The Sunday Million which is one of PokerStars flagship tournaments is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month To mark this huge milestone, the world’s largest online poker site will award $12.5 million in guaranteed prize money from March 21 – 23, during which a special edition of the tournament will take place.
The March 21-23 edition of the Sunday Million features a buy-in of $215, with two players each guaranteed to take home at least $1 million. As usual, there will be satellites running with entry fees starting at $2.20. Players can take part in 192 qualifiers daily for a chance to earn a seat into the tournament for a fraction of the price.
In 2020, the Sunday Million anniversary event became the biggest ever in the tournament’s history, attracting a total of 93,016 entries (including rebuys).
The massive field generated just over $18.6 million in total prize pool, the largest prize money the tournament has ever awarded since it launched back in 2006. It was ultimately won by “AAAArthur” who qualified for the tournament via an $11 satellite. His tiny investment turned into $1,192,802 in winnings after becoming a Sunday Million champion.
The record figures in 2020 were mainly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, when online poker enjoyed a mini “boom“. A massive surge in online activity brought about by stay-at-home orders and lockdown measures across the world paved the way for the online poker industry to flourish amid the crisis.
Will The Sunday Million Create A New Record?
This year, PokerStars is aiming to surpass Sunday Million’s 2020 performance, that’s despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in most parts of the world, and the live poker scene slowly reopening.
While those factors could potentially affect the numbers, the 15th anniversary event is still expected to draw a significant turnout, though probably not as huge as the 2020 figures. And even if it fails to smash its own record, it is still on course to become one of the biggest Sunday Million tournaments ever.
Over 6,000 players have already signed up for the upcoming tournament so far, and that number is expected to increase in the coming days.
The Sunday Million was launched on March 6, 2006, and has since grown to become one of online poker’s biggest and most popular weekly major tournaments. The inaugural event attracted 5,893 players and awarded over $1.1 million in total prize money. It was won by Daryl “aaaaaa” Jace for $173,844.