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From Golden Tickets to Platinum Passes: Willy Wonka’s Got Nothing on PokerStars

A massive 320 people will have had their lives changed forever once PokerStars’ PSPC Platinum Pass promotion has been completed in a few weeks. Watching it all unfold throughout 2018 has been astonishing, with incredible stories emerging about the players fortunate enough to have won the coveted prizes.

Beyond simply putting butts in the seats for the PSPC in the Bahamas and injecting $9 million into the $25K buy-in tournament’s prize pool, PokerStars’ year-long efforts have successfully generated a huge wave of positivity for poker. It has been a landmark promotional undertaking that ought to be applauded and greeted with industry-wide goodwill.

PokerStars VR: Exclusive Q&A with Lead Developers Severin Rasset and James O’Reilly

Amid much buzz for the all-new PokerStars VR, something I had the chance to test out in person and confirm as a legitimately awesome product, I had the chance to speak with the project’s lead developers, Severin Rasset and James O’Reilly.

As with any new, innovative product, usually its debut comes with a number of questions. I posed quite a few to Severin and James and they delivered some intriguing responses that I believe you’ll enjoy reading.

PokerStars VR: A Legit Awesome Product

I had the opportunity to try out the all-new PokerStars VR at an exclusive press event at the 2018 EPT Barcelona. It was my first time ever utilizing a virtual reality product, so I wasn’t sure what to expect or what the experience would be like.

As PokerStars have just made the product launch official, I felt it apropos to offer a review of the product. Having had the chance to test it out in person, I can say with absolute certainty that it’s unlike any other poker product I’ve ever seen or heard of. A truly immersive social gaming experience, PokerStars VR is something you’ll not only want to try yourself, but likely also tell your friends and home game buddies about.

Before and After, with Jaime Staples: How Life Has Changed Since His Physical Transformation

At the 2018 EPT Barcelona, I caught up with the “new and improved” PokerStars ambassador Jaime Staples. After having transformed his physical appearance winning a bet with Bill Perkins, I dove deep with Jaime to see how that affected his day-to-day life, his poker play, and overall outlook.

We also discussed how his personal transformation inspired the idea for him to give away a Platinum Pass. I hope you enjoy watching this video interview, with transcript also included.

Interview with Igor Kuganov

PokerStars ambassador Igor Kurganov is giving away a Platinum Pass to someone who can successfully navigate the gauntlet of mind-bending quizzes that he and his girlfriend, fellow PokerStars ambassador Liv Boeree, have compiled.

In this interview, taken at the 2018 EPT Barcelona, we turn the tables on Igor and see if he can handle a little quiz that we put together just for him. Enjoy this video, with accompanying transcript.