Pokerstars Winter Series

Winter Series Depositor Freeroll. This offer runs until 20:59 on January 9, 2021. Players who make a deposit of €25 or more, using the Bonus Code 'WINTER20', will get a ticket to the Winter Series Depositor Freeroll. They can use the ticket to manually register for the Winter Series Depositor Freeroll. The PokerStars PA Winter Series followed the completion of the PokerStars NJ Winter Series in January, a nine-day, 21-event series that featured $300,000 in guarantees. In PokerStars NJ’s version of the series, every event exceeded its guarantee except one that was.

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PokerStars’ popular Winter Series returns from Christmas Day and sees a bustling schedule of 82 events take place over three weeks. Don’t overindulge in turkey, mince pies, and the booze between December 25 and January 13 because you’re going to need your wits about you if you want to win a slice of the $50 million worth of guarantees on offer.

Following in the footsteps of PokerStars’ other major festivals, the events on the Winter Series schedule are split into three tiers based on their buy-in. You’ll find Low, Medium, and High tiers featuring a wide variety of formats and variants with buy-ins starting at only $5.50 and increasing to $10,300. There are 242 tournaments across those 82 events for you to get your teeth into.

Winter Series Highlights

It’s hard to pluck out some highlights from the Winter Series schedule because it looks so fantastic. That said, there are some tournaments that stand out from the crowd.

Make sure you have December 29 free because this is the date the Winter Series edition of the Sunday Million takes place. Its buy-in reverts to $215 from $109, but PokerStars is boosting the guarantee to an incredible $3 million!

Pokerstars Winter Series 2021

There is also a trio of Main Events scheduled for January 13 that have combined guaranteed prize pools of $4.5 million. Fans of Phased tournaments are also catered for with a $109 buy-in $2.5 million guaranteed affair already up and running.

One area that PokerStars excels in when it comes to these festivals is making all events accessible to as many players as possible through satellites.

Spin & Go players can play in Winter Series special edition games that cost $4 or $40 to enter. These pay out a mixture of cash and Winter Series tickets, including $5,200 Main Event entries.

There’s also $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs in a Spin & Go satellite leaderboard.

Traditionalists can play standard satellites of they wish. Satellites for the $5,200 Winter Series Main Event start at only $2.2 while qualification into the $3 million Sunday Million is possible for less than a dollar. Merry Christmas!

Popular PokerStars streamer Tom 'Pleb_Method' Hayward is keen for the Winter Series to shuffle up and deal and will be streaming his play via his Twitch channel.

“I'm going to play as many of the micro to low Winter Series tourneys as possible. The guarantees are solid and there will be lots of people playing very festively. I always feel like the game is more friendly during the holiday season, people are with their loved ones, the vibe is more relaxed, and you would be surprised how much that translates into the virtual felt.

“I'm a big fan of the variety of tournaments being held, and I'm a big fan of PKOs and turbo structures so it’s great to see that there are options like that, especially when some of us might be pressed for time. As always, I'm just going to be on the hunt for life-changing money at what is a very affordable price. That's what gets me about series like this, it’s the same with WCOOP and SCOOP, you don't have to put up huge chunks to come out the other side with some serious prizes.'

PokerStars Southern Europe Festival

Those of you reading this who are located in France, Spain, or Portugal and are unable to compete in Winter Series event need not worry because the €15 million guaranteed PokerStars Southern Europe Series runs December 25 to January 16.

This action-packed festival has 260 tournaments with buy-ins of €10 to €250. Some of the Southern Europe Festival highlights including a €125,000 guaranteed Xmas Classico on Christmas Day that only costs €10 to enter, and a massive €1 million guaranteed Main Event. Oh, and don’t forget the €400,000 guaranteed €250 buy-in Winter Special on December 29 as that’s going to be great fun.

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PokerStars Italy Festival

Our Italian poker players are also well-catered for with its own Winter Series running until January 13. At least €5 million will be paid out by the time the 114th tournament crowns its champion.

Italy’s buy-ins range from €5 to €250, with the €250 buy-in Main Event on January 12 featuring a huge €500,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Stay tuned to PokerNews throughout this trio of Winter Series festivals as we bring you all the latest news and big wins from around the world.

