Under Pressure: PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Approaches With $25 Million Guaranteed

Channel that inner Rocky Balboa and prepare for a few knockouts. The PokerStars Bounty Builder Series returns Feb. 2-16 with some big bucks on the line.

Last year’s Halloween-themed series awarded $36 million in prizes. That total surpassed the guaranteed prize pool by more than $11 million.

The upcoming series also has a $25 million guaranteed across 180 progressive knockout events. Players around the world will be ready to bring their A-game.

What to expect from the PokerStars Bounty Series

Players looking for some bang for the buck will enjoy plenty of knockout action. Those new to a progressive bounty tournament are in for some fun.

A bounty is placed on everyone taking part in a tournament. In a traditional bounty format, players can win some bonus cash every time they eliminate an opponent.

Progressive KO (or bounty) events add something extra to the mix. The victorious player doesn’t get to keep all the bounty he’s won.

A portion (usually 50%) is added to his own bounty, and the player progressively becomes a bigger target.

Many players will be looking forward to the $530 buy-in Main Event on Feb. 16. The event has a huge $2.5 million guarantee, an increase from the October series’ $2 million.

During that series, “bananero17” topped the standings as the knockout king. He came through with an impressive 392 knockouts and earned $12,500 in the process.

A quick look at the bounty-busting schedule

The series features big guarantees and bounties in abundance. It’s perfect for players who love action-packed, competitive tournaments with some fun added value.

With buy-ins that range from $1.10 to $5,200, players of every bankroll can get in the bounty action. Satellites are also available into many events – starting at less than a dollar. There will also be $4 Spin & Go’s available for those looking to earn their way into an event.

Here’s a look at just a sampling of some events on the schedule players of all level may want to check out:

Date Buy-inEventGuarantee
Feb. 2
$109#3: NLHE [6-Max]$200,000
Feb. 2 $2,100#5: NLHE [8-Max]$400,000
Feb. 3$22#14: PLO [6-Max]$35,000
Feb. 3$55#18: NLHE [8-Max]$225,000
Feb. 4 $5.50#25: NLHE [8-Max]$25,000
Feb. 4$1,050#29: NLHE$250,000
Feb. 5$2.20#37: NLHE [8-Max]$10,000
Feb. 5$1.10#47: NLHE$4,000
Feb. 6$109#52: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo Win the Button]$100,000
Feb. 6$2,100#53: NLHE [8-Max,Thursday Thrill SE]$300,000
Feb. 6 $5.50#59: NLO8 [6-Max]$12,500
Feb. 7$11#62: NLHE [6-Max]$40,000
Feb. 8$2.20#73: NLHE$12,500
Feb. 8$1,050#77: NLHE [8-Max]$150,000
Feb. 9$22#86: NLHE$125,000
Feb. 9$5,200#89: NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]$500,000
Feb. 10$11#98: 5-Card PLO [6-Max]$15,000
Feb. 10$55#102: NLHE$200,000
Feb. 11$530#111: NLHE$125,000
Feb. 11$215#114: NLHE [8-Max]$225,000
Feb. 12
$22#122: NLHE [8-Max]$65,000
Feb. 12$109#128: NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$100,000
Feb. 13
$5.50#133: NLHE$20,000
Feb. 13$1,050#137: NLHE [8-Max, Thursday Thrill SE]$300,000
Feb. 14 $2.20#145: NLHE$10,000
Feb. 14$109#152: NLHE [Heads Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom]$100,000
Feb. 15$11#158: NLHE [8-Max]$50,000
Feb. 15 $1.10#157: NLHE [8-Max]$6,000
Feb. 15$2,100#161: NLHE$200,000
Feb. 16$530#173: NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]$2.5 million
Feb. 16$109#176: NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$300,000
Feb. 16$215#178: NLHE$500,000