Save the Date: Sunday Million 18th Anniversary Comes With $8m GTD

Save the Date: Sunday Million 18th Anniversary Comes With $8m GTD

It's the most iconic tournament in all of online poker, and it's back to celebrate its 18th anniversary.

The PokerStars Sunday Million has been a mainstay of the weekly tournament grind for many poker players both recreational and professional and serves as a flagship for the site.

Born in 2006, just 5,893 players joined the inaugural event, generating a prize pool of $1,178,60 the tournament has been an integral part of poker history. Whether it's Jesper KipsterDK Hougaard becoming the first player to win it twice, Kevin kevsteele Steele winning it twice in the space of four months or the only three-time champion in the form of Artem veeea Vezhenkov, there's a rich and storied history with the Sunday Million.

Now get ready for another massive online tournament as the Sunday Million turns 18!

Sunday Million 18th Anniversary

The Sunday Million Anniversary traditionally returns to a buy-in of $215 and will take place on April 7. PokerStars has announced that the winner will receive $1 million and the overall guaranteed prize pool will be $8 million, an increase from the 2023 figure.

Here are the key details:

Date & TimeApril 7, 2024 @ 18:05 (WET)
Buy-in$215
Guarantee$8m GTD
Starting Stack20,000
Levels20 minutes
Re-EntryUp to 5 re-entries available during the late registration period
Late RegistrationAvailable until the start of Day 2 (April 8, 2024 @ 18:10 (WET))

Day 1 concludes at the end of Level 18: 900/1,800 (200)

Keep an eye out for satellite and qualification routes available in the PokerStars client.

Famous Sunday Million Anniversary Edition Winners

The very first Sunday Million Anniversary not only obliterated its $5m guarantee, generating a $11,825,600 prize pool, but it also saw the winner pick up a Lamborghini Gallardo in addition to the title. The inaugural winner was Luke "Bdbeatslayer" Vrabel, who took home $671,094 as part of a nine-handed deal.

The first nine-figure winner of the Sunday Million Anniversary was "DrUPSWING" in 2014, but they were soon followed by 2017 champion "Xavi666" ($1,093,204) and Alex "AAAArthur" Brito ($1,192,802) in 2020 one of three Brazilians to have won Sunday Million Anniversary titles.

And while Brito's victory came over a record field of 93,016, the largest first prize came the following year when Canada's Vanessa "Niffller" Kade won $1,514,920.

Sunday Million Anniversary Edition Winners (2011-23)

EntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Sunday Million 5th Anniversary59,128$11,825,600Luke "Bdbeatslayer" Vrabel
Sunday Million 6th Anniversary33,732$6,746,400slyfox151
Sunday Million 7th Anniversary49,287$9,857,400Andrius "benislovas" Bielskis
Sunday Million 8th Anniversary45,586$9,317,200DrUPSWING
Sunday Million 9th Anniversary50,432$10,086,400Brayden "BRAYDEN93" Fritzshall
Sunday Million 10th Anniversary55,059$11,011,800a.urli
Sunday Million 11th Anniversary55,835$11,167,000Xavi666
Sunday Million 12th Anniversary43,975$10,000,000Luis "Hulk9950" Felipe
Sunday Million 13th Anniversary61,342$12,268,400wangli0402
Sunday Million 14th Anniversary93,016$18,603,200Alex "AAAArthur" Brito
Sunday Million 15th Anniversary69,876$13,975,200Vanessa "Niffller" Kade
Sunday Million 16th Anniversary52,119$10,424,000Blackbeauty
Sunday Million 17th Anniversary39,500$7,900,000Ricardo "RFN1986" Nagamoto

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