13 Proves Lucky for PokerStars as Sunday Million Sets New Standards

April 16th, 2019 by Daniel Smyth

PokerStars’ 13th Anniversary Sunday Million proved to be a success in more ways than one after China’s wangli0402 scooped the title.

wangli0402 Sunday Million win

Chinese pro wangli0402 has won the second biggest PokerStars Sunday Million of all time. (Image: PokerStars)

Putting up a $10 million prizepool to celebrate the MTT’s 13th birthday, PokerStars collected 61,342 entries.

With each entry costing $215, the final prizepool broke the $12 million mark, meaning the eventual winner would bank $1 million.

Timing is Everything

As is often the case with these events, a deal was never far from the minds of those at the final table. This year it took four eliminations before the players agreed to a chop .

Taking out two of the nine finalists, idzake secured $509,664 for his efforts. However, after stealing the chip leading with kings against idzake’s jacks, t4rz4n_21 locked up the biggest share of the pot.

That turned out to be the best move at the final table as t4rz4n_21 crashed out in fifth after banking $625,073.

Securing almost $400,000 more than they would have done, Greek grinder t4rz4n_21 won’t have been too upset as he watched wangli0402 take the win.

As the rest of the field fell away, the Chinese pro edged into the lead. By the time only xbambi remained, wangli0402 won the memorable Sunday Million title in just three hands.

In the end, a 5♥T♣4♦ flop provided the event’s defining moment. With pocket aces in hand, xbambi moved all-in.

Holding the chip lead and an open-ended straight draw, wangli0402 called. The 3♦ soon followed, meaning wangli0402’s 7♣6♠ was unbeatable.

After the inconsequential river fell, the final pot and the Sunday Million title were pushed wangli0402’s way.

13th Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Million Result

  1. wangli0402 – $611,944*
  2. xbambi – $550,689*
  3. idzake$509,664*
  4. kacer148 – $520,535*
  5. t4rz4n_21 – $625,073*
  6. pantherwang2019 – $177,477
  7. sega1989 – $125,493
  8. RMarland – $88,737
  9. Z0MbiE2808 – $62,745

*Denotes a deal.

Sunday Million Steals Another Victory

In closing the book on another marque MTT, PokerStars celebrated another high. Although this year’s event couldn’t top 2011’s record-breaking 62,116 entries, it now stands as the second largest Sunday Million of all time.

Moreover, wangli0402’s win represents its strength as a global brand. Despite regulatory issues in China, PokerStars remains a popular site across Asia.

With wangli0402 taking down one of the largest online poker tournament ever hosted, it should bolster PokerStars’ profile across the region.

What’s more, the latest Sunday Million will be seen as another successful shot at Partypoker. With the two operators going back-and-forth this year, any victory is significant.

For PokerStars, hosting another major event will be seen as a win.

In fact, with a potentially record setting SCOOP and its 200 billionth hand celebration on the horizon, the market leader has arguably regained the upper-hand in recent weeks.

5 Responses to “13 Proves Lucky for PokerStars as Sunday Million Sets New Standards”

  1. Andrew Popov says:

    AA < 76o – This is all you need to know about RNG and modern online poker. 😀

  2. Rosxana13 says:

    Amazing Tournament … is just amazing how Poker has grown this las few years I fell in love with this sport just about a year ago I really hope I can take part in such a great events like this and win one would be the dream come true and of course start playing live and go to the WSOP if i ever win a bracelet would be a dream come true hehehe AWESOME 😀

  3. mackmasterss says:

    Congratulations to the winners, it is a dream prize, although the winner was too lucky, I won two big holes with 67 including the final hand, I defeated the AA with 67, the luck came when I needed it the most, I was not lucky enough to play this wonderful tournament, next year maybe I’ll play it, and if stars and stars help me to at least get to the ITM

  4. zam220 says:

    This year I didn’t manage to be selected on anniversary tournament though very much it would be desirable !Twice I managed to play in the anniversary Sunday million and it was very interesting,even though I did not get into ITM !I think it was the main event in online poker since the beginning of the year ! Congratulations to the winners !

  5. joeisi says:

    Congratulations on the final table and the few that chopped up the monster prizes at the top of this tourney. Once in a lifetime run for them in such a massive field. They should take the rest of the month off.

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