Winter Series And Double Trouble Both Kick Off This Weekend

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January temperatures may be well below freezing for residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan, but action is heating up this weekend for online poker players in those states as the annual PokerStars Winter Series gets set to kick off once again.

For the second straight year, the schedule in each state will run concurrently, with each 10-day series beginning on Jan 22 and concluding on Jan 31. While the series has run for several years in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the 2022 edition marks Michigan’s debut.

For players looking for an alternative, BetMGM Poker is running its new Double Trouble series at the same time.

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Winter Series overview

Each state’s version of Winter Series will feature more than 40 events with buy-ins ranging from $10 to $1,000. This year’s Main Events will fall on January 30 with a $200 entry in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and a $300 entry in New Jersey. Pennsylvania’s Main Event boasts the largest guarantee at $150,000. Meanwhile, Michigan’s will guarantee a $100,000 prize pool and New Jersey’s will offer $75,000.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s Main Event guarantees are down 25% ($50K and $25K, respectively) from a year ago. The addition of the Bigstack Marathon event to the series’ schedules on the same day this year might explain this decrease. The Marathon, which also features deep starting chip stacks and a slow structure, could force some players to choose between the two events.

Overall series guarantees are similar to last year, though also down slightly. Players in Pennsylvania will compete for $1,001,500 in guaranteed prizes (down about $70K) and New Jersey players will vie for a share of $501,000 in guaranteed dough (down about $65K). Meanwhile, the first Winter Series for Michigan will feature a hefty $651,000 minimum prize pool.

Promotions

Also like last year, PokerStars will offer the same promotions across each series. These will include daily Second Chance Freerolls for those who are eliminated from events before the money and “FREEZErolls” on January 22 for those who make a deposit $30 or more. Players who deposit $100 or more will receive entry to a FREEZEroll with an even larger series ticket prize pool ($10,000 worth in PA, $5,000 in MI and $4,000 in NJ).

Schedule Breakdown

Scroll below to see the complete schedules for each series or click these links: PokerStars NJ Winter Series schedule / PokerStars PA Winter Series schedule / PokerStars MI series schedule.

As expected, No-Limit Hold’em events dominate each schedule. However, there’s a nice mix of buy-in levels to suit all bankroll sizes. Other than the series’ $1,000 and $500 High Roller events, all other tournaments cost $300 or less to enter. Also, for those who can’t afford to play the Main Event but still want a shot at a big payout, each series offers a Mini Main Event ($30 buy-in for PA and MI, $50 for NJ).

The three series’ also give players a fun variety of event structures and styles. There’s a good selection of turbos and hyper-turbos (about 25% of each series) to go along with the newly-added Bigstack and Half Price Marathons. Meanwhile, fans of progressive knockout tournaments will have plenty to choose from as well (also about 25% of each series).

Highlights

  • The PA schedule features 44 events, while NJ and MI each have 42.
  • The PA and MI series’ have a Pot-Limit Omaha, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, HORSE and No-Limit 5-Card Draw event on their schedules. The NJ series is not nearly as diverse, with just one PLO event.
  • The NJ series has the highest average buy-in of the three at $121. However, this is down from an average of $142 last year. The PA series is also down to an average buy-in of $108 (from $120 in 2021). The MI series has the lowest buy-in average of the three at $100.
  • The PA schedule includes a $10 Winter Hybrid event on Jan 29. This is an unusual cross between a standard series event and a satellite. Part of the prize pool will go to 15 Main Event seats to top finishers, while the remainder will be paid out as cash according to a typical structure.

BetMGM Double Trouble provides more MTT options

Beginning today, players in these three states can also get in on the action at BetMGM’s Double Trouble series.

As the name suggests, Double Trouble hosts two tournaments at the same time each day. From January 21 to January 30, the daily scheduled pair of events will consist of a No-Limit Hold’em tournament and a Progressive KO tournament with matching guarantees. The only exception occurs on January 29, which features a PLO and PLO bounty event.

Although Double Trouble has smaller event guarantees (all $30K and under), it too boasts a wide range of buy-ins ($20 to $535). However, unlike the Winter Series, New Jersey has the highest series guarantee ($364,000), followed by Michigan ($334,000) and Pennsylvania ($324,00).

Without much variety in game types, Double Trouble’s strength could be seen in its high ratio of PKO events. Action seekers and fans of that particular format should find a lot to appreciate, as well as smaller field sizes.

