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New Sunday Major – And A Round Up Of The Old Ones Post-FTP!

Time for a quick round-up of the Sunday Majors. I was planning on news of the new one Stars just introduced (the Sunday Cubed) – then thought that with all the changes lately it would not hurt to take a closer look at what is happening with the big Sunday tournaments in general, including times and buy-ins etc… and what our choices are without the Brawl, Mulligan and $750k Gtd on Full Tilt.

First up, the new one on Stars - The Sunday Cubed. sunday-majors-july-2011This is called the Sunday Cubed, and is a $50+$5 entry game with 1 optional rebuy and 1 add-on. It runs at 11:00am Central European Time (CET), so should be great for Russia in the early afternoon and even further east in the evening. $50k is guaranteed for this tournament – if history is our guide this should go up fairly sharply!

Other Pokerstars Sunday Majors: There is quite a list of Majors over at Stars these days – actually surprised me a little seeing them all together, even thought I was aware of each one: - Sunday Kickoff, $109 entry, $75k gtd, 14:00 CET (0800 ET) - Sunday Warm-Up, $215 Entry, $500k gtd, 17:00 CET (11:00 ET) - Sunday Rebuy, $109 entry, $200k gtd, 18:00 CET (12:00 ET) - Sunday Storm, $11 entry, $200k gtd, 19:30 CET (13:30 ET) - Sunday Million, $215 entry, $1m gtd, 20:30 CET (14:30 ET) - Sunday 500, $530 entry, $250k gtd, 21:30 CET (15:30 ET) - Sunday 2nd Chance, $215 entry, $125k gtd, 22:30 CET (16:30 ET) - Sunday 6-Max, $162 entry, $60k gtd, 23:00 CET (17:00 ET) - Sunday Supersonic (hyper-turbo), $215 entry, $40k gtd, 00:30 CET (18:30 ET) Satellites run to all of these events, you can also use a ‘Step 4’ SNG ticket to enter any of the $215 games. As I write this I am wondering how long before a knockout major comes in… would be a great opportunity to woo those of us who enjoyed the Sunday Brawl. - You can read my Full Pokerstars Review here, of check out Stars for yourself here.

What About Other Large Sites? The next largest sites are currently Party Poker and Titan Poker (well, the iPoker Network, Titan are the largest site on it). They both have $200k gtd Sunday events, what is more Party have a $1 million Summer special advertised for August 7th. So, in the same format, this gives us: - Party $200k gtd, $215 entry, 19:30 CET (13:30 ET) - Titan $200k gtd, $215 entry. 20:00 CET (14:00 ET) * (at least I think so, was marked as GMT+1)

Mid-Sized Sites – The Minor Majors! Here is one which stuck out from the crowd, OnGame may be a smaller site, however their weekly major has a bigger guarantee than Party or Titan! TheChampion Chip’ has a $200 buy-in and $300k guaranteed. To be complete I’ll also include Everest’s $50k and the Merge Network $50k… -  OnGame Champion Chip, $200 entry, 18:00 CET (12:00 ET)* (again time-zone unclear!)  - Everest $50k Gtd, $109 entry, 1900 CET (13:00 ET) -  Carbon Poker (Merge) $100k Gtd, $109 entry 21:00 CET (15:00 ET)

Finally, For US Readers – Majors On Cake I’m a little confused by Cake at the moment, they seem to offer a lot of information on their website – which ends up going nowhere! Anyway, they used to have a $100k gtd Sunday event, now the biggest is a $25k gtd $162 tournament. Satellites to live events are bigger, with the prizes paid in cash. I’ll keep and eye and update my Cake review accordingly.

Summary – The State Of The Majors Well, I have a gripe about the clarity of the information here for many sites first up… Why spend all that money on a nice website, translations into many languages and design nice banners and logos – and then not bother to tell people the time of your event?!?? Grrrr. Pokerstars get 10/10 as usual, clear info, big choice and wide range of time-zones catered for. Titan and Party a little weaker on the Majors, though the regular ‘Million’ promos from Party and ECOOPs from Titan (not seen any info on those for a while) to somewhat balance.

OnGame, via my personal favorite site on this Network RedKings get a surprise vote - $300k is guaranteed for the weekly Champion Chip, with plenty of satellites (+ the soft OnGame fields) make this one to watch. If you have not checked out Red Kings for yourself then get on over – you get a choice of 6 different welcome bonuses, and an extra $300 bonus the first time you lose a hand holding the 2 red kings! Click Here To Check Them Out Now!!

Gl at the tables, Mark

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