Economics experts will tell you that this is officially the most depressing period of the year. The weather is awful, Christmas debt is being realised and New Year's resolutions are now falling by the wayside. This hasn't deterred the online poker community, as Sunday was a landmark day for all the major poker rooms. All the major tournaments of the weekend more than surpassed their guarantees, some huge attendances and online poker traffic in general was particularly high.
The Pokerstars Sunday Million continued to dominate the proceedings, with a massive 7520 players registered, which meant that 1080 players made the money. The $1 million guarantee was easily surpassed and a total prize pool of $1.504,000 was in play with an original first prize of$212,000 pre deal. 23790 players were found at the tables at the peak highest time, according to pokerscout.
The biggest single given prize of the weekend was $206,564 at Full Tilt in their own $1 million guaranteed tournament. 2252 players paid $550 to make a combined prize pool of $1,126,000 with 351 players beating the bubble. 10,321 players were found at real money tables during their peak time.
PartyPoker showed that they are still a massive poker room despite having no involvement with the US market, they actually beat Full Tilt for their peak highest number of players, at 10784. Their $300,000 guaranteed MTT pulled 1735 players, making a $347,000 prize pool and a $67,000 first prize.
So one of the most depressing periods of the year is to online pokers benefit? We must say some responsibly played cards is certainly a remedy for the winter blues and we are sure that these figures will surely escalate as the weeks draw on. If of course you are one the of lucky few who were splitting a $1.5million prize pool then surely these long winters nights will be looking like the summer holidays right now.