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The Poker School Progressive Jackpot has been won!

2017 could not have got off to a better start for one lucky school member thanks to the Progressive Jackpot game at PokerSchoolOnline. Just as the fireworks displays from around the world began to settle down the screen on 'ursu1anr's computer lit up to match three jackpot symbols and bagged a cool $4523.44 for the Romanian player in what was a cracker of a win! 'ursu1anr' is no stranger to the school having first joined as far back as May, 2011. Look out for an interview with the winner in the coming days here at PokerSchoolOnline.


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This win is also fantastic news for 10,000 other poker school members as they will get the chance to play in the Jackpot Freebuy tournament. Details of this tournament will be announced at PokerSchoolOnline on January 5th so check back then to find out how you could grab your share of that $4523.44 prize-pool. For those of you that might not know what a Progressive Jackpot means it's quite simple yet ingenious at the same time. Once a player matches 3 x Jackpot symbols they will instantly win 25% of the displayed amount in the jackpot window. Another 25% goes towards the Jackpot Freebuy tournament (details to be announced on January 5th) and the final 50% is put back into the pot for the next jackpot to be won. This means that currently the Jackpot amount already stands at an outrageous $9,171.88!

Remember that it's completely free to play so you've nothing to lose other than a few minutes of your time by playing every day and who knows, next time we could be writing about you winning the Jackpot!

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Weekend Review: New Year's riches & Bahamas beaches on the way

While today is the day we all (wait, what am I doing here?) get off work to observe New Year's Day, that holiday was officially yesterday. Nevertheless, the Sunday majors continued unabated as we kicked off the beginning of a new year. We began the first week of the year with a brand new Sunday Million. We'll end this with with a brand new PokerStars Championship. More on all of it is below.


WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

* New Year begins with Russian win
* Sunday Majors still run strong
* PokerStars Championship Bahamas coming soon


RUSSIAN TAKES FIRST SUNDAY MILLION OF THE YEAR

If his New Year's resolution was to start winning money, Russia's tolstiykry started it off right with a $178,747 win in the first Sunday Million of 2017. Chad Holloway wrote all about it here: Sunday Million: Russia's tolstiykry Kicks Off New Year with $178,747.90 Win.

Here's how the final table results looked.

PokerStars Sunday Million results for 1-1-2017
Players: 6,289
Prize pool: $1,257,800.00
Places paid: 872

1. tolstiykry (Russia) $178,747.90
2. bob43155 (Mexico) $122,915.10
3. wonderboy_pl (Poland) $84,523.27
4. geo4ever89 (Romania) $58,123.06
5. ACNRULES (Canada) $39,968.73
6. Aftret (Norway) $27,484.81
7. artdav2010 (Russia) $18,900.20
8. mahmuttt88 (Finland) $12,996.84
9. Similarities (Canada) $8,937.42


OTHER BIG WINNERS

While it was a holiday weekend, the Sunday majors still ran strong.

Want to see the rest of the big winners? You can see them all on our Weekend Majors Results page or scan some of the bigger winners below.

TOURNAMENTWINNERCOUNTRYPRIZE MONEY
$215 SUNDAY MILLIONtolstiykryRussian Federation$178,747.90
$215 Sunday Warm-UpjimbojiffUnited Kingdom$46,996.77
$1,050 Sunday Grand NLHEreadas_readaAustria$48,071.86
$700 Super-Sized Sunday [Progressive KO]sk2ll_m0dRGermany$29,577.84
$22 Mini Sunday MillionBrookie007United Kingdom$18,955.74
$11 Sunday StormfragilroHungary$25,536.39
$109 Sunday Cooldown [Turbo]rosas22Lebanon$13,052.54
$109 Sunday KickoffMONSTER_DONGAustralia$14,344.46

SEVERAL HUNDRED TICKETS TO PARADISE


If you don't follow many PokerStars employees on social media, it may not have popped up on your radar yet. Regardless, as the weekend closed out, people from all over the world started boarding planes for the Bahamas. Why? Well, starting at the end of this week, we will kick off the very first PokerStars Championship.

