All Turbo Series Starts on PokerStars February 21

Poker tournaments can be long, even online. Players can toil for hours before registration even closes, much less before the money bubble bursts. Many players want to compete in large tournament series but simply don’t have the time.

PokerStars has the solution for those players. The Turbo Series is a fan favourite and returns this month with a diverse array of tournaments. There will be 134 turbo-structured events in all, complete with more than $25M in prize pool guarantees.

2021 Turbo Series Overview

It’s all about quick decisions and unique strategies. The Turbo Series brings a wide range of poker variants and buy-ins to the tables for a massive 11-day festival on PokerStars, starting on Sunday, February 21. And the 134 tournaments will run through Sunday, March 7.

Buy-ins will range from $11 to $5,200, something for players of every bankroll. Even with those options, players will find satellites starting as low as $1. There are also special $4 Spin & Go games running all the time, which will award all kinds of even tickets, even a number of seats for the $1,050 buy-in Turbo Series Main Event.

PokerStars broke down the number of tournaments at the various buy-in levels:

  • $11 buy-in = 15 tournaments
  • $22 buy-in = 25 tournaments
  • $55 buy-in = 28 tournaments
  • $109 buy-in = 28 tournaments
  • $215 buy-in = 18 tournaments
  • $530 buy-in = 12 tournaments
  • $1,050 buy-in = 6 tournaments
  • $5,200 buy-in = 2 tournaments

As for the guarantees, they vary greatly, but there are several that meet or exceed $1M. The Main Event will offer a $2M guarantee all by itself, and even the mini-version of the Main Event will offer $1M as a prize pool guarantee. Before that, though, Event 64 ($1,050 buy-in PKO) will guarantee $1M.

Two tournaments put $750K guarantees on their prize pools, but those both require $5,200 buy-ins: Events 3 and 126.

Speaking of variations, there will be more than No Limit Hold’em in the Turbo Series. While 119 of the tournaments will be NLHE, there will also be five PLO tournaments (Events 5, 19, 48, 90, and 124), three No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (Events 61, 81, and 110), two 8-Game mixes (Events 28 and 118), a Fixed Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (Event 36), a 5-Card PLO (Event 14), HORSE (Event 56), PLO Hi/Lo (Event 76), and Fixed Limit Hold’em (Event 98).

Sunday Schedules

The biggest online poker day of the week is Sunday. These will be the days of the Turbo Series with the most options, too. Let’s look at the schedules, first for the kickoff day of Sunday, February 21:

  • Event 1: $55 NLHE Series Starter ($100K GTD)
  • Event 2: $11 NLHE 8-Max PKO ($100K GTD)
  • Event 3: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max ($750K GTD)
  • Event 4: $215 NLHE ($500K GTD)
  • Event 5: $109 PLO 6-Max Phase 2 ($250K GTD)
  • Event 6: $22 NLHE 6-Max Short PKO ($25K GTD)
  • Event 7: $55 NLHE 6-Max Mini Sunday Supersonic ($200K GTD)
  • Event 8: $530 NLHE 6-Max Sunday Supersonic ($350K GTD)
  • Event 9: $55 NLHE ($125K GTD)

On Sunday, February 28, the series will not even have reached the halfway point. Here are the options for that day:

  • Event 60: $55 NLHE PKO Deep Stacks ($150K GTD)
  • Event 61: $109 NLO8 8-Max ($60K GTD)
  • Event 62: $215 NLHE 6-Max ($250K GTD)
  • Event 63: $22 NLHE Double Deuce ($200K GTD)
  • Event 64: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO ($1M GTD)
  • Event 65: $11 NLHE Phase 2 ($500K GTD)
  • Event 66: $109 NLHE PKO ($500K GTD)
  • Event 67: $530 NLHE 8-Max ($300K GTD)
  • Event 68: $55 NLHE 8-Max Time KO ($40K GTD)
  • Event 69: $22 NLHE 6-Max PKO Mini Sunday Supersonic ($175K GTD)
  • Event 70: $215 NLHE 6-Max PKO Sunday Supersonic ($400K GTD)
  • Event 71: $22 NLHE ($100K GTD)

Finally, on the last day of the Turbo Series, March 7, the action will include quite a variety of tournaments, including Main Events as highlighted below:

  • Event 122: $109 NLHE 8-Max Deep Stacks ($150K GTD)
  • Event 123: $22 NLHE 6-Max PKO ($125K GTD)
  • Event 124: $215 PLO 6-Max ($100K GTD)
  • Event 125: $22 NLHE 8-Max Double Deuce ($200K GTD)
  • Event 126: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max PKO ($750K GTD)
  • Event 127: $1,050 NLHE Main Event High ($2M GTD)
  • Event 128: $55 NLHE Main Event Low ($1M GTD)
  • Event 129: $11 NLHE 8-Max Phase 2 ($500K GTD)
  • Event 130: $109 NLHE 8-Max PKO ($500K GTD)
  • Event 131: $11 NLHE 6-Max Short PKO ($20K GTD)
  • Event 132: $215 NLHE 6-Max Sunday Supersonic ($275K GTD)
  • Event 133: $22 NLHE 6-Max Mini Sunday Supersonic ($150K GTD)
  • Event 134: $55 NLHE ($125K GTD)

PokerStars posted the full schedule on its blog.

New Variation Explanations

There are a few new variations on the normal tournaments listed above and in the full schedule. Some of them are not self-explanatory.

Time KO events are simply ones that play out for a specific amount of time. When the tournament ends, PokerStars pays out the prize pool based on the size of players’ stacks. And players who are still in the event at that time also receive their own bounties back.

Win the Button tournaments have been popular with PokerStars players for years. It provides a unique element in that the player who wins the pot takes the button for the next hand.

Five-stack games start each player with five stacks of 10K chips each, but players don’t have to use them all at once. They can play them as desired to use chip stacks to their advantage. This is available during the first 16 levels.

Splash rebuys are ones that offer normal rebuys but for a longer period. Since turbo structures would normally limit the amount of time a player can rebuy, PokerStars keeps that blind structure but opens the rebuy period for 90 minutes, through 18 levels.

A new addition to the lineup is Freeze 7, which simply plays as a PKO freezeout but seven-handed. Double Deuce simply refers to the $22 buy-in with a $200K guarantee. And the Big Spider event is a hyper-turbo with players allowed to reenter eight times.



Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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