PokerStars Unveils New Tournament Series for Players in Pennsylvania

PokerStars Unveils New Tournament Series for Players in Pennsylvania
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

PokerStars is bringing its latest tournament series to add to the options for Pennsylvania sports betting.

PokerStars announced on Friday that Bounty Builder tournaments is coming to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan.

Bounty Builder starts Friday, May 13 and runs thru May 23 with 135 progressive knockout tournaments scheduled across the Keystone State.

The online series will have more than $2 million guaranteed across the three states. The biggest pot of $1 million is here in Pennsylvania. The prize pool is $500,000 in New Jersey. Michigan has a guarantee of $700,000.

The main events will begin on May 22. All main events will have $300 buy-ins. The rest of the series will have buy-ins that range from as little as $5 up to $1,000, allowing players of all abilities to get involved.

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Breaking Down Key Features of Bounty Builder

Highlights of the series include:

  • PokerStars trophies:  Six trophies will be awarded in each state. Five will be awarded in trophy events and a new series trophy for the overall leaderboard winner.
  • Bounty Leaderboards: Cash prizes will be awarded to those players who win the largest number of bounties across each state.
  • High Rollers:  A $1,000 high roller event in each state.
  • Free Bounty: A $5 tournament in which every player gets a free $1 bounty added by PokerStars PA.
  • Freerolls: Players will receive a ticket to freeroll on May 21, awarding tickets to the new Hybrid Satellite and the Main Event.
  • Hybrid Satellite: A debut for the 2022 series. A number of seats will be awarded to the Main Event in each state, giving players a second chance to win a seat from the freeroll, in addition to win cash prizes.
  • Variety: With the return of Last Man Standing and Mini Bounties, to new debuts such as Bounty Adrenaline and Win the Button PKO, there’s plenty of variety for players to participate in.

Recent PokerStars Tourneys

PokerStars recently held its Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), from March 25-April 11. It had a guarantee combined total of more than $4.5 million in prizes across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan.

Those three states are among the few in which you can play online poker in PA legally. You also can do so in Delaware, West Virginia and Nevada.

PokerStars also held a successful Winter Series that started in January.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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