The online poker action is set to heat up this weekend in Michigan as PokerStars MI has announced the second edition of the Michigan Classic. The inaugural Michigan Classic took place in April 2021 and PokerStars MI decided that it was time to run a second edition.
Michigan Classic In October
The April edition of the Michigan Classic had a $300 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $500k. The tournament had a good response as over 1500 players registered but it did not meet the guaranteed prize pool and PokerStars MI had to cough up over $65,000 to compensate for overlays. The tournament was won by moneydijon who collected $76,000 for his first place finish.
PokerStars MI has decided to lower the guaranteed prize pool for the October edition. The second edition of the Michigan Classic will feature a $250,000 prize pool and the same $300 buy-in. The tournament will start on Sunday, Oct 24 and end on Oct 25. The winner of this tournament is likely to take home less than $50,000 due to the lower guaranteed prize pool.
How You Can Enter
PokerStars MI has launched a number of exciting promotions for the Michigan Classic. The operator is giving away 50 entries to a special deposit freeroll, running multiple satellite events which start at $15 and offering $3 Spin and Go tournaments.
If you have the $300 buy-in, then just enter the tournament directly. However, if you have a thin bankroll but still want to play the Michigan Classic, then you can take advantage of the following options.
The depositor freeroll will give away a total of $15,000 in buy-ins to the Michigan Classic. All you need to do is make a minimum deposit of $30 at PokerStars MI and enter the code: CLASSIC21 and you will get a freeroll ticket to the Michigan Classic. A total of 2,500 tickets are being given away at random via the $3 Spin and Go promotion, along with different cash prizes.
If you have $15, then you can head over to PokerStars MI and take part in the different satellite events.
Will Michigan Players Respond?
PokerStars MI is relatively new to the market and is still trying to find its way and get the feel of the market. PokerStars MI had a good response to its inaugural Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) which ran in September 2021. The operator ran a total of 60 events from Sep 10 to 27 and put down a guaranteed $1.5 million across all events.
The highlight of the 2021 MICOOP was the Main Event which is very similar to the Michigan Classic. The MICOOP Main Event had a $300 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $150,000. A total of 1,284 players ended up registering for the Main Event and raised the total prize pool to $360,000.
If we are to go by that market response, the Michigan Classic over the weekend could also end up getting over a 1,000 player registrations and surpass its guaranteed prize pool of $250,000.
New Jersey and Pennsylvania
PokerStars players in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will also be treated to some exciting action as the operator has announced the launch of its Pennsyl-MANIA tournament which is making an appearance for the fifth time and the New Jersey Classic.
Pennsyl-MANIA will also take place on Oct 24 and will feature a $300 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $350,000 while the New Jersey Classic will also run on Oct 24 with a $300 buy-in and a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.