Sunday Million is the largest weekly poker tournament in the world – with a guaranteed prize pool of a million dollars, and first prizes often exceeding $100,000. )The prize pool is heavily weighted in favour of the final table.)
Take your bank account to potentially giddying new levels with this no-limits Hold’em tournament, which draws some of the game’s best players.
But not every participant is a pro – there are also satellite qualifiers and recreational players as well as the poker legends among the six thousand who typically sign up for the Sunday Million each week.
So, given the broad nature of the field of players, don’t be put off if you don’t normally play tournaments with such big buy-ins.
Anyone with even limited poker knowledge can go quite far in Sunday Million without needing to worry about how their experience stacks up against the opposition.
The tournament is also one of various ‘major’ events each week, including the Sunday Kick-Off, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday 500 and Sunday Rebuy.
How to play
How to Play Sunday Million
The play takes place every Sunday at 2.30pm US Eastern Standard time, which is 7.30pm GMT.
You can buy a place in the tournament every Sunday for $215, or win your seat via the hundreds of satellites held during the week which cost just a couple of dollars to play.
Satellite qualifiers kick off from 500 frequent player points, and there are many types of satellite for Sunday Million, including multi-table and rebuy tournaments and ‘double shootouts’, not to mention hyper-turbos if you like things fast and frantic!
Another good example of a satellite for the Sunday Million takes place a couple of hours before the big game and guarantees 200 seats to it. You may want to leave the 2 and 3x turbos for when you are more experienced.
By the time you reach the final table (if indeed you are lucky to do so), you could have been playing for up to ten hours. However, most of the money is won after around up to five hours of play.
Your Winning Strategy
Given the starting stacks of 10,000 chips plus a 50-chip big bind, the stacks are a lot deeper than with many other poker games. So you may want to adjust your strategy accordingly.
For example, you may need to think about implied odds and more post-fop play than you would generally come across in other tournaments.
But you can stay out of trouble just by playing ABC poker against the kind of player you’re likely to encounter in the Sunday Million.
Equally, try not to call out with easily dominated hands, play more hands from a later position and, if you’re not sure where you stand, it’s always good to keep the pot small.
Finally, when you have a hand, value bet, and, if you download HUD software, you can collect stats on your opponents, which are displayed on the screen beside their avatars. This gives you insight into what their bets mean.