PokerStars recently hosted its $215 Sunday Million event and it was special because the online poker giant was celebrating the 10th anniversary since launching its popular Sunday Million event. The first Sunday Million was launched back in March 2006 and in order to celebrate its 10th anniversary PokerStars promoted the event heavily and had confirmed a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million.
The first Sunday Million event had a total of 5,893 players and PokerStars expected the number of registrations to be far superior for its 10th year anniversary considering the guaranteed prize pool involved. Player registrations for the event were impressive with a total of 55,059 registrations out of which 45,353 registrations were unique with the remaining 9,706 entries being re-entries.
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Players from 4 different continents spanning 9 countries attended the event and battled time zone differences to compete in a marathon long Sunday Million event. Players from the United Kingdom, South Korea, Canada, Russia, Norway, Bulgaria, Finland and Argentina too part in the event and in the end it was Canadian poker player who uses the online handle of ‘a.urli’ who won the event and took home a prize of $970,000.
The Canadian poker player has been a regular at PokerStars event and his last big cash out was back in 2014 when he played the WCOOP-11: $320 NLHE Ante Up and won $40,184. The competition at the Sunday Million event was strong and it took ‘a.urli’ a total of sixteen hours to be able to run through all his competitors and finish in first place.
The second place went to Bulgarian online poker player ‘mladenova62’ who won $650,000, third place went to South Korean poker player ‘prophetdream’ who won $678,517.78 and the third place was won by Argentinean player ‘canario508’ who won $560,000.
While the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Sunday Million event drew a large number of players, it did not create any records as there were two previous Sunday Million events that drew 8 figure prize pools. The biggest online poker tournament that PokerStars has hosted till date continues to be the 2010 WCOOP Main Event which had a massive prize pool of $12.215 million. The event was won by US poker player Tyson Marks who used the handle ‘potterpoker’ and ended up winning close to $2.28 million.
There were no US online poker players who featured in the top 8 list of winners at the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million event.