The popular Bounty Builder Series is officially back on PokerStars. The latest edition of the PKO festival kicked off on October 11 and will run through to October 25, featuring a massive $30 million guaranteed prize pool, up from the $25 million in guarantees offered during the past two runnings.
The jam-packed schedule includes a total of 213 events, headlined by not just one, but two Main Events, both taking place on October 25. The $530 buy-in NLHE [8-Max Main Event] features the biggest guaranteed prize pool at $2.5 million. Players with limited bankroll can still compete for $1 million in guarantees in the lower buy-in Main Event, which comes with an entry fee of only $55.
Other highlights include the $109 NLHE Sunday Million (October 18) which offers $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pool, the second-largest guarantee on the schedule, as well as the $530 NLHE [Bounty Builder HR SE] which also offers $1 million in prize money, taking place on October 11. The schedule is filled with six-figure guaranteed NLHE events played in 6-Max, 8-Max and Turbo formats, with buy-ins beginning at $22.
Small stakes players can also find a number of events to enjoy, such as the $1.10, $2.20 and $11 buy-in NLHE events, with guarantees ranging from $7,500 to $100,000. A handful of mixed-game tournaments have also been sprinkled in, featuring PLO, 6+ Hold’em and H.O.R.S.E.
While the previous Bounty Builders featured flat blind levels, this time around organizers are trying out a new structure, with some events to be played in decreasing blind levels. For example, if players start the action with 15-minute levels, the structure will eventually shift to 10-minute levels. Most of the events on the schedule feature shorter levels, so expect the action to be more intense.
But take note though that there are still a number of events having similar blind levels all throughout the festival, such as the Main Event and the $1,040 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up. So before choosing what tournaments to play, make sure to check the structure so you will be well-prepared.
PokerStars has yet to release an official announcement on the latest structure changes or the reasons for it, but many speculate it could be because PKOs have gotten too deep-stacked lately, with the pros gaining an advantage over the recreational players.
You may check out the full schedule of the Bounty Builder Series on the PokerStars website.