PokerStars MI Goes Casual With Summer Stacks Festival: 100 Events, $1M Guaranteed

Written By Martin Harris on June 7, 2021

The PokerStars Michigan Spring Championship of Online Poker (MISCOOP) is in the rear-view mirror, but its presence remains prominent. All the same, PokerStars MI continues to drive ahead with another tournament series on the way this month.

PokerStars MI announced Monday a new Summer Stacks Festival. The 100-tournament series will run June 12-28, with guarantees across the series totaling $1 million.

Lower buy-ins, faster structures for ‘casual’ poker fun

According to PokerStars, the schedule aims to provide “a more casual series format” for players than perhaps found in MISCOOP or other series. To accomplish that goal, the series features many turbo events structured to complete quickly. Buy-ins for the events are set at $100 or less throughout.

The series culminates with a two-day, $100 buy-in Summer Stacks Festival Main Event starting Sunday, June 27. The Main Event will feature a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. See the full schedule below.

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PokerStars will host Summer Stacks Festivals on the same dates at both of its other US sites in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The series on those sites also will consist of 100 tournaments with buy-ins at $100 or less.

On PokerStars PA, the series will similarly feature $1 million worth of guarantees (actually just slightly more) and a $100,000 guaranteed Main Event. Over at PokerStars NJ, the total guarantees add up to $528,000, with the Main Event guarantee set at $50,000.

Springing into summer: Stars continues tourney-fueled momentum

PokerStars MI clearly seeks to continue momentum from the recently completed MISCOOP series.

The 120-tournament series attracted more than 40,000 total entries and awarded more than $2.35 million. That total exceeded PokerStars MI’s previous high of $2.2 million won during the Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) earlier this year.

Like other PokerStars MI series, the Summer Stacks Festival will again feature freerolls, in which players can win tourney entries for free. These will include both Depositor Freerolls and Second Chance Freerolls.

To gain entry into daily Depositor Freerolls, PokerStars MI players must deposit at least $30 using the bonus code “SUMMER21.” The Depositor Freerolls will award $10,000 worth of Main Event tickets.

Meanwhile, the Second Chance Freerolls are for players who get knocked out of events without making the money. Busting an event shy of the cash automatically wins the player an entry into the following day’s Second Chance Freeroll. Those events will award another $10,000 worth of Summer Stacks tournament tickets.

Although the series follows the MISCOOP and MICOOP models, the Summer Stacks Festival appears to temper ambitions somewhat. It employs a similar 17-day schedule, but the Summer Stacks Festival promises half the total guarantees of the first MICOOP and subsequent MISCOOP, both of which featured $2 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Hands across America: PokerStars continues focus on US growth

The simultaneous running of the Summer Stacks Series on all three American sites will provide another chance to compare PokerStars’ progress in its three separate US markets.

The MISCOOP ran concurrently with PokerStars NJ’s version of the SCOOP series. PokerStars PA ran their PASCOOP a few weeks earlier. Whereas Michigan players won $2.35 million in MISCOOP, those in Pennsylvania won $2.6 million (playing an almost identical schedule). New Jersey players won just over $1.2 million.

All three PokerStars sites in the US are currently ring-fenced, meaning in each case players only compete against others within their state.

