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Where to Play the Biggest Sunday Online Poker Tournaments

29 November 2010, By:
There are literally millions of dollars up for grabs in guaranteed online poker tournaments every Sunday.
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PokerJunkie wants you to get some of that, so we've put together a quick guide to the biggest Sunday tournaments online - events with guaranteed prize pools over $50,000.

PokerStars Sunday Million

PokerStars' Sunday Million is the single most popular Sunday tournament online. It's the one everybody wants to win.

The prize pool is guaranteed at $1,500,000, with the winner getting at least $240,000. But since this is the most popular poker tournament online, the prize pools are often a lot bigger.

On February 21, 2010, for instance, more than 36,000 players bought in, creating a record-breaking $7,233,800 prize pool.

Alongside the Sunday Million, PokerStars also has a number of other events you can play to round off the poker week. In total, Poker Stars guarantees $3.5 million every Sunday.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
Sunday Warm Up $215 13:00 ET $750,000
DNG Sunday Special $55 15:00 ET $300,000
Sunday 1/4 Million $11 15:30 ET $250,000
Sunday Million $215 16:30 ET $1,500,000
Sunday 500 $530 17:30 ET $500,000
Sunday Second Chance $215 18:30 ET $250,000


Satellites to the PokerStars Sunday Million

Poker Stars offers a lot of different types of satellites to all the Sunday events, ranging from six-handed turbo sit-and-gos to regular multi-table tournaments.

Whatever satellite format you're looking for, you'll find it on Poker Stars.

Satellites to the Sunday Million start at as little as $2.20 or 400 Frequent Player Points.

Party Poker $500K Guaranteed Title Fight

Party Poker has one big event on Sundays, the $500K Guaranteed Title Fight.

Payouts follow Party Poker's standard multi-table payout structure, which means the winner gets 15-20% of the prize pool depending on the number of participants.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
$500K Guaranteed Title Fight $215 12:45 ET $500,000


Satellites to Party Poker $500K Guaranteed Title Fight

There are many ways to qualify for this event. Party Poker offers regular multi-table satellite tournaments and rebuy satellites ranging from $1 and upYou can also qualify through sit-and-gos.

Ten-player SNG qualifiers cost $26, six-max SNGs cost $66 and heads-up SNGs cost $120. There are also $3 SNG satellites that can win you a seat in the 10-player qualifier.

Cereus Network ( $200K Sunday Guaranteed

The Cereus Network, which supports Absolute Poker and, runs a 200K Guaranteed tournament on Sundays.

This tournament is perfect for those looking for a smaller starting field than, say, PokerStars' Sunday Million but still want a decent payout for first place.

The winner is guaranteed to win at least $45,000.

This is one of the few big tournaments today where there aren't always enough players to reach the guaranteed prize pool. In this case 1,000 players are needed.

This means there's often an overlay and your buy-in is actually worth more than the $215 you pay to enter.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
100K Sunday GTD $530 14:00 ET $100,000
200K Sunday GTD $215 16:00 ET $200,000
50K Sunday GTD $530 18:30 ET $50,000


Satellites to $200K Sunday Guaranteed

Satellites to the 200K Sunday tournament start at $1.10 and there are many different multi-table events and SNGs that can win you a seat. Satellites are found on both and Absolute Poker.

You can also qualify through the Second Sundays Charity tournament for $10 where the top-10 players win a seat in the Sunday event.

In this tournament a part of every player's buy-in goes to a charitable cause.

Bodog $100K Guaranteed

Bodog's $100K Sunday event is one of the best-value online-poker tournaments right now since Bodog often has to add money to the prize pool to reach the guarantee.

It's not unusual for $10-$20K is added on top of players' buy-ins.

The winner is guaranteed $25,000, the runner-up $15,000 and the third-place finisher $9,500.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
$100K Guaranteed $162 16:00 ET $100,000


Satellites to Bodog $100K Guaranteed

There are countless ways to get to Bodog's Sunday tournament.

You can, for instance, play SNGs (join at the quarterfinal level for $8 or semifinal level for $39) or multi-table satellites for $8 or 1,000 Bodog Poker Points.

Bodog also has something called Cheap Seats. In these tournaments you satellite into a multi-table satellite for only $1.

Merge Gaming (Sportsbook/PlayersOnly) $50K Sunday Tournament

Right now Merge Gaming, which supports Sportsbook Poker and PlayersOnly Poker, only has one recurring Sunday tournament.

