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

Posted 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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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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