PokerStars Knockout Bounty Builder Returns to US Markets With $2 Million Guaranteed

May 9, 2022
PokerStars Knockout Bounty Builder Returns to US Markets With $2 Million Guaranteed

The bounty hunting action is back for online poker players in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey. The PokerStars Bounty Builder series kicks off on Friday and runs through May 23 with 135 progressive knockout (PKO) tournaments across the three states.

The online series features $2 million guaranteed across all three markets. That includes a $1 million prize pool in Pennsylvania with $700,000 in Michigan and $500,000 in New Jersey.

The festival features events for all player levels and bankrolls with buy-ins ranging from $5 to $1,000. May looks to bring plenty of online poker action to legal US markets.

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PokerStars Bounty Builder highlights

Those new to PKO events will find an interesting twist on traditional bounty tournaments. When a player knocks out another player, that player doesn’t win the entire bounty.

Instead, a portion of that bounty is also placed on the winning player’s head. This means bounties can be worth much more as the tournament progresses.

This adds some interesting elements to the tournament as events progress. These tournaments have become extremely popular among online poker players.

The Bounty Builder main events begin on May 22. All of those feature $300 buy-ins with guarantees of: $150,000 (PA); $125,000 (MI); and $75,000 (NJ).

Players with smaller bankrolls will also find mini main events in each state as well, all with buy-ins of $50. Each state also features a $1,000 High Roller for those looking to raise the stakes.

Additional extras for the series

Beyond the main schedule, PokerStars is planning even more for the series. That includes the opportunity to win some hardware, with PokerStars awarding six trophies in each state it offers real money online poker.

The series features five trophy events and Stars is also adding a new series trophy for the overall leaderboard winner. Bounty leaderboards are also part of the mix. Those who win the largest number of bounties across each state will earn cash prizes.

Some other additions for the series include:

  • Free bounty – Every player receives a free $1 bounty courtesy of PokerStars in this $5 tournament.
  • Hybrid Satellite This is a new event for the series this year. This tournament awards a number of seats to the Main Event in each state. Players earn a second chance to win a seat into the championship from the freeroll. Additional cash prizes are also awarded to competitors.
  • Freeroll – Players receive a ticket to freeroll set for May 21. The tournament awards tickets to the Hybrid Satellite and the Main Event.

Beyond these, PokerStars is also promising plenty of variety in the Bounty Builder Series. That includes Last Man Standing events and Mini Bounties. Players will also find new events such as Bounty Adrenaline and Win the Button PKO tournaments. Here’s a look at the complete series in each state.

PA – 2022 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series

DateEventBuy-InGuaranteeSpeed
May 1301 - $5.00 NLHE [Free Bounty], $3K Gtd$5$3,000Regular
May 1302 - $50 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Turbo Warm Up], $12.5K Gtd$50$12,500Turbo
May 1303 - $30 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Last Man Standing], $7.5K Gtd$30$7,500Turbo
May 1304 - $20 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Bounty Builder Express], $5K Gtd$20$5,000Hyper
May 1405 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Kickoff], $45K Gtd$100$45,000Regular
May 1406 - $200 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Big KO's], $30K Gtd$200$30,000Regular
May 1407 - $20 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini KO's], $7.5K Gtd$20$7,500Regular
May 1408 - $30 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom], $10K Gtd$30$10,000Turbo
May 1509 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Marathon], $12.5K Gtd$50$12,500Slow
May 1510 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Special - Trophy Event], $100K Gtd$100$100,000Regular
May 1511 - $30 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Special], $20K Gtd$30$20,000Regular
May 1512 - $500 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $60K Gtd$500$60,000Regular
May 1513 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Bounty Adrenaline], $7.5K Gtd$50$7,500Hyper
May 1614 - $100 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack Royale], $22.5K Gtd$100$22,500Regular
May 1615 - $50 NLO8 [Progressive KO], $5K Gtd$50$5,000Regular
May 1616 - $100 NLHE, $12.5K Gtd$100$12,500Regular
May 1617 - $50 NLHE, $20K Gtd$50$20,000Turbo
May 1718 - $250 NLHE [Progressive KO, Bigstack Tuesday], $60K Gtd$250$60,000Regular
May 1719 - $1000 NLHE [Progressive KO, High Roller - Trophy Event], $75K Gtd$1,000$75,000Regular
May 1720 - $50 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO, Last Man Standing], $17.5K Gtd$50$17,500Regular
May 1721 - $30 NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $4K Gtd$30$4,000Turbo
May 1822 - $100 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Wednesday Storm - Trophy Event], $25K Gtd$100$25,000Regular
May 1823 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Win the Button], $10K Gtd$50$10,000Regular
May 1824 - $30 PL 5-Card Draw [Turbo, Progressive KO], $3K Gtd$30$3,000Turbo
May 1825 - $20 NLHE [4-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO], $3K Gtd$20$3,000Hyper
May 1926 - $250 NLHE [Progressive KO, Deepstack Thrill], $55K Gtd$250$55,000Regular
May 1927 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill], $25K Gtd$50$25,000Regular
May 1928 - $30 NLHE [5-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO], $5K Gtd$30$5,000Turbo
May 2029 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO], $12.5K Gtd$50$12,500Regular
May 2030 - $100 NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO], $12.5K Gtd$100$12,500Regular
May 2031 - $30 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $6K Gtd$30$6,000Regular
May 2032 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Bubble Rush], $6K Gtd$50$6,000Turbo
May 2133 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Afternoon Bigstack], $15K Gtd$100$15,000Regular
May 2134 - $10 NLHE [Progressive KO, Hybrid Satellite], $7.5K Gtd$10$7,500Regular
May 2135 - $200 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini KO's], $25K Gtd$200$25,000Regular
May 2136 - $20 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Big KO's], $8.5K Gtd$20$8,500Regular
May 2137 - $300 NLHE [Progressive KO, Main Event - Trophy Event], $150K Gtd$300$150,000Regular
May 2238 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Main], $40K Gtd$50$40,000Regular
May 2239 - $100 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Second Chance], $12.5K Gtd$100$12,500Turbo
May 2240 - $75 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Supersonic], $10K Gtd$75$10,000Hyper
May 2341 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Sendoff], $30K Gtd$100$30,000Regular
May 2342 - $200 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO, Trophy Event], $20K Gtd$200$20,000Regular
May 2343 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Turbo Royale], $10K Gtd$50$10,000Turbo
May 2344 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $20K Gtd$50$20,000Turbo

