The PokerStars 50/50 Series kicked off on January 30 and has already paid out some impressive prizes despite the low buy-ins of its events. Thirteen of the scheduled 50 tournaments have crowned their champions, including “Fr0mNL,” who saw their $50 investment swell to a most impressive $81,560.
Fr0mNL was one of 18,589 players who bought into the third event of the 50/50 Series, the Half Price Sunday Million. Unsurprisingly, the tournament overlaid to the tune of $155,130 because of the ambitious $1 million guarantee, not that those who finished in the money places cared because it meant they enjoyed even more value.
Some 3,329 places were paid, each receiving at least $110.40 for their efforts. However, those who navigated their way to the nine-handed final table padded their bankrolls with no less than $7,069.
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“Sury8E” of Mexico was the first finalist to fall by the wayside; they collected the aforementioned $7,069. “G_haeffner,” one of five Brazilians to reach the final table, was the next casualty. Their eighth-place finish came with $9,596, the last price not to weigh five figures.
Seventh-place and $13,028 went to “CannaGrower1” of Brazil before “cohen8” of Switzerland, and “zum-zum077” of Russia bowed out and collected $17,687 and $24,011, respectively. Remember that these prizes were awarded in a tournament costing only $50 to enter!
Three Brazilians fell consecutively to leave only the champion with chips in front of them. “oll0dun” busted in fourth for $32,597, “andmatos97” reeled in $44,253 for their third-place finish, which left Fr0mNL to defeat “zeeh_pb” heads-up. The runner-up banked $60,077 while the Half Price Sunday Million champion padded their bankroll with $81,560.
50/50 Series 03: $50 NLHE [Half Price Sunday Million] Final Table
PlacePlayerCountryPrize 1Fr0mNLMalta$81,560 2zeeh_pbBrazil$60,077 3andmatos97Brazil$44,253 4oll0dunBrazil$32,597 5zum-zum077Russia$24,011 6cohen8Switzerland$17,687 7CannaGrower1Brazil$13,028 8G_haeffnerBrazil$9,596 9Sury8EMexico$7,069
50/50 Series Results So Far
EventEntrantsPrize poolChampionPrize #01 Series Opener4,811$218,659AJPokerpro$31,125 #02 NLHE 8-Max PKO Sunday Freeze5,407$245,748pudelpower$20,914* #03 NLHE Half Price Sunday Million18,589$1,000,000Fr0mNL$81,560 #04 PLO867$39,405attitudeeeee$6,557 #05 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Supreme5,070$230,431selinantis$32,789 #06 NLHE 6-Max PKO Sunday Chaser3,890$176,800MrN orberto$19,031* #07 NLHE 6-Max Sunday Wrap-Up2,163$103,002Stoqnov303$15,346 #08 NLHE 8-Max Daily Marathon1,817$82,582psykee86$12,471 #09 NLHE 8-Max PKO The Eliminator4,219$191,753Sh1tbr3ak$19,659 #10 NLHE 8-Max PKO Mini Bounty Builder6,353$288,743HansDenSvans$24,518* #11 NLHE 8-Max PKO Monday Hussle3,534$160,620clyde4630$14,701* #12 NLHE Heads-Up PKO Total KO2,473$112,397ZeeWhyZeeZee$8,264 #13 NLHE 6-Max Daily Supersonic1,668$79,430AQsuit$10,697
*includes bounty payments
$1 Million Guaranteed for the 50/50 Series Main Event
Event #46 of the 50/50 Series is the festival’s Main Event. Again, it only costs $50 to enter but comes with a jaw-dropping $1 million guaranteed prize pool. You do not even have to finish in the money places to see some prize money hit your PokerStars account because this Main Event is played as a Progressive Knockout event. You win at least $11.25 for each opponent you send to the showers, keeping a steady flow of cash into your bankroll.
Satellites for the Main Event, which runs from 6:00 p.m. GMT on February 6, are available in the PokerStars lobby right now and start with buy-ins as low as $2.20!
Enjoy the 50/50 Series With a $600 Bonus
New depositing PokerStars customers can claim a welcome bonus worth up to $600. Download PokerStars via PokerNews, create your free account, and decide how much you want to deposit. Your deposit is matched 100% up to $600 in the form of a bonus. In fact, your first three deposits in the first 60-days after making your first deposit are matched up to a combined total of $600.
The bonus releases into your playable balance in $10 increments each time you generate 180 redemption points, which in turn are earned at a rate of five per $1 contributed to the cash game rake or spent on tournament fees (6.5 points per £1, 5.5 points per €1, and four points per CAD$).