PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series Racks Up Over $2M In Prize Pools

The launch of PokerStars MI and the inaugural Michigan Championship of Online Poker might have grabbed most of the US online poker-related headlines over recent weeks.

But in Pennsylvania, the PokerStars and FOX Bet Bounty Builder Series did quite well in its own right. Players in the PokerStars PA series won over $2 million across 75 events played using the popular progressive knockout format.

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Few overlays among 75 events, Main awards $178K

The PokerStars PA series featured guaranteed prize pools adding up to just over $1.67 million. Ultimately events attracted more than 35,000 total entries, with prize pools totaling $2,012,204.25.

Nearly all 75 tournaments produced prize pools that exceeded the scheduled guarantees. Just seven events had overlays, most of which were small. The largest overlay of just over $6,000 came in one of the earliest events, a $100 buy-in Sunday Special with a $100,000 guarantee, the largest of any tournament other than the Main Event.

Speaking of the Main Event, that tournament sported a $150,000 guarantee. With 957 total Main Event entries, players built a prize pool of just over $178,000. Player “KennytheRipper” took away the top prize, earning more than $23,000 including bounties.

Pennsylvania series awards more than NJ, less than MI

The PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series ran during the same Feb. 20-Mar. 8 window as did both the first-ever MICOOP at PokerStars MI and a similar Bounty Builder Series at PokerStars NJ.

The MICOOP was a 60-event series that awarded just over $2.2 million across those same 17 days. The MICOOP had originally featured just over $1 million in total guarantees. However, PokerStars boosted the guarantees in many of the events, pushing that total up to more than $1.4 million.

Meanwhile, the PokerStars NJ Bounty Builder Series featured 58 events and awarded just under $700,000 total. A number of events in the New Jersey series featured overlays, although the total amount awarded did manage to exceed just over $650,000 in guarantees.

Here’s a look at the turnouts and prize pools for the entire PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series.

