$30M Gtd. Bounty Builder Series Begins Oct. 11 on PokerStars

It's time for knockouts galore on PokerStars.

While the major championship events might be over and done with on PokerStars, the folks running the show there have lined up a fan favorite event for October: it's time for the Bounty Builder Series, starting Oct. 11.

The Bounty Builder Series gives players 213 tournaments and all will feature the popular progressive knockout (PKO) payout structure that awards larger and larger bounties as the tournament gets deeper. This October's BBS promises more than $30 million in guarantees, a step up from the last two runnings that offered $25 million.

Series Highlights

Of course, the first tournament most players will circle is the Main Event. In this case, they've got two of them on tap as PokerStars has offered two tiers of buy-in level. There's BBS-204: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] with a guarantee of $2.5 million, and for those with less deep bankrolls it'll be BBS-205: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] with a still-handsome $1 million in guarantees. Both are on Oct. 25.

A week prior, Oct. 18 sports BBS-105: $109 NLHE [Sunday Million SE]. At $1.5 million, that sports the second-biggest guarantee after the Main Event.

High rollers won't get the slew of five-figure events that the World Championship of Online Poker did, but they do get BBS-006: $530 NLHE [Bounty Builder HR SE] with a $1 million guarantee on Oct. 11.

Mixed-game players haven't been left out either. There's an 8-game event, a couple of pot-limit Omaha variants, and even H.O.R.S.E. and 6+ hold'em.

New Structure Trialed

Flat blind levels are typically the norm that most players are used to — if a tournament starts with 15-minute levels, it's going to have 15-minute levels throughout, or even have that number increase on Day 2 as some of the recent WCOOP events did.

That won't usually be the case in this BBS, however. As Poker Industry PRO reported ($), decreasing blind levels will be in use. For example, BBS-002: $11 NLHE [8-Max] will see players given 15-minute levels for the first six levels before the structure moves to 10-minute levels. Other events barely offer the longer levels, with only two or three lengthened levels before the speedy part kicks in.

Not all of the tournament have variable levels. For example, the Main Event has 20-minute levels BBS-004: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE] has 15-minute levels the whole way. Players should reference structure sheets in advance to be sure of the layout.

PRO speculated the reason for the change has to do with how deep-stacked many PKOs get late. While normal tournaments have incentive for players to avoid busting in order to ladder up payouts, there's often more incentive in PKOs to hunt for eliminations. That naturally leads to more deep-stacked play that puts recreational players at a disadvantage. There's no word on whether the change will be permanent for PKO series.

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PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Full Schedule

