Pennsylvania Poker Scene Blossoms in April With Live Tournaments & BetMGM ‘Cheap Stakes’ Online Series

Written By Anthony Cicali on April 4, 2022 - Last Updated on April 21, 2022
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Poker tournaments are continually pulling big numbers in the Keystone State. A fresh new batch of tournaments are planted for the month of April.

Players will have a plethora of poker tournaments to pick from between live and online events.

“I am looking forward to jumping into some live tournaments this month,” said Michael “Lazethis” Hammers of York, Pennsylvania. “Between online and live tournaments, I have a packed schedule in April.”

Let’s take a look at what’s brewing for live tournaments in the Keystone State, along with the biggest PA online poker action for the month.

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Live! Casino Philadelphia knocks out the competition

Live! Casino Philadelphia poker room has a jam packed schedule for April. The entire month of events come with over $300,000 in guaranteed prize pools.

Live! will start the month with a $80,000 knockout series. This will include 10 bounty style events starting on Mon., April 4. and running until Sat., April 9. The event buy-ins are one-day events and range from $110 to $300 buy-ins.

At the end of the month, Live! Poker room will host a Megastack tournament. This is a multi-flight event that kicks off on Thurs., April 28. There are five starting flights and Day 2 is on Sun., May 1.

Additional Live! Casino $150k guaranteed poker tournament details:

  • $500 buy-in
  • 30-minute levels
  • 40,000 start stack
  • Reentry until level 9

In March, Michael C. took down over $40,000 when he won Event #3 in their Liberty Poker Open event.

Live! Philadelphia will continue to host a daily tournament each day in April. This includes a $25,000 guaranteed daily event on Sat., April 16. Other weekly events include:

  • Mondays 11:15 a.m.: $120 NLH Bounty – $4,000 guaranteed
  • Tuesdays 7:15 p.m.: $120 NLH Fat Stacks
  • Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.: $140 NLH Quadstacks – $3,000 guaranteed
  • Thursdays 11:15 a.m.: $140 NLH Quadstacks
  • Fridays 11:15 a.m.: $160 NLH 2x Green Chip Bounty – $7,500 guaranteed
  • Saturdays: Vary Weekly
  • Sundays 6:15 p.m.: $130 NLH Triple Stacks Turbo

Rivers Philadelphia Showers April with $100,000 guarantee

On Fri., April 29, Rivers Philadelphia host their popular Mini Rush Series. The $350 buy-in comes with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool that starts at 11:15 a.m. This is a multi-day event with Day 1B taking place on Sat., April 30. The event will combine on Day 2 to complete on Sun., May 1.

Besides the Mini Rush event, Rivers Philadelphia will host multiple daily tournaments throughout the month that include:

  • Mondays 7:15 p.m.: $130 NLH ($4,000 guarantee)
  • Tuesdays 1:15 p.m.: $100 NLH ($2,500 guarantee)
  • Wednesdays 7:15 p.m.: $130 NLH ($5,000 guarantee)
  • Saturdays 1:15 p.m. (except April 30): $160 NLH ($5,000 guarantee)
  • Sundays 11:15 a.m. (except April 17): $230 NLH ($10,000 guarantee)

Last month’s Mini Rush champion, Robert M. took home $28,251.

Mohegan Sun Pocono: Small buy-ins for new players

The 9-table Mohegan Sun Pocono room will host the same daily tournament schedule as per months past. The casino offers smaller daily events, which are great for people not looking to break the bank.

The poker room is open until 3 a.m. daily. Players can find tournament action every day besides Tuesday and Saturdays.

Mohegan Sun weekly poker tournament schedule at a glance:

  • Sundays 12 p.m.: $100 NLH Turbo
  • Mondays 7 p.m.: $100 NLH Turbo
  • Wednesdays 7 p.m.: $100 NLH Turbo
  • Fridays: $100 NLH Turbo (12 p.m.) & $125 NLH Bounty (7 p.m.)

Live! Pittsburgh continues daily tournaments

Pennsylvania’s newest poker room is located in Pittsburgh. Their 7-table poker room hosts daily tournaments for players looking for some no-limit hold’em action.

Their big event of the month will be a $400 buy-in with a $100 bounty. Live! Pittsburgh will host the Black Chip Bounty even on Sat., April 23 at 10:15 a.m. The poker room ran their first big bounty event in March.

