PokerStars Brings Bounty Builder Series to PA and NJ

PokerStars Brings Bounty Builder Series to PA and NJ

The United States presence of PokerStars is a small but mighty one. The company has a solid market share in New Jersey, and it is the only online poker site in Pennsylvania…and has been since it launched in November 2019.

PokerStars had a unique opportunity this year to show its best self, especially in Pennsylvania. Poker players were stuck in their homes from March through most of June, and some of them are still unable to find live poker games. Players in Pennsylvania and New Jersey had few options for poker, which gave PokerStars the chance to impress its captive audience.

At some point, players will return to casinos, though that time may not be soon if the coronavirus pandemic has anything to say about it. While many of those players remain at home, PokerStars has the chance to woo them once again.

This time, it’s with the Bounty Builder Series. PokerStars in Pennsylvania gets one, and New Jersey gets the other. And they’re ready to go this coming weekend.

Pennsylvania Bounty Builder Series

The series launches in Pennsylvania on Sunday, July 12. PokerStars will bring its dot-com series featuring all progressive knockout tournaments to the players in the one-site market. (There is a chance that WSOP.com could launch this month in Pennsylvania, but at this point, PokerStars remains the sole poker operator in the state.)

Pennsylvania players will find 70 tournaments on their schedule and $1.5 million in prize pool guarantees. The series will run through July 26.

Of the 70 tournaments in the Bounty Builder Series, eighteen of them will be Championship Belt events. Players of those events will find bigger guarantees, and the winners will receive actual belts.

The Championship Belt events, with the Main Event highlighted, will be as follows:

Event 1 (July 12):  $100 NLHE 8-Max Series Kick-Off ($40K GTD)

Event 4 (July 12):  $100 NLHE Sunday Special Bounty Builder Edition ($100K GTD)

Event 10 (July 13):  $50 NLHE 6-Max Battle Royale Special Edition ($25K GTD)

Event 12 (July 14):  $75 NLHE 8-Max ($20K GTD)

Event 16 (July 15):  $500 NLHE 8-Max High Roller ($60K GTD)

Event 19 (July 16):  $200 NLHE Thursday Thrill Special Edition ($50K GTD)

Event 24 (July 17):  $50 NLHE 8-Max Escalating Antes ($20K GTD)

Event 28 (July 18):  $200 NLHE 8-Max ($30K GTD)

Event 35 (July 19):  $100 NLHE Sunday Special Bounty Builder Edition ($100K GTD)

Event 36 (July 19):  $25 NLHE Mini Special ($100K GTD)

Event 42 (July 20):  $50 NLHE 6-Max Battle Royale Special Edition ($25K GTD)

Event 45 (July 21):  $200 NLHE Super Tuesday Bounty Builder Edition ($50K GTD)

Event 51 (July 22):  $50 NLHE 8-Max ($15K GTD)

Event 54 (July 23):  $200 NLHE Thursday Thrill Special Edition ($50K GTD)

Event 59 (July 24):  $50 NLHE 6-Max ($25K GTD)

Event 61 (July 25):  $100 NLHE 8-Max 25% Knockout ($25K GTD)

Event 66 (July 26-27):  $200 NLHE 8-Max Main Event ($150K GTD)

Event 67 (July 26):  $50 NLHE 8-Max Mini Main Event ($40K GTD)

New Jersey Bounty Builder Series

This series will begin for the New Jersey market on Sunday, July 12. Much of the series is similar to the aforementioned Pennsylvania one, wrapping up on July 26. But there are a few key changes.

PokerStars is only offering 53 tournaments for New Jersey players and $600K in guarantees.

New Jersey happens to be a much different market, notably because of its size and competing poker sites. Not only are there two major sites running against PokerStars, one of them is offering WSOP 2020 Online tournaments throughout the month of July, complete with WSOP gold bracelets.

The PokerStars series for NJ players is still substantial and will offer the following 18 Championship Belt events throughout the 15 days:

Event 1 (July 12):  $100 NLHE 8-Max Series Kick-Off ($20K GTD)

Event 4 (July 12):  $200 NLHE Sunday Special Bounty Builder Edition ($14K GTD)

Event 8 (July 13):  $100 NLHE 6-Max Battle Royale Special Edition ($15K GTD)

Event 10 (July 14):  $75 NLHE 8-Max ($10K GTD)

Event 13 (July 15):  $750 NLHE 6-Max High Roller ($20K GTD)

Event 15 (July 16):  $200 NLHE Thursday Thrill Special Edition ($17.5K GTD)

Event 18 (July 17):  $150 NLHE 8-Max Escalating Antes ($12.5K GTD)

Event 22 (July 18):  $200 NLHE 8-Max ($15K GTD)

Event 27 (July 19):  $200 NLHE Sunday Special Bounty Builder Edition ($40K GTD)

Event 28 (July 19):  $25 NLHE Mini Special ($7.5K GTD)

Event 33 (July 20):  $50 NLHE 6-Max Battle Royale Special Edition ($10K GTD)

Event 34 (July 21):  $250 NLHE Super Tuesday Bounty Builder Edition ($25K GTD)

Event 39 (July 22):  $50 NLHE ($10K GTD)

Event 41 (July 23):  $250 NLHE Thursday Thrill Special Edition ($25K GTD)

Event 44 (July 24):  $150 NLHE 6-Max ($12.5K GTD)

Event 46 (July 25):  $100 NLHE 8-Max 25% Knockout ($10K GTD)

Event 50 (July 26-27):  $300 NLHE 8-Max Main Event ($70K GTD)

Event 51 (July 26):  $50 NLHE 8-Max Mini Main Event ($20K GTD)

 

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 PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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