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In the early hours of Monday morning the PokerStars Sunday Million came to its conclusion and the Canadian “a.urli” earned the top prize of $970,000.

In this edition, PokerStars Sunday Million celebrated its tenth anniversary and to celebrate they increased their guaranteed prize to $10 million.

In total 45.353 entered the tournament and 9.706 exercised their re-entry options, resulting in a total of 55,059 buy-ins. The tournament collected $11,011,800 in entry fees.

10TH Anniversary

For their time in the tournament, 8,208 players received prizes. In the history of the tournament the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million was the fourth-richest online poker event, only behind the 2010 WCOOP Main Event and two previous Sunday Millions Anniversary editions.

Nine players competed at the final table, but after five players were out, the remaining four players made a deal. Canadian player “a.urli” received the largest share of the prizepool, $970,000.

“Canario508” from Argentina ended up in fourth place and took $560,000 home, “prophetdream” from South Korea ended up in third position with $678,518 and “mladdenova 62” from Bulgaria ended up in second place and earned $650,000.

Rake Increase

Things took a slightly less positive turn after the Sunday Million celebration, last Monday PokerStars announced that on March 28 the site will implement rake increases.

Even though there have not been many reactions to the news yet, the poker community probably won’t be very happy with those changes.

To tackle possible negative comments, PokerStars has already released a note comparing its ring game rake with the rake of its competitors.

According to PokerStars, even after the changes their rake will still be 19% cheaper than iPoker, 16% cheaper than 888Poker and 7% cheaper than PartyPoker.