PokerStars has scheduled an online tournament series in Pennsylvania filling out the summer calendar with an aptly named Summer Series.

The Summer Series runs from June 18 for eleven days, comprising 38 tournaments with total guarantees of $750,000.

Buy-ins start at $20 and go up to $500 for a High Roller event. The total buy-ins for all of the events amount to $3145 with an average of $83.

The series culminates with a Main Event boasting the biggest guaranteed prize money on the schedule: $150,000. This time around, the Main Event costs just $200 instead of the usual $300. The event is accompanied by a $50 buy-in Mini Main Event guaranteeing $25,000.

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More Details About PokerStars’ Summer Series in Pennsylvania

The first-ever Summer Series in Pennsylvania kicks off on Thursday, June 18 with a total of five events guaranteeing $85,000 in combined prize money. This includes two kick-off events: a $100 buy-in Series Kick-Off guaranteeing $30,000 and a Mini Kick-Off promising a guarantee of $7500 costing just $20.

These events are followed up with the operator’s flagship tournament brand: $200 Thursday Thrill, a progressive knockout format, replacing the weekly tournament with a guarantee of $25,000 and a Mini version of it guaranteeing $12,500 for a buy-in of $30.

The rest of the schedule is more or less the same, with many of the events piggybacking on the regular weekly scheduled tournaments with boosted guarantees. A dozen out of 38 tournaments are played in progressive knockout format.

There are a few novelty formats also included in the schedule that are not usually seen in the weekly line-up such as the Escalating Antes where the antes progress every blind level. It takes place on June 19 for a buy-in of $50 and guarantees $10,000.

While No Limit Hold’em dominates the schedule, there are a few Omaha events peppered in including a $50 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event scheduled to take place on June 26 with a guarantee of $5000.

Curiously, a Zoom tournament is not included in the schedule.

For players with huge bankrolls, a $500 buy-in High Roller has been scheduled to take place on June 24 boasting a $35,000 guarantee.

Each of the events is expected to have low-cost satellites ahead of the series.

To accompany the series, PokerStars PA will be running Daily Second Chance Freerolls at 18:30 ET from June 19 to 27 and at 15:00 ET on June 28. Each of them will be giving away tickets to Summer Series events, worth $16,000 in total ticket giveaways.

These freerolls are open only to players who fail to reach the money from the regular Summer Series events.

Important Information About Summer Series in Pennsylvania:

  • Runs from: June 18 to 28 (11 days)
  • Total Guaranteed: $750,000
  • Total Tournaments: 38
  • Buy-ins Range: $20 – $500
  • Avg Buy-in: $83
  • Holdem Events: 33 (87%)
  • Omaha Events: 5 (13%)
  • No. of Progressive KO Events: 12 (32%)
  • Main Event Details: $150,000 guaranteed for a buy-in of $200
  • Freerolls: Daily Second Chance Freerolls worth $16,000

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Summer Series Marks the Operator’s Fifth Online Poker Tournament Series in Pennsylvania

The Summer Series will be the operator’s fifth online series since PokerStars made its debut in Pennsylvania in November 2019 and the fourth of this year.

In terms of total guarantees, it is the third biggest series and ranks only behind the COOP editions. PokerStars PA already ran Winter Series in late January with $675,000 in total guarantees, a Bounty Builder Series with total guarantees of $500,000 a month later, and a $2 million guaranteed PASCOOP in April.

PokerStars PA Online Tournament Series History

Series Total GTD Total Tournaments Avg GTD Buy-ins Range Main Event Series Duration
PACOOP $1,225,000 50 $24,500 $30-$750 $300 buy-in, $125,000 GTD Nov 30 – Dec 16 (17 days)
Winter Series $675,000 30 $22,500 $30-$500 $300 buy-in, $100,000 GTD Jan 25 – Feb 1 (8 days)
Bounty Builder Series $500,000 32 $15,625 $10-$750 $300 buy-in, $100,000 GTD Feb 20 – Mar 1 (11 days)
PASCOOP $2,000,000 100 $20,000 $5-$500 $300 buy-in, $200,000 GTD Apr 4 – Apr 20 (17 days)
Summer Series $750,000 38 $19,737 $20-$500 $200 buy-in, $150,000 GTD June 18 – Jue 28 (11 days)

The operator did not schedule any tournament series in May, but it did create history by running Pennsyl-MANIA — the operator’s biggest online poker tournament in the US regulated market.

Boasting a record-breaking $250,000 guarantee, the $200 buy-in Pennsyl-MANIA event attracted 2774 total entries to more than double its guarantee for a final prize pool of $515,964.

