Pennsylvania poker players, mark your calendars for Aug. 23.
PokerStars, in partnership with Mount Airy Casino, is hosting the second Pennsyl-MANIA tournament with a state-record guaranteed prize pool of $350,000 over the course of the two-day event. It’s the largest starting online poker prize pool in the state’s history, but it could set more records by the time it’s done.
How to get a seat
The buy-in for the tournament is $200, but there are other ways to get a seat.
You can join one of the satellite tournaments, which start at $5, for a chance to bypass the $200 fee or win a seat via the Pennsyl-MANIA Depositor Freeroll on Aug. 23.
To enter the freeroll, make a deposit of $30 or more and use the code ‘MANIA” for a chance to earn a spot. The deposit must be made before 1:59 ET on Aug. 23, and the freeroll tournament starts at 2 p.m. that same day. The top 50 players earn a free Pennsyl-MANIA entry.
If you win more than one entry, they can be exchanged for tournament money.
How to play
If you’ve never played on the PokerStars client before, set up an account before Aug. 23 so you know there are no hurdles to getting a seat. Players must be physically in the state of Pennsylvania and can use the desktop client or PokerStars app on iOS or Android to play.
The two-day Pennsyl-MANIA starts at 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 23, but if you show up late, you still have a few hours to grab a seat. Players who drop off early are allowed up to five re-entries during the late registration window.
What happened last time
The inaugural Pennsyl-MANIA tournament in May was a record-breaker, netting a prize pool of $515,000 after starting out at a guaranteed amount of $250,000. There were 2,774 entries (1,014 re-entries), and the top prize was $69,670. The final 467 finishers ended up in the money.
The event lasted two days, with the second day taking nine hours before it finished with two players making a heads-up deal at 4 a.m. The second-place finisher ended up winning $58,175 with third place claiming $37,444.
PokerStars, which launched in November 2019, has taken advantage of being the sole state-licensed online poker site in Pennsylvania and combined with the pandemic keeping players at home, Sunday’s tournament is looking to be just as big.