Sunday Million disappears, gives way to $2.8 million in WSOP packages

ps_news_thn.jpgDays without the Sunday Million are like wedding days without sunshine.

Days with mega World Series qualifiers are like the day you forgot to get married and realized you have a life of freedom and debauchery still in front of you.

This Sunday was one of the latter (although most of us here at the PokerStars Blog are duly attached to loving wives and girlfriends and would never, ever imply that yesterday was ever anything in which we'd be interested...never, ever, we promise).

Indeed, when we announced there would be no Sunday Million, there was a collective gasp. When we announced PokerStars would be awarding more then 200 Main Event packages, the gaspers exhaled and said, "Really?"

As it turned out, the Sunday Million was replaced with a $375 mega satellite to the World Series that ended up hosting more than 8,000 players and awarding 233 PokerStars World Series Main Event packages.

This was not some penny-ante satellite hosting the down and out of the poker world. Just a brief glance at the winner's lists reveals names like shaniac (Shane Schleger) and Dogger9 (Bernard Lee) among the people winning their seats in yesterday's big qualifier.

As of this morning, more than 1,400 people have qualified for the World Series through PokerStars satellites. All of those players, should they choose to play, will get their $10,000 buy-in, free hotel stay for the duration of their time at the Series, and $1,000 spending money. That's not to mention the ability to automatically become a PokerStars Supernova and hang out at the one-of-a-kind PokerStars party in Las Vegas.

You still have your chance to qualify for the World Series. Just click on Events>WSOP in the PokerStars tournament lobby. Word on the street is that satellites will be running for the next couple of weeks.

The mega satellite was the biggest thing going this weekend, but everyone still took time out of their day for the other big events. Perhaps the happiest player with the coolest screen name was FoNkEy_DiSh. That awesome name sits atop the winner's list for the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Check out our 6/14/09 Sunday Warm-Up report to see how it ended.

To see who else cashed in this weekend, here's a full breakdown of this weekend's big tournament results.

Congratulations to all of this week's big winners, especially all the people we'll be seeing in Vegas for the World Series Main Event.

Brad Willis
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