He bested a massive field of 26,651 for a payday of $53k after ending up with a three-way deal.
While other PokerStars Team Pros have won major events but it is thought to be the first time a Team Pro has won the Sunday Million event.
The Sunday Million on August 1 ran as part of the ongoing 50/50 WCOOP series in which the buy-ins of all the tournaments are set to $50 including the operator’s iconic tournament. It was played as a progressive knockout tournament in which half of the buy-in was allocated to the bounty pool.
It drew 17,590 players who rebought 9061 re-entries to swell its total prize pool to $1.2 million.
Hayward along with nearly a dozen of Twitch streamers was signed up by PokerStars in May 2019. Hayward is a part-time music producer based in New Zealand.
“I’ve won [the Sunday Million] in my sleep several times, then I wake up to the realization that I’m not actually up $100k and the day’s grind is still yet to begin,” Hayward told PokerStars Blog. “I know that overcoming a field of that size is a bit of a pipe dream, and it took some very clear run good and patience in some key spots, so I’m thankful to have been the person who ran the best on the day. But deep down, I just had a sick feeling that I’d bink the Sunday Million eventually.”