PokerStars Midstakes Madness: Medium Buy-Ins, Big Guarantees PokerStars Midstakes Madness: Medium Buy-Ins, Big Guarantees

Some buy-ins are too big, and others are too small, but Midstakes Madness from PokerStars will have seven days of poker games priced “just right” in the middle. Starting August 6, Pokerstars has 61 games on the schedule priced between $11 and $215.

There is almost $6 million guaranteed across the week-long series, with two games featuring $1 million guarantees and 19 that guarantee $100k or more. Both million-dollar games are rebranded versions of the Sunday Million — PokerStars’ premier Sunday game — on the opening and closing days of the series, with the final Sunday Million on August 13 as the Main Event for this series.

Those two Sunday Million games represent some pretty serious value, with $9,175 guaranteed for every $1 of buy-in (rake included). They are the best value games of the whole series by that measure, but for players on the lower end of the mid-stakes range, there are two $11 events that come very close in value.

2023 Midstakes Madness Summary

Dates August 6-13, 2023
Tournaments 61
Guaranteed $5,855,000
Max Gtd $1,000,000
Min Gtd $8000
Buy-In Range $11 – $215
Average Buy-In $55.23
Median Buy-In $55.00
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More than $5.8 Million Guaranteed in Midstakes Madness

In total, there is $5.85 million guaranteed across the 61 events scheduled for the series. There are at least six tournaments on the Midstakes Madness schedule every day, with as many as 10 on the final day of play on August 13. Both Sundays in the series feature guarantees of more than $1.75 million, with the final Sunday coming in just shy of $2 million in prizes spread across 10 events.

2023 Midstakes Madness Daily Guarantees

Date Events Guarantees
06-Aug 9 $1,768,000
07-Aug 6 $383,500
08-Aug 7 $315,000
09-Aug 6 $280,000
10-Aug 7 $363,000
11-Aug 7 $343,000
12-Aug 9 $435,000
13-Aug 10 $1,967,500

The best guarantees of the series come from the two Sunday Million games that have been rebranded as Special Edition entries in the Midstakes Madness series. They both have the usual $1,000,000 guarantee, and the final version serves as the Main Event for the series.

High-Value MIdstakes Games

The Sunday Million games on the opening and closing days are the best value games of the series, but that is hardly a surprise as the Sunday Million is the best weekly value on PokerStars. Some other special games for this series come close to the Sunday Million’s epic value.

With the fees included, the Sunday Million events come in at $9,174.31 in guarantee for every dollar of buy-in, but they are not the only value to be found on the opening and closing days of the festival. There are also two $11 tournaments that bracket the series, and both guarantee $100k for $9,090.91 in value.

The opening day value continues with the $22 PKO game, with $100k guaranteed for $4,545.45 in value to round out the top five high-value games.

2023 Midstakes Madness High-Value Games

Date Time Name Gtd Buy-In $Gtd/$Buy-in
06-Aug 13:05 $109 Sunday Million [8-Max, Progressive KO, Midstakes Madness] $1,000,000 $109.00 $9,174.31
13-Aug 13:05 $109 SUNDAY MILLION [8-Max, Progressive KO, Midstakes Madness MAIN EVENT] $1,000,000 $109.00 $9,174.31
06-Aug 14:05 $11 Sunday Storm [8-Max, Midstakes Madness] $100,000 $11.00 $9,090.91
13-Aug 14:05 $11 Sunday Storm [8-Max, Midstakes Madness Mini Main Event] $100,000 $11.00 $9,090.91
06-Aug 11:30 $22 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] $100,000 $22.00 $4,545.45
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Power Through to Midstakes Madness Tickets with Power Path

Power Path As always, there are lots of ways to get into the Midstakes Madness games for less than the advertised buy-ins. There is a whole slew of MTT satellites on the client for the two Sunday Million games as well as others. For a look at the MTT satellites on offer, select the Midstakes Madness tab in the main lobby, then click the MTT Sats sub-tab,

In addition to the regular MTT satellites, players can also take the Power Path into Midstakes Madness games. Power Path players can use Bronze Passes to enter any $109 buy-in event on the schedule, and for players with a Step 4 ticket for Power Path, a Sunday Millions buy-in awaits if they choose!

For players who look at series like WCOOP and say “too big” and look at MicroMillions and say “too small,” Midstakes Madness might well be the Goldilocks series where the porridge is “just right.”

Head to PokerStars now and jump onto the Path to Midstakes Madness!