It's mesmerizing. It's almost zen-like. Open your PokerStars tournament lobby and watch the 10th Anniversary $10 million Sunday Million registration number climb. As of this moment, it's 4,783. I've been watching it go up for the past 24 hours. I've not quite seen anything like it.
This event is unlike any PokerStars has ever hosted. After ten years on the internet, PokerStars is throwing an anniversary party to rival almost any in the world. Go to most 10th wedding anniversary parties and the traditional gift is something made of tin. Go to PokerStars' 10th anniversary party and it's something made of ten million.
You're not a dullard. You can do the math. With a $10 million guarantee, that means PokerStars is expecting more than 50,000 people to show up. On most days, the $215 weekly tournament draws fewer than 10,000.
And so we watch the registration numbers tick up. It's now grown to 4,786 since I typed the first words of this story. I type pretty quickly.
The crazy early registration is due to a couple of things. First, the first prize in this week's Sunday Million is guaranteed at $2 million. That's right. It's not a typo. This week's first place prize is double the normal guarantee for the weekly prize pool.
In addition to that, PokerStars is running a ton of satellites that can get players into the Sunday Million for as little as $1.
A dollar for a chance at $2 million? The math isn't that hard. (Registrations are at 4,789 now).
In the time it took me to put that picture in there, registrations went up to 4,793. There may be a market in making this tournament lobby into a New Age meditation device.
There is some precedent for a Sunday Million breaking the 50,000-player mark. On March 6 of this year, 59,128 people played a special Sunday Millon anniversary event for a $12 million prize pool. It remains to be seen if we can get anywhere close to that number this weekend.
In any case, what do you care, right? Regardless of whether there is an overlay, you'll be playing for a $10,000,000 prize pool (and maybe more) for a maximum cost of $215. One hyphenated word: No-brainer.
As I close, registrations sit at 4,797. I may just sit here until it hits 5,000. If someone wouldn't mind brining me a cup of tea and a scone, I'd be much obliged.
For full information on this weekend's big event, see the PokerStars 10th Anniversary Sunday Million information page.
Oh, yeah...it just hit 4,800...4804...