PokerStars PA Provides January Winter Series Guaranteeing $1.5 Million

Written By Hill Kerby on January 11, 2024
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The first major Pennsylvania online poker series of 2024 is about to begin, and more than $1 million will soon be up for grabs.

PokerStars PA’s Winter Series begins on Friday, Jan. 12, and runs through Monday, Jan. 29. It’s the largest PA Winter Series in history, featuring 75 events and $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Pennsylvania’s events are a part of the overall PokerStars Winter Series for its North American-facing markets. The complete series offers more than $5 million in guarantees:

  • PokerStars PA: $1.5 million guaranteed over 75 events
  • PokerStars MI/NJ (shared liquidity): $2.25 million guaranteed over 81 events
  • PokerStars ON (Canada): $1.26 million guaranteed ($1.7 million CAD) over 120 events (high and low buy-ins for each event)

Winter Series schedule offers something for all Pennsylvania online poker players

The 75-event PokerStars Winter Series for Pennsylvania online poker players features buy-ins ranging from $3 to $2,000. Multiple events run each day, usually beginning at 6 p.m.

Low buy-in event highlights:

  • Saturday, Jan. 13: $20 Mini Kickoff ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • Friday, Jan. 19: $30 Mini Friday Night Fight PKO ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Jan. 21: $20 Mini Sunday Special ($12,500 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Jan. 28: $3 Micro Main Event ($10,000 guaranteed)

The Micro Main Event’s $10,000 guaranteed is a phased event with multiple starting flights that feed into it. Phase one events began on Jan. 13 and run until Jan. 14.

High buy-in event highlights:

  • Saturday, Jan. 13: $100 Kickoff ($40,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Jan. 14: $100 Sunday Special ($70,000 guaranteed)
  • Monday, Jan. 15: $250 Battle Royale High Roller ($35,000 guaranteed) and $100 Battle Royale ($25,000 guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16: $250 Super Tuesday High Roller and $100 Super Tuesday (both $30,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Jan. 21: $200 Sunday Special ($85,000 guaranteed) and $500 Sunday High Roller ($65,000 guaranteed)
  • Monday, Jan. 22: $250 Monthly PLO ($20,000 guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: $500 Super Tuesday High Roller ($50,000 guaranteed) and $200 Super Tuesday ($35,000 guaranteed)


PA PokerStars Winter Series Main Event Sunday delivers $370,000 in prize pools

Sunday, Jan. 28, marks the third and final Sunday of the PokerStars PA Winter Series. The series’ largest events run that day, headlined by the $200,000 guaranteed Main Event at 6 p.m. ET.

The $200,000 Main Event has a $300 buy-in with up to four re-entries available during the registration period, which closes at 10:30 p.m. Play concludes after six hours of action, and all remaining players return the next day at 6 p.m. to play down to a winner.

Event details:

  • 250,000 starting stack
  • 15-minute levels
  • 4 hours and 30 minutes of late registration (closes with estimated blinds of 12.5K/25K)
  • End of Day 1 estimated blinds: 35K/70K

Full Winter Series Sunday event schedule:

  • 6 p.m. – $300 Main Event ($200,000 guaranteed)
  • 6 p.m. – $10 Winter Nightly Mini Stars ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • 6:30 p.m. – $50 Mini Main ($25,000 guaranteed)
  • 7 p.m. $2,000 High Roller Main ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • 7 p.m. – $3 Micro Main ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • 8:30 p.m. – $200 NLH Turbo Main Second Chance ($20,000 guaranteed)
  • 10 p.m. – $100 Hyper Turbo PKO Bounty Adrenaline ($10,000 guaranteed)

Live, online poker PA options remain solid

Pennsylvania fell to the No. 2 online poker market in the US late last year after Michigan surpassed it in total market share. It’s unlikely to regain the top spot unless it joins Delaware, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia in the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like it will happen any time soon.

However, the $1.5 million guaranteed Winter Series shows that Pennsylvania online poker is still a healthy, attractive market, even if it isn’t growing as much as its competitors.

Live poker also has a strong footing in the Northeast, especially in the Philly area. January features more than $600,000 in guaranteed events at Live! Casino Philadelphia and Rivers Philly. Rivers’ sister casino in Pittsburgh has a multi-flight event at the end of the month on top of its regularly scheduled daily tournaments.

For more information, visit our January 2024 schedule for poker players within the Keystone State.

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Hill Kerby comes from a background of poker, sports and psychology. He brings all of that expertise into his writing, where he contributes content in the growing legalized sports betting, online casino and gambling industry.

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