PokerStars DQ International Women’s Day Platinum Pass Winner For Being Male

PokerStars International Womens Day Platinum Pass winner has been disqualified after it turned out to be a man playing the womens only event, the top prize worth $30,000 now going to the 3rd-placed finisher.

By: Andrew Burnett

News of the DQ broke when Finnish player Senja V posted on her Instagram account that she had been awarded the PSPC Platinum Pass, the 2nd-placed player already having won one.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I played $ 22 women’s tournament on international women’s day on PokerStars. There was $ 30 000 Platinum pass added to the prize pool for the winner. It includes $ 25 000 buy-in to live tournament, flights, hotel, events and some money to cover expenses. After many hours of playing I end up to be 3rd out of around 500 buy-ins. I was very proud of this, even though Tapio was mostly just annoyed that I didn’t win. 😊 Well, last Saturday I got some news. The winner was disqualified, since she turned out to be he. The second one was PokerStars pro-player, and she already had a Platinum Pass. So, the next one was me. Now I have $ 30 000 live tournament package. Next August I’ll be playing poker with professionals in Barcelona (if the corona doesn’t postpone the event). My experience with poker is minimal, under 10 tournaments and just few hours of cash games online, but not at all live games. All of my gaming counted together might be around 100 euros. Well, now I know what I’m studying these next 5 months. I still can't believe this, and I'm scared like crazy.. let's start hunting the 6 million with thousand other players. #pspc #pokerstars #unbelievable @pokerstars

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Although PokerStars wouldn’t confirm that the winning account – ameliaroy007 – was actually a male pretending to be a female, a spokesperson told HighStakesDB this week: ‘The original first place winner of our International Women’s Day Sunday Women’s tournament was disqualified by our Game Integrity team in a decision that was resolved with the player.’

The $22 buy-in tournament was held on Sunday March 8th, celebrated as International Women’s Day.

The Platinum Pass was the top prize in an event that attracted more than 500 entries and came down to a heads-up battle between ameliaroy007 and PokerStars streamer Georgina 'GJReggie' James

However, the victor seems to have broken the rule that was highlighted on the tournament lobby…

‘Note: This tournament is only for female players. Male participants will be disqualified and will forfeit any prize with no refund of the buy-in’.

That subsequent DQ meant that 3rd-placed Senja was awarded the pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC), due to be held during EPT Barcelona this August.

The prize is worth around $30k and includes:

  • Buy-in to the €22,500 PSPC 2020 event
  • Six nights’ hotel accommodation for you and a guest in a five-star hotel
  • Airport transfers
  • Bespoke PSPC Merchandise
  • €1,250 to cover expenses
  • Platinum Pass winner experiences during the event

PokerStars explained of the IWD2020 incident: ‘The Platinum Pass has now been awarded to the third-place finisher. One of our PokerStars Streamers, who already has a Pass, finished in second place.’

Senja V’s Instagram post described her shock at being given the Platinum Pass: “Next August I’ll be playing poker with professionals in Barcelona (if the corona doesn’t postpone the event)."

She also revealed that her “experience with poker is minimal, under 10 tournaments and just a few hours of cash games online, but not at all live games.”

Senja added: "All of my gaming counted together might be around 100 euros. Well, now I know what I’m studying these next 5 months. I still can't believe this, and I'm scared like crazy…"

PokerStars also stated of their decision to DQ the original winner: 'Our customers deserve a safe and reliable place to play and we vigorously police our poker games. This tournament was no exception. For more information on our game integrity and security procedures, please visit the PokerStars website.’

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