PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary Awards $18.6M

PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary Awards $18.6M

It was a massive tournament, bigger than most could have anticipated.

PokerStars set up its 14th Anniversary Sunday Million with a $12.5 million guarantee as the biggest online tournament ever offered on PokerStars. The three-day tournament had its usual $215 buy-in, typical for a Sunday Million, but offered more satellite seats than usual as well. And players had the opportunity to reenter the tournament up to five times during the long – 24 hours long – registration period.

The final numbers were quite impressive.

Impressive Numbers by All Standards

It began on Sunday, March 22. Thousands upon thousands of players logged in to play.

More players participated than may have otherwise as casinos around the world had shut their doors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Players who may have preferred live poker to online action got involved. It is difficult to know how much of the record-setting numbers were a result of little to no availability of live poker, but PokerStars had done a solid job of promoting the anniversary tournament for several months.

When registration ended for the PokerStars Sunday Million 14th Anniversary online poker tournament on Monday, March 23, these were the stats:

Entries:  93,016 (60,898 players + 32,118 reentries)

Prize pool:  $18,603,200 ($6,103,200 above guarantee of $12.5M)

Players paid:  13,319

It should be noted that this tournament became the largest ever for PokerStars and the third largest in the history of online poker, behind the PartyPoker MILLIONS Online, which delivered $21.78 million in 2018 and $21.09 in 2019.

Satellite Winner Becomes Millionaire

When Day 2 began, registration ended, and those numbers were announced. Play then continued to push the field into the money, and the night ended with just 91 players still in action. The player with the most chips was “meandmyarrow” of Canada, and every player was guaranteed at least $10,910.77 for their work.

Interestingly, a player named AAAArthur from Brazil was not even in the top 30 players going into Day 3. But a lot can happen at the online poker tables.

That Brazilian, who won their entry to the Sunday Million tournament through an $11 satellite, went on to the final table as the shortest-stacked player but survived some tough play. At the point that only four players remained, AAAArthur made a four-way payout deal as the chip leader and then went on to win the tournament for nearly $1.2 million and the title.

The final table payouts, which reflect adjusted payouts for the top four players per the chop decision, were as follows:

1st place:  AAAArthur (Brazil) $1,192,802.46

2nd place:  Stefan “CrAzY_sTeFaN” Piele Dragos (Romania) $921,328.12

3rd place:  Caroline2963 (UK) $786,873.65

4th place:  salonteskis (Lithuania) $826,919.68

5th place:  AlexHoldz (Croatia) $329,356.63

6th place:  Marios “Jully-19” Mansour (Cyprus) $225,108.02

7th place:  tweny1 (Romania) $153,854.04

8th place:  Pokerfrance (Germany) $105,154.58

9th place:  Paulius “D3cor” Vaitiekunas (Lithuania) $71,869.74


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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