How does at least a million dollars and a Lamborghini for winning the $215 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Millions tournament sound? That is what is up for grabs as PokerStars has to decided to guarantee a 5 million dollar prize-pool to celebrate the fifth anniversary of it’s Sunday Million tournament. While it remains the largest weekly tournament online and players will surely want their shot at this, it won’t be easy to completely eliminate any overlay, making it even more mouth watering. With an average field size of under 8000 players for the event, usually only $1.5 million guaranteed and needing better than twenty three thousand to cover the money that will be put up regardless of attendance this Sunday, even a much better than normal starting field would, in theory, double or better the equity attached to the seat. Last month, Full Tilt Poker did host an FTOPS event with just enough players to meet the hefty goal of player entries here, but at around half the buy-in and with their multiple entry format. Pokerstars may not be shooting for the moon in their lofty goal however, as the record for attendance in the Sunday Million was set at around the same time last year, breaking thirty six thousand players. Those who play the event or those that have been waiting for the right time to take their shot, here it is. There are also several days and satellites left to try to get in for even cheaper.
On the topic of million dollar poker scores, many had been following the Ultimate Bet Bad Beat Jackpot which swelled from over 600k early last week to over a million dollars by weekend’s close, as cash tables filled in hopes of being in the right seat when it burst. In order for the jackpot to be won, quad eights or better would have to be beaten by an even bigger monster. Late Monday night the winning..and losing hand were finally dealt at a.50/$1 Texas Hold’em table. “ODESSA99” lost the hand that went showdown, going into the hand holding :Qs :Qc and spiking a set with a flop of :Kd :Jc :Qh. Despite some back and forth betting when the Queen of Diamonds hit the turn, the hand went to river, where the King of Spades decided to show up to give “FARFLUNG” and his starting hand of :Kh :Kc even bigger quads. The bad beat was worth $340,875.15 to ODESSA99, with FARFLUNG collecting a size-able chunk of his own, ringing in at $170,813.62. The other seven players seated at the table collected fifteen hundred dollars and change a piece, with another 1075 players seated at nest limits and game type collecting at least $150.42 when the the two monster hands clashed to award the jackpot.
Might as well be a Canada Poker player cashing in huge next, Good Luck in March to you all!