PokerStars PA Winter Series Crushes Guarantees, Pays Out $1.7 Million

Last year was a good one for PokerStars Pennsylvania, the first full year the site has been live. From the looks of things, this year has begun in fine fashion as well with a successful PokerStars PA and Fox Bet Winter Series.

The 11-day, 45-event series concluded Monday night. The tournaments attracted more than 20,000 total entries and collectively awarded just over $1.7 million.

That total was more than one-and-a-half times the tournaments’ guarantees. In fact, all 45 of the tournaments had prize pools exceed their guarantees.

Series-ending Main Event awards $321K

It was the first time a PokerStars PA tournament series saw the prize pool of every single tournament top its scheduled guarantee.

All of the tournament series on the site have been popular among Pennsylvania players. However, each previous series has had at least a few tournaments end with (usually small) overlays. That wasn’t the case with this year’s Winter Series.

The largest prize pool came in the series-climaxing Main Event, a two-day, $300 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament in which participants were allowed up to five re-entries.

The Main Event came with a $200,000 guarantee, but with 738 entries and 409 re-entries, the prize pool ultimately totaled $321,160. Player “okstaeks” took the title to win just over $51,500, the largest first prize of the series.

Big turnouts, large prize pools across all 45 events

There were 13,544 entries and 6,633 re-entries across the 45 events. The 20,177 total entries means there was an average of 448 entries per event.

The 1,257 entries in the $50 Mini Main Event was the largest field of the Winter Series.

The $1,700,218.90 won over the course of the Winter Series was well above the $1,072,000 in total guarantees. That ratio of prize pools totaling nearly 1.6 times the guarantees rivals what PokerStars PA enjoyed in last April’s Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker and the PokerStars PA Summer Series in June.

It also more than doubles the amount of money awarded in the inaugural PokerStars PA Winter Series a year ago. That series consisted of 30 events during which players won just over $828,000.

Nine of the events had prize pools that more than doubled the guarantees. Another one that came close was the $50,000-guaranteed High Roller event with a $1,000 buy-in. The event drew exactly 100 entries, pushing the prize pool up to $95,000.

Here’s a look at all the turnouts and totals from the PokerStars PA and FOX Bet Winter Series.

PokerStars PA Winter Series by the numbers

Event Buy-in Guarantee Entries Re-Entries Prize Pool
1: NLHE [8-Max, Series Kick-Off] $50 $25,000 617 370 $44,908.50
2: NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE] $200 $40,000 225 102 $60,822.00
3: NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill] $20 $15,000 663 342 $18,291.00
4: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] $100 $8,500 140 54 $17,809.20
5: NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO] $150 $20,000 244 120 $50,122.80
6: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $50 $12,500 372 127 $22,704.50
7: NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deep] $100 $10,000 145 38 $17,385.00
8: NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack] $100 $30,000 368 208 $52,876.80
9: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE] $50 $15,000 294 112 $18,473.00
10: HORSE [6-Max] $75 $5,000 125 34 $10,851.75
11: NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Deep] $50 $12,500 356 129 $22,067.50
12: NLHE [8-Max, Marathon] $100 $25,000 237 96 $30,569.40
13: NLHE [6-Max] $50 $17,500 328 174 $22,841.00
14: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] $150 $20,000 177 71 $34,149.60
15: NLHE [Sunday Special SE] $100 $100,000 691 503 $109,609.20
16: PLO [6-Max] $75 $6,500 134 63 $13,445.25
17: NLHE [Progressive KO] $200 $25,000 153 74 $42,222.00
18: NLHE [Turbo, Sunday Special 2nd Chance Turbo] $100 $20,000 205 60 $24,327.00
19: NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE] $75 $10,000 167 44 $14,875.50
20: NLHE [4-Max] $200 $25,000 115 79 $36,084.00
21: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] $10 $6,500 692 404 $9,973.60
22: NL 5-Card Draw [8-Max] $50 $3,000 61 23 $3,822.00
23: NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] $100 $10,000 152 42 $17,809.20
24: NLHE [Super Tuesday SE] $250 $50,000 204 97 $70,133.00
25: NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday] $30 $12,500 508 279 $21,485.10
26: NLO8 [8-Max, Turbo] $100 $7,500 90 31 $11,107.80
27: NLHE [6-Max] $30 $15,000 549 349 $24,515.40
28: NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] $1,000 $50,000 75 25 $95,000.00
29: NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] $100 $12,500 176 55 $21,205.80
30: NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO] $50 $10,000 333 207 $24,570.00
31: NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE] $250 $50,000 169 85 $59,182.00
32: NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill] $30 $15,000 505 216 $19,683.30
33: NLHE [Turbo, Deepstack] $75 $8,500 236 80 $21,567.00
34: 5-Card PLO [6-Max, Turbo] $50 $5,000 122 37 $7,234.50
35: NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom] $20 $5,000 494 283 $14,141.40
36: NLHE [8-Max] $300 $30,000 133 59 $53,760.00
37: 8-Game $100 $6,500 75 27 $9,363.60
38: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] $50 $15,000 485 218 $31,986.50
39: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] $75 $10,000 148 50 $13,513.50
40: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack] $100 $30,000 443 219 $60,771.60
41: NLHE [Main Event] $300 $200,000 738 409 $321,160.00
42: NLHE [Mini Main Event] $50 $35,000 816 441 $57,193.50
43: NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] $100 $25,000 302 119 $38,647.80
44: PLO [6-Max, Turbo] $100 $7,500 94 27 $11,107.80
45: NLHE [7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Series Wrap-Up] $75 $10,000 188 51 $16,849.50
TOTALS 13544 6633 $1,700,218.90

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