DateTimeTournamentGuarantee
Oct. 118:30 a.m.BBS-001: $22 PLO [6-Max]$20K Gtd
Oct. 1110 a.m.BBS-002: $11 NLHE [8-Max]$115K Gtd
Oct. 1110:15 a.m.BBS-003: $109 NLHE [8-Max]$225K Gtd
Oct. 1110:30 a.m.BBS-004: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE]$300K Gtd
Oct. 1111:30 a.m.BBS-005: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 111 p.m.BBS-006: $530 NLHE [Bounty Builder HR SE]$1M Gtd
Oct. 111:15 p.m.BBS-007: $55 NLHE$400K Gtd
Oct. 111:30 p.m.BBS-008: $109 NLO8 [6-Max]$60K Gtd
Oct. 112:15 p.m.BBS-009: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$300K Gtd
Oct. 112:30 p.m.BBS-010: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$150K Gtd
Oct. 113:15 p.m.BBS-011: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$135K Gtd
Oct. 114 p.m.BBS-012: $109 NLHE$375K Gtd
Oct. 114:15 p.m.BBS-013: $11 NLHE$125K Gtd
Oct. 114:30 p.m.BBS-014: $1.10 NLHE$12K Gtd
Oct. 115:30 p.m.BBS-015: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Sunday Cooldown SE]$275K Gtd
Oct. 1210 a.m.BBS-016: $2.20 NLHE [8-Max]$12K Gtd
Oct. 1210:15 a.m.BBS-017: $22 NLHE [8-Max]$85K Gtd
Oct. 1210:30 a.m.BBS-018: $215 NLHE [8-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1211:30 a.m.BBS-019: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Total KO]$100K Gtd
Oct. 121 p.m.BBS-020: $109 NLHE$250K Gtd
Oct. 121:15 p.m.BBS-021: $11 NLHE$125K Gtd
Oct. 121:30 p.m.BBS-022: $55 PLO [8-Max]$50K Gtd
Oct. 122:15 p.m.BBS-023: $530 NLHE$150K Gtd
Oct. 122:30 p.m.BBS-024: $55 NLHE$200K Gtd
Oct. 123:15 p.m.BBS-025: $22 NLO8 [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$10K Gtd
Oct. 124 p.m.BBS-026: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 124:15 p.m.BBS-027: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$50K Gtd
Oct. 124:30 p.m.BBS-028: $1.10 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$5K Gtd
Oct. 125:30 p.m.BBS-029: $215 NLHE [Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1310 a.m.BBS-030: $5.50 NLHE$30K Gtd
Oct. 1310:15 a.m.BBS-031: $55 NLHE$85K Gtd
Oct. 1310:30 a.m.BBS-032: $530 NLHE$125K Gtd
Oct. 1311:30 a.m.BBS-033: $109 NLHE [4-Max, Turbo]$115K Gtd
Oct. 131 p.m.BBS-034: $215 NLHE [8-Max]$250K Gtd
Oct. 131:15 p.m.BBS-035: $22 NLHE [8-Max]$150K Gtd
Oct. 131:30 p.m.BBS-036: $55 6+ Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo]$25K Gtd
Oct. 132:15 p.m.BBS-037: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE]$200K Gtd
Oct. 132:30 p.m.BBS-038: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$135K Gtd
Oct. 133:15 p.m.BBS-039: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$50K Gtd
Oct. 134 p.m.BBS-040: $530 NLHE [8-Max]$175K Gtd
Oct. 134:15 p.m.BBS-041: $55 NLHE [8-Max]$115K Gtd
Oct. 134:30 p.m.BBS-042: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max]$25K Gtd
Oct. 135:30 p.m.BBS-043: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1410 a.mBBS-044: $2.20 NLHE [8-Max]$12K Gtd
Oct. 1410:15 a.m.BBS-045: $22 NLHE [8-Max]$85K Gtd
Oct. 1410:30 a.m.BBS-046: $215 NLHE [8-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1411:30 a.m.BBS-047: $55 NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Win the Button]$80K Gtd
Oct. 141 p.m.BBS-048: $109 NLHE [8-Max]$250K Gtd
Oct. 141:15 p.m.BBS-049: $11 NLHE [8-Max]$125K Gtd
Oct. 141:30 p.m.BBS-050: $22 NLO8 [6-Max]$30K Gtd
Oct. 142:15 p.m.BBS-051: $530 NLHE [Turbo]$150K Gtd
Oct. 142:30 p.m.BBS-052: $55 NLHE [Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 143:15 p.m.BBS-053: $109 PLO [6-Max, Turbo]$50K Gtd
