Over the weekend, a massive tournament went down at PokerStars, building a heaping prize pool that poker players crave with live games yet to get back on track.

No, not that one on the main PokerStars client.

This one was Pennsyl-MANIA, which promised a state-record guarantee of $250,000 in a $200 reentry event. That promised pool proved to be aiming low, if anything, as $515,964 was collected across 2,774 entries.

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“D-Low1527” and “justbuy44” Chop

Those 2,774 entries — 1,760 of them being unique players while the others consisted of players using up to five allotted reentries — were whittled down to 291 heading into Day 2, the tournament already well into the money.

They played down to five-handed with the calendar having turned to Tuesday when, according to Donnie Peters of PocketFives, an issue arose during deal discussions.

Interesting occurrence with five left in the PokerStars PA Pennsyl-MANIA, the state’s largest ever online tournamen… https://t.co/2vNttaJIM7

— Donnie Peters (@Donnie_Peters)

The technical difficulties caused the discussions to fall through, so they played on, with similar issues occurring three-handed. Finally, the tournament came down to “D-Low1527” and “justbuy44,” who were table to chop without any issue. The former locked up just under $70K while the latter got $58K.

Here’s a look at the full final table results, from PocketFives:

PokerStars PA Pennsyl-MANIA Final Table Results
PlacePlayerPrize 1D-Low1527$69,670.79* 2justbuy44$58,175.62* 3CutYourOwnGrass$37,444.69 4caruso11125$26,477.41 5Name_Not_Import$18,722.37 6philsfan123$13,238.75 7BDGEJLM$9,361.23 8YouAlreadyKnow3$6,619.35 9RevoltingBlob12$4,680.61

*reflects heads-up deal

Prize Pools Growing in PA

The $250,000 guarantee was easily surpassed as previously noted, and it may be instructive to compare Pennsyl-MANIA with the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event, which was completed almost exactly a month beforehand.

 PASCOOP Main EventPennsyl-MANIA Buy-in$300$200 Entries1,3152,774 Prize pool$368,200$515,964 Winner (prize)”LiveMonster179″ ($57,394)”D-Low1527″ ($69,670.79)

Poker players in Pennsylvania clearly still have an appetite for big tournaments, and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear of another special tournament coming up.

PokerStars remains the only operator running a poker client in Pennsylvania, although many have been wondering if and when partypoker will launch to match its New Jersey operation. At the time of writing, there’s still no update from partypoker on an imminent launch.

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