PokerStars announces 6th Anniversary Sunday Million

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Feb 23, 2012 Posted in Poker Promotions, Poker Room News | No Comments »

It seems like just about every month or so PokerStars is hosting a special tournament for some milestone or another, and March 2012 will be no different as the site has announced its plans to hold the 6th Anniversary Sunday Million Tournament.

The 6th Anniversary Sunday Million will take place on March 11, 2012, and as with all Sunday Millions will begin at 2:30 PM EDT. The tournament’s guarantee has been raised from the usual $1 million to $6 million in honor of the anniversary, with the buy-in remaining the same, $215.

PokerStars undertook a much loftier goal for last year’s 5th Anniversary Sunday Million where $10 million was guaranteed. That number was easily surpassed as 59,128 entrants registered for the historic event, swelling the total prize-pool to $11,825,600, which at the time was the second largest in the history of online poker.

While it’s unlikely the 6th Anniversary tournament will come near the numbers from last March (the 5th Anniversary event took place before Black Friday) PokerStars did manage to break the online record for the largest tournament in online history after Black Friday, so you never can tell just how big this event will be!

The first Sunday Million tournament was held on March 5, 2006 and was won by a player using the screen-name “aaaaaaaa” later identified as Daryl Jace. In all, there have been 278 Sunday Million tournaments with over $444 million in cash awarded according to the press release found at PokerStars.

At the PokerStars website, a number of Team PokerStars Pros offered their thoughts on the Sunday Million and what it has meant to them over the years:

Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier

“My favourite memory of the big Sunday tournament on PokerStars is the time I finished 12th. This was my first really deep run in a tournament of this size, and I was so excited. There is a huge Sunday Million on March 11, with $1M guaranteed for first. It may not feel the same for me as the first time I went deep, but I’ll be trying just as hard. See you there.”

Jason Mercier

“When I think of the Sunday Million, I think back to being a 19-21 year old kid, grinding mid-stakes, looking for that big tournament score. I would get excited every week to play the Sunday Million, hoping that would be the day that I would have my first six-figure score.”

Johnny Lodden

“This is one of the few tournaments where you can really score big. I have fun memories of playing the Sunday Million with my buddies, with football games on TV in the background. A friend won a big Sunday tournament in the old days, and first prize was $8,000. A long way from where we are now!”

Liv Boeree

“When playing the Sunday Million, it’s important to be patient. It attracts huge numbers, and in order to navigate your way through, you have to learn to play the waiting game if the cards don’t cooperate.”

Lex Veldhuis

“I like to play really aggressive in the Sunday Million, because there are so many players who wait for this tournament all week, and are too careful with their chips. This allows you to build a big stack early on, and cruise once you have it.”

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