Oct. 144 p.m.BBS-054: $215 NLHE [6-Max]$135K Gtd
Oct. 144:15 p.m.BBS-055: $22 NLHE [6-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 144:30 p.m.BBS-056: $2.20 NLHE [6-Max]$10K Gtd
Oct. 145:30 p.m.BBS-057: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$85K Gtd
Oct. 1510 a.m.BBS-058: $1.10 NLHE$7.5K Gtd
Oct. 1510:15 a.m.BBS-059: $11 NLHE$60K Gtd
Oct. 1510:30 a.m.BBS-060: $109 NLHE$115K Gtd
Oct. 1511:30 a.m.BBS-061: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$85K Gtd
Oct. 151 p.m.BBS-062: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Bounty Builder HR SE]$200K Gtd
Oct. 151:15 p.m.BBS-063: $55 NLHE [8-Max]$250K Gtd
Oct. 151:30 p.m.BBS-064: $109 PLO [6-Max]$60K Gtd
Oct. 152:15 p.m.BBS-065: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$150K Gtd
Oct. 152:30 p.m.BBS-066: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 153:15 p.m.BBS-067: $11 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo]$35K Gtd
Oct. 154 p.m.BBS-068: $1,050 NLHE$175K Gtd
Oct. 154:15 p.m.BBS-069: $109 NLHE$115K Gtd
Oct. 154:30 p.m.BBS-070: $11 NLHE$50K Gtd
Oct. 155:30 p.m.BBS-071: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1610 a.m.BBS-072: $2.20 NLHE [8-Max]$12K Gtd
Oct. 1610:15 a.m.BBS-073: $22 NLHE [8-Max]$75K Gtd
Oct. 1610:30 a.m.BBS-074: $215 NLHE [8-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1611:30 a.m.BBS-075: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$75K Gtd
Oct. 161 p.m.BBS-076: $109 NLHE$225K Gtd
Oct. 161:15 p.m.BBS-077: $11 NLHE$115K Gtd
Oct. 161:30 p.m.BBS-078: $11 8-Game [8-Max]$20K Gtd
Oct. 162:15 p.m.BBS-079: $530 NLHE [8-Max]$150K Gtd
Oct. 162:30 p.m.BBS-080: $55 NLHE [8-Max]$200K Gtd
Oct. 163:15 p.m.BBS-081: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$40K Gtd
Oct. 164 p.m.BBS-082: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Total KO]$150K Gtd
Oct. 164:15 p.m.BBS-083: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Total KO]$75K Gtd
Oct. 164:30 p.m.BBS-084: $1.10 NLHE [8-Max, Total KO]$7.5K Gtd
Oct. 165:30 p.m.BBS-085: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1710 a.m.BBS-086: $1.10 NLHE [8-Max]$7.5K Gtd
Oct. 1710:15 a.m.BBS-087: $11 NLHE [8-Max]$60K Gtd
Oct. 1710:30 a.m.BBS-088: $109 NLHE [8-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1711:30 a.m.BBS-089: $215 NLHE [Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 171 p.m.BBS-090: $530 NLHE [Bounty Builder HR SE]$200K Gtd
Oct. 171:15 p.m.BBS-091: $55 NLHE$225K Gtd
Oct. 171:30 p.m.BBS-092: $22 PLO [8-Max]$40K Gtd
Oct. 172:15 p.m.BBS-093: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout]$75K Gtd
Oct. 172:30 p.m.BBS-094: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout]$50K Gtd
Oct. 173:15 p.m.BBS-095: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$80K Gtd
Oct. 174 p.m.BBS-096: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 174:15 p.m.BBS-097: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$75K Gtd
Oct. 174:30 p.m.BBS-098: $2.20 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$10K Gtd
Oct. 175:30 p.m.BBS-099: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 188:30 a.m.BBS-100: $22 NLO8 [6-Max]$15K Gtd
Oct. 1810 a.m.BBS-101: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max]$50K Gtd
Oct. 1810:15 a.m.BBS-102: $55 NLHE [8-Max]$200K Gtd
Oct. 1810:30 a.m.BBS-103: $530 NLHE [8-Max]$225K Gtd
Oct. 1811:30 a.m.BBS-104: $22 NLHE [Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 181 p.m.BBS-105: $109 NLHE [Sunday Million SE]$1.5M Gtd