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We will start our coverage on Friday with the $100,000 Super High Roller. After that, we'll have live coverage every day of the festival. Keep us locked in your browser for all the news you need to know.

Have a great week, all!




is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.

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2016 PokerStars Year in Review

It was the year PokerStars made it back to the USA for the first time since 2011. It was the year we said goodbye to the European Poker Tour and many other regional circuits that spread the gospel of PokerStars for more than a decade. It was, no matter how you slice it, a year we will never forget.

This year marked the PokerStars Blog's eleventh trip around the world, one where we chronicled the best and worst of poker and all the people who make the game what it is. We're honored you have continued to come back here for so many years to keep up with the game you love.

Thanks to all of you who have landed here over the years. From all of the PokerStars Blog team, Happy New Year, and thanks for reading.


Previous years:

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Click the headlines to read the original story.


JANUARY


BRYN KENNEY WINS $100,000 PCA SUPER HIGH ROLLER--Though no one knew it at this time, the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure would be the last under that name. Bryn Kenney kicked it off in style with a win in the $100,000 Super High Roller event. .


Bryn Kenney


GEORGIOS SOTIROPOULOS TAKES DOWN LAPT BAHAMAS --Georgios Sotiropoulos had one of the biggest names in the Latin America Poker Tour Bahamas field, and he brought the talent to match, winning more than $300,000 for first place.


SURPRISE! STEVE O'DWYER WINS $50,000 SINGLE DAY EVENT --To cap off a run of huge Super High Roller wins, Steve O'Dwyer kicked off his 2016 by winning the $50,000 Single Day High Roller at the PCA.


Steve O'Dwyer


ANTONIO ESFANDIARI WINS PROP BET AT EXPENSE OF PCA SEAT--In the first "what in the world just happened?" moment of 2016...Antonio Esfandiari...well, just click on the story and read it.


Antonio Esfandiari


NICK MAIMONE LOCKS UP PCA $25 HIGH ROLLER TITLE--Nick Maimone had long been an online force as FU_15, but he showed his live chops in the Bahamas to win the $25,000 High Roller.


MIKE WATSON WINS FINAL POKERSTARS CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE MAIN EVENT--In an honor he didn't even know he was earning, longtime poker veteran Mike Watson earned the final PCA Main Event title.


Mike Watson


ALVAN ZHANG BESTS FIELD AT MACAU MILLIONS--It was Macau's biggest-ever poker field, and it earned Alvan Zhang his first major title of the year.


ARI ENGEL COMES OUT ON TOP DOWN UNDER AT AUSSIE MILLIONS--Speaking of veterans of the game, Ari Engel showed the poker world he still had it by taking down the Aussie Millions Main Event at the end of January.


FEBRUARY

POKERSTARS WINS BEST OPERATOR AWARD--Four the fourth consecutive year, PokerStars won the International Gaming Awards "Best Online Operator of the Year" honor.


SPIN & GO PAYS OUT FIRST MILLION OF 2016--It took 39 days, but by February 8, the Spin & Go money machine turned out its first millionaire in the form of Russia's Rainman751


MUSTAPHA KANIT GRABS EPT DUBLIN €25K HIGH ROLLER--It's not a new year unless Mustapha Kanit wins something, so Kanit made it official by binking the EPT Dublin €25,000 High Roller event.


Mustapha Kanit


VLADAS TAMASAUSKAS CELEBRATES UKIPT DUBLIN WIN--As the final year of the UKIPT began, Vladas Tamasauskas won the UKIPT Dublin Main Event for nearly €177,000.


CHARLIE CARREL WINS DUBLIN SINGLE DAY HIGH ROLLER--He had to beat Dominik Nitsche to do it, but wonderboy Charlie Carrel made it happen to win the EPT Dublin €10,300 High Roller event.


