Straight Fire: PokerStars PA Winter Series Draws Over 20K Entries, Awards $1.7 Million

Posted on February 2, 2021

Last year was a good one for PokerStars Pennsylvania, the first full year the site has been live. From the looks of things, this year has begun in fine fashion as well with a successful PokerStars PA and Fox Bet Winter Series.

The 11-day, 45-event series concluded Monday night. The tournaments attracted more than 20,000 total entries and collectively awarded just over $1.7 million.

That total was more than one-and-a-half times the tournaments’ guarantees. In fact, all 45 of the tournaments had prize pools exceed their guarantees.

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Series-ending Main Event awards $321K

It was the first time a PokerStars PA tournament series saw the prize pool of every single tournament top its scheduled guarantee.

All of the tournament series on the site have been popular among Pennsylvania players. However, each previous series has had at least a few tournaments end with (usually small) overlays. That wasn’t the case with this year’s Winter Series.

The largest prize pool came in the series-climaxing Main Event, a two-day, $300 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament in which participants were allowed up to five re-entries.

The Main Event came with a $200,000 guarantee, but with 738 entries and 409 re-entries, the prize pool ultimately totaled $321,160. Player “okstaeks” took the title to win just over $51,500, the largest first prize of the series.

Big turnouts, large prize pools across all 45 events

There were 13,544 entries and 6,633 re-entries across the 45 events. The 20,177 total entries means there was an average of 448 entries per event.

The 1,257 entries in the $50 Mini Main Event was the largest field of the Winter Series.

The $1,700,218.90 won over the course of the Winter Series was well above the $1,072,000 in total guarantees. That ratio of prize pools totaling nearly 1.6 times the guarantees rivals what PokerStars PA enjoyed in last April’s Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker and the PokerStars PA Summer Series in June.

It also more than doubles the amount of money awarded in the inaugural PokerStars PA Winter Series a year ago. That series consisted of 30 events during which players won just over $828,000.

Nine of the events had prize pools that more than doubled the guarantees. Another one that came close was the $50,000-guaranteed High Roller event with a $1,000 buy-in. The event drew exactly 100 entries, pushing the prize pool up to $95,000.

Here’s a look at all the turnouts and totals from the PokerStars PA and FOX Bet Winter Series.

PokerStars PA Winter Series by the numbers

EventBuy-inGuaranteeEntriesRe-EntriesPrize Pool
1: NLHE [8-Max, Series Kick-Off]$50$25,000 617370$44,908.50
2: NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE]$200$40,000 225102$60,822.00
3: NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill]$20$15,000 663342$18,291.00
4: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$100$8,500 14054$17,809.20
5: NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO]$150$20,000 244120$50,122.80
6: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$50$12,500 372127$22,704.50
7: NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deep]$100$10,000 14538$17,385.00
8: NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack]$100$30,000 368208$52,876.80
9: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE]$50$15,000 294112$18,473.00
10: HORSE [6-Max]$75$5,000 12534$10,851.75
11: NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Deep]$50$12,500 356129$22,067.50
12: NLHE [8-Max, Marathon]$100$25,000 23796$30,569.40
13: NLHE [6-Max]$50$17,500 328174$22,841.00
14: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$150$20,000 17771$34,149.60
15: NLHE [Sunday Special SE]$100$100,000 691503$109,609.20
16: PLO [6-Max]$75$6,500 13463$13,445.25
17: NLHE [Progressive KO]$200$25,000 15374$42,222.00
18: NLHE [Turbo, Sunday Special 2nd Chance Turbo]$100$20,000 20560$24,327.00
19: NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE]$75$10,000 16744$14,875.50
20: NLHE [4-Max]$200$25,000 11579$36,084.00
21: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$10$6,500 692404$9,973.60
22: NL 5-Card Draw [8-Max]$50$3,000 6123$3,822.00
23: NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$100$10,000 15242$17,809.20
24: NLHE [Super Tuesday SE]$250$50,000 20497$70,133.00
25: NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday]$30$12,500 508279$21,485.10
26: NLO8 [8-Max, Turbo]$100$7,500 9031$11,107.80
27: NLHE [6-Max]$30$15,000 549349$24,515.40
28: NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]$1,000 $50,000 7525$95,000.00
29: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$100$12,500 17655$21,205.80
30: NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO]$50$10,000 333207$24,570.00
31: NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE]$250$50,000 16985$59,182.00
32: NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill]$30$15,000 505216$19,683.30
33: NLHE [Turbo, Deepstack]$75$8,500 23680$21,567.00
34: 5-Card PLO [6-Max, Turbo]$50$5,000 12237$7,234.50
35: NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom]$20$5,000 494283$14,141.40
36: NLHE [8-Max]$300$30,000 13359$53,760.00
37: 8-Game$100$6,500 7527$9,363.60
38: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$50$15,000 485218$31,986.50
39: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$75$10,000 14850$13,513.50
40: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack]$100$30,000 443219$60,771.60
41: NLHE [Main Event]$300$200,000 738409$321,160.00
42: NLHE [Mini Main Event]$50$35,000 816441$57,193.50
43: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$100$25,000 302119$38,647.80
44: PLO [6-Max, Turbo]$100$7,500 9427$11,107.80
45: NLHE [7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Series Wrap-Up]$75$10,000 18851$16,849.50
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