Football-Themed PokerStars PA Winter Series Kicks Off This Saturday, January 25

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On the heels of its successful inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker, PokerStars is ready to kick off its second major online poker tournament series in the Keystone State with the Winter Series.

Pennsylvania’s first-ever Winter Series takes place from Jan. 25-Feb. 1 and features 30 different football-themed multi-table tournaments with a healthy $675,000 in total guarantees.

PokerStars, which operates in conjunction with online sports betting arm FOX Bet in Pennsylvania, has timed the series to fill part of that two-week gap between the NFL’s Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl. The eight-day series will give those poker-playing football fans something to focus on right up until “The Big Game” with each of the 30 tournaments being given a football-themed name like “The Coin Toss,” “Play Action,” “The Juke,” “Half-Time,” and more.

But that’s where the football marketing stops and the poker takes over. The Winter Series schedule features buy-ins ranging from $30 all the way up to the $500 buy-in of the High Roller, with 28 of the 30 tournaments providing a guarantee of five-figures or more.

Spotlight events

There are plenty of bankroll-boosting opportunities for PA online poker players during the Winter Series.

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Right out of the gate, on Jan. 26, the second day of the series, PokerStars has stacked its Sunday schedule. With over $160,000 in guarantees, the day is highlighted by the $50,000 GTD The Blitz – Sunday Special SE (Single Entry).

Then on Tuesday, Jan. 28, players can jump into The Sack – Super Tuesday SE with an increased $250 buy-in and $40,000 guarantee.

For those looking to play even higher, The Turnover – High Roller on Jan. 29 comes with a $500 price tag and has $35,000 guaranteed.

For those looking for a break from the dominant game of no-limit hold’em, there are a pair of pot-limit Omaha events on the schedule as well. The first takes place on Jan. 26 and has a $100 buy-in with a $12,000 guarantee and the second fires on Jan. 29 with a $50 buy-in and an $8,000 guarantee.

All of the prelim action leads up to “The Big Game,” a.k.a. The Main Event. Taking place on Saturday, Feb. 1, the Winter Series Main Event features a $300 buy-in and a $100,000 guarantee.

Regularly running satellites priced between $20-$50 with as many as three seats guaranteed are helping to funnel players into the tournament. Plus, on Feb. 1, right before the start of the Main Event, there will be a $50 buy-in mega-satellite that will give away at least 20 seats.

Plenty of promotions

In addition to the standard satellites to the Main Event, PokerStars PA is awarding new qualifying depositors an entry into the Winter Series Depositor Freeroll. PokerStars is putting $7,500 into the freeroll, which will be distributed as 25 entries into the Main Event.

PokerStars is also giving away $1,000 in free cash for Winter Series players every day. For players who register for a Winter Series tournament and fail to make the money, PokerStars is awarding them with an entry to a Second Chance All-In Shootout event. These contests take place between Jan. 26-31 and play out as a series of all-ins where those players lucky enough to make it to the end win their share of the $1,000. Since there’s no decision-making on the players’ part, they don’t even need to be present to participate.

The enticing guarantees of the Winter Series plus thousands of dollars in additional promotions point to the fact that online poker continues to thrive in the Keystone State.

Following its successful two-day soft launch back in November, PokerStars has continued to see support for online poker. In its first month of activity, PokerStars reported $1.965 mm in revenue. The site followed that up with $2.47 mm in revenue in December after a successful PACOOP where, after originally posting a slate of guarantees, the operator increased many of them to take into account how well the first weekend went.

Having some experience in Pennsylvania under its belt, it is unlikely that PokerStars will adjust the guarantees of the Winter Series — but one never knows. All eyes will be on the opening weekend, which gets underway this Saturday.

PokerStars PA Winter Series schedule

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT GAME BUY-IN GTD
January 25 17:00 The Warm-Up – NLHE NLHE $50 $20,000
January 25 19:00 The Anthem – Nightly Stars SE NLHE $100 $30,000
January 25 21:00 The Coin Toss – Turbo PKO NLHE $200 $15,000
January 26 13:00 Kick-Off – Deepstack NLHE $100 $25,000
January 26 14:00 The Return – 6-Max NLHE $50 $20,000
January 26 15:30 Play Action – PKO NLHE $150 $30,000
January 26 17:00 The Blitz – Sunday Special SE NLHE $200 $50,000
January 26 18:00 First Down – Mini Sunday Special NLHE $30 $15,000
January 26 19:00 The Handoff – PL Omaha PLO $100 $12,000
January 26 22:00 The Block – Supersonic SE NLHE $75 $12,000
January 27 19:00 The Juke – 4-Max NLHE $100 $15,000
January 27 20:00 The Spin – Battle Royale SE NLHE $50 $20,000
January 27 21:00 The Tackle – Variable Levels NLHE $150 $15,000
January 28 19:00 The Sack – Super Tuesday SE NLHE $250 $40,000
January 28 19:30 The Punt – Mini Super Tuesday NLHE $30 $15,000
January 28 21:00 Half-Time – Turbo PKO NLHE $100 $15,000
January 29 19:00 The Turnover – High Roller NLHE $500 $35,000
January 29 20:00 The Drive – PL Omaha, 6-Max PLO $50 $8,000
January 29 21:00 The Redzone – Turbo NLHE $150 $15,000
January 30 19:00 The Touchdown – Thursday Thrill SE NLHE $200 $35,000
January 30 19:30 Extra Point – Mini Thrill NLHE $50 $20,000
January 30 21:00 Deep Hyper-Turbo NLHE $100 $15,000
January 31 19:00 The Onside Kick – Vanilla NLHE $100 $10,000
January 31 20:00 The Snap – PKO, Big Antes NLHE $150 $15,000
January 31 21:00 Hail Mary – Turbo NLHE $50 $8,000
January 31 22:00 The Catch – Deep Hyper-Turbo NLHE $100 $10,000
February 1 15:00 The Comeback – PKO, 8-Max NLHE $100 $15,000
February 1 17:00 The Big Game – Main Event NLHE $300 $100,000
February 1 18:30 Overtime – Mini-Main NLHE $50 $25,000
February 1 20:00 Victory Parade – Turbo PKO NLHE $100 $15,000
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Jeff Walsh

Jeff Walsh has been a member of the poker media for over seven years and currently serves as the Senior Writer for the leading online poker website PocketFives.com. He is also a contributor to the Sports Handle/US Bets network of sites.

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