PokerStars Weekend Review: First-ever Sunday Billion takes off, Sean “wormnorton” Getzwiller wins Sunday Million and $232k

February 24, 2014

PokerStars tries to be all things to all men. You want huge field, low buy-in, big payoff tourneys like the Saturday Splash, a $2.22 rebuy which netted winner “Merceko” from Lithuania $17,035.93; or ring games of all shapes and sizes, including mixed games, Draw and Badugi; or $215 buy-in events with first-place prizes of $232,444? We have them.

Now you can add into the mix a new weekly big play money tournament, the Sunday Billion. Yeah, that’s right one billion guaranteed! Okay, it’s play money chips. Some of you will shrug and say, ‘That’s not for me,’ while others will be super excited. That’s fine. No, that’s great. There are different tastes, stakes and requirements and PokerStars wants to be doing its best to cater to all of them.

Yesterday’s Sunday Billion picked up 1,410 players, a number that’s only likely to grow for some of the reasons listed here. A huge congratulations to “ag armani” from Romania who beat “cinen79” from Italy heads-up to take the 7,653,000 first-prize. If you’re more into the real money tournaments – as most PokerStars Blog readers are – then you’ll probably want to check out some of the big weekly results here.

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The Sunday Million final table

Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up
The two biggest tournaments of the week, the Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up, both got their usual healthy fields (7,748 and 3,624 respectively). Sean “wormnorton” Getzwiller beat Jake “Bazeman11” Bazeley heads-up in the Sunday Million to win $232,444. Bazeley pocketed $170,456 for his runner-up spot. You can read the final table report here.

The Warm-Up, which starts a few hours earlier as the name would indicate, was won by Latvian player RigasDinamo, but it was runner-up Patrick “pads1161” Leonard who claimed the biggest prize thanks to a three-way deal that secured the Brit $94,000. Read that full final table report here.

Want to play for $8,000,000?
Something that should set pulses racing whatever game you play is the upcoming Sunday Million 8th Anniversary. There’s going to be an $8,000,000 guarantee on that tournament. Eight. Million. Dollars. There’s going to be a minimum payout of $1,000,000 for the winner. What’s more, you can satellite into the event – which takes place Sunday, March 2, 14:30 ET – for just a few dollars or, even less, just a few FPPs. It’s going to be a pretty exciting tournament – find out how to play by clicking here.

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Liv Boeree: off to a flying start in 2014

Poker not been going your way?
Don’t worry, everyone has their ups and downs at the tables. Just try asking Liv Boeree about it. The Team PokerStars Pro and EPT winner had a bad 2013, but looked at her game and regrouped. Her start to this year has paid dividends. Read about it in Liv Boeree’s own words here.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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