Sunday Billion: The Year of the Bear

This week saw the Sunday Billion reach its first birthday, and to mark the occasion we've compiled some stats for the last year of tournaments.

In total there have been 53 Sunday Billions, but surprisingly for a tournament that averages over 800 runners, only 51 winners. Two players have won the event twice and both did their winning in the last six months.

Most recently 'Jeffrey_P9' from the USA took down two tournaments in January (4th & 18th), which is good for second on the all-time list of prize Play Money with almost 160M chips. Even more impressive when you consider that he's only played the tournament on six occasions!

The other double winner is poker legend and Team PokerStars Pro Barry 'barryg1' Greenstein. The Bear first won the event on October 26, taking home 75M chips. But the really big win came a few weeks later as part of the Billionth Tournament Carnival, when the usual prize pool was doubled. He bested a special-edition-sized field for 144M chips.

Just two weeks ago he almost made it three wins, but 'auricaura' just beat him into second place. The cash was still sufficient to take Barry past the 300M mark in all time winnings, giving him a vast lead at the top of the list after playing in just 23 Sunday Billions.

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In terms of participation, there are a number of diehard players. While nobody has quite managed to feat of playing every single tournament, the following have all appeared in 50 or more over the course of the year: 'artillery175', 'Ridge Run270', '1texhillw', 'Russxxone', 'Lutz1946' & 'tonydal'

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most successful nation in the tournament is the USA. The home of poker accounts for 29 of the tournament victories, with Canada coming a distant second with 4. As with any major tournament at PokerStars, the field has a distinctly international flavour, as there have also been winners from Poland, Peru, Croatia, Estonia, Greece and Belgium.

In terms of cashes naturally the USA is way out in front with 6,803. Canada takes second place again with 726, with Germany in third. Despite having 586 prize winners though, they have so far only registered a single winner. A disappointing return perhaps, but stronger than the combined performance of Spain, France and Italy, who have yet to register a win from more than 1200 cashes.

In the next few weeks, all of the stats will become available on the Sunday Billion webpages. You'll be able to see for yourself the list of all champions and the statistics for both individuals and nations. Be sure to play if you want to get your name on the list - but you'll have to go some to catch up with Barry!

Bob Dix
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