Philipp Salewski is the latest winner of the storied PokerStars Sunday Million but he didn’t do it on a computer.
The German was the first player to win PokerStars' brand-new Sunday Million Live in Rozvadov over the weekend.
Salewski took down €111k for outlasting a massive field of 5,045 that included online and live players. Not a bad return for the familiar €220 buy-in of the Sunday Million.
Over 500 Players Get Paid
Thanks to the massive field there were a huge amount of players that ended up making it into the money. In total 512 players made it ITM and got at least a minimum payout of €400.
As expected the live portion of the event, which took place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, drew a large number of German and Czech players with plenty of Slovakians and Austrians also in attendance.
One outlier was Italian Dominik Alexander Kabas who made it all the way to heads-up play before finally falling to the rail. Kabas still picked up €92,011 for his efforts thanks to a generous four-player deal.
Players in the Sunday Million Live were able to complete Day 1 online or live as they saw fit. The field had been cut down to 512 players for Day 2 in Rozvadov.
A total of 27 players entered Day 3 yesterday with Russian Andrei Kurdyukov in the driver’s seat with a tournament-leading 13.5 million chips.
Salewski wasn’t too far behind, however, and eventually passed Kurdyukov during the final table. Kurdyukov had to settle for fourth place and 39k.
The overall prize pool just surpassed the $1m guarantee with a total of $1.1 million in prizes awarded.
Here’s a complete look at the inaugural Sunday Million Live final-table payouts (*reflects four-way deal):
- 1. Philipp Salewski — €111,674*
- 2. Dominik Kabas — €92,011*
- 3. Jozef Komorny — €81,093*
- 4. Karel Kovarik — €76,522*
- 5. Andrei Kurdyukov — €39,680
- 6. Werner Nather — €29,000
- 7. Filip Zak — €21,400
- 8. Markus Kowalski — €15,500
- 9. Patrick Vogelsanger — €11,300
WCOOP Kicks Off on PokerStars
The Sunday Million Live may have taken place in a brick & mortar casino but there was plenty of action be had on PokerStars over the weekend with the gargantuan World Championship of Online Poker starting up.
Some of the bigger Day 1 events are still playing out (thanks to the two-day structures) but WCOOP has already awarded millions in prize money to MTT lovers.
You can check out our guide to the 2017 WCOOP schedule to get an idea of the tournaments you might want to play.
The WCOOP schedule will just get heavier over the coming weeks so it might be a good time to check out some satellites or the new “Low” tier of tournaments of WCOOP that occur roughly one day after their bigger buy-in siblings.