ACR Pro Vanessa Kade conquers PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary tourney and wins $1.5 Million
By Bob Garcia
Americas Cardroom Team Pro Vanessa Kade just had the most monumental day of her career. The Canadian poker player scored $1,514,920 after triumphing in the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary tournament, which wrapped up on Tuesday.
In celebration, Vanessa tweeted, “We just beat a field of 69,876 to win $1.5 Million. It feels impossible. This is the best day of my life. It’s not close. All the pain was worth it, the dream is real.”
We just beat a field of 69,876 to win $1.5 Million.
It feels impossible.
This is the best day of my life.
It’s not close.
All the pain was worth it, the dream is real. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/D0GKZSRhNl
— Vanessa Kade (@VanessaKade) March 23, 2021
Kade entered the final day of the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary event in 12th place among the 65 players still standing. Thanks to a whopping 69,876 entries, the final prize pool ballooned from an advertised $12.5 million to a whopping $13,975,200 in this $215 buy-in event.
When the final table was set, Kade was seventh in the chip count with slightly more than 20 big blinds remaining. Yet a couple of hours later, Kade found herself going head to head with a Polish player called Pawel “Talibenes” Ladniak with a chip of advantage of nearly seven to one.
Just two hands later, Kade went all-in with a pair of eights. Her opponent called with an unsuited K9, but the QJ3 flop, A turn, and 5 river sealed the deal for Kade. Still, Ladniak walked away a millionaire with a $1,035,368 payday for his second-place finish.
Vanessa’s win was more than just a personal victory. The broader poker and social media community joined her in celebration.
Noted YouTube personality and poker player Andrew Neeme remarked on twitter, “This is one of those series of events where scripting it out like this would just be too ridiculous. Just unreal.”
Artist, gamer and Twitch Ambassador Djarii bluntly exclaimed, “you are sen-fucking-sational.”
Kade’s seven-figure payday is not only the biggest of her career, but it comes after a chaotic couple of months. GGPoker recently terminated its affiliate deal with Kade after she called the site out for partnering with alleged misogynist Dan Bizlerian in December.
During the winter, Kade pulled no punches calling out GGPoker when she tweeted, “Sponsoring a sleazy, sexist tool with toxic followers as poker’s biggest ambassador lends validity to the idea that he’s an accurate representation of our sport.”
Fortunately, the women’s advocate bounced back in grand fashion by inking a deal to join Americas Cardroom as a team pro last week, just days before conquering the biggest tournament of her career on Tuesday.
For more information about Vanessa Kade visit www.americascardroom.eu/acr-pros/vanessa-kade/.