SAMUEL PANZICA NETS EPT DUBLIN HIGH ROLLER--Not to be outdone in the high roller category, Samuel Panzica won the multi-day High Roller at EPT Dublin for €375,000


DZMITRY URBANOVICH EXTENDS HOT STREAK WITH EPT DUBLIN WIN --At just 20 years old, Dzmitry Ubanovich took his lifetime live earnings over the $5 million mark with a win in the EPT Dublin Main Event.


Mustapha Kanit


JOE GIRON WINS AMERICAN POKER AWARD --Longtime PokerStars Blog contributing photographer Joe Giron took the most iconic photo of the year when he captured Daniel Negreanu's moment of defeat at the 2015 WSOP Main Event


Joe Giron's award-winning image



MARCH


YIN LAU CHUA SCORES MACAU VICTORY --As March began, the Macau Poker Cup hosted its Red Dragon event and the biggest field it had ever seen. That event ended with Yin Lau Chua winning it all.


IVAN LUCA DEFEATS GIRLFRIEND FOR EUREKA TITLE --It's not often somebody knows their heads-up opponent in a tournament. What happens less often? When that opponent is your girlfriend. Nevertheless, that's exactly what happened when Ivan Luca won Eureka Rozvadov.


True love: heads-up


RODRIGO STRONG WRESTLES AWAY LAPT WIN --The LAPT made its last stop in Chile, and Rodrigo Strong muscled up to take the victory and more than $120,000.


POKERSTARS RETURNS TO USA --After a five year absence on American soil, PokerStars made a triumphant return to the States after receiving its license in New Jersey.


SUNDAY MILLION CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY --With ten years of Millions under its belt, PokerStars celebrated the Sunday Million's tenth anniversary with a $10 million guarantee. The massive top prize went to Canada's a.urli



APRIL


USMAN SIDDIQUE CRUSHES ALL COMERS AT UKIPT LONDON --"It was just golden like a dream really. I ran really pure throughout the tournament. I kept expecting to get a beat somewhere along the line but it never really happened!" Usman said after winning UKIPT LONDON. It was worth £84,100


CHANCE KORNUTH CELEBRATES DREAM YEAR WITH HIGH ROLLER WIN --In one of the least climatic wins of the entire year, Chance Kornuth took the trophy in the EPT Monte Carlo High Roller. "It's just a dream year," he said. "Almost every single stop has been somewhat like this and poker doesn't get any better when times are like how they are now. It's pretty spectacular."



Chance Kornuth and his wife Emily



MAY


STEPHANE DOSETTTO TOPS FRANCE POKER SERIES MONACO --His name might have translated to seven-deuce, but that didn't stop Stephane Dosetto from winning the Monaco Main Event on the France Poker Series


FABIAN QUOSS WINS EPT MONACAO SUPER HIGH ROLLER--He had to defeat fellow wunderkind Ole Schemion to do it, but Fabian Quoss made it happen and took down the €50,000 buy-in event in Monaco for €848,059.


Fabian Quoss


ALEXANDRU PAPAZIAN WINS €1.2 MILLION IN MONACO HIGH ROLLER--It may not have signaled the Year of Romania, but it did give the alpha papa Alexandru Papazian a big shot in the arm when he won the EPT Monaco High Roller.


GAMBLER JAN BENDIK BEATS YOUNG CROWD FOR EPT MONACO MAIN EVENT--At 51 years old, Jan Bendik may have thought of himself as a gambler, but he beat all the young wizards to claim the last EPT Monaco Grand Final Main Event.


Jan Bendik


SCOOP BREAKS ALL RECORDS AS STARS SHINE BRIGHTR--The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker was another monster series that saw James Obst win his fourth SCOOP title, (a feat bested by Shawn Buchanan a few days later), Stephen Chidwick win his third COOP, and Calvin Anderson win a record seventh. It was something to behold. As it happened, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier won his fourth SCOOP title, to boot. At the end, well-known high roller Talal Shakerchi won the high-buy-in Main Event for nearly $1.5 million. When it was all said and done, the SCOOP series awarded more than $90 million in prize money, and Shaun Deeb won Player of the Series.