“Our players embraced the bounty-centric New Year Knockout Weekend and, this month, can play in one of the most entertaining formats in poker once again,” said BetMGM Director of Poker Luke Staudenmaier in a company press release.

Winter Series Schedule

Here are the schedules for each of the three versions of the PokerStars Winter Series. Click the links to jump to the one you’re looking for: NJ / PA / MI.

New Jersey schedule

# Date Time Buy-In Format GTD
1 22-Jan 18:00 $100 8-Max $15k
2 22-Jan 18:00 $20 8-Max $7k
3 22-Jan 20:00 $50 8-Max Freeze $5k
4 22-Jan 20:30 $200 Turbo $10k
5 23-Jan 14:00 $100 Turbo $8.5k
6 23-Jan 18:00 $250 8-Max $40k
7 23-Jan 18:30 $30 8-Max $10k
8 23-Jan 19:00 $1,000 8-Max High Roller $30k
9 23-Jan 20:00 $100 8-Max Turbo Deep $10k
10 23-Jan 22:00 $50 6-Max Hyper PKO $5k
11 24-Jan 19:00 $200 6-Max PKO $17.5k
12 24-Jan 19:00 $30 6-Max PKO $6k
13 24-Jan 20:30 $50 6-Max PLO $4k
14 25-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $1k
15 25-Jan 19:00 $200 8-Max $25k
16 25-Jan 19:00 $30 8-Max $6k
17 25-Jan 20:00 $100 4-Max PKO $7k
18 26-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $1k
19 26-Jan 19:00 $200 6-Max $15k
20 26-Jan 19:00 $20 6-Max $4k
21 26-Jan 20:00 $100 8-Max Turbo $7.5k
22 27-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $1k
23 27-Jan 19:00 $200 8-Max PKO $20k
24 27-Jan 19:00 $30 8-Max PKO $7.5k
25 27-Jan 20:30 $100 6-Max $4k
26 28-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $1k
27 28-Jan 19:00 $100 Deep $10k
28 28-Jan 19:00 $20 Deep $4k
29 28-Jan 21:00 $50 4-Max Turbo $10k
30 29-Jan 18:00 $10 8-Max $1k
31 29-Jan 19:00 $200 8-Max $20k
32 29-Jan 19:00 $20 3-Max Turbo $6k
33 29-Jan 20:30 $50 8-Max Marathon $5k
34 30-Jan 14:00 $200 8-Max Deep Marathon $15k
35 30-Jan 18:00 $300 8-Max MAIN EVENT $75k
36 30-Jan 18:30 $50 8-Max MINI MAIN EVENT $15k
37 30-Jan 20:00 $200 8-Max $12.5k
38 31-Jan 22:00 $100 6-Max Hyper $7.5k
39 31-Jan 18:00 $100 8-Max $15k
40 31-Jan 18:00 $20 8-Max $6k
41 31-Jan 20:00 $300 7-Max PKO $25k
42 31-Jan 20:30 $30 Heads-Up Tb. PTKO Zoom $6k

