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ONCHAN, Isle of Man – March 16, 2015 – ‘BRAYDEN93’, an American player who now lives in Mexico, was this morning crowned winner of the Sunday Million 9th Anniversary tournament, winning nearly $600k at PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA) company.

In a heads-up battle that swung back and forth, ‘BRAYDEN93’ was able to overcome a big chip deficit to claim the extra $100,000 that was set aside for the winner. However, as a result of a seven-handed deal, runner-up ‘kelly_koulis’, from Greece, emerged as the biggest winner, pocketing $725,267.11. Eight countries were represented at the nine-handed final table, with the top eight players each pocketing a six-figure sum.

The special tournament, which commemorated the ninth anniversary of the first PokerStars Sunday Million, garnered 50,432 entries and a total prize pool of $10,086,400, making it the eighth richest online poker tournament of all time. It is only bettered by five World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Events and two previous Sunday Million special anniversary tournaments.


Sunday Million 9th Anniversary ($215 NL Hold’em)
Entries: 50,432
Prize pool: $10,086,400
Places paid: 8,397

    • BRAYDEN93 (Mexico) $597,719.60*
  1. kelly_koulis (Greece) $725,267.11*
  2. tiltinha (Brazil) $567,978.95*
  3. PSMozak (Bulgaria) $542,539.85*
  4. sonmonedas (Argentina) $413,610.60*
  5. salalitto (Finland) $394,207.12*
  6. ModzillaPL (Canada) $336,550.72*
  7. bari_nikolov (Bulgaria) $119,523.84
  8. Kokli_1 (Czech Republic) $87,247.36

* reflects seven-way deal

For a full report on the tournament, which lasted 15 hours and 22 minutes, check out the PokerStars Blog:

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PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best security online. More than 130 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site. and operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively. PokerStars also holds separate government licenses in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

PokerStars is the key brand of Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt and the European Poker Tour. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Rational Group companies in the UK and Isle of Man won recognition as one of the best workplaces in the UK being awarded a top 25 position by the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Workplaces – Large category rankings. Rational Group entities in Costa Rica and Dublin also achieved the same accolade in their respective local rankings in 2014. PokerStars is owned by Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA).

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