JASON SOMERVILLE BRINGS RUN IT UP TO RESORTS IN NEW JERSEY--Proving both his star power and the hunger for poker in New Jersey, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville hosted a crowd at the first Run It Up Resorts Rumble in New Jersey


Jason Somerville


ANDRES CARILLO CAPTURES LAPT PANAMA TITLE--After carrying one of the top chip stacks through most of the tournament Andres Carillo took down the LAPT Panama Main Event for more than $138,000.


POKERSTARS JOINS FORCES WITH TEAM LIQUID--It was only a matter of time before it happened, and that time was May when PokerStars teamed up with Team Liquid to take on the world of e-gaming.


AVISHAI SHITRIT WINS FIRST EUREKA BUCHAREST MAIN EVENT--It was the first time the Eureka Poker Tour had visited Romania, and when it did, it crowned Avishai Shitrit as its champion.


JIAN GUO SUN SHINES AT APPT MACAU--When the Asia Pacific Poker Tour hosted its Main Event in Macau, the title went to 52-year-old coffee shop worker Jian Guo Sun just two years after he took up poker.


JUNE


KID POKER DOCUMENTARY DEBUTS ON NETFLIX--After receiving great reviews in screenings around the world, Daniel Negreanu's life story, Kid Poker, showed up on Netflix.


JASON MERCIER WINS FOURTH WSOP BRACELET--While engaged in a much ballyhooed bracelet bet, Team PokerStars' Jason Mercier won his fourth career World Series of Poker bracelet after taking down the 2-7 Lowball Championship. Don't stop reading now...


Jason Mercier


RONALDO & NEYMAR JR #RAISE IT--In what would turn out to be a very popular series, Brazilian soccer legends Ronaldo and Neymar started up their #RaiseIt challenge battle.


...AND THEN JASON MERCIER WINS HIS FIFTH BRACELET--That bracelet bet started getting a lot sweatier when Jason Mercier won his fifth WSOP bracelet in the HORSE event for more than $400,000.


JONATHAN SCHUMAN TAKES OVER MARBELLA WITH UKIPT WIN--Everybody needs a vacation from time to time, so the UKIPT took off for Marbella where Jonathan Schuman won the Main Event title.


ALBERT PAIK WINS AT APPT SEOUL--As the Asia Pacific Poker Tour made its annual pilgrimage to Korea, Albert Paik won more than $100,000 for his Main Event title.


ARGENTINA WINS AMERICAS CUP OF POKER--For the first time ever, the Americas Cup of Poker happened in New Jersey. Nobody had to travel farther than the eventual winners, Team Argentina.


GEORGE DANZER WINS FOURTH WSOP BRACELET--It's hard to compete in a Stud field when poker stud George Danzer brings his Mohawk to the game. This was never more evident than when Danzer won the Stud-8 championship at this year's WSOP to win his fourth career bracelet.


George Danzer


JULY

LOVE BLOOMS AT WORLD SERIES OF POKER--While the WSOP Main Event didn't provide a lot in the way of excitement for PokerStars pros, that didn't stop the news. After all, you can't beat a love story like Jason Mercier proposing to his fiancée when she is at a final table.


Sorry about your bust out...but...



JASON MERCIER WINS WSOP PLAYER OF THE YEAR--Not only did Jason Mercier pick up a bride-to-be at this year's World Series of Poker, but he also won the Series' Player of the Year honors.


SOLID PENIS (YES, SOLID PENIS) WINS QUARTER MILLION--You didn't think we were going to make it through this Year in Review without mentioning this story, did you?


AUGUST


LINH TRAN TRIUMPHS AT APPT MANILA--In a super-quick final at APPT Macau, Linh Tran beat Sam Razavi heads-up for the title.


