Players have been competing in special Sunday Million anniversary events since the tournament turned five years old. The special editions have consistently awarded massive prizes, with the winners walking away with a payout of up to seven figures, and this year is no exception. For Sunday Million’s 16th anniversary, PokerStars is awarding $10,000,000 in a guaranteed prize pool.
16th Sunday Million Anniversary Event Details and Schedule
The tournament has an entry fee of $215 and runs for three days, getting underway on March 20 at 5:05 pm GMT, with a new champion being crowned on March 22. Players kick off the action with 20,000 in starting chips, with blind levels starting at 50/100/12a lasting for 20 minutes up until Level 18. From Level 19 onwards, the levels are shortened to 15 minutes.
Day 1 action breaks after the 18th level and resumes on March 21 (Day 2) at 5:10 pm GMT. The game stops on Level 50 and the surviving players proceed to the final action on March 22 until a winner is declared. You can late-register until the start of Day 2 and you can re-enter up to five times while late registration is still open.
You can take part in the tournament on a budget by joining freerolls as well as satellites which start from only $2.20.
Notable Winners of the Sunday Million Anniversary Events
The latest Sunday Million anniversary event was held last year, with Vanessa “Niffler” Kade taking home the top prize of $1,514,920. The Canadian poker pro shipped the 15th-anniversary edition after defeating her heads-up opponent “Talibenes” of Poland who walked away as a millionaire as well, with $1,035,358 in winnings.
The other players who made it to the final table of the 15th anniversary event were Bulgaria’s “PanchoVetin”, Romania’s “Transylvanian”, “peu3ep”, “kefirchik106, and “Vvlankov” all three from Russia, “malinga” from Norway, and “ikkedus” from the Netherlands. Each took home at least $72,132 for their efforts.
Kade’s career took off in 2021 – not only did she win the Sunday Million 15th anniversary edition, but she was also signed by Americas Cardroom as brand ambassador. All of that happened after Kade got involved in a dispute with GGPoker and its ambassador Dan Bilzerian.
The 15th anniversary edition ended on a high note, recording 69,876 registrations. Overall, the tournament awarded $13,975,200 in total prize money, surpassing its $12.5 million guarantee. It was the second-biggest Sunday Million prize pool in the tournament’s history, just behind the special event in 2020 that ended up attracting over 93,000 players to generate more than $18,600,000 in total prize pool.
The first seven-figure Sunday Million Anniversary top prize worth $1,038,540 was shipped by “DrUPSWING” back in 2014 when the tournament celebrated its eighth anniversary and ended in a deal that saw runner-up finisher Fabio “hdjgkfgsdl” walk away with $877,090.
The biggest-ever Sunday Million Anniversary event took place in 2020 when the tournament marked its 14th year. During that time, online poker was enjoying what was described as a “mini-boom” due to worldwide lockdowns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A massive field of 93,016 entries took part in the tournament, and in the end, it was Alex “AAAArthur” Briton who was crowned the winner following a four-way deal, winning $1,192,802. What made his victory even more special was that he qualified for the tournament via an $11 satellite.
Another notable victory was that of Luke “Bdbeatslayer” Vrabel who took down the 5th-anniversary edition back in 2011 which ended in a nine-way chop. Vrabel took home $671,094 alongside a brand new Lamborghini Gallardo. That was the last time that players from the US participated in the tournament, as a month later, Black Friday happened, forcing online poker operators, including PokerStars, to move out of the country.