Iconic PokerStars Sunday Million Turns Into Progressive Knock-Out (PKO)

PokerStars’ iconic weekly flagship event–the Sunday Million–is set to become a Progressive Knock-Out (PKO) tournament permanently from June 12, 2022, onwards.

In its 16 years of existence, the Sunday Million has always kept its traditional tournament format, with occasional PKO special editions peppered throughout the year. Yet, as the popularity of PKO tournaments continues to increase, the event will permanently switch to become a bounty tournament, effective June 12, 2022.

But that’s not the only change. There will also be changes to the number of players at each table, plus a brand new blind structure which includes bigger starting stacks.

Here is a highlight of these changes:

  • Sunday Million becomes a PKO tournament
  • $109 standard buy-in (with special editions throughout the year)
  • Tables will change from 9-Max to 8-Max
  • New blind structure, bigger starting stacks
  • 50,000 starting stack (currently 10,000)
  • 200 big blinds to start (as it is today)
  • 15-minute levels during the late registration period (ending on 20 big blinds)
  • 12-minute levels for the remainder of Day 1
  • 15-minute levels for Day 2
  • Day 1 will now end one hour earlier at 01:05 CET (currently ends at 02:50 CET)
  • 1400 and 3500 levels cut (but reintroduced after level 40 for more play late on)
  • More timebank at the final table

Additional changes were made to satellites and ways of qualifying for the flagship event:

  • Players who have already won a seat through a Sit & Go satellite will not be able to enter more Sit & Go satellites that week
  • Daily Hybrid tournaments will run Monday to Saturday, with $20K Gtd in Sunday Million tickets for the final two tables (guarantee subject to change)
  • 100 Sunday Million Tickets per week in the Second Chance Prize Draw
  • Bust out of a Sunday Million satellite (direct satellite, not sub-satellite) and get an entry to the Sunday Million Second Chance Draw
  • Limited to just 1 entry per week per player

The Sunday Million remains one of the biggest happenings in all of online poker since 16 year ago “aaaaaaaa” won the very first Sunday Million to Peter ‘twirlpro’ Turmezey winning the tournament for a second time eight years ago.

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