PokerStars PA Summer Series Fires Up June 18 With $750K In Guarantees On Tap

Posted on June 12, 2020

PokerStars PA has been on fire lately, and they show no signs of slowing down. For their next trick, the lone online poker operator in Pennsylvania is set to debut the Summer Series.

The concept isn’t new. The global PokerStars site is currently running its own version of the Summer Series, and PokerStars NJ ran one last year – in August. This time around, both PA and NJ get in on the action.

Summer Series PA guarantees $750K in prize pools

The 11-day series kicks off on Thursday, June 18 and guarantees a total of $750,000 in prize pools. The NJ version will pay out at least $500,000.

The PA Summer Series features 38 tournaments, ranging in buy-ins from $20 up to $500 for a High Roller event on Wednesday, June 24. The $200 Main Event and $50 Mini-Main take place on Sunday, June 28. Those come with guarantees of $150,000 and $25,000 respectively.

The majority of the events are of the no-limit hold’em variety, with four pot-limit Omaha and one Omaha hi/lo event.Ā A whopping 12 of the 38 tournaments are progressive knock-out events.

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PokerStars riding the online poker spike in PA

Online poker traffic has reached record heights during the past few months as casinos and other non-essential businesses remained closed as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. The spike is evident in recent revenue figures posted by PokerStars PA.

Following a record high $3.1 million revenue in March, PokerStars pulled in nearly $5.3 million in April. May numbers, which are expected out soon, should be on par with April.

In what is usually a slower time for online poker (summer), live poker rooms in Pennsylvania remain closed until further notice. That is even as land-based casinos in the state begin reopening one by one. According to the PGCB casino reopening safety protocols: ā€œPoker rooms are not authorized to operate due to players handling cards and chips.ā€

That adds up to continued high demand for the indoor online poker grind.

PokerStars PA is keeping up with that demand. Having already run four successful tournament series since its early November, 2019 debut, they ran a one-off tournament called Pennsyl-MANIA. The event crushed its $250k guarantee, creating a prize pool of $515,964. PokerStars undoubtedly hopes to carry that momentum into the Summer Series.

Below, find the full PokerStars PA Summer Series schedule. Note: All events are no-limit hold’em (NLHE) and 9-handed unless otherwise specified.

PokerStars PA Summer Series Schedule

DateTimeTournament/buy-inGuarantee
Thursday, June 187 p.m.$100 Summer Series Kick-Off [8-Max]$30,000
Thursday, June 187:30 p.m.$20 Summer Series Mini Kick-Off [8-Max]$7,500
Thursday, June 188 p.m.$200 Thursday Thrill SE [Progressive KO]$25,000
Thursday, June 188:30 p.m.$30 Mini Thrill [Progressive KO]$12,500
Thursday, June 189 p.m.$75 NLHE 8-Max$10,000
Friday, June 198 p.m.$50 Escalating Antes$10,000
Friday, June 1910 p.m.$20 NLHEĀ 6-Max$6,000
Saturday, June 204 p.m.$100 NLHEĀ 6-Max$20,000
Saturday, June 207:30 p.m.$50 PLOĀ 6-Max$5,000
Saturday, June 2010 p.m.$75 Progressive KO [8-Max]$7,500
Sunday, June 214 p.m.$75 NLHE 6-Max$20,000
Sunday, June 216 p.m.$100 Sunday Special SE$100,000
Sunday, June 216:30 p.m.$25 Mini Special$15,000
Sunday, June 218 p.m.$75 Progressive KO [8-Max]$12,500
Sunday, June 2110 p.m.$50 Sunday Supersonic SE$10,000
Monday, June 227 p.m.20 NLHEĀ 4-Max$7,500
Monday, June 228 p.m.$50 Battle Royale SE [Progressive KO, 6-Max]$15,000
Monday, June 229 p.m.$75 NLHE 8-Max$7,500
Tuesday, June 237 p.m.$200 Super Tuesday SE$35,000
Tuesday, June 237:30 p.m.$20 Mini Super Tuesday$15,000
Tuesday, June 239 p.m.$50 Progressive KO [8-Max]$7,500
Wednesday, June 247 p.m.$50 NLHE 6-Max$10,000
Wednesday, June 248 p.m.$500 High Roller [6-Max]$35,000
Wednesday, June 249 p.m.$20 PLO 8-Max [Progressive KO]$5,000
Thursday, June 257 p.m.$200 Thursday Thrill SE [Progressive KO]$30,000
Thursday, June 257:30 p.m.$20 Mini Thrill [Progressive KO]$15,000
Thursday, June 259 p.m.$100 NLHEĀ 6-Max$12,500
Friday, June 267 p.m.$50 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max]$5,000
Friday, June 268 p.m.$100 NLHE 6-Max [Progressive KO]$25,000
Friday, June 269 p.m.$20 NLHEĀ 8-Max$5,000
Saturday, June 275 p.m.$30 NLHE$7,500
Saturday, June 278 p.m.$100 NLHE 8-Max [Progressive KO]$20,000
Saturday, June 279 p.m.$50 PLOĀ 6-Max$3,500
Sunday, June 282 p.m.$20 NLHE 6-Max [Progressive KO]$10,000
Sunday, June 285 p.m.$200 Main Event$150,000
Sunday, June 286 p.m.$50 Mini Main$25,000
Sunday, June 288 p.m.$100 PLO 6-Max$10,000
Sunday, June 289 p.m.$75 Series Wrap-Up [8-Max]$10,000
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Valerie Cross is the managing editor of PlayPennsylvania. Valerie taught English as a Second Language before transitioning full-time to poker media. She has a B.A. from Furman University and MA and PhD degrees in language education from Indiana University. A former associate editor at PokerNews, Valerie currently resides in Northern California.

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