Online poker players in Michigan have a lot to look forward to this weekend as PokerStars MI has announced the return of its Michigan Classic tournament. PokerStars MI introduced Michigan Classic in April 2021 and had a good response.
PokerStars MI has decided to bring back its Michigan Classic tournament in October. The tournament will start on Oct 24 and end on Oct 25. Just like 2020, the buy-in for this event will be fixed at $300 and the guaranteed prize pool is $250,000. The operator has decided to cut down the size of the guaranteed prize pool for the second edition.
The drop in the guaranteed prize pool is due to the fact that the inaugural edition which had a $500,000 prize pool fell short by $65,600 and PokerStars MI had to bear the overlay. To play it safe, the operator has reduced the guaranteed prize pool by 50 percent.
PokerStars MI is currently running a number of promotions, a special depositor freeroll and big satellite events. The satellite events include a $3 Spin and Go event and buy-ins starting out at just $15. A total of 50 entries will be given away via the depositor freeroll promotion.
The winner of the Michigan Classic in April took home $76,000 in prize money. With the reduced guaranteed prize pool, the winner of the October edition is likely to take home a lot less.
Michigan Players Get More Opportunities
Online poker players in Michigan have a lot more opportunity to play online poker now that PokerStars MI is running major tournaments in the state. PokerStars MI had a lot of success with its MICOOP tournament which had 60 events and a combined guaranteed prize pool of $1.5 million.
The MICOOP Main Event had a similar $300 buy-in as the Michigan Classic. It had a lower guaranteed prize pool as only $200,000 was guaranteed when compared to the Michigan Classic which has a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool. The MICOOP Main Event brought in a total of 1,284 entries and saw the guaranteed prize pool climb to $360,000.
Based on the market response, the Michigan Classic should also get a good turnout as the buy-in and prize pool is very similar. PokerStars MI is confident of a good response and the $250,000 guaranteed prize pool is likely to be broken.