It's a smaller $50K guaranteed event that offers good value from time to time.

One great aspect of this event is the level of play at Sportsbook and PlayersOnly. Since many of the players at these sites are beginners, there's quite a lot of dead money on the table.

The winner in this tournament usually gets 25% of the prize pool while the runner-up gets 14% and the third-place finisher 7.5%.

If you don't have time to play any of the larger Sunday tournaments, this is an excellent choice.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
$50,000 Guaranteed $109 15:00 ET $50,000


Satellites to Merge Gaming's Sunday Guaranteed

There are no recurring satellites to the Sunday Event. Go to either Sportsbook Poker or PlayersOnly Poker to see what satellites they're offering right now. $50K Sunday Challenge's Sunday Challenge is part of the site's Daily Challenge series that runs throughout the week.

With a buy-in of only $80, this is one of the more affordable Sunday tournaments around.

The typical player in the $50K Sunday Challenge is fairly weak - something competent players really can take advantage of.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
$50,000 Sunday Challenge $80 20:35 GMT $50,000


Satellites to $50,000 Sunday Challenge

There are three different satellites to's Sunday Tournament.

Every two hours you can qualify through a $9 multi-table satellite and through a $6 rebuy+add-on tournament.

At 18.35 (GMT) on Sundays there is a 15-seat guaranteed satellite for $17.

Winner Poker $200,000 Guaranteed Freezeout

At Winner Poker you can play the Grand Sunday tournament held on most iPoker sites.

This is a middle-of-the-road Sunday event. It's not as large as PokerStars' Sunday Million but it's bigger than the tournaments on, say, and Bodog.

The first-place finisher wins 27-20% of the prize pool, depending on the number of participants. The runner-up wins 15-10% and the third-place finisher wins 10-8%.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
$200K Guaranteed Freezeout $320 19:00 GMT $200,000


Satellites to Winner Poker $200K Guaranteed Freezeout

Whatever type of satellite you want, you can be sure to find it at Winner Poker.

You can qualify to the $200K GTD through SNGs, regular multi-table freezeout tournaments, rebuy events and turbo tournaments.

Buy-ins range from $11 to $70 and there are daily feeder satellites with buy-ins from $3.3 to $7.7.

Everest Poker $50,000 Sunday Guarantee

Everest Poker recently lowered the buy-in for its big $50K Sunday tournament. Now you only have to pay $109 (or a Step 4 token) for a shot at the grand prize.

First place pays around 20%, second place around 12% and third around 9% of the prize pool.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
$50K Guarantee $109 19:00 GMT $50,000


Satellites to Everest Poker Sunday $50K Guarantee

You can also satellite into Sunday's big event at Everest Poker.

There are eight Super Turbo Satellites running every day and a 25-seat Guaranteed Super Satellite every Saturday, 19:00 (GMT)

Big Money Sundays at Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker has over $1 Million in guaranteed prize money every Sunday.

The major event is the $750K Sunday Guarantee, where the first-place finisher usually gets close to $150,000 - more than the whole guaranteed prize pool at most other sites.

Another great aspect of this tournament? Players start with 2,500 in chips instead of the normal 1,500.

Alongside the $750K tournament, Full Tilt also runs the Sunday Brawl where $40 of every player's buy-in becomes his bounty. If you knock a player out, you'll get $40 no matter where you finish.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
The Sunday Brawl $256 14:00 ET $350,000
$750K Sunday Guarantee $216 17:00 ET $750,000


Satellites to Full Tilt's $750K Sunday Guarantee

There are a number of different satellites leading up to Full Tilt's big Sunday tournaments. You can play both SNGs and multi-table satellites starting at $2 or 300 Full Tilt Points.

Visit Full Tilt Poker for the complete satellite tournament schedule.

bwin ChampionChip $200K Sunday Tournament

ChampionChip is bwin's big Sunday tournament.

Usually the tournament attracts 1,400 to 1,500 players. The winner gets somewhere around $40,000, the runner-up $25,000 and the third-place finisher $20,000.

Event Name Buy-in Start Time Guaranteed Prize Pool
ChampionChip $200 18:00 GMT+1 $200,000


Satellites to bWin ChampionChip

The cheapest way to satellite into the ChampionChip is to climb the SNG steps. You can buy in at the first level for only $1 (second and third steps cost $6 and $25, respectively.)

bwin also offers turbo SNG qualifiers and scheduled multi-table satellites ranging between $2 and $33.

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