NICK PETRANGELO TAKES MAJOR TITLE OF EPT BARCELONA SERIES--He had to stay up until 2am to make it happen, but Nick Petrangelo kicked off the EPT Barcelona festival with a €400,000 win in the €10,000 High Roller.


FEDOR HOLZ CONTINUES ROLE AS HERO, WINS BARCELONA SUPER HIGH ROLLER--There wasn't any question before Barcelona, but Fedor Holz made sure everyone remembered his name by winning the Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona.


Fedor Holz


PRATYUSH BUDDIGA TAKES DOWN BARCELONA €25K--Meanwhile, in the same room, fellow young grinder Pratyush Buddiga was winning the €25,000 High Roller for nearly €700,000.


POKERSTARS ANNPOUNCES CHAMPIONSHIP AND FESTIVAL TOURS--In an announcement that would mark the end of an era, PokerStars revealed it was ending most of its regional tours and starting the global Championship and Festival tours.


CONNOR DRINAN FINISHES BARCELONA WITH HIGH ROLLER WIN--As the Barcelona Main Event edged toward its conclusion, Connor Drinan won the €10,000 High Roller for €849,200.


POKERSTARS QUALIFIER SEBASTIAN MALEC BESTS EPT BARCELONA MAIN EVENT FIELD--In a performance that will be talked about for ages, a PokerStars qualifier put on an amazing show to win the final EPT Barcelona Main Event.


Sebastian Malec



SEPTEMBER


WCOOP STARS MAKE SEPTEMBER SHINE--WCOOP kicked off with Conor Drinan (yes, the won who just won an EPT Barcelona High Roller), winning one of the very first events. From there, it was a month of stars doing what they do best, including Shaun Deeb winning a fourth WCOOP while his wife was in labor, Dzmitry Urbanovich winning his fourth COOP, Andrey Zaichenko getting his second WCOOP win, and Dan Kelly getting his fifth. Meanwhile, WCOOP hosted the first $102,000 Super High Roller where bencb789 beat Fedor Holz heads-up. What's more, because it's not WCOOP without a big name win, Daniel Negreanu won a WCOOP title in the $2,100 HORSE championship and beat Viktor Blom to do it. In the end, llJaYJaYll won the Main Event for $1.5 million and SixthSenSe19 won Player of the Series. Later we learned that WCOOP Main Event winner was Jonas Lauck, and he talked about his win here.


Jonas Lauck



TOM ALNER BECOMES FIRST TO WIN TWO RED DRAGON TITLES--Nobody else has done what Tom Alner did this year: win a second Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon title. Meanwhile, James Chen won the High Roller title there.


PEDRO CLAUS GIFTS HIMSELF LAPT URUGUAY TITLE--For the final time, the LAPT traveled to Uruguay, and there Pedro Claus took down the championship.



OCTOBER


DINESH ALT WINS EUREKA HAMBURG TITLE--In a first for a player from Switzerland, Dinesh Alt captured the Eureka Hamburg Main Event title.


TED JACKSON-SPIVACK CLEBRATES BIRTHDAY WITH UKIPT WIN--Who needs a cake and candles when you have a trophy and load of cash? That's what Ted Jackson-Spivack discovered when he won UKIPT Birmingham on his birthday.


ANISH GUPTA WINS APPT MELBOURNE --Always watch out for the local cash game grinders. That's the lesson Anish Gupta taught the Melbourne crowd when he won the APPT Main Event there.


Anish Gupta


DIETRICH FAST PICKS UP QUICK WIN AT EPT MALTA --When the European Poker Tour pulled into Malta, it opened with a €10,000 High Roller. Dietrich Fast made quick work of taking it down.


IPT MALTA MAIN EVENT TITLE GOES TO ISMAEL BOJANG --As the High Rollers finished up, the IPT Malta Main Event played out in the same room, a tourney that eventually crowned its champion Ismael Bojang


STEPHEN JEDLICKA CRUSHES MALTA --After racking two profitable deep runs and an IPT High Roller title, Stephen Jedlicka remained hot to win the €10,000 High Roller.


