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PokerStars’ Turbo Series a Massive Success; $32M Paid Out

PokerStars Turbo Series

More than $32 million was paid out across 114 tournaments in the PokerStars Turbo Series that ran from Feb. 3-17, smashing the advertised combined guarantees of $25 million.

Big Winners

The biggest prize of the series weighed in at an incredible $322,429, the sum awarded to former European Poker Tour London champion Robin “robinho” Ylitalo of Sweden. Ylitalo topped a field of 2,343 entries in the $1,050 buy-in Main Event, scooping the gigantic prize after a heads-up deal with fellow Swede “jamaica_111” who netted $268,907.

"needdollarz" secured the second-largest prize of the series with bounties included in the prize money, when they were crowned champion of the $5,200 NLHE 8-Max PKO High Roller event, a result worth a massive $239,695.

Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo was another player who walked away with a Turbo Series title and a huge prize to pad his bankroll with. Bonomo came out on top of a 194-strong field in the $5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller to add $192,427 to his lifetime winnings, defeating the talented Finn “elmerixx” heads-up for the title. Some of the biggest Turbo Series prizes are listed below:

Biggest Turbo Series Prize Winners

Turbo Series 109: $1,050 NLHE Main Eventrobinho$322,429
Turbo Series 108: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max PKO High Rollerneeddollarz$239,695*
Turbo Series 54: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max High RollerZeeJustin$192,427
Turbo Series 01: $215 NLHE PKOFrCnnctn_1960$144,652*
Turbo Series 24: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKOLrslzk$106,046*
Turbo Series 78: $1,050 NLHE PKOPIUlimeira$101,768*
Turbo Series 03: $530 NHE 6-Max Sunday Supersonicdisquesi!$87,273
Turbo Series 18: $530 NLHE 8-Max PKOden butler$84,827*
Turbo Series 72: $530 NLHE 6-Max PKOpampa27$74,590*
Turbo Series 102: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Daily CooldownAT11211$72,425*
Turbo Series 57: $215 NLHE 6-Max PKO Sunday Supersonicimluckbox$69,975*
Turbo Series 33: $530 NLHE 6-Maxtinnoemulder$69,288
Turbo Series 48: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Daily CooldownKobsteris$65,972*
Turbo Series 02: $109 NLHE 8-Maxbajskorven87$61,906
Turbo Series 56: $530 NLHE 8-MaxIl-Giuglia$60,531
Turbo Series 39: $215 NLHE 6-Max PKONinoo166$59,258*
Turbo Series 93: $109 NLHE 8-Max PKONoTilit$56,659*
Turbo Series 55: $109 NLHE PKOKiritio777$56,110*
Turbo Series 30: $215 NLHE PKOeggabf$55,813*
Turbo Series 112: $215 NLHE 6-Max Sunday SupersonicBleron-Champ$55,313
Turbo Series 26: $530 NLHE 6-Max Daily Supersonicugotblufd$53,903
Turbo Series 80: $530 NLHE 6-Max Daily SupersonicFukuruku$53,368
Turbo Series 111: $109 NLHE 8-Max PKONoveasalpedo$53,342*
Turbo Series 63: $215 NLHE PKOSintoras$52,639*
Turbo Series 100: $530 NLHEalboss82$51,527
Turbo Series 09: $109 NLHE 6-Max PKO Win the ButtonDie Ventura$50,101*

*includes bounty payments

It was not only the high-stakes players who stole the show because low stakes players and satellite winners also enjoyed their fair share of success.

A total of 12 events were won by players who had secured their buy-in via Turbo Series satellites. One player, known as “atanas_1980”, won a $215 ticket to the opening Turbo Series event for $7.50 and went on to finish second in the event for a $71,000 score, this after winning $105,000 at the recent PokerStars Players Championship in The Bahamas.

Another rags to riches story was cast by “idzake” who won a $2.20 satellite ticket from a Stars Rewards chest, turned that into a $55 entry to the Turbo Series 65 and eventually made a deal when heads-up to turn that initial $2.20 investment into a cool $26,469.

Special mentions too to “Savva707” who turned $1.10 into $13,663 and to “timektime88” whose $1.85 satellite banked him a $20,160 score.

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  • More than $32 million was paid out during the PokerStars Turbo Series, including $322,429 to Robin Ylitalo.

  • Twelve PokerStars players turned a satellite ticket into a Turbo Series title.

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