$7M to Celebrate PokerStars Sunday Million 7th Anniversary
PokerStars Sunday Million has long been the most actively partaken, weekly guaranteed poker event on the internet for several years running And why not? It’s the only online poker tournament that promises a minimum of $1 million in prize money each and every week, spread across the most deserving end of the field. On March 3, 2013, PokerStars will celebrate its 7th anniversary of the legendary Sunday Million with a massive $7,000,000 GTD prize pool, with the 1st place winner assured a minimum of $1m for the victory.
PokerStars is the world’s largest online poker room, which greatly attributes to its ability to host such an enormous celebratory tournament, not to mention its weekly million dollar events. An online poker guarantee of this magnitude actually rivals some of the most prominent live tournaments around the globe.
Lex Veldhuis, member of Team PokerStars Pros, said it was so big that he actually compared it to playing in the EPT online. “I’m going to stock up on food and drink so I’m ready to grind this one!”?
No one is quite sure what to expect in terms of field size. Throughout 2013, the PokerStars Sunday Million has attracted an average of 7,579 players each week, but then again, the corresponding buy-ins only produced an average of $1,515,800. If we travel back in time to PokerStars 10th anniversary, the poker room drew in a staggering 62,116 players for that weekend’s Sunday Million, resulting in an orgasmic prize pool of $12,423,200.
It’s a rare occasion when PokerStars does not see its GTD prize increased by the level of participation, as opposed to the overlays many other poker sites often pay. It’s hard to imagine a $7m GTD poker tournament drawing enough entries to surpass the guarantee with buy-ins of only $200 apiece, but chances are, that is exactly what is going to happen when March 3rd rolls around.
As is the norm with all major online poker tournaments, there is a series of satellite events on the schedule that will catapult players into the massive $7M GTD Sunday Million. Members can use their accumulated FPP to gain access to freeroll satellites at no cost. $1 Feeder Satellites will award seats into the special $11 Deadline Satellite, which guarantees 1000 seats in the big event. And of course, anyone can post the standard $200+$15 buy-in to claim a virtual chair in the $7M GTD Sunday Million.
The PokerStars Sunday Million 7th Anniversary tournament is slated to kick off at 14:30 ET on March 3, 2013. The eventual winner is guaranteed to take home a minimum of $1,000,000 in prize money.
A brief history on PokerStars and the Sunday Million:
The online poker room was launched on December 12, 2001. Over the next five years, it grew exponentially, realizing the phenomenal success that led to its installation of the infamous seven-figure weekly guarantee. The very first PokerStars Sunday Million was held on March 5, 2006 and attracted a field of about 6,000 players. It was eventually won by Daryl “aaaaaa”? Jace, an American poker pro, who pocketed $173,844 for his skilled efforts. On Dec 28, 2011, PokerStars celebrated its 10th anniversary, guaranteeing an astounding $10M in that week’s Sunday Million, drawing the largest online poker tournament crowd in history, 62,116. Though the winner was guaranteed $2M, a six-way deal at the final table awarded $1.14M to the winner, Canadian player Kyle “First-Eagle”? Weir, from an overall prize fool of $12.4M.