2021 PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series by the numbers

Event Buy-in Guarantee Entries Re-Entries Prize Pool
1: NLHE [8-Max, Series Kick-Off] $100 $40,000 414 194 $55,814.40
2: NLHE [8-Max, Mini Kick-Off] $25 $15,000 777 370 $26,094.25
3: NLHE [Turbo] $10 $5,000 588 238 $7,516.60
4: NLHE $50 $20,000 424 209 $28,801.50
5: NLHE [Warm-Up – Bounty Builder Edition] $30 $12,500 428 162 $16,107.00
6: NLHE [6-Max, Storm – Bounty Builder Edition] $10 $5,000 485 229 $6,497.40
7: NLHE [Sunday Special – Bounty Builder Edition] $100 $100,000 631 391 $100,000.00*
8: NLHE [8-Max, Mini Special] $200 $15,000 615 298 $16,616.60
9: NLHE [6-Max, Sunday High Roller – Bounty Builder Edition] $250 $35,000 129 45 $40,542.00
10: NLHE [8-Max] $50 $10,000 266 103 $16,789.50
11: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $20 $7,500 331 129 $8,372.00
12: NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, SuperSonic – Bounty Builder Edition] $50 $10,000 176 51 $10,669.00
13: NLHE [6-Max, Battle Royale SE] $50 $35,000 552 283 $37,992.50
14 :PLO [8-Max] $100 $20,000 153 85 $21,848.40
15: NLHE [8-Max] $75 $30,000 384 195 $39,516.75
16: NLO8 [6-Max] $100 $10,000 99 39 $12,668.40
17: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $50 $15,000 311 105 $18,928.00
18: NLHE [6-Max] $50 $20,000 420 201 $28,255.50
19: NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller] $1,000 $75,000 73 15 $83,600.00
20: NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $20 $5,000 326 107 $8,140.40
21: PL Badugi $50 $4,000 84 62 $6,643.00
22: NLHE [Thursday Thrill SE] $200 $50,000 188 73 $50,000.00*
23: NLHE [Mini Thrill] $25 $20,000 638 345 $22,363.25
24: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, BigStack] $75 $15,000 202 83 $19,451.25
25: NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $50 $10,000 208 85 $13,771.00
26: 5-Card PLO [6-Max] $30 $7,500 244 191 $11,875.50
27: NLHE [8-Max, Escalating Antes] $50 $20,000 450 202 $29,666.00
28: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] $20 $10,000 497 244 $13,486.20
29: NLHE [8-Max] $100 $25,000 201 97 $27,356.40
30: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $50 $10,000 232 78 $14,105.00
31: NLHE [8-Max] $200 $35,000 161 75 $43,896.00
32: NLHE [4-Max] $20 $10,000 605 333 $17,071.60
33: NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $50 $10,000 228 76 $14,288.00
34: NLHE $100 $25,000 245 119 $33,415.20
35: HORSE [6-Max] $50 $5,000 128 47 $7,962.50
36: NLHE [Warm-Up – Bounty Builder Edition] $30 $10,000 402 193 $16,243.50
37: NLHE [6-Max, Storm – Bounty Builder Edition] $10 $5,000 511 264 $7,052.50
38: NLHE [Sunday Special – Bounty Builder Edition] $100 $100,000 656 402 $100,000.00*
39: NLHE [Mini Special] $25 $25,000 674 354 $25,000.00*
40: NLHE [6-Max] $500 $35,000 91 38 $60,630.00
41: PLO [8-Max] $100 $15,000 112 66 $16,340.40
42: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $75 $20,000 215 80 $20,133.75
43: NLHE [Hyper-Turbo] $50 $10,000 168 57 $10,575.00
44: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Battle Royale SE] $100 $20,000 203 99 $27,723.60
45: NLHE [6-Max, BigStack] $50 $25,000 379 273 $29,666.00
46: NLHE [4-Max, Turbo] $20 $10,000 366 186 $10,046.40
47: NLHE [8-Max] $50 $10,000 255 133 $17,654.00
48: NLHE [Super Tuesday – Bounty Builder Edition] $200 $50,000 173 74 $50,000.00*
49: NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday] $20 $12,500 528 250 $14,159.60
50: 8-Game [8 Game] $50 $5,000 95 62 $7,143.50
51: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $50 $12,500 219 103 $14,651.00
52: NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $100 $10,000 109 27 $12,920.00
53: NLHE [8-Max] $200 $30,000 127 49 $32,736.00
54: NLHE [8-Max] $50 $20,000 316 124 $20,020.00
55: PLO [6-Max] $500 $25,000 40 20 $28,200.00
56: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] $100 $15,000 120 54 $15,973.20
57: NLHE [Thursday Thrill SE] $200 $50,000 188 79 $50,000.00*
58: NLHE [Mini Thrill] $20 $15,000 580 291 $15,852.20
59: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, BigStack] $50 $15,000 257 124 $17,335.50
60: NLHE [8-Max] $20 $7,500 473 228 $12,758.20
61: PL 5-Card Draw [PL 5 Card Draw] $30 $3,000 100 42 $3,876.60
62: NLHE [6-Max] $50 $20,000 373 187 $25,480.00
63: NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $100 $10,000 111 28 $13,205.00
64: NLHE [8-Max, 25% KO] $100 $30,000 275 130 $37,179.00
65: NLHE [Turbo] $50 $12,500 318 95 $18,791.50
66: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $10 $5,000 505 212 $6,524.70
67: NLHE [Marathon] $50 $15,000 325 183 $23,114.00
68: NLHE [Warm-Up – Bounty Builder Edition] $30 $12,500 456 230 $18,727.80
69: NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] $200 $150,000 576 381 $178,002.00
70: NLHE [8-Max, Mini Main Event] $50 $40,000 646 347 $45,181.50
71: NLHE [8-Max] $100 $20,000 200 87 $26,346.60
72: PLO [6-Max, Turbo] $50 $10,000 167 80 $11,238.50
73: NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $75 $20,000 188 76 $20,000.00*
74: NLHE [8-Max] $100 $25,000 222 92 $28,825.20
75: NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Zoom Total Knock Out] $20 $10,000 427 275 $12,776.40
TOTALS $1,677,000 24039 11634 $2,012,204.25

*Events with overlays: Event No. 7 – $6,180.40; Event No. 22 – $1,454.00; Event No. 38 – $2,875.60; Event No. 39 – $1,613.00; Event No. 48 – $4,058.00; Event No. 57 – $338.00; Event No. 73 – $1,388.00.

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