ALIAKSEI BOIKA SECURES EPT MALTA MAIN EVENT WIN --Aliaksei Boika had to come back from being last in chips with six players left, but he managed to make it happen to get the Main Event title in Malta.


Aliaksei Boika and photographer friends


POKERSTARS AND RIGHT TO PLAY VISIT GHANA --In October, a delegation of PokerStars and Right to Play representatives visited Accra, Ghana to see what the charity has accomplished there. More news about the trip can be found here. and here.


Games in Ghana



NOVEMBER


POKERSTARS HONORS CHAD BROWN--For the third annual Chad Brown Memorial Tournament, organizers took the event back to Brown's old stomping grounds. At the New Jersey event, Jason Somerville took the title.


Daniel Negreanu at the Chad Brown Memorial



JASON ACOSTA WINS FIRST POKERSTARS NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL--It was a landmark event for PokerStars as it re-entered the United States for the first time since 2011. The PokerStars New Jersey Festival Main Event went to PokerStars qualifier Jason Acosta. In other news from the festival, Jason Somerville brought a special kind of magic to the event, while Jack Duong won the High Roller.


Main Event winner Jason Acosta



YUAN LI WINS ACOP SUPER HIGH ROLLER--When the Asia Championship of Poker Super High Roller Final Table began, Yuan Li was in last place. When it was finished, he had all the chips.



FELIPE RAMOS WINS MOST INSPIRING PLAYER AWARD--Though we already knew it, it was nice for the world to confirm (via a PokerListings Spirit of Poker award), that Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos is poker's most inspiring player.


DAVID PETERS CEMENTS YEAR WITH ACOP HIGH ROLLER WIN--After an amazing performace at EPT Malta, David Peters showed up at the Asia Championship of Poker and took down the High Roller there.


VLADIMIR GESHKENBEIN MAKES HISTORY WITH ACOP MAIN EVENT WIN--To close out this year's Asia Championship of Poker, Vladimir Geshkenbein made history by becoming the first person to win an EPT and APPT Main Event. Meanwhile, Jack En-ching Wu took Asia Player of the Year honors.


Vladimir Geshkenbein


DAVID PETERS CEMENTS YEAR WITH ACOP HIGH ROLLER WIN--After an amazing performace at EPT Malta, David Peters showed up at the Asia Championship of Poker and took down the High Roller there.


#RAISE IT GETS NEW COMEPTITORS--Over the summer, it was Brazilians Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. who took on the #RaiseIt challenge. In November, Cristiano Ronaldo and Dwyane Wade took over.



DECEMBER


NACHO BARBERO CLOSES LAPT IN STYLE--As the Latin America Poker Tour played its final event, Jose Nacho Barbero became the only person in the tour's history to win three Main Events.


Nacho Barbero


MONTREAL NATIONALS WIN FIRST GPL FINAL--The Global Poker League finished its first year with the playoffs and finals in Las Vegas. When it was done, the Montreal Nationals took the first championship.


POKERSTARS.PT OPENS ITS VIRTUAL DOORS--After becoming the first site to be licensed under the new Portuguese regulatory scheme, PokerStars.pt quickly jumped to become the third and second most trafficked cash game site in the world.


EUREKA POKER TOUR CLOSES WITH MARATHON FINAL--It took more levels than the structure sheet had planned to finish, but the final Eureka Poker Tour Main Event final ended with Hubert Matuszewski as the winner.


LEON TSOUKERNIK WINS PRAGUE SUPER HIGH ROLLER--He had to get past Charlie Carrel to do it, but Leon Tsoukernik made it happen in the final Super High Roller of the European Poker Tour in Prague.



IKE HAXTON WINS (ONE OF THE) PRAGUE SINGLE DAY HIGH ROLLER(S)--Though the players would end up getting more on the schedule, the first of the single-day €25,000 High Rollers at EPT Prague went to Isaac Haxton.


