Type of Tournament: Multi-table Tournament
When: Sundays at 13:00 ET
Blind Levels: 15 Minutes
Starting Chips: 10,000 Chips
Buy-in: $200 + $15
Interesting Fact: Second biggest weekly prize pool on PokerStars
The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up was introduced in 2006 as an additional high stakes contest for players spending their Sunday afternoons on the site in anticipation of the Sunday Million. The inaugural Warm-Up had the same $215 buy-in as it does today, but only 644 players jumped on board, making for a prize pool of only $128,800. Over the past five years, the Sunday Warm-Up has grown at a remarkable pace, and today the guaranteed prize pool every week is $750,000.
Though the Warm-Up is not nearly as hyped and promoted as its big brother the Million, PokerStars still feeds the player pool with plenty of satellites. There are money satellites, and Frequent Player Point satellites; multi-table tournament satellites, and Sit & Go satellites; regular satellites, turbo satellites, and superturbo satellites. You can find them all by searching for “Sunday Warm-Up” in the tournament filter.
As with the Million, PokerStars.tv maintains a channel dedicated to the Sunday Warm-Up, where you can watch highlights—with hole cards included—of every single week’s tournament. You can also watch unedited replays of the last week’s Warm-Up through the PokerStars software. All replays are displayed in orange text under the “Tournament” heading.
Because it attracts a smaller crowd of entrants than its big brother the Sunday Million, the Warm-Up has a slower structure, which is great news for good players. You should adjust by staying patient in the early game and passing up opportunities to flip that you might take in a faster format. Of course, the slower structure only benefits you if you have a decent edge over your opponents, so study your own post-flop play very closely to ensure you’re capable of staying one step ahead. Don’t be afraid to apply a lot of pressure to your opponents with bluff and semibluffs; you’ll usually have enough of a stack that you won’t have to risk your tournament life to do so.
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