Live poker players have had a challenging year in 2020 as poker operators all over the world were forced to cancel live poker tournaments due to the COVID-19 vaccine. Just when things looked better and live poker tournaments started to resume, a second wave of COVD-19 forced poker operators in the United States and Europe to shut down once again.
Live poker will continue to struggle in 2021 until a COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out. Till then, live poker players will need to switch over to online poker sites and see if they can continue to make a living. The good news is that a lot of the live poker tournaments have moved online and there are also a number of new online poker tournaments being launched to cater to the growing number of poker players.
First Ever Blowout Series
PokerStars is gearing up for the first-ever “Blowout Series”, a brand-new series that joins the ranks of the online poker site’s flagship festivals such as the SCOOP and WCOOP. Running from December 27 to January 19, 2021, the new series carries a massive guarantee of over $60 million, spread across a total of 268 tournaments, including four events that will give away $5 million throughout the four Sundays of the festival.
All but four of the events on the schedule come in three buy-in tiers, Low, Medium, and High, to give all players the chance to take a shot at winning big regardless of the level of their bankroll.
The lowest buy-in events will cost just $2.20 to enter. PokerStars will also be giving away $4 million worth of tournament tickets for free!
The Big Blowout
The festival is headlined by four weekly events, each offering a whopping $5 million guarantee. “The Big Blowout” are four NLHE 8-Max tournaments that take place every Sunday (December 27, January 3, January 10, and January 17) throughout the series, featuring entry fees of $109, $215, $530, and $1,050 respectively.
If the buy-ins are too big for you, you can take part in satellites for a chance to join in on the action for a fraction of the price. They are the only ones on the schedule with a single buy-in option. The rest come in low, medium, and high tiers.
PokerStars will livestream the final tables of these events via their Twitch and YouTube channels.
The Big Blowouts aren’t the only tournaments on the schedule offering a seven-figure guarantee. There’s a New Year’s Bash on January 1, which will see players compete for a massive $2 million guarantee, for a buy-in of only $11. Similarly, high roller fans can also take a shot at guarantees of at least $1million, via two events which come with buy-ins of $5,200 and $10,300.
Other high roller events on the schedule with the biggest buy-ins include Event 26-H: $5,200 buy-in, $750K GTD NLHE 8-Max PKO High Roller, Event 36-H: $5,200, $500K GTD) NLHE 6-Max High Roller, and Event 50-H: $5,200 buy-in, $400K GTD PLO 6-Max High Roller. They are just some of the 44 high roller events on the schedule.
You can also hunt for huge value in the following events: Event 84-L: NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO ($2.20 buy-in, $50K GTD); Event 49-L: NLHE 8-Max PKO, Mini Saturday KO SE ($11 buy-in, $200K GTD); Event 29-L: NLHE PKO ($5.50 buy-in, $100K GTD); and Event 03-L: NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO ($2.20 buy-in, $40K GTD).
The entire series is filled mostly with NLHE events, but tournaments adopting other formats have also been squeezed into the schedule to accommodate the mixed games enthusiasts. There are more than 10 non-hold’em events on the schedule, adopting the following formats: PLO 6-Max, PLO8 8-Max, NLO8 8-Max, 5-Card PLO 6-Max, 6+ Hold’em, HORSE, and 8-Game. All of these events also have three buy-in options.
Those who love fast-paced action will also get to enjoy a list of hyper-turbo events. There are 30 of them on the schedule, with buy-ins starting at $2.20. These tournaments will only take around two hours to finish. So for those who want to take home some winnings without spending too much time playing, this is your chance!
The full details and schedule of The Blowout Series can be found at PokerStars.