The first popular poker tournament having $1MUSD in prizes was the PokerStars Sunday Million, a $215 event played every Sunday for the last 12 years (its first edition was played on March 6th, 2006, with 5,893 players and a total prize pool of $1,178,600). Every year PokerStars held several anniversary promotions to celebrate another year with 52 successful tournaments, usually with tournaments with over $10MUSD GTD instead of $1MUSD. But nowadays, the Sunday Million is not the only tournament featuring $1 million dollars in prizes.
The Big Game, $1MUSD GTD every month at partypoker
partypoker decided to jump-in into the monthly format of Sunday tournaments with $1MUSD in GTD prizes. The first-ever Big Game will be played on December 30th, 2018, at 17:00 CET, and from that on it will be played every month. The Big Game will have a buy-in of $5,200 and several satellites from $1 up to $109 are available on the partypoker lobby.
Winning Poker Network announces a $5MUSD tournament in 2019
Featuring $1MUSD for the winner, the WPN rooms (PokerKing, Americas Card Room, Black Chip Poker) will host the biggest online poker tournament ever played on a network which accepts USA players.
The $5MUSD GTD Venom will have a $2,650 buy-in and it will be played on 21st July 2019. Satellites are being played right now at every WPN room. The tournament starts with 250k chips stack and will be played in an 8-max format.
Sadly, with this announcement, it seems that the weekly Venom with $1MUSD is no longer offered by the rooms, as is not scheduled on the lobbies.
partypoker and WPN will be struggling for the MTT poker market in 2019. It will be very interesting to see what happen with high-roller tournaments like The Big Game or The Venom, as these will for sure call the attention of lots of players and are offered by poker rooms with a great reputation and amazing rakeback deals from Worldpokerdeals.
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