Pennsylvania schedule

# Date Time Buy-In Format GTD
1 22-Jan 18:00 $100 8-Max $40k
2 22-Jan 18:00 $10 8-Max $6.5k
3 22-Jan 20:00 $50 8-Max PKO Deep $12.5k
4 22-Jan 21:00 $20 Turbo $3k
5 23-Jan 14:00 $50 Turbo $12.5k
6 23-Jan 18:00 $100 8-Max $100k
7 23-Jan 18:30 $20 8-Max $20k
8 23-Jan 19:00 $500 8-Max High Roller $50k
9 23-Jan 20:00 $50 8-Max Turbo $10k
10 23-Jan 22:00 $50 6-Max Hyper PKO $8k
11 24-Jan 19:00 $200 8-Max Freeze $20k
12 24-Jan 20:00 $100 6-Max PKO $25k
13 24-Jan 20:30 $30 6-Max Turbo PKO $10k
14 24-Jan 21:00 $100 6-Max PLO8 $12.5k
15 25-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $3k
16 25-Jan 19:00 $250 8-Max $50k
17 25-Jan 20:00 $75 8-Max $22.5k
18 25-Jan 21:30 $30 4-Max Turbo PKO $5k
19 26-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $2.5k
20 26-Jan 19:00 $50 8-Max $15k
21 26-Jan 20:00 $150 6-Max $25k
22 26-Jan 20:30 $50 HORSE $5k
23 27-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $2.5k
24 27-Jan 19:00 $250 8-Max PKO $50k
25 27-Jan 20:00 $75 8-Max PKO $20k
26 27-Jan 20:30 $30 6-Max Freeze $5k
27 28-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $2.5k
28 28-Jan 19:00 $75 7-Max PKO $20k
29 28-Jan 20:00 $200 4-Max Turbo PKO $25k
30 28-Jan 21:00 $30 7-Max Turbo $5k
31 29-Jan 18:00 $10 8-Max Hybrid Satellite $6.5k
32 29-Jan 19:00 $100 8-Max PKO Freeze $15k
33 29-Jan 20:00 $200 8-Max Deep $40k
34 29-Jan 20:30 $100 6-Max PLO $10k
35 29-Jan 21:00 $20 8-Max Turbo $6k
36 30-Jan 14:00 $100 Deep Marathon $25k
37 30-Jan 18:00 $200 8-Max MAIN EVENT $150k
38 30-Jan 18:30 $30 8-Max MINI MAIN EVENT $25k
39 30-Jan 19:00 $1,000 8-Max High Roller Freeze $50k
40 30-Jan 20:00 $100 8-Max Tubo $17.5k
41 31-Jan 22:00 $75 6-Max Hyper Deep $12.5k
42 31-Jan 18:00 $100 8-Max $40k
43 31-Jan 18:00 $10 8-Max $6k
44 31-Jan 21:00 $30 Heads Up Tb. PTKO Zoom. $10k

Michigan schedule

# Date Time Buy-In Format GTD
1 22-Jan 18:00 $100 8-Max $30k
2 22-Jan 18:00 $10 8-Max $5k
3 22-Jan 20:00 $30 8-Max PKO Deep $7.5k
4 22-Jan 21:00 $20 Turbo $2.5k
5 23-Jan 14:00 $50 Turbo $15k
6 23-Jan 18:00 $100 8-Max $65k
7 23-Jan 18:30 $20 8-Max $12.5k
8 23-Jan 19:00 $500 8-Max High Roller $35k
9 23-Jan 20:00 $50 8-Max Turbo $8k
10 23-Jan 22:00 $30 6-Max Hyper PKO $5k
11 24-Jan 19:00 $50 8-Max Freeze $6.5k
12 24-Jan 20:00 $100 6-Max PKO $17.5k
13 24-Jan 20:30 $30 6-Max Turbo PKO $7.5k
14 24-Jan 21:00 $100 6-Max PLO8 $8.5k
15 25-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $2.5k
16 25-Jan 19:00 $250 8-Max $35k
17 25-Jan 20:00 $75 8-Max $17.5k
18 25-Jan 21:30 $30 4-Max Turbo PKO $4.5k
19 26-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $2k
20 26-Jan 19:00 $50 8-Max $10k
21 26-Jan 20:00 $100 6-Max $15k
22 26-Jan 20:30 $50 HORSE $3.5k
23 27-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $2k
24 27-Jan 19:00 $250 8-Max PKO $30k
25 27-Jan 20:00 $75 8-Max PKO $15k
26 27-Jan 20:30 $50 6-Max PLO $5.5k
27 28-Jan 18:00 $10 Freeze $2k
28 28-Jan 19:00 $50 7-Max PKO $10k
29 28-Jan 20:00 $100 4-Max $15k
30 29-Jan 18:00 $10 8-Max Freeze $2k
31 29-Jan 19:00 $100 8-Max PKO Freeze $10k
32 29-Jan 20:00 $200 8-Max Deep $22.5k
33 29-Jan 21:00 $20 8-Max Turbo $5k
34 30-Jan 14:00 $100 Deep Marathon $17.5k
35 30-Jan 18:00 $200 8-Max MAIN EVENT $100k
36 30-Jan 18:30 $30 8-Max MINI MAIN EVENT $17.5k
37 30-Jan 19:00 $1,000 8-Max High Roller Freeze $35k
38 30-Jan 20:00 $100 8-Max Turbo $12.5k
39 31-Jan 22:00 $50 6-Max Hyper Deep $7.5k
40 31-Jan 18:00 $50 8-Max $15k
41 31-Jan 18:00 $10 8-Max $5k
42 31-Jan 21:00 $20 Heads-Up Tb PTKO Zoom $6.5k

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