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.
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.
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)
|Event 1: Bounty Builder Series Kick-Off||$100||$20,000||266||97||$33,323.40|
|Event 2: Mini Kick-Off||$20||$5,000||484||206||$12,558.00|
|Event 3: Bounty Builder $30||$30||$8,000||437||191||$17,144.40|
|Event 4: Turbo||$75||$8,000||157||42||$13,581.75|
|Event 5: DeepStack||$100||$20,000||225||94||$29,284.20|
|Event 6: 4-Max||$20||$5,000||407||211||$11,247.60|
|Event 7: Hyper-Turbo||$50||$5,000||120||32||$7,144.00|
|Event 8: Marathon||$100||$20,000||167||83||$22,950.00|
|Event 9: Warm-Up - Bounty Builder Edition||$30||$10,000||332||118||$12,285.00|
|Event 10: Storm - Bounty Builder Edition||$10||$5,000||420||166||$5,332.60|
|Event 11: Sunday Special - Bounty Builder Edition*||$100||$50,000||311||159||$50,000.00|
|Event 12: Mini Special||$25||$10,000||419||200||$14,082.25|
|Event 13: Sunday High Roller - Bounty Builder Edition||$250||$15,000||66||22||$20,504.00|
|Event 14: SuperSonic - Bounty Builder Edition||$50||$5,000||119||41||$7,520.00|
|Event 15: Battle Royale SE||$50||$15,000||326||146||$21,476.00|
|Event 16: PL Omaha||$100||$8,000||85||39||$11,383.20|
*Event had an overlay of $6,854.