PokerStars knew exactly what they were doing after naming the Road to PSPC after the most aptly named poker player on their records. Chris Moneymaker’s Road to the PSPC saw more than $170,000 in the Platinum Passes and six players book their seats to Barcelona, each with a package worth more than € 26,000 ($28,800) throughout the week.
With Moneymaker making six stops to date in Sochi, Reno, London, Newcastle Dublin and Milton Keynes, the 2003 WSOP Main Event winner heads back to his homeland for the next leg, as he’s back in the U.S. for the Florida Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino event taking place from 13-15 December.
With the January leg at Stones Gambling Hall currently off limits due to the sensitivity around the Mike Postle investigation at the venue throwing any action into a harsh light there, the December leg sees Moneymaker get a chance to award the PSPC ticket to a fellow American, something he’s done only once on the tour.
The golden PSPC ticket was taken home by Vadzim Haiduk in Sochi, Russia, winning his way to Barcelona as he did in mid-October. Moneymaker flew to California from Russia with luck to see Drew Gonzalez take the ticket at Nevada’s Run It Up Reno Peppermill.
The Great Britain and Ireland tour of Moneymaker saw most of the stops on the tour and plenty of the biggest action. They even saw Moneymaker in Ireland making the final table.
In London’s Piccadilly Hippodrome, it was Andrew Barham who won the PSPC under one of the world’s most comfortable casinos ‘ brightly-lit baubles and velveteen furnishings.
Moneymaker travelled north to Newcastle from there, awarding Daniel Stancer the Aspers Casino victory. In some rests, Moneymaker also found time to hand over the final hand and gave the PSPC ticket to Brazilian player Valdir Corderio dos Santos when he took down the leg of Milton Keynes in early November after a dramatic final table in London.
A final table he managed to reach himself, Moneymaker saw Moldova’s Victor Antoci take the tournament down at the Bonnington Hotel in Dublin as the charismatic winning personality of the favourite name of poker definitely left the Irish eyes laughing.
With Moneymaker coming to the United States to do what his title decrees, when the PSPC case rolls around next year in Barcelona, PokerStars will be looking for bumper crowds to pitch up and pay the $360 fee.
The Moneymaker’s Road to PSPC Seminole leg takes place from 13th-15th December and we’ll have a complete overview of the lucky winners over what should be a fun East Coast weekend.