Known for offering massive prize pools for a relatively low buy-in, the PokerStars Sunday Million tournament is a player favorite. In March, the online poker giant will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the event, and plans to make it memorable by offering a massive $10 million in guaranteed prize money.
The tournament will take place on March 20 and feature the usual $215 buy-in. But unlike ever before, players will be allowed to reenter up to three times, something PokerStars says is necessary to bolster the huge prize pool.
If you can’t swing the full buy-in, you will still have plenty of chances to win a seat through an array of freerolls and satellites which will be spread up until the day of the tournament.
Your first shot at a free Sunday Million seat will be through a series of Hyper-Turbo freerolls, offered every Saturday between February 13 and March 19. In each of those qualifiers, players will battle for 200 seats, with PokerStars giving away 1,200 free entries in total. To enter, you will need to make a real-money deposit of $20 or more using the week’s corresponding bonus code (ex. MILLIONFREE1, MILLIONFREE2, etc.).
Players can also qualify through a number of regular cash satellites with entry fees starting at just $1, or in one of six special events. PokerStars will hold four ‘VIP Bash’ satellites every Sunday between February 22 and March 19, giving away 50 entries each in of the first three, and 100 in the last.
Additionally, the site will run two ‘Deadline Satellites’ on the day of the tournament, in which players can win one of 1,333 seats for a buy-in of $11.
Several Team PokerStars pros have already confirmed their participation in the 10th annual tournament, including Chris Moneymaker, Jake ‘810ofclubs’ Cody, Johnny Lodden and Liv Boeree, among others. This year, players and railbirds will be able to enjoy the action from the perspective of poker streamers like Jamie Staples, who will be playing the tournament live on his Twitch channel.
“The Sunday Million Anniversary tournament is one of the biggest events on the poker calendar,” Staples said in a release. “And when you throw in a $10 million guaranteed prize pool and more than a thousand free seats as well, it’s a tournament that every poker player should aspire to play.”
The very first Sunday Million was held on March 5, 2006, and drew a respectable 5,893 players while generating a prize pool of $1,178,600. Canada’s ‘aaaaaaaa’ bested the field in that inaugural event and signed off $173,843 richer.
From that date, the tournament has continued to grow tremendously. The richest Sunday Million took place during PokerStars’ 10th Anniversary in December 2011, when Canadian ‘First-Eagle’ topped an enormous field of 62,116 players to bank the $1,146,574 first-place prize.
Mexico’s ‘BRAYDEN93’ conquered a field of 50,432 opponents last year to pocket $597,719 in the 9th Anniversary tournament.
The record-breaking $10 million guarantee could be viewed as part of PokerStars’ effort to attract casual players rather than distribute increasing VIP rewards to high-volume pros. While the site has slashed VIP benefits, it has promised that it would somewhat make up the difference by offering promos and game options which would appeal to casual users.