Hot Pace for PokerStars PA Winter Series Heading into Final Stretch

The PokerStars PA and FOX Bet Winter Series is off to a hot start in Pennsylvania.

The first six days have seen large turnouts, guarantee-eclipsing prize pools, and over $738,000 awarded thus far.

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Clean sweep: Guarantees exceeded in each of first 26 events

This year’s PokerStars PA Winter Series was an ambitious one. The schedule features 45 events and just over $1 million in total guarantees. That is significantly up from the 30 events and $675,000 in total guarantees during the first running of the Winter Series in Jan. 2020.

It appears from the first half of the series those changes were warranted.

Turnouts have been consistently high on each of the first six days. In fact, all 26 events thus far have had prize pools exceeding their guarantees.

While most tournament series run on PokerStars PA have attracted big fields and created prize pools often exceeding guarantees, typically at least a handful of tournaments feature small overlays along the way.

That hasn’t been the case in this year’s Winter Series. In a few instances, the prize pools have more than doubled the guarantees.

Event #4, a $100 buy-in no-limit hold’em 6-max turbo, had a $8,500 guarantee and wound up awarding over $17,800. The $5,000 guaranteed Event #10, the $75 H.O.R.S.E., awarded more $10,800. Also, Event #16, a $75 pot-limit Omaha tournament, had a prize pool of more $13,400 which more than doubled the $6,500 guarantee.

The largest prize pool to this point came in the one sporting the largest guarantee. The $100 buy-in Event #15, a “special edition” of the Sunday Special, came with a $100,000 guarantee. Almost 1,200 total entries together pushed the prize pool for that one close to $110,000.

As noted, just over $738,000 has been won so far in the series. That’s more than $200,000 clear of the $532,000 in total guarantees through the first 26 events.

High Roller, Main Event highlight remaining Winter Series schedule

There are still a number of big events left on the PokerStars PA Winter Series schedule which continues through this Sunday, Jan. 31. Some of the remaining highlights include:

  • Event #28 — $1,000 NLHE High Roller, $50K gtd. (Jan. 27)
  • Event #31 — $250 NLHE Prog. KO, Thursday Thrill SE, $50K gtd. (Jan. 28)
  • Event #41 — $300 NLHE Main Event, $200K gtd. (Jan. 31)
  • Event #42 — $50 NLHE Mini Main Event, $35K gtd. (Jan. 31)

Also still to come is the Depositor Freeroll on Jan. 31. Players who deposit $30 or more at PokerStars PA using the bonus code “FREEZE” before the freeroll begins on Sunday earn seats. The tournament will award entries into that day’s $300 Main Event, with the tickets totaling $10,000.

Second Chance Freerolls also continue on PokerStars PA. For those, anyone playing an event who does not cash wins a free seat. Those tournaments also award tickets into other Winter Series events.

Here’s a look at the field sizes and prize pools through the first 26 events of the PokerStars PA Winter Series. Click here for the remaining schedule of events.

PokerStars PA Winter Series by the numbers (through Event #26)

Event Buy-in Guarantee Entries Re-Entries Prize Pool
1: NLHE [8-Max, Series Kick-Off] $50 $25,000 617 370 $44,908.50
2: NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE] $200 $40,000 225 102 $60,822.00
3: NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill] $20 $15,000 663 342 $18,291.00
4: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] $100 $8,500 140 54 $17,809.20
5: NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO] $150 $20,000 244 120 $9,126.91
6: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $50 $12,500 372 127 $3,157.71
7: NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deep] $100 $10,000 145 38 $17,385.00
8: NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack] $100 $30,000 368 208 $52,876.80
9: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE] $50 $15,000 294 112 $18,473.00
10: HORSE [6-Max] $75 $5,000 125 34 $10,851.75
11: NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Deep] $50 $12,500 356 129 $22,067.50
12: NLHE [8-Max, Marathon] $100 $25,000 237 96 $30,569.40
13: NLHE [6-Max] $50 $17,500 328 174 $22,841.00
14: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] $150 $20,000 177 71 $34,149.60
15: NLHE [Sunday Special SE] $100 $100,000 691 503 $109,609.20
16: PLO [6-Max] $75 $6,500 134 63 $13,445.25
17: NLHE [Progressive KO] $200 $25,000 153 74 $42,222.00
18: NLHE [Turbo, Sunday Special 2nd Chance Turbo] $100 $20,000 205 60 $24,327.00
19: NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE] $75 $10,000 167 44 $14,875.50
20: NLHE [4-Max] $200 $25,000 115 79 $36,084.00
21: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] $10 $6,500 692 404 $9,973.60
22: NL 5-Card Draw [8-Max] $50 $3,000 61 23 $3,822.00
23: NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] $100 $10,000 152 42 $17,809.20
24: NLHE [Super Tuesday SE] $250 $50,000 204 97 $70,133.00
25: NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday] $30 $12,500 508 279 $21,485.10
26: NLO8 [8-Max, Turbo] $100 $7,500 90 31 $11,107.80

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