Matt Glassman claimed a coveted Platinum Pass valued at $30,000, which includes free entry into the event and travel expenses to the Bahamas for the return of the PokerStars Players Championship.

“I was blown away by the quality of the submissions and finalists and am thrilled by Matt’s victory,” Shahade said of Glassman’s win. “His beautiful rendition of the home game of his 20s reminded me of my favorite thing about poker, the way it unites people on different paths, and at different stages of life, through a shared passion.”

“It also reminded me of the privilege of poker- to play for years with people we love shouldn’t be taken for granted. As Matt points out, “You never know when a poker game is going to fall apart. People move. People get busy. The game goes less and less often. And then it’s just gone.”

Shahade was the host of the competition which asked for video and blog submissions from poker players sharing their most interesting poker stories, with a panel of judges that included Maria Ho and Sam Grafton.

That panel voted on the six finalists.

“All the finalists were spectacular,” Ho said in an official press release. “I thoroughly enjoyed reading/watching them all. Very tough to choose among them, but happy to be a part of making someone’s poker dream come true.”

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