Everyone knew the final weekend of the PokerStars 10th Anniversary celebration was going to be big. It would be a party befitting the world's largest online poker site. It would be rich. It would be glamorous. It would be everything everyone expected it to be. But who could've predicted how big it would actually get?
By the time registration closed on the 10th Anniversary special Sunday Million, 62,116 players had signed up to play the biggest Sunday Million and biggest online poker tournament in history. The prize pool swelled to $12,423,200 and offered up some of the greatest stories in PokerStars' history.
For instance, the 14th place finisher in the event got into the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million for 375 Frequent Player Points and turned it into $48,000. Meanwhile, 20th place finisher Nest17 made it into the event for eight--EIGHT!--FPPs and earned more than $22,000.
Though they were amazing stories, none is as good as that of Kyle "First-Eagle" Weir who described himself as "unemployed" before tearing through the Sunday Million and winning it for more than $1 million. You can read our full wrap-up of the final table in First-Eagle wins largest-ever Sunday Million.
Meanwhile, the $10,000 10th Anniversary High Roller was in action with 187 players and a prize pool worth nearly $1.9 million. When it was all said and done, Joey Lawrence had defeated an exceptionally tough field and captured the $402,000 first prize.
It was, as our Martin Harris wrote, an "exclamation point on the 10th Anniversary festivities." After a month of huge promotions, giveaways, and parties, after giving away 100 PCA seats, after setting world records, after once again shocking the poker world, PokerStars finally turned out the lights on its anniversary party.
Here arre just a few of the other big stories from the 10th Anniversary celebration (you can read them all in our special 10th anniversary section):
If you'd like a look at all the people who won big money over the final 10th Anniversary weekend, see the PokerStars 12/18/11 majors results page.
Congratulations to all the big winners during the past month of celebrations on PokerStars, and thanks to all who helped us celebrate. It's been an amazing experience.
Here's to another ten years!