, went the distance in the largest-ever $25K buy-in event and took home a life-changing payday of $5.1 million dollars.
He would stage a heads-up comeback against three-time WSOP bracelet winner Julien Martini to pull off the feat.
Colillas says he is very excited for the return of the tournament that propelled him into the poker limelight.
"I can't wait for the second edition to arrive. Just to be able to play it and enjoy the tournament all over again!"
"For me it was a unique tournament," he told PokerNews. "I fulfilled a dream! I can't wait for the second edition to arrive. Just to be able to play it and enjoy the tournament all over again!"
Now a PokerStars Ambassador, we asked Colillas whether he had any special memories from the last tournament.
"I don't think there was a specific moment, but I'll always remember the love I felt from the entire poker community throughout the tournament. Especially when I made it to the final table.
"The tournament changed me both personally and professionally, mainly in terms of media coverage. So many people recognise me because of the PSPC, whether in tournaments or even on the street!"
Looking Ahead to 2023
The make-up of the PokerStars Players Championship field is what made the first tournament so special, mixing satellite qualifiers and package winners with $25,000 buy-in regulars in the hopes of winning a life-changing sum of money.
Colillas agrees that the experience was certainly a unique one, and that he hoped that the experience remains the same for 2023.
"Seeing a recreational player, a professional player, an elite athlete or someone who is playing live for the first time all sat at the same table is spectacular.
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"I think the atmosphere around the tournament and the different profiles of people playing the tournament make it special and unique. It felt like everyone had their own unique experience while playing in the tournament.
PokerStars ambassador Colillas has been quite the coup for the Spadie brand. After his breakthrough moment, he has put in impressive performances on the felt since live poker returned following the pandemic.
He added over half a million to his bankroll at the 2021 World Series of Poker, finishing in 14th place ($380,050) in the WSOP Main Event as well as recording a fourth-place finish ($158,972) in Event #88: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em - 8 Handed just days after.
Colillas then nearly added an EPT title to his list of accomplishments. He would be the runner-up in EPT Prague's Event #14: €2,150 No Limit Hold'em - Hyper Turbo Knockout for a further $30,677.
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Although exact details of how players can win PSPC packages for 2023 haven't been released, Colillas says that he's always fielding questions about the next edition.
"Dreams can come true but above all else, enjoy yourself"
"I always used to get questions about PSPC and when it’s next going to happen when I’m talking to players. In general, I see a lot of enthusiasm ahead of return of the tournament."
So what does advice does the defending champion have for players hoping to win a Platinum Pass this year like he did?
"Do not hesitate, go for it! Dreams can come true but above all else, enjoy yourself."
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.
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