The summer might be winding down, but the action is still hot in the Pennsylvania poker scene. The state will see PokerStars return with a live series this month, along with offering the largest bad beat jackpot in the nation.
PlayPennsylvania looks at the biggest poker tournaments in the state every month, and breaks down the action for all the local players. Let’s look at what Pennsylvania poker has on tap this August.
Live! Casino Philadelphia hosts PokerStars live series
Recently, PokerStars PA announced it would be returning to the Live! Casino Philadelphia Poker Room. Running from Aug. 24 to Sept. 10, the PokerStars Summer Series guarantees a $1 million prize pool. There will be three separate tournaments, all with a different buy-in amount. According to the site, players can also win their seat online directly into the event via satellites through PokerStars.
“We are thrilled to welcome PokerStars to Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia and host the inaugural Summer Series,” said Anne Tran, Director of Poker Operations for Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, in a press release. “With a guaranteed $1 million prize pool and three different buy-in levels, the Summer Series is sure to bring players in from all over the country and we look forward to hosting them at our world-class property.”
See schedule highlights below, with a full schedule available at the PokerStars website.
- Weekend 1 (Aug. 24-27): $550 buy-in – $200,000 guarantee
- Weekend 2 (Aug. 31 – Sept. 4): $1,100 buy-in – $300,000 guarantee
- Weekend 3 (Sept. 7-10): $2,200 buy-in – $500,000 guarantee
Every day in August, the poker room will hold a tournament, and among the weekly events are:
- Mondays: $120 NLH Bounty Fat Stacks 11:15 a.m. – $4,000 guarantee
- Tuesdays: $120 NLH Fat Stacks – 6:15 p.m. – $4,000 guarantee
- Wednesdays: $140 NLH Quadstacks – 11:15 a.m. – $3,000 guarantee
- Thursdays: $140 NLH Quadstacks 11:15 a.m. – $3,000 guarantee
- Fridays: $300 NLH Bounty – 11:15 a.m. – $10,000 guarantee
- Saturdays: Varying tournaments each week
- Sundays: $130 NLH Triple Stacks Turbo – 6:15 p.m.
*Daily tournaments may vary with upcoming special events, check with the poker room before entering.
PokerStars Ambassador, Jennifer Shahade, said in the press release, “I am super excited about PokerStars Summer Series in my hometown of Philadelphia. It’s great to see that there are so many ways to satellite in online at all buy-in levels and I look forward to meeting many of the qualifiers on the felt. See you in September!”
In July, Mark “Butter” Olivio of Delran, NJ, took home $35,000 in the Live! 500 Megastacks. He outlasted a field of 664 players to take home a victory.
“I’ve been working hard on my game, so it felt good to take down my first W,” said Olivio.
Rivers Philadelphia runs daily poker events
August is filled with daily poker tournaments at Rivers Philadelphia, along with daily high hand cash games. No major events have been planned so far or announced for August. The daily schedule is as follows:
- Mondays: $160 NLH Bounty – 7:15 p.m. – $4,000 guarantee
- Tuesdays: $70 NLH – 6:15 p.m. – beginners tournament
- Wednesdays: $130 NLH – 6:15 p.m. – $5,000 guarantee
- Saturdays: $70 NLH – 10:15 a.m. – beginners tournament
- Sundays: $160 NLH – 11:15 a.m. – $5,000 guarantee
In July, River’s ran their Mega Rush. The event drew in 531 players and a prize pool of $256,000. The top prize in the tournament was $50,000.
Rivers Pittsburgh bad beat jackpot remains largest in US
Multiple daily one-day tournaments will be run in August at Rivers Pittsburgh. Here is a look at some upcoming poker tournaments:
- $160 NLH Tournament – 12 p.m. – every Friday in August
- $160 NLH 2x Green Chip Bounty – 4 p.m. – every Wednesday in August
- $500 NLH Deepstack Tournament – 11 a.m. – Saturday, Aug. 12
- $260 NLH Deepstack Tournament – 11 a.m. – Saturday, Aug. 5 and 19
The poker room has one of the highest bad beat jackpots in the country, it also offers other promotions such as:
- Rolling Royal Jackpots
- Bad Beat Jackpots ($686,899)
- High Hands ($200 every 30 min., Thursday 11 a.m. – 4 a.m.)
Multi-day action at Live! Casino Pittsburgh Poker Room
The Live! Casino Pittsburgh Poker Room will host a $50,000 guaranteed multi-flight event starting Aug. 23 through Aug. 27. Players will have five flights to pick from and can buy-in for $300. Day two will finish on Sunday, Aug. 27.
On days that there isn’t a multi-day flight happening, the following daily events will be in play:
- Sundays: $80 NLH Bankroll Builder – 2:15 p.m.
- Mondays: no regular daily event
- Tuesdays: $120 NLH Bounty Fat Stacks – 11:15 a.m.
- Wednesdays: $80 NLH Bankroll Builder – 6:15 p.m.
- Thursdays: $150 PLO – 6:15 p.m.
- Fridays: $130 NLH Triple Stacks Turbo – 6:15 p.m.
- Saturdays: $160 NLH Green Chip Bounty – 11:15 a.m.
Current bad beat jackpots in Pennsylvania – August 2023
The bad beat poker jackpots in the Keystone State keep growing. Check out the latest bad beat updates as of Aug. 1 in all live poker rooms across the Commonwealth:
- Parx Casino – current bad beat jackpot: $74,268
- Mohegan Pennsylvania – current bad beat jackpot: $263,741
- Mount Airy Casino Resort – current bad beat jackpot: $77,581
- Rivers Casino Philadelphia – $50,000 set bad beat
- Rivers Casino Pittsburgh – current bad beat jackpot: $686,899
- Hollywood Meadows Racetrack and Casino – current bad beat jackpot: $140,220
- Wind Creek Bethlehem – current bad beat jackpot: $132,617
New Jersey poker games in Atlantic City
The following three casinos provide 24/7 cash games at these Atlantic City locations, while only the Borgata offers tournaments:
- Borgata (52 tables)
- Harrah’s (28 tables)
- Tropicana (10 tables)
August Survivor Series at Borgata
If players are looking for tournaments, the Borgata is the only spot in New Jersey. The poker room will have daily events Monday through Friday. The casino will also continue to host a Survivor Series again in August.
The Survivor Event Series will run Aug. 21-25. The week-long series includes six different survivor style tournaments. This will include buy-ins ranging from $125 – $450.
How a survivor event works:
- Runs like a normal tournament in the beginning
- Players play down to a certain number of remaining entries
- All players are paid the same payout and the tournament ends