On January 22, the Lone Star Poker Series (LSPS) kicked off its second tour stop. The new poker tour launched last year and has started the New Year off with a 16-event series. Kim Stone and Hayden Fortini started the new tour and are hoping to see continued success in 2021. This time around, the series will include several daily events through January 31. The Champions Social in Houston, Texas is hosting the events, all leading up to the much-anticipated Main Event which offers a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool.
More About the Series
With this new event stop, the LSPS will feature a ton of options, from tournament action to side events and more. The kickoff event was a $400 buy-in tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. The event had two starting flights and played down to the winner on Sunday.
Events #2 and #3 kicked off on Sunday, offering a Sunday Special and a Ladies Only event. With the Ladies Only tournament, the buy-in was $300 and featured an $8,000 prize pool. The winner earns a cash prize along with a special Tiffany Bracelet.
Additional events will take place throughout the week including turbo events, bounties, PLOs, and more. There will be a fun Surprise Bounty event on January 28, named Event #13 on the schedule. The tournament has a buy-in of $600 and will feature a $30,000 prize pool.
The final event of the series will be the Main Event. There will be four starting flights, so players have plenty of time to get in on the action. The starting flights will begin on January 29 and continue through the 30. The event will then play down to the winner on January 31.
Debuting in October 2020
The inaugural LSPS debuted in October of last year, featuring a total of 16 events with over $300,000 in guaranteed prize money on offer. The new series was one of the first offered in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic, so pros, as well as amateurs, were on hand to compete.
This series also ended with the Main Event, attracting a total of 660 entries, creating $330,000 in total prize money. In the end, it was Oziel Zuniga who earned the first-place finish after winning the event once a three-way deal was struck.
Once the event was down to Zuniga, Kent Kvaal, and Long Nguyen, the three decided to cut a deal. Kvaal would end up finishing in third but earned the second-highest prize of just over $42,000. Long Nguyen came in second but earned the lowest payout of the three with $40,365 in prize money. Zuniga took the first place win and was given $45,960 in prize money.
The success of this LSPS should dictate when the series will offer another tour stop. It is expected that more live poker action will be made available throughout the year. Live poker has been lacking for about a year now, so any event is sure to garner interest from professional players and amateurs.