PokerStars Launches Winter Series on Christmas Day

PokerStars Launches Winter Series on Christmas Day

A series for every season…is not PokerStars’ motto, but perhaps it should be. It seems as if there is always an online poker tournament series wrapping up at the same time that another one is on tap.

Just a few weeks ago, the MicroMillions series wrapped, which led into the High Rollers. That series from December 1-9 offered $11 million in prize pools for the 27 tournaments. And it wrapped up with a Main Event that attracted 515 entries and awarded $2,575,000 in prize money.

While most might take time off for the holidays, PokerStars is getting ready to kick off its Winter Series, complete with 242 tournaments and $50 million in guarantees.

Winter Series Basics

The series starts on December 25 and runs through January 11, 2020.

There are a whopping 242 tournaments.

Each unique event typically offers three versions – at low buy-in, medium buy-in, and high buy-in levels – to accommodate players of all bankrolls. A few – like the Sunday Million – retain their usual buy-ins. But there will be 34 tournaments with buy-ins as low as $5.50 and 47 events with buy-ins of more than $1K.

Included in the mix will be a Sunday Million with a $3 million guarantee, a Phase 2 event, and an entire week of high-stakes events.

Winter Series Highlights

Speaking of that Sunday Million, this is the big one to end the year:

–Event 16 on December 29:  $215 NLHE Sunday Million ($3M GTD)

The Phase 2 tournament is already underway with a $109 buy-in and massive $2.5 million guarantee. It is officially dubbed Event 1 and wraps on January 12.

Christmas Day will offer a plethora of options:

–Event 2:  $5.50 / $55 / $530 NLHE ($75K / $250K / $300K GTD)

–Event 3:  $11 / $109 / $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Progressive KO ($75K / $150K / $175K GTD)

But New Year’s Day has a bigger offering:

–Event 25:  $5.50 / $55 / $530 NLHE Progressive KO ($40K / $175K / $200K GTD)

–Event 26:  $11 / $109 / $1,050 NLHE 8-Max ($75K / $150K / $200K GTD)

–Event 27:  $22 / $215 / $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Progressive KO ($175K / $300K / $350K GTD)

–Event 28:  $5.50 / $55 / $530 NLHE 8-Max Hyper-Turbo ($25K / $75K / $125K GTD)

Of course, the highlight of the series for most players is the Main Event, which will guarantee $4.5 million in its three iterations:

–Event 78-L on January 12:  $55 NLHE Main Event 8-Max ($1M GTD)

–Event 78-M on January 12:  $530 NLHE Main Event 8-Max ($1.5M GTD)

–Event 78-H on January 12:  $5,200 NLHE Main Event 8-Max ($2M GTD)

The full schedule, including links to all qualifiers, is on the PokerStars website.

Winning Tickets

As with all PokerStars series, there will be many satellites offered in which players can win their seats into larger buy-in tournaments.

For the Main Event, for example, there will be approximately $30,000 worth of satellite tickets awarded. Those start as low as $2.20.

The same goes for the $3M Sunday Million, with satellites starting at less than $1 and already running.

Other ways to win seats include Spin & Go 10’s, which will be at the $4 and $40 levels. Players can also look out for Christmas Calendar Chests and Stars Rewards Chests.


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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