Winter is Coming: PokerStars PA Winter Series Guarantees Over $1 Million

Written By Martin Harris on January 14, 2021
PokerStars Winter Series 2021 Schedule

Coming on the heels of December’s third Pennsyl-MANIA event, PokerStars and FOX Bet today announced a second running of the Winter Series on PokerStars PA.

This year’s PokerStars PA Winter Series runs from Jan. 21-31 and features 45 tournaments with guaranteed prize pools totaling more than $1 million.

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$200K guaranteed Main Event, $1,000 High Roller among highlights

Both the number of tournaments and the amount of guarantees represent significant increases over the inaugural PokerStars PA Winter Series in Jan. 2020. That series featured 30 events and $675,000 in total guarantees with players ultimately winning over $828,000.

This time around the 45 tournaments have guarantees adding up to just over $1 million.

The $300 buy-in Main Event that starts Jan. 31 has a $200,000 guarantee, double the $100,000 guarantee of a year ago. Last year the event also cost $300 to play and attracted 452 total entries to create a prize pool of just over $126,000.

There is also a new $1,000 High Roller scheduled this year for Jan. 27 with a $50,000 guarantee.

PokerStars PA Winter Series highlights include:

  • Event #2 — $200 NLHE Prog. KO, Thursday Thrill SE, $40K gtd. (Jan. 21)
  • Event #15 — $100 NLHE Sunday Special SE, $100K gtd. (Jan. 24)
  • Event #24 — $250 NLHE Super Tuesday SE, $50K gtd. (Jan. 26)
  • Event #28 — $1,000 NLHE High Roller, $50K gtd. (Jan. 27)
  • Event #31 — $250 NLHE Prog. KO, Thursday Thrill SE, $50K gtd. (Jan. 28)
  • Event #41 — $300 NLHE Main Event, $200K gtd. (Jan. 31)
  • Event #42 — $50 NLHE Mini Main Event, $35K gtd. (Jan. 31)

Besides the usual full menu of no-limit hold’em, the schedule features a few scattered non-NLHE offerings. These include pot-limit Omaha, no-limit Omaha hi-lo, five-card PLO, no-limit five-card draw, H.O.R.S.E., and 8-game mixed events.

Depositor Freeroll, Second Chance Freerolls return as well

As usual, PokerStars PA is offering a number of satellites, freerolls, and other ways for players to win tournament tickets.

There will be a Depositor Freeroll on Jan. 31. Anyone who deposits $30 or more using the code “FREEZE” before the freeroll starts wins a seat. The tournament will award $10,000 worth of entries into that day’s $300 Main Event.

Throughout the Winter Series there will also be Second Chance Freerolls in which players can win seats to events. Anyone eliminated shy of the money in a Winter Series event earns entry into the Second Chance Freerolls which take place daily throughout the series.

2021 PokerStars PA Winter Series schedule

Here’s a look at the complete 45-event PokerStars PA Winter Series schedule:

No.DateTime (ET)Event (Gtd.)Buy-in
1Jan. 21 (Th)7:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Series Kick-Off], $25K Gtd$50
2Jan. 21 (Th)8:00 p.m.NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $40K Gtd$200
3Jan. 21 (Th)8:30 p.m.NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill], $15K Gtd$20
4Jan. 21 (Th)9:00 p.m.NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $8.5K Gtd$100
5Jan. 22 (F)8:00 p.m.NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO], $20K Gtd$150
6Jan. 22 (F)9:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $12.5K Gtd$50
7Jan. 22 (F)10:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deep], $10K Gtd$100
8Jan. 23 (Sa)6:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack], $30K Gtd$100
9Jan. 23 (Sa)8:00 p.m.NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE], $15K Gtd$50
10Jan. 23 (Sa)8:30 p.m.HORSE [6-Max], $5K Gtd$75
11Jan. 23 (Sa)9:00 p.m.NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Deep], $12.5K Gtd$50
12Jan. 24 (Su)1:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Marathon], $25K Gtd$100
13Jan. 24 (Su)2:00 p.m.NLHE [6-Max], $17.5K Gtd$50
14Jan. 24 (Su)3:30 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $20K Gtd$150
15Jan. 24 (Su)5:00 p.m.NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $100K Gtd$100
16Jan. 24 (Su)6:00 p.m.PLO [6-Max], $6.5K Gtd$75
17Jan. 24 (Su)7:00 p.m.NLHE [Progressive KO], $25K Gtd$200
18Jan. 24 (Su)8:30 p.m.NLHE [Turbo, Sunday Special 2nd Chance Turbo], $20K Gtd$100
19Jan. 24 (Su)10:00 p.m.NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $10K Gtd$75
20Jan. 25 (M)7:00 p.m.NLHE [4-Max], $25K Gtd$200
21Jan. 25 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $6.5K Gtd$10
22Jan. 25 (M)8:00 p.m.NL 5-Card Draw [8-Max], $3K Gtd$50
23Jan. 25 (M)9:00 p.m.NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $10K Gtd$100
24Jan. 26 (Tu)8:00 p.m.NLHE [Super Tuesday SE], $50K Gtd$250
25Jan. 26 (Tu)8:30 p.m.NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday], $12.5K Gtd$30
26Jan. 26 (Tu)9:00 p.m.NLO8 [8-Max, Turbo], $7.5K Gtd$100
27Jan. 27 (W)7:30 p.m.NLHE [6-Max], $15K Gtd$30
28Jan. 27 (W)8:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $50K Gtd$1,000
29Jan. 27 (W)9:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $12.5K Gtd$100
30Jan. 28 (Th)7:00 p.m.NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO], $10K Gtd$50
31Jan. 28 (Th)8:00 p.m.NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $50K Gtd$250
32Jan. 28 (Th)8:30 p.m.NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill], $15K Gtd$30
33Jan. 29 (F)7:00 p.m.NLHE [Turbo, Deepstack], $8.5K Gtd$75
34Jan. 29 (F)8:00 p.m.5-Card PLO [6-Max, Turbo], $5K Gtd$50
35Jan. 29 (F)9:00 p.m.NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $5K Gtd$20
36Jan. 30 (Sa)6:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max], $30K Gtd$300
37Jan. 30 (Sa)7:00 p.m.8-GAME, $6.5K Gtd$100
38Jan. 30 (Sa)8:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $15K Gtd$50
39Jan. 30 (Sa)9:00 p.m.NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $10K Gtd$75
40Jan. 31 (Su)2:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack], $30K Gtd$100
41Jan. 31 (Su)5:00 p.m.NLHE [Main Event], $200K Gtd$300
42Jan. 31 (Su)6:00 p.m.NLHE [Mini Main Event], $35K Gtd$50
43Jan. 31 (Su)8:00 p.m.NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $25K Gtd$100
44Jan. 31 (Su)9:00 p.m.PLO [6-Max, Turbo], $7.5K Gtd$100
45Jan. 31 (Su)10:00 p.m.NLHE [7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Series Wrap-Up], $10K Gtd$75
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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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