Happy Birthday! PokerStars PA Marks One Year With 1st Anniversary Series, $1M Guaranteed

Posted on November 2, 2020

It’s hard to believe it has already been one whole year since PokerStars first launched in Pennsylvania. It’s also a little hard to believe PokerStars PA remains the only online poker site operating in the Keystone State. That situation should change soon, but probably not before 2021.

Meanwhile, PokerStars PA is celebrating the occasion with another tournament series, the aptly-named PokerStars 1st Anniversary Series featuring 35 events and just over $1 million in guaranteed prize pools.

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PokerStars 1st Anniversary Series has 35 events, $1M in guarantees

The PokerStars 1st Anniversary Series lasts from Nov. 8-16. Buy-ins for the 35 tournaments start as low as $10 and go up to a $500 High Roller. Meanwhile the guarantees total just over $1 million, including a $200K guarantee for the $100 buy-in, two-day Main Event on Sunday, Nov. 15.

As usual, most of the events feature a variety of no-limit hold’em formats including short-handed tournaments, turbos, and progressive knockouts (PKO).

There are a half-dozen non-NLHE tournaments on the schedule as well, including multiple pot-limit Omaha events, a no-limit Omaha hi-lo event, a limit hold’em one and an 8-game mixed event.

Series highlights include:

  • Event #4 – $100 NLHE Sunday Special SE, $100K Gtd. (Nov. 8)
  • Event #10 — $500 NLHE 6-Max, High Roller, $50K Gtd. (Nov. 9)
  • Event #28 – $100 NLHE Main Event, $200K Gtd. (Nov. 15)
  • Event #29 – $20 NLHE Mini Main Event, $25K Gtd. (Nov. 15)
  • Event #34 – $50 NLHE 8-Max, Phase 2, $50K Gtd. (Nov. 16)

The events are already in the PokerStars PA client with satellites running as well. Most of the satellites feature $7.50 or $10 buy-ins, although PokerStars advertises some as low as $1.

As it has done with other series, PokerStars PA is rolling out some associated offers including Second Chance Freerolls for players who bust tournaments shy of the cash. These seven freerolls will award $10,500 in tickets to 1st Anniversary Series events.

An eventful first year online in Pennsylvania for PokerStars

PokerStars PA dealt its first hands on Nov. 4, 2019. PokerStars had earlier returned to U.S. after a five-year hiatus with its launch of PokerStars NJ in March 2016.

Since PokerStars PA has come online the site has featured several regular tournament series, including two editions of the PACOOP, the PASCOOP, the Summer Series, and a couple of Bounty Builder Series.

There have also been a two special Pennsyl-MANIA events, the first of which in May featured the largest prize pool in PA online poker history of just over $515K.

The most recent series was the second running of the PACOOP in late Sept.-early Oct. That 50-event series drew over 21,000 total entries and awarded more than $2 million, besting the total guarantees of just over $1.5M.

Here’s a look at the complete 35-event PokerStars 1st Anniversary Series schedule:

No.DateTime (ET)Event (Gtd.)Buy-in
1Nov. 8 (Su)1:00 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Series Kick-Off), $25K Gtd.$100
2Nov. 8 (Su)2:00 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO), $15K Gtd.$20
3Nov. 8 (Su)3:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max), $20K Gtd.$150
4Nov. 8 (Su)5:00 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special SE), $100K Gtd.$100
5Nov. 8 (Su)5:30 p.m.NLHE (Mini Special), $10K Gtd.$15
6Nov. 8 (Su)7:00 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO), $30K Gtd.$200
7Nov. 8 (Su)9:00 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Supersonic SE), $10K Gtd.$50
8Nov. 9 (M)7:00 p.m.NLHE (4-Max), $30K Gtd.$200
9Nov. 9 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO), $7.5K Gtd.$10
10Nov. 9 (M)8:00 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, High Roller), $50K Gtd.$500
11Nov. 9 (M)9:00 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Turbo), $10K Gtd.$100
12Nov. 10 (Tu)7:00 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday SE), $50K Gtd.$200
13Nov. 10 (Tu)7:30 p.m.NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday), $15K Gtd.$20
14Nov. 10 (Tu)8:00 p.m.NLO8 (8-Max), $10K Gtd.$100
15Nov. 11 (W)7:00 p.m.NLHE (6-Max), $15K Gtd.$30
16Nov. 11 (W)7:30 p.m.8-Game, $7.5K Gtd.$50
17Nov. 11 (W)8:30 p.m.NLHE, $25K Gtd.$200
18Nov. 12 (Th)7:00 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE), $40K Gtd.$200
19Nov. 12 (Th)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Thrill), $17.5K Gtd.$20
20Nov. 12 (Th)9:00 p.m.NLHE (Turbo), $20K Gtd.$150
21Nov. 13 (F)7:00 p.m.FLHE (6-Max, Turbo), $10K Gtd.$200
22Nov. 13 (F)8:00 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO), $10K Gtd.$100
23Nov. 13 (F)9:00 p.m.NLHE (Hyper-Turbo), $15K Gtd.$200
24Nov. 14 (Sa)6:00 p.m.NLHE (6-Max), $40K Gtd.$300
25Nov. 14 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO), $10K Gtd.$50
26Nov. 14 (Sa)9:00 p.m.NLHE (6-Max), $20K Gtd.$75
27Nov. 15 (Su)2:00 p.m.NLHE (Turbo, Progressive KO, Deepstack), $25K Gtd.$100
28Nov. 15 (Su)5:00 p.m.NLHE (Main Event), $200K Gtd.$100
29Nov. 15 (Su)6:00 p.m.NLHE (Mini Main Event), $25K Gtd.$20
30Nov. 15 (Su)8:00 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO), $25K Gtd.$100
31Nov. 15 (Su)9:00 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Turbo), $10K Gtd.$100
32Nov. 15 (Su)10:00 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Supersonic SE), $12.5K Gtd.$75
33Nov. 16 (M)8:00 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Phase 2), $30K Gtd.$10
34Nov. 16 (M)8:00 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Phase 2), $50K Gtd.$50
35Nov. 16 (M)9:00 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Series Wrap-Up), $15K Gtd.$100
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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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