PokerStars has also scheduled Summer Series in the New Jersey market, running on the same dates with total guarantees of $500,000. There, the series culminates in a $300 buy-in Main Event, boasting $75,000 in guarantees.

PokerStars Pennsylvania Summer Series Schedule

Date Tournament Game Buy-in Guarantee Time (ET)
Thursday, June 18 Summer Series 01 [Series Kick-Off] NLHE 8-Max $100 $30,000 19:00
Thursday, June 18 Summer Series 02 [Mini Kick-Off] NLHE 8-Max $20 $7,500 19:30
Thursday, June 18 Summer Series 03 [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE] NLHE 9-Max $200 $25,000 20:00
Thursday, June 18 Summer Series 04 [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill] NLHE 9-Max $30 $12,500 20:30
Thursday, June 18 Summer Series 05 NLHE 8-Max $75 $10,000 21:00
Friday, June 19 Summer Series 06 [Escalating Antes] NLHE 9-Max $50 $10,000 20:00
Friday, June 19 Summer Series 07 NLHE 6-Max $20 $6,000 22:00
Saturday, June 20 Summer Series 08 NLHE 6-Max $100 $20,000 16:00
Saturday, June 20 Summer Series 09 PLO 6-Max $50 $5,000 19:30
Saturday, June 20 Summer Series 10 [Progressive KO] NLHE 8-Max $75 $7,500 22:00
Sunday, June 21 Summer Series 11 NLHE 6-Max $75 $20,000 16:00
Sunday, June 21 Summer Series 12 [Sunday Special SE] NLHE 9-Max $100 $100,000 18:00
Sunday, June 21 Summer Series 13 [Mini Special] NLHE 9-Max $25 $15,000 18:30
Sunday, June 21 Summer Series 14 [Progressive KO] NLHE 8-Max $75 $12,500 20:00
Sunday, June 21 Summer Series 15 [Sunday Supersonic SE] NLHE 9-Max $50 $10,000 22:00
Monday, June 22 Summer Series 16 NLHE 4-Max $20 $7,500 19:00
Monday, June 22 Summer Series 17 [Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE] NLHE 6-Max $50 $15,000 20:00
Monday, June 22 Summer Series 18 NLHE 8-Max $75 $7,500 21:00
Tuesday, June 23 Summer Series 19 [Super Tuesday SE] NLHE 9-Max $200 $35,000 19:00
Tuesday, June 23 Summer Series 20 [Mini Super Tuesday] NLHE 9-Max $20 $15,000 19:30
Tuesday, June 23 Summer Series 21 [Progressive KO] NLHE 8-Max $50 $7,500 21:00
Wednesday, June 24 Summer Series 22 NLHE 6-Max $50 $10,000 19:00
Wednesday, June 24 Summer Series 23 [High Roller] NLHE 6-Max $500 $35,000 20:00
Wednesday, June 24 Summer Series 24 [Progressive KO] PLO 8-Max $20 $5,000 21:00
Thursday, June 25 Summer Series 25 [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE] NLHE 9-Max $200 $30,000 19:00
Thursday, June 25 Summer Series 26 [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill] NLHE 9-Max $20 $15,000 19:30
Thursday, June 25 Summer Series 27 NLHE 6-Max $100 $12,500 21:00
Friday, June 26 Summer Series 28 NL Omaha H/L 6-Max $50 $5,000 19:00
Friday, June 26 Summer Series 29 [Progressive KO] NLHE 6-Max $100 $25,000 20:00
Friday, June 26 Summer Series 30 NLHE 8-Max $20 $5,000 21:00
Saturday, June 27 Summer Series 31 NLHE 9-Max $30 $7,500 17:00
Saturday, June 27 Summer Series 32 [Progressive KO] NLHE 8-Max $100 $20,000 20:00
Saturday, June 27 Summer Series 33 PLO 6-Max $50 $3,500 21:00
Sunday, June 28 Summer Series 34 [Progressive KO] NLHE 6-Max $20 $10,000 14:00
Sunday, June 28 Summer Series 35 [Main Event] NLHE 9-Max $200 $150,000 17:00
Sunday, June 28 Summer Series 36 [Mini Main] NLHE 9-Max $50 $25,000 18:00
Sunday, June 28 Summer Series 37 PLO 6-Max $100 $10,000 20:00
Sunday, June 28 Summer Series 38 [Series Wrap-Up] NLHE 8-Max $75 $10,000 21:00