The Rise of the Big Ones!

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In a growing trend that has been going on every Sunday for some time now, the Sunday Guaranteed Tournaments offered by some of the biggest and most popular online poker rooms are giving players the chance to win some huge prizes.

Every week, major online poker sites such as Poker Stars, Full Tilt, Party Poker, Ultimatebet and Bodog distract players from all other online poker rooms with their huge guaranteed tournaments.

In a very competitive online poker environment the runaway leader by far is the Sunday Million Tournament at Poker Stars that starts at 16:30pm EST. With the first prize always more than $100,000 is no wonder it attracts on average over 6,500 players. Direct buy-in for this event is $215.

Coming in the runner up spot is the Full Tilt $750,000 Guaranteed Tournament with a direct buy-in worth $216. In a clever move, the starting time for this event is at 18:00pm EST making it the last of the big five Sunday Tournaments and at the same time avoids going head to head with the tournament over at Poker Stars. The Full Tilt pros make this event very attractive and on average it draws over 3,300 players.

Attendance for the Party Poker $300,000 Guaranteed Tournament is around 1,400 players. With the buy-in set at $215 this event usually has a small overlay. In a move that could go either way, the Party Poker event has the earliest start time at 12:45 EST as it now only caters to European based players.

The weekly $200,000 Guaranteed Tournament at UltimateBet is another event that usually sees an overlay since the average turnout is just under 1,000 players. The event buy-in is set at $215 and starts at 17:00pm EST.

Finally the Bodog $100,000 Guaranteed runs every Sunday at 18:00pm. It usually attracts over 700 players but with a relatively low $109 buy-in this is another event that suffers from some overlays.

Sunday is currently the biggest payout day but with the ever changing landscape of online poker, industry watchers and players alike are waiting to see which day of the week will be the next target.

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