SPIN & GO AWARDS WINNER INSTANT $1 MILLION--One minute, he was a 30-year-old history teacher in a $100 three-man tournament. Eight minutes later, he was a millionaire.


Minutes away from a million


EPT CLOSES DOORS IN PRAGUE WITH MAIN EVENT PUTTEN WIN--In the final Main Event of the European Poker Tour, Jasper Meijer van Putten took the title. Meanwhile, William Kassouf (after a bit of bartering) finished with the trophy in the final EPT High Roller.


Jasper Meijer van Putten



EUROPEAN POKER TOUR SAYS GOODBYE--After 13 seasons of traveling all over Europe (and beyond) the European Poker Tour bid its final farewell.


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Happy Holidays! Wanna play for $2 million?

Here's the thing. No matter whether you are already knee-deep in your figgy pudding or have set out for parts unknown to escape the carols, if you're a poker player, this Christmas is going to have an effect on you.

It has been five years since Christmas last fell on a Sunday. Before that, it had been six years since it happened. Before that, it had been eleven years, online poker didn't exist, and nobody had even thought of the Sunday Million.

To put a finer point on it, nobody had thought, "Jeez, are we going to host the biggest weekly tournament in the world while people are trying to spend the holiday with their families? Is that a stupid thing to do?"

This year, somebody thought of that. And so...enter...the Monday Million!

Happy Christmas, indeed.

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So, yes. To celebrate the end of the PokerStars Christmas Festival, the Sunday Million will go on ice this weekend. But (and this is a big but), PokerStars will host the Monday Million the following day. And as a gift to you, it will have a whopping $2 million guaranteed prize pool. First place will earn at least $200,000.

There are satellites running now, and if still feel the need to play this weekend, you can find your way into the $215 tourney for pennies on the dollar.

What's more (listen up VIP Club members!), in the spirt of "changes to accommodate the holidays, the VIP Club is moving its VIP Club bash from December 31 (when you will presumably be saying goodbye to 2016) to December 24. That is, if you're keeping score at home, tomorrow.

So, tomorrow, the VIP Club Bash will be at 13:00 ET. The buy-in is a mere 100 Stars Coin, and the VIP Club is adding ten seats to...wait for it...the Monday Million!

So, happy holidays, folks. Enjoy the weekend, enjoy your families, and then enjoy that Monday Million.

And for the record, this Christmas on a Sunday thing won't happen again until 2022 and then 2033, so take advantage of this Monday Million before it's too late.


is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.

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Another week, another Spin & Go millionaire

pile-of-cash.jpgThe word "millionaire" was first uttered in English almost 200 years ago. Since then it has become a term used to describe something to aspire to, an indicator of financial success. The value of a million dollars has changed somewhat in that time, of course, but the term has stood the test of time.

One of poker's first millionaires was crowned right here on the Isle of Man back in 2000 - before PokerStars even existed. John Duthie took on all comers to win the first Poker Millions tournament just a few hundred yards from what would become the PokerStars office. The £1,000,000 was just about the richest single prize in poker history up to that point, but what John did next for poker - founding and running the European Poker Tour - eclipsed that achievement and has ensured his place in poker history.

Yesterday, player Korpieworm from Canada became the one-hundred-and-eighty-somethingth player to become a millionaire on PokerStars, just a week after jrww86 also added his name to the elite list.

A million dollar poker prize might not be a big deal to some, but to us at PokerStars making a millionaire is a reminder of what we are about. Changing someone's life at the turn of a card, providing an unforgettable winning moment. Spin & Gos have made the millionaire dream possible for just $100, and we are looking forward to making even more millionaires in 2017.

Congratulations to Korpieworm, who will likely be celebrating the best Christmas ever!

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David Lyons, Head of Poker Promotions, has worked for the company for over eight years, and has been a poker player and enthusiast for over two decades.

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