Get a pen and paper… now! This is important, so get some stationery this very instant. There is a date you must include in your diary – and it is Sunday, March 11, 2012. That’s when PokerStars celebrates the Sunday Million’s sixth anniversary with the incredible guaranteed prize pool of $6 million.
Yes, you read that correctly. PokerStars have upped their guarantee for just one week by 600%. The mere fact that the winner will collect a minimum of $1 million is incredible – as that’s normally what the whole prize pool is in total.
But it’s not just us regular poker players that will be thrilled to read that astonishing news as the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Jason Mercier, Johnny Lodden, Liv Boeree and Lex Veldhuis also can’t wait for that mid-March bonanza.
The poker room’s flagship tournament will, as always, start at 19:30 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and possess a $215 direct buy-in. But there are, of course, numerous satellites available – with players even having the chance to turn a $1 investment into $1 million through a 1,000-seat guaranteed satellite that will run just ahead of the special Sunday Million on the 11th.
Emulate Original Winner Daryl Jace
Additionally, PokerStars players can use FPPs (Frequent Player Points) to gain entry to the assembled field that will mark six years since American pro Daryl ‘aaaaaaaa’ Jace picked up $173,844 for taking down the first Sunday Million back on March 5 in 2006.
Almost 6,000 players entered that inaugural tournament, with an incredible 277 winners having now followed Jace’s original success.
Those 278 tournaments have brought together an astonishing 2,116,513 players to create a mind-blowing $444,149,600 total prize pool, so you can see why the belief is that many of the world’s leading pros will be signed up for this celebration of the internet’s most eagerly anticipated weekly event.
‘ElkY’ is Sure to be Ready for Action
Certainly, it appears French Triple Crown winner Grospellier will be sat in front of his laptop come March 11.
The London-based 31-year-old will always remember his “first really deep run” in the Sunday Million, when he finished 12th, as his “favourite memory” of the event as he was “so excited” at the time.
But, although pointing out that he might “not feel the same” playing in this event as when enjoying his first high finish, he will definitely be “trying just as hard” to bag that massive prize.
Two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Mercier is also anticipating this Sunday Million with great relish, saying how he would, as a younger man – even tough he is only 25 now – get “excited every week…hoping that would be the day I would have my first six-figure score”.
The Florida pro will assuredly be giving his all to add to his impressive online winnings that includes $435,862.07 for taking down event #42, a $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, at the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on September 2 after outlasting a field of 3,122.
Johnny Lodden Looking to ‘Score Big’
Then there’s Norwegian star Lodden, who reckons “this is one of the few tournaments where you can really score big”, so is almost guaranteed to be seen in a few weeks’ time trying to pull in another huge prize.
So, if you’re eyeing up that huge $1 million-plus prize, you had better get signed up for some freerolls – if you don’t have the $215 direct buy-in handy.
But, for all you aspiring poker stars considering entry, remember that PokerStars are offering a 100% first deposit bonus that can earn you as much as $600 or £400.
You never know, you might just be facing up to the likes of Boeree, Grospellier and Mercier come Sunday, March 11.