Spain’s Ramon Colillas Wins Inaugural PokerStars Players Championship

Ramon Colillas, one of 320 Platinum Pass holders, navigated his way through the PSPC field and won the tournament for $5.1 million

The PokerStars Players Championship, the latest live tournament experiment conducted by PokerStars, was completed hours ago and it proved more than successful. Spain’s Ramon Colillas free-rolled his way into the world’s largest $25,000 buy-in tournament to eventually claim a glitzy trophy and a $5.1-million first-place payout for his effort.

Colillas outlasted 1,039 entries, including 319 fellow Platinum Pass winners and some of the world’s most seasoned poker professionals. The young Spaniard won his Platinum Pass by topping a leaderboard, the points for which he accumulated by playing low buy-ins around his homeland over the course of 2018. Colillas was one of just two Platinum Pass holders to make it through the eight-handed final table, the other such player being Marc Rivera from the Philippines. Eventually, Rivera finished 3rd for $2.168 million.

As mentioned earlier, the inaugural PSPC drew 1,039 entries to create a prize pool of more than $26.4 million. The tournament took place over five days at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and as part of this year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Organizers intended to make of it a record-smashing, the world’s largest $25,000 buy-in tournament to have ever taken place in history of poker, and they delivered.

The final day of the event took place yesterday at the host venue. It kicked off with eight survivors, each of whom guaranteed a min-cash of $509,000. But being so close to the top prize, they were all eying namely the $5.1 million cash for the champion.

Final Table Action

The final day of action started with Scott Baumstein as the chip leader. It is important to note that the player ended up as the one bagging the largest overnight chip stack not once but twice. In fact, all overnight chip leaders over the course of the tournament made it to the final table. None of them scooped the title, though.

Eventually, Baumstein walked out in fourth place, good for a payout of $1.657 million for his efforts. Talal Schakerchi, the Day 1 chip leader, finished 8th for $509,000. Day 2 chip leader, Colombia’s Farid Jattin, took 7th place for $746,000.

Marc Perrault from Canada departed in 6th for a cash of $1.012 million. He was followed by Jason Koonce who finished fifth for $1.304 million. Once Baumstein and Rivera exited the tournament, it was between France’s Julien Martini and Colillas to determine the winner.

Martini, who scooped a WSOP gold bracelet in Vegas last summer, dominated action throughout the final day of play. The player entered the heads-up match with a hefty chip advantage over his final opponent.

However, Colillas was ready to fight fiercely his way to the title, despite the fact that Martini was the more decorated player. A few key hands made Colillas the chip leader and reduced Martini’s chip stack significantly, until the final hand of the evening and the tournament was dealt.

On that last hand, Martini’s [Jc][9c] crushed into Colillas’ [Ad][5c] and all was done. The Frenchman collected a consolation prize of $2.974 million for his terrific performance.

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