PokerStars Pays Out Nearly $2 Million to PA Poker Players in July Bounty Series

Posted on July 28, 2020

The PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series, a 15-day series of progressive knockout tournaments, concluded on Monday.

The final week of the 70-event series was much like the first, with big turnouts and guarantees routinely eclipsed. Those guarantees had added up to about $1.5 million altogether for the entire series. But in the end nearly $2 million was awarded.

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$1.97 million won in 70 Bounty Builder events

A week ago we reported how the first 40 events of the PokerStars PA Bounty Builder series had consistently seen large fields and prize pools. All but two of the events bested their guarantees, with some featuring prize pools that more than doubled the guarantees.

The last 30 events featured a similar story, with zero overlays. With 68 of 70 tournaments beating their guarantees, in the end players won $1,968,721.25 altogether. That’s an average of more than $28,000 won per tournament.

As happened during the first week, guarantees for the smaller non-hold’em events turned out to be much lower than their ultimate prize pools. For example, both the $50 8-Game Mix (Event #47) and $30 PL 5-Card Omaha (Event #58) nearly tripled their guarantees.

There were 32,731 total entries (including re-entries) for the series, an average of 467 entries per tournament.

Big Main Event field creates almost $200K prize pool

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the two-day Main Event, a $200 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament with a $150,000 guarantee

Ultimately 645 players took part, re-entering 419 times to build a prize pool of close to $198,000.

There was a heads-up deal to conclude the tournament, with “RiverMeDaddy” coming away with the victory and collecting over $24,000 including bounties. “NAMUHMIL” took second, earning a handsome prize of more than $18,000 including bounties.

“RiverMeDaddy” also picked up one of the 18 Championship Belts awarded to winners in select tournaments during the series.

PokerStars NJ Bounty Builder ends well after modest start

Next door in New Jersey, PokerStars NJ concurrently ran its own 53-event Bounty Builder series. There the events’ guarantees totaled $600,000. In the end about $710,000 was awarded in the series.

In Pennsylvania, PokerStars PA remains the only online poker game in town — for the time being, anyway. Meanwhile in New Jersey the ongoing World Series of Poker Online series on WSOP.com NJ provided some competition for PokerStars NJ during the Bounty Builder.

In fact, there were a number of overlays during the first week of the PokerStars NJ Bounty Builder, though only three more during the last week of the series. Ultimately 14 of 53 events had overlays, although as mentioned the total amount awarded exceeded the guarantees’ totals.

The Bounty Builder Main Event on PokerStars NJ was a $300 buy-in NLHE tournament with a $70,000 guarantee. With 271 total entries the prize pool was close to $76,000.