2021 PokerStars Michigan Summer Stacks Festival Schedule

No.DateTime (ET)EventBuy-inGtd.
1Jun 12 (Sa)4 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stacks Warm Up - Stars-B-Que)$10$3,500
2Jun 12 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stacks Kick Off)$100$30,000
3Jun 12 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stacks Mini Kick Off)$30$8,000
4Jun 12 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$15,000
5Jun 12 (Sa)7:30 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$5$1,000
6Jun 12 (Sa)9 p.m.NLHE$50$8,500
7Jun 12 (Sa)9:30 p.m.Razz (6-Max)$10$1,000
8Jun 13 (Su)3 p.m.Stud Hi/Lo (6-Max)$50$3,500
9Jun 13 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Storm - PKO Edition)$10$3,000
10Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special)$100$60,000
11Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Mini Sunday Special)$30$10,000
12Jun 13 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Micro Sunday Special)$5$3,500
13Jun 13 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
14Jun 13 (Su)8:30 p.m.NLHE (The Big Freeze)$100$12,500
15Jun 13 (Su)9 p.m.PLO (6-Max)$30$4,000
16Jun 14 (M)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale Early Edition)$10$3,000
17Jun 14 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
18Jun 14 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$100$20,000
19Jun 14 (M)8:30 p.m.NLHE$5$1,500
20Jun 14 (M)9 p.m.PLO8 (8-Max)$20$2,500
21Jun 15 (Tu)6 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday Early Edition)$10$3,000
22Jun 15 (Tu)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
23Jun 15 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday)$50$15,000
24Jun 15 (Tu)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Summer Freeze)$100$10,000
25Jun 15 (Tu)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$10$2,000
26Jun 16 (W)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$20$4,000
27Jun 16 (W)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
28Jun 16 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$100$17,500
29Jun 16 (W)8:30 p.m.NLHE$30$5,000
30Jun 16 (W)9 p.m.8-Game$50$5,000
31Jun 17 (Th)6 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill Early Edition)$10$3,000
32Jun 17 (Th)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
33Jun 17 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill)$50$15,000
34Jun 17 (Th)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$25$3,500
35Jun 17 (Th)9 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Turbo)$5$1,000
36Jun 18 (F)6 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, The Big $10 - 4-max Edition)$10$2,500
37Jun 18 (F)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
38Jun 18 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Mega-Stack Turbo)$100$15,000
39Jun 18 (F)8:30 p.m.NLHE$20$3,000
40Jun 18 (F)9:00 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO)$5$1,000
41Jun 19 (Sa)3 p.m.NLHE$10$2,500
42Jun 19 (Sa)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Saturday Warm Up)$20$5,000
43Jun 19 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
44Jun 19 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$100$20,000
45Jun 19 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$30$10,000
46Jun 19 (Sa)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Summer Freeze)$30$4,000
47Jun 19 (Sa)9 p.m.5-Card PLO (6-Max)$10$2,000
48Jun 20 (Su)3 p.m.HORSE (6-Max)$50$3,500
49Jun 20 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Sunday Storm)$10$3,000
50Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special)$100$60,000
51Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special - Mid)$30$15,000
52Jun 20 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special - Low)$5$3,500
53Jun 20 (Su)7 p.m.PLO (6-Max)$30$3,500
54Jun 20 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$8,000
55Jun 20 (Su)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$50$7,500
56Jun 21 (M)6 p.m.NLHE (7-Max)$5$1,000
57Jun 21 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
58Jun 21 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$100$20,000
59Jun 21 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Battle Royale)$30$8,000
60Jun 21 (M)8:30 p.m.NLHE$15$2,500
61Jun 22 (Tu)6 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday Early Edition)$20$6,000
62Jun 22 (Tu)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
63Jun 22 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday)$75$17,500
64Jun 22 (Tu)8:30 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Summer Freeze)$100$12,500
65Jun 22 (Tu)9 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Turbo)$30$4,000
66Jun 23 (W)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, The Big $10 - 6-max Edition)$10$2,500
67Jun 23 (W)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
68Jun 23 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$50$10,000
69Jun 23 (W)8:30 p.m.NLHE$25$3,500
70Jun 23 (W)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$20$3,000
71Jun 24 (Th)6 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill Early Edition)$20$6,000
72Jun 24 (Th)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
73Jun 24 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill)$75$17,500
74Jun 24 (Th)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$50$6,000
75Jun 24 (Th)9 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo)$5$1,000
76Jun 25 (F)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Fast Friday Early Edition)$20$3,500
77Jun 25 (F)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
78Jun 25 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Fast Friday)$100$15,000
79Jun 25 (F)8:30 p.m.NLHE$100$12,500
80Jun 25 (F)9 p.m.NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Heads-Up Zoom)$30$7,500
81Jun 26 (Sa)3 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Afternoon Bigstack)$30$6,000
82Jun 26 (Sa)4 p.m.Stud (6-Max)$50$3,500
83Jun 26 (Sa)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
84Jun 26 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$100$25,000
85Jun 26 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$25$7,000
86Jun 26 (Sa)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$30$4,000
87Jun 26 (Sa)9 p.m.NLHE (4-Max)$100$17,500
88Jun 27 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Drive)$30$7,500
89Jun 27 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Half Price Sunday Storm)$5$2,500
90Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Main Event)$100$100,000
91Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Main Event - Mid)$30$25,000
92Jun 27 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Main Event - Low)$10$7,500
93Jun 27 (Su)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$8,000
94Jun 27 (Su)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freeze)$15$2,500
95Jun 27 (Su)10 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Bigstack)$50$6,000
96Jun 28 (M)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Mega Stack)$5$1,500
97Jun 28 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (Summer Stars)$100$25,000
98Jun 28 (M)7:30 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Nightly Summer Stack)$50$10,000
99Jun 28 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Shootout)$30$7,000
100Jun 28 (M)8:30 p.m.NLHE (Summer Freezeout - Last Call)$10$1,500
TOTAL$1,000,000
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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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