MI – 2022 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series

DateBuy-InEventGuaranteeSpeed
May 13$501 - $5.00 NLHE [Free Bounty], $2K Gtd$2,000Regular
May 13$5002 - $50 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Turbo Warm Up], $10K Gtd$10,000Turbo
May 13$3003 - $30 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Last Man Standing], $5K Gtd$5,000Turbo
May 13$2004 - $20 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Bounty Builder Express], $3K Gtd$3,000Hyper
May 14$10005 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Kickoff], $25K Gtd$25,000Regular
May 14$20006 - $200 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Big KO's], $17.5K Gtd$17,500Regular
May 14$2007 - $20 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini KO's], $5K Gtd$5,000Regular
May 14$3008 - $30 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom], $7.5K Gtd$7,500Turbo
May 15$5009 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Marathon], $10K Gtd$10,000Slow
May 15$20010 - $200 NLHE [Progressive KO, Special - Trophy Event], $60K Gtd$60,000Regular
May 15$3011 - $30 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Special], $10K Gtd$10,000Regular
May 15$50012 - $500 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $40K Gtd$40,000Regular
May 15$5013 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Bounty Adrenaline], $5K Gtd$5,000Hyper
May 16$10014 - $100 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack Royale], $12.5K Gtd$12,500Regular
May 16$2015 - $20 NLO8 [Progressive KO], $1.5K Gtd$1,500Regular
May 16$10016 - $100 NLHE, $10K Gtd$10,000Turbo
May 16$5017 - $50 NLHE, $10K Gtd$10,000Turbo
May 17$25018 - $250 NLHE [Progressive KO, Bigstack Tuesday], $30K Gtd$30,000Regular
May 17$1,00019 - $1000 NLHE [Progressive KO, High Roller - Trophy Event], $50K Gtd$50,000Regular
May 17$5020 - $50 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO, Last Man Standing], $15K Gtd$15,000Regular
May 17$3021 - $30 NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $4K Gtd$4,000Turbo
May 18$10022 - $100 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Wednesday Storm - Trophy Event], $17.5K Gtd$17,500Regular
May 18$5023 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Win the Button], $7.5K Gtd$7,500Regular
May 18$3024 - $30 PL 5-Card Draw [Turbo, Progressive KO], $2K Gtd$2,000Turbo
May 18$2025 - $20 NLHE [4-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO], $2.5K Gtd$2,500Hyper
May 19$25026 - $250 NLHE [Progressive KO, Deepstack Thrill], $30K Gtd$30,000Regular
May 19$5027 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill], $12.5K Gtd$12,500Regular
May 19$3028 - $30 NLHE [5-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO], $5K Gtd$5,000Turbo
May 20$5029 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO], $10K Gtd$10,000Regular
May 20$10030 - $100 NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO], $10K Gtd$10,000Regular
May 20$3031 - $30 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $4K Gtd$4,000Regular
May 20$5032 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Bubble Rush], $5K Gtd$5,000Turbo
May 21$10033 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Afternoon Bigstack], $15K Gtd$15,000Regular
May 21$1034 - $10 NLHE [Progressive KO, Hybrid Satellite], $6K Gtd$6,000Regular
May 21$20035 - $200 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini KO's], $15K Gtd$15,000Regular
May 21$2036 - $20 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Big KO's], $6K Gtd$6,000Regular
May 21$30037 - $300 NLHE [Progressive KO, Main Event - Trophy Event], $125K Gtd$125,000Regular
May 22$5038 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Main], $30K Gtd$30,000Regular
May 22$10039 - $100 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Second Chance], $10K Gtd$10,000Turbo
May 22$7540 - $75 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Supersonic], $7.5K Gtd$7,500Hyper
May 23$10041 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Sendoff], $20K Gtd$20,000Regular
May 23$20042 - $200 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO, Trophy Event], $15K Gtd$15,000Regular
May 23$5043 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Turbo Royale], $10K Gtd$10,000Turbo
May 23$5044 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $7.5K Gtd$7,500Turbo

