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Lucky PokerStars Players Win Massive Cash Prizes at Recent Sunday Million Seventh Anniversary

PokerStars has just made three of its players a good deal richer — and happier — through its most recent Sunday Million tournament. The enormous prize pool won by the talented online poker players topped out at $9,857,400 and marked the end of the 327th Sunday Million.

The winners were part of the Sunday Million Seventh Anniversary event, a special version of the typical Sunday Million tournament that promised enormous cash prizes. The three competitors in question, Germany's 'Kasra84', Lithuania's 'benislovas' and Britain's 'sexygee', split an impressive $2.5 million in cash after battling their way across a total pool of nearly 50,000 players over 15 hours of tournament play. More than six thousand players managed to cash, but it was the three PokerStars members mentioned above who benefitted the most from the event. After the dust settled on the final table benislovas received $848,589, sexygee $836,321 and Kasra84 $813,370. While the top three winners took home the most impressive prizes they weren't the only ones to leave the Sunday Million Seventh Anniversary with significantly larger bankrolls. Norway's 'n0rflip' managed fourth place and $358,809, 'stradale430', an Austrian competitor, placed sixth in the event and took home $181,376 while Cyprus' 'pellompogos' placed fifth and received $254,320.

PokerStars' Sunday Million Seventh Anniversary marks the third largest Sunday Million to date. The tournament series saw a total of 49,827 players competing for over $9 million in cash.

PokerStars Reaches 95 Billion Hands, Awards 'Road to 100 Billion' Promo Prizes

The ongoing Road to 100 Billion promotion is causing plenty of excitement at PokerStars, especially as the popular online poker network inches closer to the monumental goal. Most recently the site managed to hit 95 billion hands dealt and awarded the lucky participants of the hand accordingly.

Nine players sitting down at a PokerStars $0.08/$0.16 no limit hold 'em full ring table game were fortunate enough to be involved with the site's 95 billionth hand. PokerStars celebrated the occasion by awarding each of these members with $10,000 and, if that wasn't enough, extra money matched in proportion to their most recently earned loyalty points. When the 95th billionth hand was started Lee Jones, PokerStars' Head of Poker Communications, helped kick off the festivities. The hand itself saw a British player ('RichB17') win with a straight, a competitor called 'Domy07' take the side pot and 'pacheko23980' emerge as the landmark hand's runner-up. Aside from the 95th billionth hand itself, The Road to 100 Billion promotion awarded nearly $900,000 over a single week of play.

A statement from PokerStars described the company's awarding of "a total of $892,718 over 300 Milestone hands and the final Mega Milestone hand." It went on to kick off the excitement for The Road to 100 Billion's finale by predicting its "[culmination] in June [and] an even bigger prize giveaway" to be "revealed in the spring."