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Five Reasons to Play the PokerStars Summer Series

PokerStars Summer Series is already rolling and offering big prizes.

PokerStars launched its $25 million guaranteed Summer Series on June 7 and it continues running through June 21, by which time 166 events will have crowned their champions. You probably don’t need much persuading to play a big poker tournament, but here are five reasons to get involved in the ongoing PokerStars Summer Series.

You’ve The Chance of a Massive Score

PokerStars is the world’s biggest online poker site and, as such, tends to have the biggest tournaments. Summer Series has a wide range of buy-ins ($11 to $530) to suit all bankrolls and the tournaments all have juicy guarantees in relation to their buy-in.

It’s not only the big buy-in tournaments that give you the chance of winning big. The $11 Summer Series 06: $11 NLHE [Sunday Storm SE] had a $420,743 prize pool that awarded its winner, “whoisICM” of Sweden, a cool $39,977. That’s a massive sum, especially for an $11 investment. Another such Sunday Storm runs at 8 p.m. CET on June 21.

Towards the other end of the scale, the June 7 edition of the Sunday Million drew in a crowd of 18,354 players who created a $1,835,400 prize pool. This Summer Series edition of the Sunday Million was played as a progressive knockout event and Greece’s “brianski” won it. The Greek grinder netted $82,145 from the main prize pool plus $36,791 worth of bounty payments.

The $530 buy-in Summer Series Main Event, scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 21, is going to be even bigger with $2 million guaranteed to be won. It too will be played in PKO format.

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Play in a Variety of Formats and Disciplines

While we have to admit the Summer Series’ schedule is dominated by no-limit hold’em tournaments, there are 26 events give players a chance to compete in other games.

You can get involved in some 6+ hold'em, pot-limit fusion, and Pot-Limit Omaha. There are also no-limit Omaha, no-limit 2-7 single draw, razz, Stud, and five-card draw. Don’t leave yet because there are more! Try your luck in badugi, H.O.R.S.E. and 8-game mix too.


Improve Your Skills For the Upcoming WCOOP

Although it’s not been announced yet, it surely can’t be too long before PokerStars reveals some details of the 2020 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP), one of the most-coveted online festivals of the year.

Playing against big fields, for big money, and in several different disciplines can only stand you in good stead for the intensity of the WCOOP.


Rub Shoulders With Poker’s Elite

Being able to play alongside some of the stars of the game is one of the things that makes poker so special. If you were a football (soccer) players, you’d stand little to no chance of being able to compete among the game’s superstars.

While the biggest names on online poker may usually frequent the higher stakes tournaments on the PokerStars Summer Series schedule, some of them play almost every event regardless of the buy-in, giving you the opportunity to battle against players you idolize.

There are also dozens upon dozens of satellite tournaments, which feed into the biggest Summer Series events, for you to get stuck into. This means you could be playing for a massive top prize in a high buy-in event, and against legitimate superstars of poker, for the cost of one of your usual tournaments.

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Earn Plenty of Rewards Chests

Playing in Summer Series events will see your PokerStars Rewards Chest progress bar start to fill. Winning 10 chests in a 28-day period sees you upgraded to one of the bigger chests where the more lucrative prizes await.

Chests come in six distinct colours and sizes, with the higher level chests paying you the biggest prizes:

  • Level 1: Blue Chest - $0.60
  • Level 2: Bronze Chest - $0.60 to $12
  • Level 3: Silver Chest - $1.50 to $30
  • Level 4: Gold Chest - $5 to $100
  • Level 5: Diamond Chest - $12.50 to $250
  • Level 6: Black Chest - $35 to $700

There are plenty of reasons you should be playing in the PokerStars Summer Series but these are just five of them. Good luck and we’ll see you at the final table!


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