There were 9,000,000 reasons to be an online poker player this past Sunday and the community took advantage. PokerStars held their ninth anniversary Sunday Million tournament guaranteeing a prizepool of $9 million. Without a shadow of doubt, the guarantee was smashed as it closed off at 50,432 entries and a prize pool of $10,086,400. The weekly Sunday Briefing will fill you in on how Canadian-based players did in the Sunday Million and other online Sunday majors.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
The 28th edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) started on Sunday at Full Tilt. Event #1 drew in 2,246 entries building a prize pool of $523,000. Canada had one representative at the final table as ‘DarkHorse19’ earned a sixth-place finish worth $19,886. FTOPS # 2 had a $500 buy-in which received 644 runners. Canada was held off the final table, bubbling it in 10th and 11th position. In the Super Sized Sunday, ‘YRWTHMELTHR’ added $17,289 to his bankroll busting in second place. ‘Chapmoney’ and Andrew 'achen' Chen received $3,059 for their near miss.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
In the aforementioned special ninth anniversary Sunday Million on PokerStars, it took just over 15 hours of play to crown a champion. After a seven-way deal, ‘BRAYDEN93’ of Mexico took home the title and $597,719. The biggest prize went to runner-up ‘kelly_koulis’ of Greece. Canadian online pro Ian ‘ModzillaPL’ Modder finished seventh for $336,550 but was able to more than double his previously allocated prize due to the agreed upon deal with seven left.
The rest of the Sunday lineup on PokerStars saw a healthy boost in participation. ‘RobHansen’ (fourth — $9,778) and ‘PartyTownUSA’ (eighth — $2,732) scored final-table cashes in the Sunday Kickoff. ‘68ioweyou1’ sniped the first victory of the day for Canada. A win in the Sunday 500 was worth $87,167 after a heads-up chop. Maritimer Russell ‘rdcrsn’ Carson followed that up with a win in the Sunday 2nd Chance. Canada finished in the top two in the last major of the day. Carson received $59,260 for the win after a heads-up chop with fellow countryman ‘pseftis’ who picked up $55,260. But the title-shipping wasn’t over yet as ‘scrubbyz’ was victorious in the Sunday Supersonic earning $62,000 in just over two hours after a deal between the remaining two players.
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The weekly $100,000 Mega Deep on 888poker saw 962 entries with 140 of them set to earn a prize. The best result from a player in Canada was that of ‘p000cket000’ who managed fifth for $9,620. P000cket000 is a regular face at 888poker; he also finished 10th in the monthly The Whale on the same poker room back in January.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Once again, partypoker offered their $200 Sunday major with a $200,000 guarantee — a guarantee they haven't met all year. This most-recent incarnation may have been the closest the poker room has come so far in 2015, though, as 1,060 players put them at only a couple thousand dollars short. There is always value in this weekly major with partypoker topping up the prizepool. After finishing second just last week, Ratharam ‘WrathOfRam’ Siva has gone back to back making final tables in this tournament, finishing sixth this week for $8,190.