The PokerStars Sunday Million event, renowned in today’s poker industry, marked its 17th anniversary on March 26. To commemorate, a hefty $7.5 million was put into the event, with $1 million set aside for the victor.

The winner of this year’s event is Ricardo “RFN1986” Nagamoto from Brasil.

The First Sunday Million Event

Kicking off in 2006, Sunday Million on PokerStars, with its usual buy-in of $109, has been a sensational spot in online poker, guaranteeing a whopping prize pool of $1 million. Predominantly a No-Limit Hold’em event, it’s become a symbol of prestige and hefty payouts in digital poker arenas. Originating on March 6th, 2006, the inaugural Sunday Million event drew 5,893 entrants, each contributing $215 in hopes of victory. Player “aaaaaaaa” clinched the top spot, securing $173,843.

Sunday Million breaks barriers, welcoming a global pool of players, from eager amateurs to seasoned pros, ensuring a diverse, thrilling competition. With a monumental guaranteed prize pool, which often swells beyond the promised $1 million due to massive participation, it ensures a heart-pounding competition where top finishers bask in substantial financial triumphs. PokerStars skillfully intertwines various player levels, from its own Pros and well-known poker celebrities to recreational players, sparking an electric atmosphere every Sunday.

But here’s the catch: players can snatch a seat without paying full price! With satellite tournaments, PokerStars presents chances to slide into Sunday Million at a fraction of the direct buy-in, a dream for players with smaller bankrolls dreaming of substantial wins. Special editions of the tournament, like Anniversary events, occasionally bump up the excitement by boosting guaranteed prize pools to eye-watering amounts, sometimes up to $10 million, making headlines in poker communities.

Since its inception, there have been 613 additional Sunday Million events with over 4.8 million participants, generating a cumulative prize pool of $750 million.

Special editions have also been held, such as the 4th anniversary in February 2010 with a $4 million prize pool, which was taken home by RichieRichZH.

The Greatest Sunday Million Event

The record-breaking 15th Anniversary Sunday Million event on March 21st, 2021 stands as the largest online poker tournament. It attracted 69.876 players, amassing a staggering $13.975.200 prize pool. Canada’s Vanessa “Niffller” Kate emerged as the champion, bagging $1,514,920.

With such vast participation, achieving victory might seem like a dream. Yet, numerous players have stood out.

For instance, Jesper “KipsterDK” Hougaard, the first to clinch a WSOP bracelet in both Las Vegas and Europe, also became a two-time Sunday Million champion. Impressively, fifteen others have secured wins in this event.

Notably, Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov has triumphed thrice, making him the sole player to achieve this.

Significance in Poker World

Beyond its financial allure, Sunday Million stands as a robust platform for emerging poker talents, skyrocketing careers, and planting winners firmly on the poker map. While circulating millions within the poker economy, it not only fattens player wallets but also pads PokerStars’ revenue through entry fees. Media glare often follows the event, offering widespread coverage and acting as a rich content source for news outlets, blogs, forums, thereby solidifying its cornerstone status in digital poker spheres.

Moreover, Sunday Million fashions a vibrant community of online players, sparking discussions, strategy-sharing, and friendly rivalries across various platforms, creating not just a tournament but a lively, recurring event in the global poker calendar. It’s not merely a place to play poker; it’s where players, whether professionals or hobbyists, come to test their mettle, chasing not only remarkable financial gains but also prestigious acknowledgment in poker circles.

last updated 05.10.2023