Oct. 181:15 p.m.BBS-106: $11 NLHE [Mini Sunday Million SE]$300K Gtd
Oct. 181:30 p.m.BBS-107: $530 PLO [6-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 182:15 p.m.BBS-108: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$300K Gtd
Oct. 182:30 p.m.BBS-109: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$150K Gtd
Oct. 183:15 p.m.BBS-110: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 184 p.m.BBS-111: $530 NLHE$350K Gtd
Oct. 184:15 p.m.BBS-112: $55 NLHE$275K Gtd
Oct. 184:30 p.m.BBS-113: $5.50 NLHE$60K Gtd
Oct. 184:30 p.m.BBS-114: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$150K Gtd
Oct. 1910 a.m.BBS-115: $1.10 NLHE [8-Max]$7.5K Gtd
Oct. 1910:15 a.m.BBS-116: $11 NLHE [8-Max]$60K Gtd
Oct. 1910:30 a.m.BBS-117: $109 NLHE [8-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 1911:30 a.m.BBS-118: $55 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Zoom Total KO]$80K Gtd
Oct. 191 p.m.BBS-119: $215 NLHE [8-Max]$225K Gtd
Oct. 191:15 p.m.BBS-120: $22 NLHE [8-Max]$150K Gtd
Oct. 191:30 p.m.BBS-121: $55 NLO8 [8-Max]$35K Gtd
Oct. 192:15 p.m.BBS-122: $109 NLHE [Turbo]$175K Gtd
Oct. 192:30 p.m.BBS-123: $11 NLHE [Turbo]$85K Gtd
Oct. 193:15 p.m.BBS-124: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$50K Gtd
Oct. 194 p.m.BBS-125: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$115K Gtd
Oct. 194:15 p.m.BBS-126: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$85K Gtd
Oct. 194:30 p.m.BBS-127: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$25K Gtd
Oct. 195:30 p.m.BBS-128: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$75K Gtd
Oct. 2010 a.m.BBS-129: $2.20 NLHE [6-Max]$10K Gtd
Oct. 2010:15 a.m.BBS-130: $22 NLHE [6-Max]$75K Gtd
Oct. 2010:30 a.m.BBS-131: $215 NLHE [6-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 2011:30 a.m.BBS-132: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$80K Gtd
Oct. 201 p.m.BBS-133: $530 NLHE [Bounty Builder HR SE]$200K Gtd
Oct. 201:15 p.m.BBS-134: $55 NLHE$250K Gtd
Oct. 201:30 p.m.BBS-135: $109 HORSE$40K Gtd
Oct. 202:15 p.m.BBS-136: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$150K Gtd
Oct. 202:30 p.m.BBS-137: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$75K Gtd
Oct. 203:15 p.m.BBS-138: $55 PLO [6-Max, Turbo]$30K Gtd
Oct. 204 p.m.BBS-139: $1,050 NLHE$175K Gtd
Oct. 204:15 p.m.BBS-140: $109 NLHE$115K Gtd
Oct. 204:30 p.m.BBS-141: $11 NLHE$50K Gtd
Oct. 205:30 p.m.BBS-142: $530 NLHE [Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 2110 a.m.BBS-143: $5.50 NLHE$30K Gtd
Oct. 2110:15 a.m.BBS-144: $55 NLHE$85K Gtd
Oct. 2110:30 a.m.BBS-145: $530 NLHE$125K Gtd
Oct. 2111:30 a.m.BBS-146: $22 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Zoom Total KO]$75K Gtd
Oct. 211 p.m.BBS-147: $109 NLHE [8-Max]$250K Gtd
Oct. 211:15 p.m.BBS-148: $11 NLHE [8-Max]$125K Gtd
Oct. 211:30 p.m.BBS-149: $22 PLO [6-Max]$40K Gtd
Oct. 212:15 p.m.BBS-150: $530 NLHE$150K Gtd
Oct. 212:30 p.m.BBS-151: $55 NLHE$200K Gtd
Oct. 213:15 p.m.BBS-152: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 214 p.m.BBS-153: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 214:15 p.m.BBS-154: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$75K Gtd
Oct. 214:30 p.m.BBS-155: $2.20 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$10K Gtd
Oct. 215:30 p.m.BBS-156: $109 NLHE [Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 2210 a.m.BBS-157: $1.10 NLHE [8-Max]$7.5K Gtd
Oct. 2210:15 a.m.BBS-158: $11 NLHE [8-Max]$60K Gtd
