When you hear about the Sunday Grind, it's impossible not to thin about PokerStars' vast lineup of Sunday tournaments anchored by the Sunday Million. Sunday is the biggest tournament day of the week for PokerStars. They host a full slate of tournaments which includes the Sunday Kickoff, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday Million, Sunday Storm, and Sunday Supersonic.
The Sunday Majors! Sunday is the biggest day of the week for online poker players and PokerStars is where most of this fanaticism began. PokerStars offers several Sunday-branded events including: Sunday Kickoff, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday Storm, Sunday Supersonic, and the prestigious Sunday Million.
Why is Sunday the most popular day of the week for poker? Credit the “Sunday Night Blues.” Although it is not an actual medical malady, there's definitely a different vibe to Sunday nights. Poker is the best way to help cure the Sunday Night Blues. A little action, a little fun, a little social activity, a little competition, is a great way to cap off your week.
For amateurs, casual players and hobbyists, Sunday is their last day off before the work week begins, so they won't want to waste a last chance to engage in their hobby, or their favorite leisure activity. So why not play a proper poker tournament? The consistency and reliability of the Sunday Majors is why PokerStars is so popular among the average player worldwide.
For pros, Sundays are their biggest day of their work week. The Sunday Grind is something pros never want to miss. Poker players are a creature of habit. Even if they are on holiday, or playing a live event, or have to be away from their home grind station, they will go at great lengths to find a way to participate in the Sunday Grind, especially the biggest event of the week... the Sunday Million.
Satellites are running around the clock to win tickets to various tournaments on the Sunday Grind.
Start Time: 08:00 ET
Bright and early on Sunday morning! The first event for the Sunday Grind is the Sunday Kickoff. For only $109, players have a shot at a $75K guaranteed prize pool. The starting stack is 10,000 in chips and blind levels are 12 minutes.
This is the best way to get things started with the first of the Sunday Majors.
Also, there's the Mini-Kickoff! Yes, this even was so popular that there's another version of it that only cost $11. The Mini-Kickoff starts at the same time… 0:800 ET. The Mini-Kickoff boasts 10-minute levels and has a $30K guarantee, but it rarely ever kicks in. For this price point, the Mini-Kickoff has become one of the most popular minor events on the Sunday Grind.
Sunday Warm Up
Start Time: 11:00 ET
The Warm-Up is a vital component the Sunday Grind. Winning the Warm-Up is a surefire way for an up and coming player to get noticed by the poker community.
The guarantee is $200K, which is pretty outstanding considering it's not the main attraction.
Start Time: 14:00 ET
Everyone loves the Sunday Storm because of its affordable buy-in of only $11 and the hefty guaranteed prize pool worth $175K.
Players in the Sunday Storm start with 10,000 in chips. Blind levels are 10 minutes.
PokerStars explains the Sunday Storm as, "With a low buy-in and a big guaranteed prize pool, the Sunday Storm is ideal for players of all levels and bankrolls. If you're looking for your first taste of big money action then this is the tournament for you."
The rake is $1.20 per entry. Only $9.80 goes to the prize pool.
Start time: 13:00 ET
Guarantee: $1 Million
The granddaddy of them all! The Sunday Million is the most prestigious online tournament in the history of internet gambling. Everyone knows about the Sunday Million. The marquee event of the day and week has a $215 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. PokerStars describes it as... "Simply the biggest weekly tournament anywhere online. Winning this event is one of poker's biggest achievements, and you can take your shot with hundreds of satellites running before each tourney."
If there's one thing everyone can agree upon, it's the importance of the Sunday Million. The popularity of this weekly affair means that the winner will become poker famous instantly. Several legends of the game were initially noticed after they shipped the Sunday Million.
Multiple winners of the Sunday Million put themselves into a category of their own, such as Jesper Hougaard and Rob Tinnion.
The Sunday Million starts out with 12-minute levels before expanding to 15 minutes. The starting stack is 10,000. Most recently, they allowed re-entries up to 3 times during a late registration period.
There's a special Sunday Million every year on its birthday, to celebrate its inception. The Sunday Million is currently 12 years old! Hard to imagine that this weekly tournament has been played every Sunday like clockwork since March of 2006.
Start Time: 18:00 ET
The Supersonic is a popular event because it's one of the last on the schedule and it's the fastest!
Lastly, PokerStars explains this turbo-charged event as, "With its hyper-turbo structure and large guaranteed prize pool, the Sunday Supersonic offers a shot at big money but takes just a few hours to play."
There's also a cheaper buy-in version called the Mini-Supersonic for only $22. The Mini-Supersonic starts at the same time. It's also the same hyper-turbo affair with 3-minute blind levels.
Start Time: 15:06 ET
Buy-in: 1 million (Play Money)
Guarantee: 1 Billion
PokerStars is also including their play money players to join in on the Sunday festivities. They created the Sunday Billion as their weekly marquee play money chip tournament. Players are competing for one billion in guaranteed chips!