PokerStars is celebrating Christmas and welcoming in 2023 with a massive tournament festival it calls the New Year Series. Running from December 25 through January 17, the PokerStars New Year Series boasts of combined guarantees tipping the scales at $40 million! What a way to say goodbye to 2022 and get 2023 off to the best possible start.
December 25 is Christmas Day for a large percentage of PokerStars’ customers. If you celebrate Christmas, you may want to go easy on the eggnog and other alcoholic beverages because you’ll want your wits about you. December 25 is when the first 18 of 334 New Year Series tournaments shuffle up and deal. Buy-ins range from $5.50 to $1,050 on the opening day, with the $125,000 guaranteed Big $109 Christmas Edition being the highlight of Day 1.
PokerStars New Year Series Highlights
|Sun 25 Dec||5:05 p.m.||Big $109 Christmas Edition||$125,000|
|Thu 29 Dec||5:30 p.m.||$2,100 Thursday Thrill||$250,000|
|Sun 1 Jan||5:30 p.m.||$20.23 New Year Special||$400,000|
|5:30 p.m.||$202.30 New Year Special||$1,000,000|
|5:30 p.m.||$2,023 New Year Special||$400,000|
|Sun 8 Jan||7:15 p.m.||$5,200 Titans Event||$500,000|
|Tue 10 Jan||5:30 p.m.||$10,300 Super Tuesday High Roller||$650,000|
|Thu 12 Jan||5:30 p.m.||$5,200 Thursday Thrill||$500,000|
|Sun 15 Jan||$109 Main Event Low||$1,000,000|
|5:30 p.m.||$1,050 Main Event Mid||$1,250,000|
|5:30 p.m.||$5,200 Main Event High||$1,500,000|
|6:05 p.m.||$215 PLO Main Event||$200,000|
|7:15 p.m.||$55 Women’s Event||$10,000|
New Year Specials
January 1, New Year’s Day, sees a trio of special events waiting for you to become one of the first poker champions of 2023. Like most of the other New Year Series events, the New Year Specials come with three buy-in levels, giving more PokerStars players the chance to win big on the first day of 2023. All three are incredible value, with the $20.33 buy-in edition guaranteeing $400,000, the same as the $2,023 buy-in high version. The $202.30 buy-in medium event comes with a $1 million guarantee on its prize pool! What a way to kick off 2023.
All three of the New Year Special events are two-day affairs. Day 1 concludes 7hr 55 minutes after the tournaments start at 5:30 p.m. GMT on January 1, with play resuming at 5:30 p.m. GMT on January 2, 2023.
$3.75 Million Worth of New Year Series No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Guarantees
No PokerStars tournament festival worth its salt would be complete without at least one Main Event. The New Year Series has three, a trio of exciting No-Limit Hold’em Main Events with combined guarantees worth a cool $3.75 million! The New Year Series Main Events come with buy-ins of $109, $1,050, and $5,200, and guarantees of $1 million, $1.25 million, and $1.5 million, respectively. Of course, there are dozens upon dozens of satellites feeding into this trio of spectacular tournaments if the Main Events’ buy-ins are out of your reach.
All three Main Events kick off at 5:30 p.m. GMT on January 15, and have their Day 2s at the same time on January 16, with the final tables running on January 17, also at 5:30 p.m. GMT.
Pot-Limit Omaha grinders have their own main event, too. It starts at 6:05 p.m. GMT on January 15, costs $215 to enter, and guarantees $200,000 in its prize pool.
High Roller Week From January 8
If high-stakes tournaments are what get you all hot and bothered, some of the events scheduled for the week commencing January 8 are right up your street. Billed as High Roller Week, the number of $1,050 buy-in tournaments dramatically increases, and PokerStars is throwing some even bigger buy-in events into the mix.
There is a $2,100 buy-in edition of the Thursday Thrill on January 5, and a $2,100 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha PKO event taking place on January 8. Also, on January 8, you will find a $5,200 buy-in $500,000 guaranteed Titans Event, before a monster-sized $10,300 Super Tuesday High Roller draws in online poker’s elite on January 10. High Roller Week of the New Year Series is going to be amazing viewing from a spectator’s point of view, even more so if you manage to satellite your way into some of those big buy-in events and get to rub shoulders with some of poker’s superstars.
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