The PokerStars Sunday Million event is a well-known tournament in the poker industry today; it’s celebrating its 13th anniversary on the 14th of April. On this special day, the event invests a whooping sum of $10 million and $1 million reserved for the winner of the event.
The First Sunday Million Event
The first Sunday Million event came up on March 6th, 2006. This event involved 5,893 players that exchanged about $215 for the chance to become the winner of the first PokerStars Sunday Million. The player “aaaaaaaa” was the first person to write his name on the history books as the winner of the event; winning the sum of $173,843.
However, it is necessary to know that after the first-ever Sunday Millions event, there have been 613 more Sunday Millions so far. Also, more than 4.8 million players have participated in this event and have collected prize pools totaling $750 million.
There have been several special editions of this great tournament involving big records being broken by professional poker players worldwide. On Feb 2010, the Sunday Million event hosted its 4th anniversary and boasted a $4 million prize guarantee; lots of players participated (about 36,169 players). The winner of the 4th anniversary was “RichieRichZH” winning the $1,141,510 prize pool.
The Greatest Sunday Million Event
The largest online poker tournament ever was the 10th Anniversary edition of the Sunday Million event that took place on December 18th, 2011. It involved 62,116 players and a $12,432,200 prize pool, which was regarded as the biggest prize pool in history. Canada’s Kyle “First-Eagle” Weir the winner of the event, walked away with $1,146,574; this is the biggest prize on the Sunday Million Event.
No doubts, with such fields that normally involves thousands – even ten thousand – you would think it is virtually impossible to win the game.
Lots of players have emerged victorious on this big event. For instance, a poker professional Jesper “KipsterDK” Hougaard, the first player to win the WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas and Europe made history again to be a two-time champion of the Sunday Million event in May 2009. Surprisingly, fifteen other players have emerged victorious on the other series of the Sunday Million Event – In fact, one pro Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov won it thrice.
The Russian professional Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov is the first and only player to win the Sunday Million thrice.
Firstly, he made history for the first time on this event in November 2015 after outclassing 5,295 players to secure the $83,675 prize tag. He came again 2 years later in July 2017, from a field of 5,554 entrants to win a prize tag of $166,530. Vezhenkov did it again last year to win the sum of $141,494.
This Sunday, 14th of April, PokerStars is celebrating its 13th anniversary of this event and guaranteeing at least $10 million to be won and reserving $1 million for the tournament’s champion. It is important for all poker players to know that buy-ins decreased to $109, but this tournament ensures the return of the $215 buy-in. Poker players all around the world are expected to take part in this great event.