PokerStars PA Bounty Builder Series by the numbers

EventBuy-InGuaranteeEntriesRe-EntriesPrize Pool
1: NLHE Series Kick-Off (8-Max)*$100$40,000 368168$49,204.80
2: NLHE Mini Kick-Off (8-Max)$25$15,000 563227$17,972.50
3: NLHE$75$15,000 21478$19,929.00
4: NLHE Sunday Special - Bounty Builder Edition*$100$100,000 750310$100,000.00**
5: NLHE Mini Special (8-Max)$20$15,000 699284$17,890.60
6: NLHE Sunday High Roller - Bounty Builder Edition (6-Max)$250$30,000 15053$47,299.00
7: NLHE (8-Max)$50$10,000 27098$16,744.00
8: NLHE Turbo (8-Max)$20$7,500 393136$9,627.80
9: NLHE SuperSonic - Bounty Builder Edition$50$12,500 21167$13,066.00
10: NLHE Battle Royale Special Edition (6-Max)*$50$25,000 580364$42,952.00
11: PL Omaha (8-Max)$100$10,000 167106$25,061.40
12: NLHE (8-Max)*$75$20,000 440213$44,567.25
13: NL Omaha Hi-Lo (6-Max)$100$7,500 11045$14,229.00
14: NLHE Turbo (8-Max)$50$12,500 340135$21,612.50
15: NLHE (6-Max)$50$15,000 400176$26,208.00
16: NLHE High Roller (8-Max)*$500$60,000 12450$81,780.00
17: NLHE Hyper-Turbo (8-Max)$20$5,000 350113$8,704.40
18: PL Badugi$50$2,000 8443$5,778.50
19: NLHE Thursday Thrill Special Edition*$200$50,000 21582$55,242.00
20: NLHE Mini Thrill$25$17,500 650340$22,522.50
21: NLHE BigStack Turbo (8-Max)$75$12,500 23779$21,567.00
22: NLHE Hyper-Turbo (6-Max)$50$10,000 23979$14,946.00
23: PL 5-Card Omaha (6-Max)$30$5,000 216171$10,565.10
24: NLHE Escalating Antes (8-Max)*$50$20,000 453109$25,571.00
25: NLHE Turbo (6-Max)$20$7,500 427211$11,611.60
26: NLHE DeepStack (8-Max)$100$30,000 212123$30,753.00
27: NLHE Turbo (8-Max)$50$12,500 18162$12,500.00**
28: NLHE (8-Max)*$200$30,000 14882$42,780.00
29: NLHE (4-Max)$20$10,000 413204$11,229.40
30: NLHE Hyper-Turbo (8-Max)$50$10,000 23063$13,771.00
31: NLHE Marathon$100$20,000 230118$31,946.40
32: H.O.R.S.E.$50$3,000 13937$8,008.00
33: NLHE Warm-Up - Bounty Builder Edition$30$12,500 392161$15,096.90
34: NLHE Storm - Bounty Builder Edition (6-Max)$10$5,000 467209$6,151.60
35: NLHE Sunday Special - Bounty Builder Edition*$100$100,000 703463$107,038.80
36: NLHE Mini Special*$25$25,000 752399$26,185.25
37: Sunday High Roller - Bounty Builder Edition (6-Max)$250$30,000 12753$41,940.00
38: PL Omaha (8-Max)$100$15,000 13375$19,094.40
39: NLHE Turbo (8-Max)$75$20,000 25994$24,092.25
40: NLHE Hyper-Turbo SuperSonic - Bounty Builder Edition$50$10,000 22970$14,053.00
41: NLHE 4-Max$20$10,000 469325$14,450.80
42: NLHE Battle Royale Special Edition (6-Max)*$50$25,000 455277$33,306.00
43: NLHE BigStack Turbo (8-Max)$100$15,000 16770$21,756.60
44: NLHE (8-Max)$50$10,000 254114$16,744.00
45: NLHE Super Tuesday - Bounty Builder Edition*$200$50,000 18792$51,894.00
46: NLHE Mini Super Tuesday$20$15,000 536302$15,251.60
47: 8-Game$50$2,500 10950$7,234.50
48: NLHE Turbo (8-Max)$50$12,500 238101$15,424.50
49: NLHE Hyper-Turbo (8-Max)$100$5,000 9638$12,730.00
50: NLHE (8-Max)$200$30,000 14056$36,456.00
51: NLHE (8-Max)*$50$15,000 407172$26,344.50
52: PL Omaha (6-Max)$200$10,000 7550$23,250.00
53: NLHE Turbo (6-Max)$100$17,500 15558$19,553.40
54: NLHE Thursday Thrill Special Edition*$200$50,000 19487$52,266.00
55: NLHE Mini Thrill$20$15,000 620362$17,872.40
56: NLHE BigStack Turbo (6-Max)$50$10,000 273129$18,291.00
57: NLHE (8-Max)$20$6,000 369198$10,319.40
58: PL 5-Card Draw$30$1,500 10148$4,067.70
59: NLHE (6-Max)*$50$25,000 392190$26,481.00
60: NLHE Hyper-Turbo (8-Max)$100$10,000 11339$14,440.00
61: NLHE 25% KO (8-Max)*$100$25,000 276118$36,169.20
62: NLHE Turbo$50$12,500 25591$15,743.00
63: NLHE Turbo (8-Max)$10$5,000 437205$5,842.20
64: NLHE Marathon$50$15,000 329154$21,976.50
65: NLHE Warm-Up - Bounty Builder Edition$30$12,500 396167$15,369.90
66: NLHE Main Event (8-Max), 2-day event*$200$150,000 645419$197,904.00
67: NLHE Mini Main Event (8-Max)*$50$40,000 732354$49,413.00
68: NLHE (8-Max)$100$20,000 21275$26,346.60
69: PL Omaha Turbo (6-Max)$50$10,000 16169$10,465.00
70: NLHE Hyper-Turbo, Series Wrap-Up (8-Max)$75$20,000 24172$22,066.50
TOTALS22,29910,432$1,968,721.25

*Championship Belt event
**Event #4 had an overlay of $2,692; Event #27 had an overlay of $1,443.50

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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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