On Sunday, March 20, PokerStars celebrated its 10th anniversary of the launch of the Sunday Million with its biggest tournament so far this year, the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million. As part of the spectacle, PokerStars slapped a massive $10 million guarantee on the prize pool and kept the normal Sunday Million price tag of $215.
The tournament beat its $10 million guarantee, with 55,059 entrants (45,353 uniques with 9,706 reentries) ponying up the $215 buy-in to generate a larger-than-life $11.012 million prize pool. With 8,208 players cashing in this event for at least $311.83, the tournament witnessed more players finishing in the money than normally enter the Sunday Million that runs every week.
After almost 16 hours of play, Canada's "a.urli" etched his name into Internet poker history by finishing on top of the field and collecting $970,000. His prize was part of a four-way deal where $100,000 was left to play for. The Canadian's previous biggest cash on PokerStars was one most players would dream for as well when he snagged second place in WCOOP-11: $320 NLHE Ante Up in September 2014 for $40,184.
Also scoring big thanks to the final table deal were Bulgaria's "mladenova62" (2nd - $650,000), South Korea's "prophetdream" (3rd - $678,518), and Argentina's "canario508" (4th - $560,000).
In total, players from four different continents (North American, South America, Europe, and Asia) and nine different countries (Canada, Bulgaria, South Korea, Argentina, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Finland, and Norway) appeared on the final table.
Biggest in PokerStars History?
While this event was huge in proportion, it wasn't the biggest prize pool generated in PokerStars history. The 2010 WCOOP Main Event remains securely in the record books as the biggest tournament held by the world's largest online poker site. American poker player Tyson "POTTERPOKER" Marks shipped he lion's share of the event's ginormous $12.215 million prize pool to take home nearly $2.28 million.
Additionally, two previous Sunday Million anniversary tournaments generated bigger eight-digit prize pools than yesterday's 10th anniversary event.
Here's a look at the final table results of the Sunday Million 10th Anniversary:
Sunday Million 10th Anniversary ($10M Guaranteed)