If I remember correctly, on my sixth birthday I got a horse-racing board game. It was a curious gift for a young boy that perhaps explains a subsequent interest in recreational, er, gambling. The reason I mention it, however, is that this sixth-birthday gift was worth a few dollars in today's money, and to compare that figure with what the Sunday Million is getting for its sixth birthday.
The Sunday Million is getting $6 million.
Yes, you read that right. The PokerStars big cheeses have just told us that the Sunday Million celebrates its sixth anniversary on March 11 with a $6 million guarantee and at least $1 million to the winner.
Before I let that juicy news sink in, let me tell you that although you can enter this special Sunday Million as usual for $215, you can get in for as little as $1 through the satellite route. Do the math: Parlay $1 into at least $1 million and you have a return on investment of, well, quite a lot.
This super-sized edition of the Sunday Million begins at 14:30 (ET). There will be a special 1,000 seat guaranteed satellite running just before it kicks off, with feeder satellites starting from only $1. To buy-in direct or register for a satellite, open the PokerStars lobby and go to Tourney>>Special.
During PokerStars' recent 10th Anniversary celebrations, I wrote about the Sunday Million, and how it first started out in 2006, cementing its position as the premier online poker tournament on the planet.
Here is the Sunday Million story in hard facts:
Total Number of Sunday Million tourneys: 277
First Ever Winner: 'aaaaaaaa' (USA)
Total Prize Pool: $442,685,600
Total Entries: 2,109,193
Members of Team PokerStars Pro will be out in force for the Sunday Million 6th Anniversary and a shot at the guaranteed $1 million first prize. Here's what some of them had to say, including some tips for success:
Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier
"My favourite memory of the big Sunday tournament on PokerStars is the time I finished 12th. This was my first really deep run in a tournament of this size, and I was so excited. There is a huge Sunday Million on March 11, with $1M guaranteed for first. It may not feel the same for me as the first time I went deep, but I'll be trying just as hard. See you there."
"When I think of the Sunday Million, I think back to being a 19-21 year old kid, grinding mid-stakes, looking for that big tournament score. I would get excited every week to play the Sunday Million, hoping that would be the day that I would have my first six-figure score."
"This is one of the few tournaments where you can really score big. I have fun memories of playing the Sunday Million with my buddies, with football games on TV in the background. A friend won a big Sunday tournament in the old days, and first prize was $8,000. A long way from where we are now!"
"When playing the Sunday Million, it's important to be patient. It attracts huge numbers, and in order to navigate your way through, you have to learn to play the waiting game if the cards don't cooperate."
"I like to play really aggressive in the Sunday Million, because there are so many players who wait for this tournament all week, and are too careful with their chips. This allows you to build a big stack early on, and cruise once you have it."