2019 PSPC Recap: Vlog + Photo Essay

By Robbie Strazynski
January 23, 2019

I had plenty of reasons to be excited heading into 2019, a big one being that I’d be kicking off the year with a bang and heading to the Bahamas to cover the inaugural Poker Players Championship. It represented what would become my second trip to Paradise Island, my first one having been back in 2016. In the run-up to the trip, I wrote about some of the things I was looking forward to, and even with all the hype and build up I must say that the event exceeded expectations.

Throughout my five-and-a-half days of coverage, I was sure to have my camera at the ready so as to try and capture some of the best moments. The result of that is the vlog that you can watch below and that will hopefully illustrate to you from my perspective what it was like to have so many amazing experiences while on-site. Special thanks and a shout out go to my friend Mike Burgher, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes in Los Angeles to put the vlog together, as well as for his assistance with editing all the other video interviews I conducted over the course of the trip.

Just below the embedded vlog, you’ll also find some additional Tweets and descriptions that help tell the story of my time covering the 2019 PSPC.


The PSPC ended up boasting a field of 1,000+ players, a truly astounding turnout for a $25,000 buy-in event, making it the largest-ever such field by far, even after accounting for the 320 Platinum Pass winners. And speaking of Platinum Pass winners, I bumped into a couple of them at the same time. Pictured below are Kevin Mathers and Asif Warris.

Beyond the PSPC-specific festivities, I also got my hands on the just-published Eli Elezra autobiography, which I translated from Hebrew into English, for the first time; it was a very cool and fulfilling moment. We also decided to stage a small book signing on-site.

I had mentioned in my PSPC preview post that one of the things I was looking forward to was walking into the ballroom full of Platinum Pass winners. The vibe of Day 1 was truly electric and it inspired me to write the post referenced in the Tweet below.

Over the next couple days, I had the opportunity to conduct some of my most memorable interviews ever, with notable celebrities and sporting legends.

As for legends we all know and love from the poker felt, I had the pleasure taking a short break one afternoon and grabbing some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson and Women in Poker Hall of Famer Jan Fisher.

Robbie Linda Johnson Jan Fisher

Based on all the pictures and the highlight video, one might think that being at the PSPC was “all fun and games.” To be sure, I certainly enjoyed my downtime, but there’s also a lot of work that went into producing my coverage, some of which is still yet to be released in podcast form as of this post’s publication. On one night (morning?) I was even the last one in the media room…

…which is what happens when you suddenly find out that the following day you’ll be interviewing PokerStars’ new Marketing Director at 11pm and you’re scrambling to do research and put together questions. We ended up speaking for an entire hour!

Sitting here alone in my living room on a quiet hilltop reflecting on my “week in paradise,” it’s such contrast to the constantly buzzing ballroom and hallways packed with poker players. All in all, it’s a trip I’ll never forget and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to experience it.



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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran member of the poker media corps, in addition to writing and video presenting, Robbie has hosted multiple poker podcasts over the years, including Top Pair, the Red Chip Poker Podcast, The Orbit, and the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of Poker Hall of Famer Eli […]


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