PokerStars Includes Pennsyl-MANIA in Year-End Events

Less than a week ago, PokerStars announced a new Blowout Series for its global audience. It is a way for online poker players to come together to kick 2020 out the door on a good note.

This week, PokerStars US announced a few poker opportunities for its players in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While the player pools are not linked together across state lines yet, the operator put something in the stockings of each state.

December 13-20: PA Turbo Week

Pennsylvania players may have only one online poker site, but PokerStars is trying to make sure they have great poker events this month.

Starting on Sunday, December 13, PokerStars PA will kick off PA Turbo Week. The series of 56 tournaments will run through December 20 with more than $500K guaranteed. The buy-ins range from $5 to $1K.

There are numerous highlights on the schedule, and quite a few with $10K guarantees or higher. Those are listed here, with the Main Events highlighted:

Event 1: $100 NLHE Series Kick-Off ($10K GTD)

Event 3: $150 NLHE 6-Max ($10K GTD)

Event 5: $100 NLHE Sunday Special 2nd Chance ($30K GTD)

Event 10: $300 NLHE 6-Max ($15K GTD)

Event 16: $200 NLHE 7-Max ($10K GTD)

Event 19: $200 NLHE Super Tuesday 2nd Chance ($15K GTD)

Event 23: $1K NLHE ($35K GTD)

Event 32: $200 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill 2nd Chance ($15K GTD)

Event 36: $300 NLHE PKO 6-Max ($12.5K GTD)

Event 42: $50 NLHE PKO Deepstack 6-Max ($10K GTD)

Event 48: $100 NLHE PKO Deepstack ($20K GTD)

Event 51: $200 NLHE Main Event ($60K GTD) (up to 3 reentries)

Event 52: $20 NLHE Mini Main Event ($10K GTD) (up to 3 reentries)

Event 54: $100 NLHE 6-Max ($10K GTD)

Event 55: $75 NLHE Hyper-Turbo Sunday Supersonic ($10K GTD)

The entire series consists of mostly No Limit Hold’em but adds PLO, NLO, HORSE, 5-Card PLO, 8-Game, and even Badugi into the mix. Formats include everything from heads-up to Win the Button, and a lot of Progressive Knockouts thrown in for good measure.

There will also be Second Chance Freerolls, wherein every player who doesn’t make the money in a tournament wins a freeroll ticket. Those freerolls will award approximately $1,500 in Turbo Week tickets.

December 27: Pennsyl-MANIA

The idea just seemed to fit. PokerStars ran its first Pennsyl-MANIA in May of this year. It was a single-tournament affair with a significant prize pool guarantee.

That first Pennsyl-MANIA guaranteed $250K for the $200 buy-in but actually brought in enough entries to create a $515,964 prize pool. The second iteration of the tournament ran in August, still with a $200 buy-in but a higher guarantee of $350K. That one did well with a $376,836 prize pool.

The last Pennsyl-MANIA of 2020 will be the biggest yet. The buy-in will remain at $200 but the guarantee is soaring to $500K. It will be a two-day event for those who make it that far, but everyone will start the tournament on Sunday, December 27. Late registration will be open for more four hours and 35 minutes after the start of the event at 17:00 ET. During that time, players can reenter up to five times.

Satellites are already running from just $5. Players who make a deposit using the “MANIA” code can also win entries to a depositor freeroll with $10K worth of tickets in the prize pool.

December 27: New Jersey Classic

Not forgetting the New Jersey players, PokerStars will offer a special New Jersey Classic tournament on Sunday, December 27.

The website doesn’t yet mention or list the tournament, but PokerStars does note that there will be a depositor freeroll for that one, too. Players making a deposit can use the “CLASSIC” code to win a freeroll seat, and that freeroll will ultimately award $10K in seats.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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