PokerStars PA Summer Stacks Festival in June Features Low Buy-ins, Over $1M Guaranteed

Written By Martin Harris on June 7, 2021
PokerStars Summer Stacks Schedule for PA Players

It’s a new season, but a similar story for PokerStars Pennsylvania. Following a successful Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker (PASCOOP), PokerStars PA has announced a new Summer Stacks Festival will take place June 12-28.

The series features 100 events, all with buy-ins $100 or less and guarantees across the series totaling just over $1 million.

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100-tournament schedule culminates with $100K gtd. Main Event

Following the intensity of PASCOOP, PokerStars PA seeks to provide a “more casual” tournament series for players with lower buy-ins and many turbo-style events designed to complete quickly. To be exact, the guarantees actually add up to $1,045,000.

The Summer Stacks Festival series will culminate with a $100 buy-in Main Event starting Sunday, June 27 that will feature a series-high $100,000 guarantee. Check out the entire 100-event schedule below.

PokerStars will run similar Summer Stacks Festival series on both of its other US sites during the same 17-day period. In both Michigan and Pennsylvania the series will also feature 100 tournaments with buy-ins $100 or less.

On PokerStars MI, the series has exactly $1 million in guarantees and a $100,000 guaranteed Main Event. Over on PokerStars NJ, the guarantees will total $528,000 with the Main Event guarantee $50,000. (Note: Each PokerStars US site is “ring-fenced,” meaning players can only play against others inside the state.)

Freerolls throughout PokerStars PA Summer Stacks

Running alongside the Summer Stacks Festival tournaments on PokerStars PA will be daily freerolls. These side tournaments will allow Pennsylvania players to win their way into series events rather than have to buy into them.

Players who deposit at least $30 into their accounts using the bonus code “SUMMER21” earn entry into the daily Depositor Freerolls in which $10,000 worth of tournament tickets will be given away.

There will also be Second Chance Freerolls during the series. Players who bust from Summer Stack Festival events without cashing automatically earn entry into the following day’s Second Chance Freeroll. Those freerolls also will give out $10,000 in tournament tickets over the course of the series.

PokerStars PA currently outpacing Stars’ Michigan, New Jersey sites

By running a Summer Stacks Festival on all three US sites at once, PokerStars will again create an opportunity to compare how the three US sites are performing. When it comes to such comparisons, PokerStars PA has fared well of late.

In late April-early May, the PASCOOP awarded over $2.6 million across 120 tournaments. That outdid the SCOOPs on both PokerStars MI and PokerStars NJ that took place last month.

In Michigan, the MISCOOP awarded $2.35 million following a very similar schedule to the one used for PASCOOP. Meanwhile in New Jersey, NJSCOOP players won $1.36 million in a 165-tournament series.

As far as other comparisons go, PokerStars PA has yet to face any rivaling tournament series from other Pennsylvania online poker sites.

The new Borgata Poker and BetMGM Poker sites went live in late April, sharing players in PA on the partypoker US Network. The sites had announced a first ever partypoker Network Online Series to take place at the end of May. However, that series was cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.