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NJ – 2022 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series

DateEventBuy-InGuaranteeSpeed
May 13 01 - $5.00 NLHE [Free Bounty], $1.5K Gtd$5$1,500Regular
May 13 02 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Warm Up], $10K Gtd$100$10,000Regular
May 13 03 - $10 NLO8 [Progressive KO, Omaha Warm Up], $1K Gtd$10$1,000Regular
May 14 04 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Kickoff], $15K Gtd$100$15,000Regular
May 14 05 - $20 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Kickoff], $6K Gtd$20$6,000Regular
May 14 06 - $250 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Big KO's], $20K Gtd$250$20,000Regular
May 14 07 - $20 NL 5-Card Draw [Progressive KO], $2K Gtd$20$2,000Regular
May 15 08 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Marathon], $6K Gtd$50$6,000Slow
May 15 09 - $15 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO, Last Man Standing], $3.5K Gtd$15$3,500Regular
May 15 10 - $200 NLHE [Progressive KO, Bounty Builder Special, Trophy Event], $35K Gtd$200$35,000Regular
May 15 11 - $30 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Bounty Builder Special], $8.5K Gtd$30$8,500Regular
May 15 12 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Sunday Second Chance], $10K Gtd$100$10,000Regular
May 15 13 - $20 NLHE [4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $2.5K Gtd$20$2,500Turbo
May 15 14 - $30 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $4.5K Gtd$30$4,500Turbo
May 16 15 - $5.00 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale Early Edition], $1K Gtd$5$1,000Regular
May 16 16 - $200 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale Early Edition], $17.5K Gtd$200$17,500Regular
May 16 17 - $30 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Battle Royale], $7K Gtd$30$7,000Regular
May 16 18 - $50 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $4K Gtd$50$4,000Regular
May 17 19 - $150 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO, Last Man Standing], $15K Gtd$150$15,000Regular
May 17 20 - $500 NLHE [Progressive KO, High Roller, Trophy Event], $25K Gtd$500$25,000Regular
May 17 21 - $50 NLHE [7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Short Stack Challenge], $3.5K Gtd$50$3,500Hyper
May 18 22 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Big KO's], $12K Gtd$100$12,000Regular
May 18 23 - $30 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Mini KO's], $5K Gtd$30$5,000Regular
May 18 24 - $30 NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $3K Gtd$30$3,000Turbo
May 19 25 - $5.00 NLHE [Progressive KO, Early Edition], $1.5K Gtd$5$1,500Regular
May 19 26 - $200 NLHE [Progressive KO, BigStack Thrill, Trophy Event], $20K Gtd$200$20,000Regular
May 19 27 - $30 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill], $7K Gtd$30$7,000Regular
May 19 28 - $50 NLHE [5-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO], $5K Gtd$50$5,000Turbo
May 20 29 - $10 NLHE [Progressive KO], $2K Gtd$10$2,000Regular
May 20 30 - $100 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO, Friday Night Fight], $12K Gtd$100$12,000Regular
May 20 31 - $20 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Friday Night Fight], $5K Gtd$20$5,000Regular
May 20 32 - $20 NLHE [4-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO], $2K Gtd$20$2,000Hyper
May 21 33 - $10 NLHE [Progressive KO, Hybrid Cash + ME Seats Awarded], $3.5K Gtd$10$3,500Regular
May 21 34 - $200 NLHE [Progressive KO, Main Event Warm Up], $20K Gtd$200$20,000Regular
May 21 35 - $20 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Main Event Warm Up], $6.5K Gtd$20$6,500Regular
May 21 36 - $30 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Main Event Hyper Trainer], $3K Gtd$30$3,000Hyper
May 22 37 - $20 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Storm BBS Edition], $3.5K Gtd$20$3,500Regular
May 22 38 - $300 NLHE [Progressive KO, Main Event, Trophy Event], $75K Gtd$300$75,000Slow
May 22 39 - $50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Main Event], $20K Gtd$50$20,000Regular
May 22 40 - $1000 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller, Trophy Event], $35K Gtd$1,000$35,000Regular
May 22 41 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Second Chance], $10K Gtd$100$10,000Regular
May 22 42 - $30 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Mini Second Chance], $4K Gtd$30$4,000Turbo
May 22 43 - $50 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Supersonic BBS Edition], $5K Gtd$50$5,000Hyper
May 23 44 - $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, BBS Send Off], $12.5K Gtd$100$12,500Regular
May 23 45 - $20 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini BBS Send Off], $5K Gtd$20$5,000Regular
May 23 46 - $300 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller Last Man Standing], $20K Gtd$300$20,000Regular
May 23 47 - $30 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $4K Gtd$30$4,000Turbo
Total$500,000

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