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To celebrate the biggest event on Brazil’s cultural calendar, PokerStars has announced an epic online festival to help players – particularly those in Brazil – get into the samba spirit.

The Carnival Series will run from January 28 to February 5, with the 150-event schedule boasting tournaments for players of all bankrolls and poker variants.

Plus, the $12.5 million series guarantee is worthy of its very own parade. Along the way, you’ll find Carnival-themed events: the Fenomeno, the Copacabana, the Feijoada, the Samba, and the Açaí.

To make the series even more exciting, the three Main Events will be Mystery Bounty tournaments. This means that events play as regular tournaments until the bubble bursts, at which point every remaining player has an undisclosed bounty prize on their heads (scroll down to learn more about how these events work).

The medium edition Main Event comes with a $109 buy-in and a whopping $1.25 million guarantee!

Moreover, the schedule also includes a PLO Mystery Bounty Main Event, as well as three 2-7 Single Draw Mystery Bounty tournaments. There are also a further three Mystery Bounty Turbos –  The Copacabana events.

Buy-ins for the series range from as little as $2.20 up to $2,100, with satellites available for each event. 

You’ll find some key dates below, as well as the full schedule.

KEY DATES FOR CARNIVAL SERIES

January 28, 2024

  • $109 8-Max PKO Sunday Million – $1M Gtd
  • $5.50 The Copacabana 8-Max Turbo Mystery Bounty – $25K Gtd
  • $55 The Copacabana 8-Max Turbo Mystery Bounty – $100K Gtd
  • $530 The Copacabana 8-Max Turbo Mystery Bounty – $125K Gtd
  • $2.20 Micro Sunday Fenomeno – $5K Gtd
  • $11 Mini Sunday Fenomeno – $30K Gtd
  • $109 Sunday Fenomeno – $125K Gtd

February 2, 2024

  • $3.30 The Açaí 6-Max PKO – $20K Gtd
  • $33 The Açaí 6-Max PKO – $115K Gtd
  • $320 The Açaí 6-Max PKO – $70K Gtd

February 3, 2024

  • $11 The Saturday Feijoada 7-Max Semi-Turbo Big Knockouts – $100K Gtd
  • $109 The Saturday Feijoada 7-Max Semi-Turbo Big Knockouts – $150K Gtd
  • $1,050 The Saturday Feijoada 7-Max Semi-Turbo Big Knockouts – $150K Gtd

February 4, 2024

  • $11 Mystery Bounty Main Event – $250K Gtd
  • $109 Mystery Bounty Main Event – $1.25M Gtd
  • $1,050 Mystery Bounty Main Event – $750K Gtd
  • $215 PLO 6-Max Mystery Bounty Main Event – $100K Gtd

FULL CARNIVAL SERIES SCHEDULE

HOW MYSTERY BOUNTY EVENTS WORK

Mystery bounty tournaments provide an extra layer of surprise and suspense to proceedings.

Mystery bounty tournaments won’t be available to players on the following licenses: .BG, .CZ, & .RO.

HOW MYSTERY BOUNTY TOURNAMENTS WORK

The ‘initial stage’ of the mystery bounty tournament works like a regular poker tournament, with no bounties awarded for eliminating opponents.

That all changes in the ‘final stage’, which begins once the money bubble has burst.

From then on, players will win mystery bounties when they eliminate a player — just like in a regular progressive knockout tournament. However, the value of the bounty is kept secret and is only unveiled once a player has been eliminated.

The prize pool is split into two equal parts: one half goes into the regular prize pool awarded to those who surpass the money bubble, while the other half is reserved for mystery bounties won each time a player is eliminated.

Multiple mystery bounties can be won with one hand if more than one opponent is knocked out. If a player is eliminated in a chopped hand, all the winning players will split the mystery bounty equally.

Players can monitor which mystery bounty prizes are still available in the ‘Tournament Info’ widget displayed on the table.

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