Here’s a glance at their April schedule:

  • Sundays 11:15 a.m.: $130 NLH Triple Stacks Turbo
  • Monday: No regular daily event
  • Tuesdays 11:15 a.m.: $120 NLH Bounty Fat Stacks
  • Wednesdays 6:15 p.m.: $130 NLH Triple Stacks
  • Thursdays: No regular daily event
  • Fridays 6:15 p.m.: $130 NLH Triple Stacks
  • Saturdays 11:15 p.m.: $140 NLH Quad Stacks

Rivers Pittsburgh Deepstack tournament

Rivers will host a $500 Deep Stack event on Fri., April 15. This event will be a freezeout (no reentry) and seating will be limited to 152 players. Registration is open one week prior to the event.

The Poker room also offers other promotions such as:

  • Rolling Royal Jackpots
  • Bad Beats
  • High Hands

Live poker rooms open now at PA casinos

  • Parx Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono (weekly tournaments)
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia (weekly tournaments)
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh (weekly tournament)
  • Hollywood Casino at the Meadows
  • Live! Philadelphia Casino (weekly tournaments)
  • Wind Creek Bethlehem
  • Live! Pittsburgh Casino (weekly tournaments)

Pennsylvania Online Series in April

For players that would rather jump in some online action, three major series will be available for players in the Keystone State.

BetMGM Cheap Stakes Series

BetMGM is running the Cheap Stakes Series in Pennsylvania from April 1-10 with 20 events and over $89,000 in guaranteed prize pools. The series features buy-ins ranging from $20 to $50.

The partypoker is available on multiple poker skins in Pennsylvania, including Borgata Poker and BetMGM. The sites share the same player pool.

The biggest Cheap Stakes event is a progressive knockout event (PKO) tournament set for April 10. As far as tournament variety, the series includes hypers, turbos, six-max, and freezeout tournaments.

BetMGM PA Cheap Stakes Series Schedule April 2022

DateTimeTournamentBuy-InGuaranteeBounty
April 16:30 p.m.#1 $7.5K GTD NLH$50$7,500
April 18:00 p.m.#2 $2.5K GTD TURBO PKO BOUNTY NLH$20$2,500$9
April 26:30 p.m.#3 $2.5K GTD 6-MAX NLH$20$2,500
April 28:00 p.m.#4 $5K GTD TURBO PKO BOUNTY NLH$50$5,000$22.50
April 36:30 p.m.#5 $10K GTD PKO BOUNTY NLH$50$10,000$22.50
April 38:00 p.m.#6 $2K GTD TURBO FREEZEOUT NLH$20$2,000
April 46:30 p.m.#7 $2.5K GTD PKO BOUNTY NLH$20$2,500$9
April 48:00 p.m.#8 $4K GTD HYPER NLH$50$4,000
April 56:30 p.m.#9 $5K GTD NLH$50$5,000
April 58:00 p.m.#10 $2K GTD TURBO PKO BOUNTY NLH$20$2,000$9
April 66:30 p.m.#11 $2K GTD NLH$20$2,000
April 68:00 p.m.#12 $4K GTD TURBO PKO BOUNTY NLH$50$4,000$22.50
April 76:30 p.m.#13 $6K GTD 6-MAX PKO BOUNTY NLH$50$5,000$22.50
April 78:00 p.m.#14 $2.5K GTD HYPER FREEZEOUT NLH$50$2,500
April 86:30 p.m.#15 $2K GTD PKO BOUNTY NLH$20$2,000$9
April 88:00 p.m.#16 $4K GTD NLH$50$4,000
April 96:30 p.m.#17 $2.5K GTD 6-MAX PKO NLH$50$2,500$9
April 98:00 p.m.#18 $4K GTD NLH$50$4,000
April 106:30 p.m.#19 $15K GTD PKO BOUNTY NLH$50$15,000$22.50
April 108:00 p.m.#20 $3K GTD TURBO NLH$20$3,000

PokerStars has the SCOOP

Over at PokerStars PA, the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is running now, with more big-guarantee tournaments on tap through April 11.

PASCOOP promises $2 million in guaranteed prize pools overall and includes 115 events for the Keystone State. Find the full details and remaining schedule here.

WSOP Online Circuit Events

WSOP PA offers frequent Pennsylvania Online Circuit Events. Stay tuned with PlayPennsylvania for further details on the next one.

New Jersey poker tournaments limited to Borgata, online

Currently only the Borgata offers weekly poker tournaments in the Garden State. Three poker rooms are up and running in Atlantic City. The casinos offer 24/7 cash games at the following locations:

  • Borgata
  • Harrah’s
  • Tropicana

Borgata poker tournaments in April 2022

The poker room continues to host tournaments on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. Daily tournaments change from week to week.

At the moment, no major events have been listed but according to an inside source, a medium-sized tournament may be added to the final week of the April calendar, pending approval.

Borgata will also be hosting their online series at the same time. This will run concurrent with the Pennsylvania and Michigan series. Guarantees may vary.

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