$15 million is guaranteed for just $365 in buy-ins as the GGMasters and the Sunday Million go to war next month.
Sunday is a sacred day. I’m not talking about religion I’m talking about online poker. The guarantees are big and it is the softest day of the week.
March 20 this year is looking like it might be the biggest Sunday of 2022 and certainly one of the biggest of all-time. That’s because on top of the $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million from PokerStars, GGPoker have announced a rival in the form of a $5 million guaranteed GGMasters.
The Sunday Million is $215 to buy-in and you can re-enter. The GGMasters is a $150 freezeout. To cite an often used cliche the real winners here are the poker players, for $365 you can play for a combined prize pool of $15 million, much of which will be an overlay. No doubt the likes of partypoker, 888poker and Unibet will in some way increase their offerings that weekend in order to capture this captive audience of poker players.
GGMasters is the ‘must play’ event
So of the two, which is the ‘must play’ event? On the one hand the Sunday Million has more prestige historically and twice the prize pool, with the winner guaranteed to be a millionaire. On the other the GGMasters is almost half the price, much more likely to overlay and perhaps crucially is a freezeout.
Not only does the freezeout make it better value in terms of the guarantee I’d argue it makes it more prestigious. Much in the way that the WSOP Main Event is a ‘once-a-year’ shot at glory where everyone is playing on an even footing, the GGMasters seems fairer in the eyes of recreational players.
In the grand scheme of things $150 is not much less than $215, but the lower price point does invite more weekend warriors to have a shot. That $215 will more likely be $645 or more for many regs firing several bullets.
As a quick aside, I really like the GGMasters having three day 1s for each of the three main time zones it serves. That not only makes it easier for a lot of players, if managed well it should reduce a bit of stress on the GG servers.
Cancel your schedule on March 20
It’s really cool that we have so much competition in poker these days and that GG and Stars are constantly trying to one up each other. The poker community benefits from it massively.
Although Stars have made a lot of great moves recently to establish itself as a market leader again, it still feels like GGPoker have the momentum. They are the ones doing gutsy things to compete, whereas PokerStars are just going back to what worked for them previously. Nothing, for example, is really different about this year’s Sunday Million Anniversary compared to last year.
I think the GGMasters is the ‘must play’ event of the two. It is more accessible because of the price point and Day 1s, plus the guaranteed overlay makes it much better value. The Sunday Million has such history that it will still be the more prestigious event in terms of the trophy cabinet, but the fact that the GGMasters is a freezeout certainly gives it prestige.
Both events, however, really are ‘must play’ events on a ‘must play’ Sunday. More so than the WCOOPS and online WSOPs, these two events seem like the ones where most modest players with disposible incomes should clearing their schedules.
Which of the two events don’t you want to miss? Let us know in the comments:
Barry Carter is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, Poker Satellite Strategy, PKO Poker Strategy & the new book Endgame Poker Strategy