Oct. 2210:30 a.m.BBS-159: $109 NLHE [8-Max]$115K Gtd
Oct. 2211:30 a.m.BBS-160: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$80K Gtd
Oct. 221 p.m.BBS-161: $215 NLHE$250K Gtd
Oct. 221:15 p.m.BBS-162: $22 NLHE$150K Gtd
Oct. 221:30 p.m.BBS-163: $55 PLO8 [6-Max, Turbo]$35K Gtd
Oct. 222:15 p.m.BBS-164: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Thursday Thrill SE]$300K Gtd
Oct. 222:30 p.m.BBS-165: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$150K Gtd
Oct. 223:15 p.m.BBS-166: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$30K Gtd
Oct. 224 p.m.BBS-167: $530 NLHE$175K Gtd
Oct. 224:15 p.m.BBS-168: $55 NLHE$150K Gtd
Oct. 224:30 p.m.BBS-169: $5.50 NLHE$30K Gtd
Oct. 225:30 p.m.BBS-170: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 2310 a.m.BBS-171: $2.20 NLHE$12K Gtd
Oct. 2310:15 a.m.BBS-172: $22 NLHE$75K Gtd
Oct. 2310:30 a.m.BBS-173: $215 NLHE$75K Gtd
Oct. 2311:30 a.m.BBS-174: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$115K Gtd
Oct. 231 p.m.BBS-175: $530 NLHE [Bounty Builder HR SE]$150K Gtd
Oct. 231:15 p.m.BBS-176: $55 NLHE$225K Gtd
Oct. 231:30 p.m.BBS-177: $109 5-Card PLO [8-Max]$35K Gtd
Oct. 232:15 p.m.BBS-178: $215 NLHE [Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 232:30 p.m.BBS-179: $22 NLHE [Turbo]$60K Gtd
Oct. 233:15 p.m.BBS-180: $55 6+ Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo]$15K Gtd
Oct. 234 p.m.BBS-181: $109 NLHE [6-Max]$125K Gtd
Oct. 234:15 p.m.BBS-182: $11 NLHE [6-Max]$60K Gtd
Oct. 234:30 p.m.BBS-183: $1.10 NLHE [6-Max]$5K Gtd
Oct. 235:30 p.m.BBS-184: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Total KO]$115K Gtd
Oct. 2410 a.m.BBS-185: $5.50 NLHE$30K Gtd
Oct. 2410:15 a.m.BBS-186: $55 NLHE$80K Gtd
Oct. 2410:30 a.m.BBS-187: $530 NLHE$115K Gtd
Oct. 2411:30 a.m.BBS-188: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$85K Gtd
Oct. 241 p.m.BBS-189: $109 NLHE$250K Gtd
Oct. 241:15 p.m.BBS-190: $11 NLHE$125K Gtd
Oct. 241:30 p.m.BBS-191: $215 NLO8 [8-Max]$60K Gtd
Oct. 242:15 p.m.BBS-192: $530 NLHE [8-Max]$150K Gtd
Oct. 242:30 p.m.BBS-193: $55 NLHE [8-Max]$200K Gtd
Oct. 243:15 p.m.BBS-194: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$40K Gtd
Oct. 244 p.m.BBS-195: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$100K Gtd
Oct. 244:15 p.m.BBS-196: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$60K Gtd
Oct. 244:30 p.m.BBS-197: $2.20 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$7.5K Gtd
Oct. 2415:30 p.m.BBS-198: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$125K Gtd
Oct. 258:30 a.m.BBS-199: $11 PLO8 [6-Max]$15K Gtd
Oct. 2510 a.m.BBS-200: $2.20 NLHE$18K Gtd
Oct. 2510:15 a.m.BBS-201: $22 NLHE$150K Gtd
Oct. 2510:30 a.m.BBS-202: $215 NLHE$225K Gtd
Oct. 2511:30 a.m.BBS-203: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$250K Gtd
Oct. 251 p.m.BBS-204: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]$2.5M Gtd
Oct. 251:15 p.m.BBS-205: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]$1M Gtd
Oct. 251:30 p.m.BBS-206: $215 PLO [6-Max]$100K Gtd
Oct. 252:15 p.m.BBS-207: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$300K Gtd
Oct. 252:30 p.m.BBS-208: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo]$135K Gtd
Oct. 253:15 p.m.BBS-209: $55 NLO8 [8-Max, Turbo]$20K Gtd
Oct. 254 p.m.BBS-210: $215 NLHE$400K Gtd
Oct. 254:15 p.m.BBS-211: $22 NLHE$225K Gtd
Oct. 254:30 p.m.BBS-212: $2.20 NLHE$20K Gtd
Oct. 255:30 p.m.BBS-213: $1,050 NLHE [Turbo, Sunday Cooldown SE]$275K Gtd

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