PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series Smashing Guarantees With 16 Events To Go

Posted By Martin Harris on February 25, 2020

Following the successful PACOOP or Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (Nov. 30-Dec. 16) and Winter Series (Jan. 25-Feb. 1), PokerStars PA continued to fill the schedule for online poker players in Pennsylvania with the Bounty Builder Series (Feb. 20-Mar. 1).

Thus far Bounty Builder Series appears to be another hit with consistently large turnouts and guarantees easily exceeded in nearly every event.

Monday night the 32-event series reached its halfway point, and through 16 events all but one have featured prize pools greater than the stated guarantees, in a few cases more than doubling the guarantee.

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PokerStars PA smashing guarantees overall

The Mini Kick-Off and 4-Max events (both with $20 buy-ins) and the Bounty Builder $30 all had prize pools that were more than twice their guarantees, with the Mini Kick-Off attracting a total of 690 entries (including re-entries), the largest field of the series to this point.

The bigger buy-in events have for the most part also easily met their guarantees. Four out of five of the $100 buy-in events have done so, as did the $250 buy-in Sunday High Roller – Bounty Builder last weekend.

Among these the $100 buy-in Bounty Builder Series Kick-Off with a $20,000 guarantee was a highlight, attracting 363 total entries to create a $33,323.40 prize pool.

The lone event so far with an overlay was the $100 buy-in Sunday Special – Bounty Builder Edition. It was one of seven events on Sunday, the busiest day of the entire schedule. That event also sported the largest guarantee thus far of $50,000, and with 470 total entries they were 75 shy of hitting that mark, thus creating a $6,854 overlay.

More Bounty Builder Series action lies ahead at PA and NJ

Overall tournaments in the PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series total $500,000 in guarantees. The series continues with two or three events each day this week and five on Sunday.

Tonight comes the $750 buy-in High Roller with a $35,000 guaranteed prize pool. Meanwhile on Sunday will be the $300 buy-in Main Event with a $100,000 guarantee. Click here for a look at the full PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series schedule. 

Over in New Jersey, PokerStars NJ is concurrently running their own Bounty Builder Series with an almost identical 32-event schedule and guarantees totaling $300,000.

There the story has been similar, with guarantees being routinely exceeded in most events. Only two of the 16 tournaments thus far have had overlays, a $10 buy-in event and a $50 one.

The largest prize pool to this point came in their version of the Sunday Special – Bounty Builder Edition which actually featured a larger buy-in of $200 and had a $30,690 prize pool, just eclipsing the $30,000 guarantee.

Here’s a look at the turnouts so far for the PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series:

Bounty Builder Series by the numbers (through Event #16)

EventBuy-InGuaranteeEntriesRe-EntriesPrize Pool
Event 1: Bounty Builder Series Kick-Off$100$20,00026697$33,323.40
Event 2: Mini Kick-Off$20$5,000484206$12,558.00
Event 3: Bounty Builder $30$30$8,000437191$17,144.40
Event 4: Turbo$75$8,00015742$13,581.75
Event 5: DeepStack$100$20,00022594$29,284.20
Event 6: 4-Max$20$5,000407211$11,247.60
Event 7: Hyper-Turbo$50$5,00012032$7,144.00
Event 8: Marathon$100$20,00016783$22,950.00
Event 9: Warm-Up - Bounty Builder Edition$30$10,000332118$12,285.00
Event 10: Storm - Bounty Builder Edition$10$5,000420166$5,332.60
Event 11: Sunday Special - Bounty Builder Edition*$100$50,000311159$50,000.00
Event 12: Mini Special$25$10,000419200$14,082.25
Event 13: Sunday High Roller - Bounty Builder Edition$250$15,0006622$20,504.00
Event 14: SuperSonic - Bounty Builder Edition$50$5,00011941$7,520.00
Event 15: Battle Royale SE$50$15,000326146$21,476.00
Event 16: PL Omaha$100$8,0008539$11,383.20

*Event had an overlay of $6,854.

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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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