PokerStars 7th Anniversary Sunday Million draws huge field

This past Sunday the world’s largest online poker room hosted one of the largest online poker tournaments of all-time, as nearly 50,000 players turned out for the 7th Anniversary of the PokerStars Sunday Million tournament. The final tally of 49,287 players ranks Sunday’s tournament as the third largest Sunday Million n the site’s history, trailing only the 10th Anniversary Celebration Sunday Million that was held in September 2011, and the 5th Anniversary of the Sunday Million which took place on March 7, 2011.

Here is a look at the three largest Sunday Million tournaments:

  1. PokerStars 10th Anniversary Celebration Sunday Million: 62,116 entrants
  2. PokerStars Sunday Anniversary Sunday Million: 59,128 entrants
  3. PokerStars 7th Anniversary Sunday Million: 49,287 entrants

The 7th Anniversary tournament easily surpassed the $7 million guarantee put-up by PokerStars, falling just shy of the $10 million mark at $9,857,400. As is typically the case in these massive online events, a deal at the final table saw the bulk of the prize-money divvied-up between three players, although there was a bit of controversy mixed-in when the final table was eight-handed, considering the following chat exchange I found on the PokerStars Blog after some players at the final table were trying to force a deal:

Lee Jones (Commentator): Hey folks – nobody is obligated to deal; let’s be very clear about that.
Lee Jones (Commentator): We will *not* have pressure put on people to deal, or even pause to look at numbers.
2outs4cake: mod please leave us alone

Lee Jones (Commentator): Actually, no. My job is ensure that the player’s rights are respected. One of those rights is to play the tournament, as scheduled, with the payouts as published.
Lee Jones (Commentator): Without being hassled for making that choice.

Once the talk of a deal was set aside the final table went at a blistering pace, with five players eliminated in the span of seven minutes –with three players eliminated in the space of four hands! So it wasn’t until the table became three-handed that a deal was finally struck. Here is a look at the official payouts after the final table deal:

  1. benislovas (Lithuania) $848,589.33*
  2. sexygee (United Kingdom) $836,321.83*
  3. Kasra84 (Germany) $813,370.28*
  4. n0rflip (Norway) $358,809.36
  5. pellompogos (Cyprus) $254,320.92
  6. stradale430 (Austria) $181,376.16
  7. 2outs4cake (United Kingdom) $117,303.06
  8. rewgr343 (Russia) $85,759.38
  9. Heminsley (United Kingdom) $62,101.62

While all this was going on in the tournament lobby, PokerStars was also fast approaching its 95 billionth cash-game hand dealt, a milestone that was reached on Monday when a micro-stakes $.08/$.16 NLHE table hit the proverbial jackpot, with each player receiving at least $10,000, while the winner of the hand saw his bankroll get a $23,000 boost.

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