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PA player earns Platinum Pass in Women’s Live! Casino Philadelphia

The list of Americans Platinum Pass winners keeps growing. Rishva Iyer won the massive PokerStars prize this weekend in a Road to PSPC women’s event at Live! Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 24-year-old Philadelphia resident poker player won $5,840 and the highly sought-after pass. This victory now offers him a full tournament and a travel package for the PokerStars Players Championship (SPAC). The $25,000 buy-in event is scheduled for January and the pass is worth $30,000.

“I’m a regular at Live! so I always check the events and saw there was a women’s event and I thought I can’t miss that, I have to play it,” Iyer said after the win. “I try to play the big tournaments from time to time, but I don’t study them as much and I don’t have much experience at all, so it was a bit difficult, but it’s still fun.

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Road to a PokerStars Platinum Pass

Iyer’s victory comes after PokerStars has launched Platinum Pass opportunities for US online poker players. The company recently added both live qualifying opportunities for PSPC and online poker. Several players have now locked passes and a trip to the Bahamian.

In the women’s $200 event, Iyer dominated a field of 120 players that produced a prize pool of $19,800. Normally a cash game player, she learned to play poker at home games in college. Her boyfriend then helped Iyer with his skills and she began to take the game more seriously.

The women-only event seemed to be a perfect fit for Iyer and she hopes to shine at the PSPC.

“I think doing more events like these and just supporting women when you see them playing and giving more recognition to women in poker is always great,” she said. “I’m excited to play a $25,000 tournament, playing such an important tournament is what excites me the most.”

More Platinum Pass Opportunities

The chance to get a Platinum Pass continues this weekend for US-based players. Live! Philadelphia Casino is hosting another Road to PSPC event from October 13-16, with one of the prizes up for grabs.

The action then moves to Live! Pittsburgh Casino October 27-30. A $360 Road to PSPC event also awards another pass to this tournament.

Stars also awards multiple passes through monthly leaderboards on the company’s three U.S. platforms. A few online players have already cashed out and more will be rewarded in the coming weeks. PokerStars USA is currently available in:

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What do the winners get? PokerStars announced a new TV deal with FOX Sports on Friday.  The deal brings the PSPC tournament to FS1 from February 26.

With the return of the PSPC, the Platinum Pass has once again become one of the biggest prizes in poker. Alongside Road to PSPC and online events rankingsPokerStars also occasionally distributes them via social media contests.

Here are the details of what comes with earning a Platinum Pass:

  • $25,000 PSPC Membership
  • six nights hotel accommodation for each winner and one guest at a five-star hotel
  • flights and airport transfers
  • $1,900 spending money
  • unique experiences for Platinum Pass winners during the event

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