2021 PokerStars Pennsylvania Summer Stacks Festival Schedule

No.DateTime (ET)EventBuy-inGtd.
1Jun 12 (Sa)4 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stacks Warm Up - Stars-B-Que)$10$4,000
2Jun 12 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stacks Kick Off)$100$30,000
3Jun 12 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stacks Mini Kick Off)$30$10,000
4Jun 12 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$12,500
5Jun 12 (Sa)8 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$5$1,000
6Jun 12 (Sa)9 p.m.NLHE$50$8,000
7Jun 12 (Sa)9:30 p.m.Razz (6-Max)$10$1,000
8Jun 13 (Su)3 p.m.Stud Hi/Lo (6-Max)$50$3,500
9Jun 13 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Storm - PKO Edition)$10$3,000
10Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special)$100$60,000
11Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Mini Sunday Special)$25$10,000
12Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Micro Sunday Special)$5$3,500
13Jun 13 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$12,500
14Jun 13 (Su)8:30 p.m.NLHE (The Big Freeze)$100$15,000
15Jun 13 (Su)9 p.m.PLO (6-Max)$30$4,000
16Jun 14 (M)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale Early Edition)$10$3,500
17Jun 14 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
18Jun 14 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$50$20,000
19Jun 14 (M)8:30 p.m.NLHE$5$1,500
20Jun 14 (M)9 p.m.PLO8 (8-Max)$20$2,500
21Jun 15 (Tu)6 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday Early Edition)$10$3,500
22Jun 15 (Tu)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
23Jun 15 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday)$30$10,000
24Jun 15 (Tu)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Summer Freeze)$50$5,000
25Jun 15 (Tu)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$10$1,500
26Jun 16 (W)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$20$5,000
27Jun 16 (W)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
28Jun 16 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$100$20,000
29Jun 16 (W)8:30 p.m.NLHE$30$6,000
30Jun 16 (W)9 p.m.8-Game$50$4,000
31Jun 17 (Th)6 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill Early Edition)$10$4,000
32Jun 17 (Th)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$12,500
33Jun 17 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill)$30$10,000
34Jun 17 (Th)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$25$3,500
35Jun 17 (Th)9 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Turbo)$5$1,000
36Jun 18 (F)6 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, The Big $10 - 4-max Edition)$10$3,000
37Jun 18 (F)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
38Jun 18 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Mega-Stack Turbo)$100$20,000
39Jun 18 (F)8:30 p.m.NLHE$20$4,000
40Jun 18 (F)9:00 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO)$5$1,000
41Jun 19 (Sa)3 p.m.NLHE$10$3,000
42Jun 19 (Sa)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Saturday Warm Up)$20$5,000
43Jun 19 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$12,500
44Jun 19 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$100$30,000
45Jun 19 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$30$10,000
46Jun 19 (Sa)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Summer Freeze)$30$4,000
47Jun 19 (Sa)9 p.m.5-Card PLO (6-Max)$10$1,500
48Jun 20 (Su)3 p.m.HORSE (6-Max)$50$5,000
49Jun 20 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Sunday Storm)$10$3,000
50Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special)$100$65,000
51Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special - Mid)$30$15,000
52Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special - Low)$5$3,500
53Jun 20 (Su)7 p.m.PLO (6-Max)$30$3,500
54Jun 20 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$20$3,000
55Jun 20 (Su)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$50$10,000
56Jun 21 (M)6 p.m.NLHE (7-Max)$5$1,000
57Jun 21 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$12,500
58Jun 21 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$100$25,000
59Jun 21 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Battle Royale)$30$10,000
60Jun 21 (M)8:30 p.m.NLHE$15$3,000
61Jun 22 (Tu)6 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday Early Edition)$20$6,000
62Jun 22 (Tu)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
63Jun 22 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday)$75$17,500
64Jun 22 (Tu)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Summer Freeze)$15$2,500
65Jun 22 (Tu)9 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Turbo)$30$4,000
66Jun 23 (W)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, The Big $10 - 6-max Edition)$10$3,000
67Jun 23 (W)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$12,500
68Jun 23 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$50$10,000
69Jun 23 (W)8:30 p.m.NLHE$100$15,000
70Jun 23 (W)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$15$2,000
71Jun 24 (Th)6 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill Early Edition)$20$7,000
72Jun 24 (Th)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$12,500
73Jun 24 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill)$75$17,500
74Jun 24 (Th)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$50$6,000
75Jun 24 (Th)9 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo)$5$1,000
76Jun 25 (F)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Fast Friday Early Edition)$15$3,500
77Jun 25 (F)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$12,500
78Jun 25 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Fast Friday)$100$15,000
79Jun 25 (F)8:30 p.m.NLHE$75$10,000
80Jun 25 (F)9 p.m.NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Heads-Up Zoom)$20$6,000
81Jun 26 (Sa)3 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Afternoon Bigstack)$20$5,000
82Jun 26 (Sa)4 p.m.Stud (6-Max)$50$3,500
83Jun 26 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$15,000
84Jun 26 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$100$25,000
85Jun 26 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$15$5,000
86Jun 26 (Sa)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$30$4,000
87Jun 26 (Sa)9 p.m.NLHE (4-Max)$100$15,000
88Jun 27 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Drive)$30$7,500
89Jun 27 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Half Price Sunday Storm)$5$2,500
90Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Main Event)$100$100,000
91Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Main Event - Mid)$30$25,000
92Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Main Event - Low)$10$7,500
93Jun 27 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
94Jun 27 (Su)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$75$7,500
95Jun 27 (Su)10 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Bigstack)$50$8,000
96Jun 28 (M)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Mega Stack)$5$1,500
97Jun 28 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stars)$100$25,000
98Jun 28 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$15,000
99Jun 28 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Shootout)$30$7,000
100Jun 28 (M)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freezeout - Last Call)$10$1,500
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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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