PokerStars Brings Back Bounty Builder Series Oct 11-25

PokerStars Brings Back Bounty Builder Series Oct 11-25

Poker players today seem to love bounty tournaments. A little progressive knockout action here and some total knockout action there. The bounty adds another element to tournaments, allows for some unique strategies to obtain bounties but remain on course for the long-term result.

While poker players had their fill of online poker series over the summer, they’ve had a few weeks to relax. It’s the perfect time for PokerStars to order up another round of its popular Bounty Builder Series.

Back in February 2020, that Bounty Builder iteration delivered a schedule of 180 tournaments with $25 million in guarantees over the course of two weeks.

This month, PokerStars increases the options to more than 200 tournaments and ups the cumulative guarantee to $30 million.

Series Overview

The PokerStars Bounty Builder Series is a schedule full of tournaments, all of which are in the progressive knockout (PKO) format. Every player is a bounty. When Player A knocks Player B out of the tournament, Player A receives half of the bounty, and the other half becomes part of an increasing bounty on Player A.

There will be seven tournaments with the TKO title, meaning they are Total Knockout events. In those cases, PokerStars allocates the entire prize pool to bounties only. There is no other prize pool.

This October Bounty Builder will offer 213 of those Knockout events, altogether guaranteeing more than $30 million in prize pools.

The buy-ins for the tournaments range from $1.10 to $1,050. Overall, however, PokerStars says that the average buy-in is lower in this series than in the past, giving more players the opportunity to compete.

Series Highlights

There will be two main attractions in this series, both happening on Sunday, October 25. Those are:

–Event 204:  $530 buy-in NLHE PKO 8-Max Main Event ($2.5M GTD)

–Event 205:  $55 buy-in NLHE PKO 8-Max Main Event ($1M GTD)

In addition, two other tournaments will boast of million-dollar guarantees:

–Event 6:  $530 NLHE PKO High Roller Special Edition ($1M GTD)

–Event 105:  $109 NLHE PKO Sunday Million Special Edition ($1.5M GTD)

While the vast majority of the tournaments will be No Limit Hold’em, there will be 23 events in other variants, such as PLO, 6+, 8-Game, and HORSE. Twelve of the tournaments on the schedule will be hyper-turbos.

The first day of action on Sunday, October 11, provides an example of the type of variety available to players throughout the series:

–Event 1:  $22 PLO PKO 6-Max ($20K GTD)

–Event 2:  $11 NLHE PKO 8-Max ($115K GTD)

–Event 3:  $109 NLHE PKO 8-Max ($225K GTD)

–Event 4:  $1,050 NLHE PKO 8-Max Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition ($300K GTD)

–Event 5:  $22 NLHE PKO 6-Max Turbo ($125K GTD)

–Event 6:  $530 NLHE PKO High Roller Special Edition ($1M GTD)

–Event 7:  $55 NLHE PKO ($400K GTD)

–Event 8:  $109 NL08 PKO 6-Max ($60K GTD)

–Event 9:  $215 NLHE PKO 8-Max Turbo ($300K GTD)

–Event 10:  $22 NLHE PKO 8-Max Turbo ($150K GTD)

–Event 11:  $55 NLHE PKO 6-Max Hyper-Turbo ($135K GTD)

–Event 12:  $109 NLHE PKO ($375K GTD)

–Event 13:  $11 NLHE PKO ($125K GTD)

–Event 14:  $1.10 NLHE PKO ($12K GTD)

–Event 15:  $530 NLHE PKO 8-Max Turbo Sunday Cooldown Special Edition ($275K GTD)


The rest of the schedule that runs through October 25 is on the PokerStars website.

As always, players can win their seats to any of the Bounty Builder Series events through satellites, which begin as low as $0.11. There will also be $4 Spin & Gos awarding 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

Disclaimer: The information on this site is my interpretation of the laws as made available online. It is in no way meant to serve as legal advice or instruction. We recommend that you seek legal advice from a licensed attorney for further or official guidance.

Leave a Reply

Related Articles