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Starting today and running through the end of this month, PokerStars will host FOX Bet’s Winter Series for players from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The two series will run concurrently on PokerStars’ NJ and PA clients, offering more than $1.5 million in combined guaranteed prizes.

Pennsylvania Players to Compete for Over $1,000,000

The Winter Series in Pennsylvania will feature 45 individual events and offer more than $1 million in prizes. Buy-ins for the series start as low as $10 and go all the way up to $1000, so there will be plenty of action for all players.

When compared to the last year, the PokerStars PA Winter Series has grown both in the number of tournaments and in terms of guarantees.

In 2020, the series featured only 30 events and the guaranteed prize pool was significantly lower. PokerStars has upped the overall guarantee for 2021 by $325,000.

PokerStars PA Winter Series 2021 Main Event

The Main Event of the Pennsylvania leg of the series is scheduled for the last day, January 31. It will feature a buy-in of $300 and a guarantee of $200,000. It will be played as a 2-Day event, with Day 1 pausing after approximately 7 hours 30 minutes of play. Day 2 will resume a day later at 17:00 ET.

On the same day, there will be the $50 Mini Main Event, offering a guaranteed prize pool of $35,000.

Players can win their seats for the Main Event playing various satellites, while both PokerStars NJ and PA will also host a Depositor Freeroll awarding $10,000 worth of Main Event tickets as well as the Second Chance All-in Shootouts for those players who bust before making money in any of the events.

Additionally, PokerStars New Jersey players can also qualify for the $300 Main Event via a special Spin & Go costing $3 to enter.

PokerStars PA Winter Series Highlight Tournaments

In addition to the Main Event, the Winter Series will offer many interesting tournaments for Pennsylvania players. Although most tournaments feature No Limit Hold’em, there are some options for PLO and mixed-games experts as well.

• January 21 – $200 PKO with $40,000 guaranteed
• January 23 – $100 8-max deep stack event with $30,000 guaranteed
• January 24 – $100 Sunday Special featuring a guarantee of $100,000
• January 25 – $50 5-Card Draw tournament
• January 27 – $1,000 High Roller with a $50,000 guarantee
• January 29 – $20 Heads Up Zoom tournament

$500,000 up for Grabs in New Jersey

PokerStars players in New Jersey will compete for the prize pool of $500,000, which is an increase of $200,000 in comparison to last year. There is a total of 40 events, with buy-ins from just $10 up to $750.

Winter Series NJ History

Winter SeriesTotal GTDNo. of TournamentsAvg GTDMain Event
2017$275,00010$27,500$400 buy-in, $75,000 GTD
2018$325,00012$27,083$400 buy-in, $100,000 GTD
2019$300,00015$20,000$400 buy-in, $80,000 GTD
2020$300,00021$14,286$400 buy-in, $60,000 GTD
2021$500,00040$12,500$300 buy-in, $100,000 GTD

PokerStars NJ Winter Series 2021 Main Event

The Main Event of the New Jersey Winter Series will also take place on January 31. The buy-in is also $300, promising $100,000 in prize money. The Mini Main Event will offer $20,000 in guaranteed prizes for the buy-in of $50.

In addition to freeroll events offered on both sites, players on PokerStars NJ can also win Winter Series tickets through special $3 Spin & Go tournaments.

Other Notable Tournaments

With 40 events spread across 11 days, players will have no problems finding some tournaments to their own taste, both in terms of buy-ins and game formats. Beyond Main Events, these are a few tournaments that are likely to generate some traction:

• January 21 – $20 PKO Mini Thrill guaranteeing $15,000
• January 22 – $50 8-Max Turbo featuring a guarantee of $12,500
• January 23 – $75 HORSE event
• January 24 – $100 Marathon with $25,000 prize pool
• January 26 – $250 Super Tuesday with $50,000 guaranteed
• January 27 – $1000 High Roller
• January 29 – $50 5-Card PLO tournament

Both NJ and PA Winter Series will offer a lot of quality tournament action and big prizes, so grinders and poker fans alike have their work cut out for them for the final third of January.


If you are interested in playing the Main Event, make sure to take advantage of the Depositors Freeroll as a deposit of $30 will get you an entry into a tournament where $10,000 of Main Event tickets will be awarded.

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