The sunday million which took place at PokerStars June 5th was part of the online poker site’s Knockout Week, meaning the format changed to a progressive knockout tournament. It proved popular, which is good news for PokerStars as it definitely turns the Sunday Million into a PKO event; more on that shortly.
One player who must be happy with the change in format of the Sunday Million is the German “Canyo” because they won the KO Week edition, outlasting a field of 9,957 players to bank $81,104, including $22,956 from the bounty prize pool.
$109 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Million SE Final Table Results
|5||Ivan “Negriin” Luca||Argentina||$6,677||$17,501||$24,178|
|8||Pablo “PabloPool12” Novel||Argentina||$3,241||$6,339||$9,580|
“swear” was the shortest stack at the start of the nine-handed table; they were also the first out. Jurezz opened the stack for 9.5 big blinds with a pair of sixes but they ran into the aces of “amario75”. Aces held and swear crashed.
Pablo “PabloPool12” Roman from Argentina was the next hushed player and the last player not to receive a five-figure payment. Ramon pocketed $9,580 when his second pair was taken out by an open-ended straight draw.
Seventh place and $11,861 went to Canada “Vimeur” before “Marcos Epa” of Brazil retired in sixth position, a good finish for $17,850. High Stakes Specialist Ivan “Negriin” Luca dusted off his stack in fifth place and walked away with $24,178, much to the delight of the four surviving players.
The bottom four became three when Germany “amario75” got their stack in the middle of the button with ace-king only for “Canyoh” to wake up in the big blind with pocket kings in the hole. Canyoh’s hand remained true, and they now had more chips in their stack than the other two players combined.
Canyoh’s position grew stronger when they added “Vladk307”‘s pile to themselves; the nine-six beat of the eventual champion’s king-jack. Canyoh crushed his opponent and led more than 12 to 1 in the final hand. “Sorjak” called off their last four big blinds with king-five after Canyoh put them all-in. Canyoh collapsed on ace-ten. A king landed on the turn, but Canyoh turned runner-runner and hit a straight to become the Sunday Million champion, winning $81,104 and letting Sorjak collect the consolation prize of $62,785.
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Sunday Million becomes a PKO on a permanent basis
PokerStars has announced that it is changing the Sunday Million tournament to a PKO tournament. from June 12. The Sunday Million has been a PKO on special occasions, but will have permanent bonuses starting next Sunday.
As well as a change in format, there are a handful of other changes to Sunday Million’s new look.
- The game is now played on eight-player tables instead of nine-player tables
- Starting stacks increase from 10,000 to 50,000, although everyone still starts with 200 big blinds
- Blind levels are 15 minutes until late registration ends
- Buying during the last late sign-up tier gets you 20 big blinds
- Blinds are now 12 minutes for Day 2
- Day 1 ends one hour earlier at 1:05 a.m. CET instead of 2:50 a.m. CET.
- More time bank at the final table
The new-look Sunday Million PKO for June 12 is already in the lobby, as are the various satellites that feed it. These satellites from just $1.10 and increase to $22. However, it is an $11 buy-in Sunday Million satellite, scheduled for 5.05pm BST on June 12, which is the best value, in our opinion, as it has 150 Sunday Million PKO seats guaranteed to win.
Try the new Sunday Million PKO with a $600 welcome bonus
New depositing PokerStars customers can claim a welcome bonus worth up to $600. Download PokerStars Going through PokerNews, create your free account and decide how much you want to deposit. Your deposit is matched 100% up to $600 in the form of a bonus. In fact, your first three deposits within the first 60 days of your first deposit add up to a combined total of $600.
The bonus is paid out to your playable balance in $10 increments each time you generate 180 redemption points, which in turn are earned at a rate of five for $1 contributed to gambling rake or spent on fees tournament (6.5 points per £1, 5.5 points per €1 and four points per Canadian dollar).