Oh, the times are a changing! PokerStars dropped the price tag of their biggest weekly tournament. The Sunday Million is no longer $215. Nope. You can get into the action for as low as $109. And if you could always afford the buy-in, this gives you an opportunity to fire another bullet at the million dollar prize pool.
The winner of the Sunday Million typically banked low six figures. I mean, that's not too shabby for a weekly event. Every Sunday for a mere $215 buy-in, you could ship like $140K. That's why the Sunday Million was so popular. For a beginner, that's a serious bankroll boost. If you were a broke dick, it could help get you unstuck. For the pros, it was a good way to bank a six-figure score to help you ride out any future cold streaks.
Stars decided to drop the buy-in in an effort to make the Sunday Milly more attractive to players with limited bankrolls. The Milly is a re-entry event, so fire away at will. It's no longer the old days of the poker boom when the Milly had a $1.5 million guarantee. It's lost some of its luster. Even their birthday last year didn't pull in the numbers they wanted and it had tons of free added money too. They pulled a Sunday Million Mulligan to give away more money.
The new $109 buy-in Sunday Million will still have the $1 million guarantee. That will not change. I suspect the number of entrants will spike in the first few weeks, which is why you need to get into the action ASAP. Lots of dead money floating around out there.
The wizards at Stars HQ will be tweaking the middle levels over the next couple Sundays because they want the final table to start/end at roughly the same time. The last thing Stars wants is a tournament that lasts three days. That would go against the purpose of the "last" weekly tournament of the week.
Oh and if you always tardy or like to pull a Hellmuth, late registration will be open for the first 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Sundays have always been a special day on PokerStars. It's the biggest day of the week for both amateurs and pros. There's tournaments running all day long from sunrise to sundown.
According to the latest PR flack, "With the $11 Sunday Storm, the $22 Mini Sunday Million, the new Sunday Million, the $215 Sunday Warm up as well as the High Roller Club tournaments, PokerStars remains the place to be on a Sunday, no matter what a player's level."
This past weekend, PokerDave476 beat tonkaaaa heads up for the Sunday Million title. PokerDave476 banked $144K for first place. Parker Talbot a.k.a. tonkaaaa took home $124K for second place.
For more information on the changes, head over to PokerStars Blog.