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This was an excellent year for live tournaments, and with the year now drawing to a close, this means its back to the drawing board for all the major poker brands to chalk out plans for 2020.
With increasing competition, the race for pulling in the big crowds at popular venues has already begun. Global poker giant PokerStars for one has taken the lead by announcing a line-up of 21 live events for 2020.
From the looks of it, the brand’s schedule of live stops is pre-dominated by European Poker Tour (EPT), but like its previous runs, PokerStars has major stops planned in Asia as well as South America. Through these stops, there are 24 chances for players to get their hands on a coveted Platinum Pass worth $30,000 each to the 2020 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) that takes place at the Casino Barcelona in August next year!
The EPT makes stops at Sochi, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona – the latter will also have the PSPC making a comeback this year.
Regional stops like the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) headline the plans for South America while the ‘Road to PSPC’ has stops in France and Spain.
With the decline in Macau, PokerStars is coming up with a packed seven events in Manila and will award two Platinum Passes through these stops.
As always, this is a precursor to the complete schedule, which is likely to include some more additions.
Watch the official trailer announcing the PokerStars’ live event schedule for 2020 here:
European Poker Tour (EPT)
The European Poker Tour (EPT) has and will remain PokerStars’ prime focus in 2020. This year there are three stops planned –
> EPT Sochi (March 20 – 29) – One Platinum Pass
> EPT Monte Carlo (April 23 – May 2) – One Platinum Pass
> EPT Barcelona (August 12 – 30)
Right alongside the EPT Main Event in Barcelona, the PokerStars Players NLHE Championship (PSPC) will also begin proceedings at Casino Barcelona.
Road to PSPC
PokerStars has mapped out the ‘Road to PSPC’ in France and Spain, where it plans to host various stops all through 2020.
Road to PSPC, France – In France, the ‘Road to PSPC’ features five stops –
> Paris (December 16 – 22) – Two Platinum Passes
> Le Havre (January 15 – 19) – Two Platinum Passes
> St. Amand (February 11 – 16) – Two Platinum Passes
> La Grande Motte (March 10 – 15) – Two Platinum Passes
> Canne (June 10 – 14) – Two Platinum Passes
Road to PSPC, Spain – In Spain, PokerStars will be running four stops –
> Barcelona (January 13 – 19) – Two Platinum Passes
> Valencia (March 4 – 8) – Two Platinum Passes
> Madrid Gran Via (March 31 – April 5) – Two Platinum Passes
> Madrid Torrelodones ( July 1 – 5)
Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP)
PokerStars will once again take South America by storm with its flagship Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP), making three scheduled halts in 2020 –
> Brasilia (January 30 – February 4) – One Platinum Pass
> Sao Paulo (March 24) – Two Platinum Passes
> Winter Millions Sao Paolo (July 15 – 22) – One Platinum Pass
Events In Asia
The PokerStars LIVE 2020 schedule has seven tournaments coming up in Manila, Philippines.
>Red Dragon Manila (January 4 -11) – One Platinum Pass
> Okada Manila Millions (March 9-15)
> Manila Megastack 14 (May 22-31) – One Platinum Pass
> Manila Super Series 14 (July 6-12)
> APPT Manila 2020 (July 31 – 9 Aug)
> Manila Super Series 15 (September 22-28)
> Manila Megastack Challenge (December 6-13)
|December 16 - 22||Road to PSPC in France||Road to PSPC Paris|
|January 4 - 11||Manila||Red Dragon Manila|
|January 13 - 19||Road to PSPC in Spain||Road to PSPC Barcelona|
|January 15 - 19||Road to PSPC in France||Road to PSPC Le Harve|
|January 30 - February 4||BSOP||BSOP Brasilia|
|February 11 - 16||Road to PSPC in France||Road to PSPC St. Amand|
|March 4 - 8||Road to PSPC in Spain||Road to PSPC Valencia|
|March 9 - 15||Manila||Okada Manila Millions|
|March 10 - 15||Road to PSPC in France||Road to PSPC La Grande Motte|
|March 19 - 24||BSOP||BSOP Sao Paulo|
|March 20 - 29||EPT||EPT Sochi|
|March 31 – April 5||Road to PSPC in Spain||Road to PSPC Madrid Grand Via|
|April 23 - May 2||EPT||EPT Monte Carlo|
|May 22 - 31||Manila||Manila Megastack 14|
|June 10 - 14||Road to PSPC in France||Road to PSPC Cannes|
|July 1 - 5||Road to PSPC in Spain||Road to PSPC Madrid Torrelodones|
|July 6 -12||Manila||Manila Super Series 14|
|July 15 - 22||BSOP||BSOP Winter Millions Sao Paulo|
|July 31 - August 9||Manila||APPT Manila|
|August 12 - 30||EPT||EPT Barcelona|
|September 22 - 28||Manila||Manila Super Series 15|
|December 6 - 13||Manila||Manila Megastack Challenge|