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Usher in 2021 with New PokerStars Blowout Series
Many people are counting the hours until they can kick 2020 out the door. It has been a rough year from one end of the world to the other.
PokerStars wants to help people say goodbye to 2020 and usher in the new year with an epic online poker series, a new one to the PokerStars lineup. The inaugural Blowout Series will offer up 268 tournaments and $60 million in guarantees from December 27 to January 19.
Overall Series Information
The first PokerStars Blowout Series begins on the last Sunday of the year, which is December 27. There will be events each day through January 19, complete with low, medium, and high versions of each event to provide variety and include everyone. The series consists of 88 unique events, each consisting of a low, medium, and high buy-in. Put together, that equals 264 events. Add in four Sunday Big Blowout tournaments to push that number to 268.
The Big Blowouts are unique events, one hosted each Sunday with escalating buy-ins each week. The $5 million guarantee remains the same on each one, though. That’s $20 million guaranteed over four Sunday tournaments.
Severin Rasset, PokerStars’ Managing Director and Commercial Officer, said that such a unique year as 2020 deserves a distinctive way to kick it out the door and welcome a new year with open arms. “We also have our New Year’s Bash on January 1st where we hope to see many players come together to ring in 2021,” he added.
As a fairly important side note, PokerStars will be awarding $4 million in tournament series tickets leading up to and throughout the series. Look for promotions and ways to win.
Special Tournament Listings
The biggest tournaments are likely to be the Big Blowouts each Sunday. Since the series won’t have a particular Main Event, these events will serve as weekly Main Events.
- Sunday 27 December: $109 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Big Blowout w/$5M guaranteed
- Sunday 3 January: $215 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Big Blowout w/$5M guaranteed
- Sunday 10 January: $530 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Big Blowout w/$5M guaranteed
- Sunday 17 January: $1,050 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Big Blowout w/$5M guaranteed
There are a few other tournaments with huge guarantees, one of which is the New Year’s Bash on January 1, New Year’s Day. It will be a very low buy-in with a very big prize pool promise.
- Event 17 on 1 Jan: $11 buy-in NLHE 8-Max New Year’s Bash w/$2M guaranteed
Other big guarantees tend to be on higher buy-in events. The other $1M+ buy-ins belong to:
- Event 2 on 27 Dec: $5,200 buy-in NLHE 8-Max High Roller w/$1M guaranteed
- Event 54 on 10 Jan: $10,300 buy-in NLHE 8-Max High Roller w/$1M guaranteed
- Event 86 on 18 Jan: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Series Saver w/$1M guaranteed
For those wanting big guarantees with small buy-ins, the New Year’s Bash is the best option, but there are also a few other key events:
- Event 3 on 27 Dec: $2.20 buy-in NLHE 8-Max PKO Turbo w/$40K guaranteed
- Event 29 on 4 Jan: $5.50 buy-in NLHE PKO w/$100K guaranteed
- Event 49 on 9 Jan: $11 buy-in NLHE 8-Max PKO Mini Saturday KO w/$200K guaranteed
- Event 84 on 17 Jan: $2.20 NLHE 8-Max PKO Turbo w/$50K guaranteed
For the Particular Players
PokerStars knows that many players have expanded their poker action beyond No Limit Hold’em. This series, Omaha players will find 5-Card, Pot Limit, and No Limit Omaha in the mix with buy-ins from $2.20 to $5,200.
Besides Omaha, players might enjoy some 6+ Hold’em, which will be offered in Even 79 on January 16 with buy-ins of $11, $109, and $1,050.
Mixed game players will want to check out these three options:
- Event 22 on 2 Jan: $5.50 / $55 / $530 8-Game ($20K / $40K / $50K GTD)
- Event 62 on 12 Jan: $11 / $109 / $1,050 8-Game ($25K / $50K / $125K GTD)
- Event 69 on 14 Jan: $11 / $109 / $1,050 HORSE ($15K / $30K / $50K GTD)
High-stakes players, PokerStars added several buy-ins of $5K and over High Rollers:
- Event 2 on27 Dec : $5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller w/$1M guaranteed
- Event 26 on 3 Jan: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max PKO High Roller w/$750K guaranteed
- Event 36 on 6 Jan: $5,200 NLHE 6-Max High Roller w/$500K guaranteed
- Event 50 on 9 Jan: $5,200 PLO 6-Max High Roller w/$400K guaranteed
- Event 54 on 10 Jan: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max High Roller w/$1M guaranteed
On the other end of the spectrum, there are numerous opportunities for low buy-ins that still have substantial guarantees. There are 16 events with $2.20 buy-ins and 31 of them with $5.50 buy-ins.
Players can find the full schedule on the PokerStars blog, which is also where results will post when the series begins.
Can Aussies Play the Series?
Yes and no. Yes, Aussies are more than welcome to play the series, but no, they cannot play it from Australia. Per the gambling laws of the last few years, some gaming regulations are ambiguous, but PokerStars was one company that didn’t want to take any chances. It withdrew from the Australian market several years ago.
However, Aussies can travel to neighboring countries to play on PokerStars, which operates in many Asia-Pacific countries. It might be nice to ring in 2021 with a little getaway and some online poker.