PokerStars Smash Record with Sunday Million Anniversary as Online Poker Booms

The Sunday grind was a massive one as expected with all the coronavirus isolation and lockdowns going on, but just how big was still a shock – PokerStars 14th Anniversary Sunday Million smashing their old record and numbers more than doubled at partypoker and ACR…

By: Andrew Burnett

Let’s start with PokerStars, their much-anticipated and mega-hyped celebration event boasting a $12.5million guarantee, and that huge prizepool was met in less than three hours.

62,500 entries to the $215 buy-in tournament were required to avoid an overlay, and it wasn’t even a sweat for the site – a total of 85,432 by the end of day one and registration still open until start of day 2.

The first prize is already set at a minimum of $1.5million, with second place also breaking the 7-figure barrier, and we’ll bring you the results as soon as the event finishes.

OK, what of partypoker’s big Sunday grind? Well, those who made the money were looking at double what they’d usually take home, and both Fedor Holz and Jason Koon were running deep in the $1million GTD POWERFEST Super High Roller.

The big Series replacement for the weekly Big Game drew in 308 entries, the $5200 buy-in producing a $1,342,535 prizepool with three 6-figure payouts up top.

Jason 'Jason_Koon' Koon, one of the most-respected highrollers in the game, fought his way to 11th place and a $20k+ payday but Fedor 'Fedor_Holz' Holz, the semi-retired German crusher, went even better.

Fourth spot and a $98,676 cash topped up the bank balance nicely, just ahead of two of the site’s regular highstakes players, CaptainJack75 and DasIstMirWurst.

EmpireMaker fell in 3rd for $135,596, a figure more often seen for 1st place, but this weekend’s combination of POWERFEST and coronavirus-boosted fields was far from ordinary.

That left PunchlineEnBata and LittleRussia heads-up for the SHR title, and LittleRussia eventually brought it home, taking a monster $267,164 cash to go with the bragging rights, with the runner-up consoled by a whopping $193,325 payday.

In the $1050 buy-in POWERFEST High Roller, there was close to $½million in the kitty once the 487 entries had paid their dues.

Madgenius111 bagged 4th spot for $35k plus change and BudLightLime took over $50k for 3rd despite having terrible taste in beer!

That left ShortSqueeze and partypoker highstakes crusher kristian150 to fight it out for top honours, and the latter came through yet again to lift more than $94k and a POWERFEST title.

With US land-based casinos now mostly closed down or heading that way, AmericasCardRoom saw a surge in players signing up, and that was reflected in the weekend numbers.

With the Online Super Series XL there to provide a welcome, the $250k GTD Sunday Special ended up with a prizepool of $533,000 after 2665 entries came in for the $215 buy-in tournament.

ACR highstakes regs Harry Angel and StannisLives both made it deep into the money, Stannis’ 5th place worth $23,718, while Thelittle200 provided a new name near the top in 4th for $33,845.

After felixingenium fell in 3rd for $47,707 it was left to CouncilofRicks and JeF Dosso to play it out for a share of $150k and an OSS XL trophy.

In the end it was JeF Dosso who emerged victorious from the heads-up battle, scooping a huge $86,346 payout, with CouncilofRicks having to settle for the $63,960 runner-up prize.

The $1050 buy-in, $200GTD on ACR also saw a huge turnout, this time 419 entries that more than doubled the prizefund. A mix of regs and new players made for an exciting finish, the likes of MyLiFeIsPoTaTo and GinkgoBiloba well in the money again.

The tournament win went to nowb3atthat who saw off the heads-up challenge of Pescado Grande to take the $80,406 top prize, with 2nd place worth a very healthy $59,707.

With the situation the way it is with the COVID-19 coronavirus raging and changing people’s lives and lifestyles, the online game seems set for a huge boom. We’ll be bringing you the very best of the action and results each week, but in the meantime, good luck at the tables and take care!

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