The Sunday Briefing: Canada Dominates the Sunday 500
This past Sunday, Canada once again showed the online poker community what the players in this great country are made of. This week's highlight was in the largest buy-in available on PokerStars on Sundays — the Sunday 500. This week, Canada activated the domination nation button with six players scoring top-10 prizes in that event.
Chris ‘UncleAnte9’ Lockhart emerged victorious, scooping up the $70,740 top prize. Former Super Tuesday winner Nick ‘PureCash25’ Rampone busted heads-up for $51,090. World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet-winner Pascal ‘Pass_72’ LeFrancois received $28,492 for fourth, while ‘Jcardshark’ (eighth — $8,056), Jean-Pascal ‘hopezACE’ Savard (ninth — $4,912), and ‘morans350’ (10th - $4,126) rounded out the bottom three positions.
According to his PocketFives profile, Lockhurt hails from Newmarket, Ontario. Lockhart is the top-ranked player in his hometown and, with over $2,000,000 in earnings, is the 18th-best online poker player in Canada. His largest cash to date is a runner-up finish in the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) $2,100 Main Event for $377,545.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
After being shut out of the first Sunday major on Full Tilt, American relocated pro Grayson ‘swish3113’ Ramage put Canada on board with a deep run in the Sunday Major, cashing in for $21,010 after placing third. Sebastian ‘p00cket00’ Sikorski found his way another final table. The top-Canadian online tournament earner picked up $5,030 for sixth in the Super Sized Sunday. Fellow countryman ‘jaliberta17’ busted just before, in seventh, for $3,353.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Cada, who now calls Canada his home, got the day started with a fourth-place finish in the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars, earning $32,568. Two Canucks made the final table of the Sunday Rebuy but were the first to be eliminated. ‘D.quang’ earned $6,491 for eighth and ‘gray31’ busted ninth for $4,039.
A runner-up finish in the Bigger $11 was worth $16,174 for ‘lyonsden6’. ‘Mistakooll’ also lost a heads-up battle to finish second in the Bigger $55, padding his roll with $28,775. Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich chopped the Sunday 2nd Chance heads-up, taking the biggest piece, scoring $39,797 for second.
Sunday Majors on 888poker
888poker’s recurring Sunday major is the $100,000 Mega Deep with a buy-in of $215. With 849 players, the prize pool reached $170,000, but only a small portion of that sum was collected by Canadians. The best result came from ‘DjPrunz’ in 15th for $1,358.40.
As the official partner of this summer’s World Series of Poker (WSOP), 888poker is also running exclusive satellites to the poker world’s largest event of the year. With a buy-in of $1,050, 81 players competed for a WSOP Main Event package worth $13,000 that included a Main Event seat, seven nights’ accommodation at the luxurious Palazzo Hotel, cash for travel and expenses, a 888live poker kit, and access to a VIP party. Two of the six package-winners were Canadians. ‘GylbertFD’ and ‘Mindcrushers’ will be enjoying a great WSOP Main Event experience this summer.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
The first of two Sunday majors on partypoker was the $200K Guaranteed Sunday which has been home to great value all year with it missing the guarantee nearly every week so far. With 1,001 entries this week, there was a small overlay again, but there were no Canadians deep in the money this week.
The second Sunday major for partypoker was their $100,000 Gtd High Roller with the buy-in bumped up to $500. With 196 entries, a slim overlay gave players a little extra value, and again Canadians were shut out of a deep run. Make sure you check out these two tournaments next week for great value and to help put Canada on the board.
Sunday Majors on PlayNow Poker
For the only all-Canadian Sunday major you can find anywhere online, PlayNow Poker hosts their weekly $20,000 Guaranteed! for players from B.C., Manitoba, and Quebec on the Canadian Poker Network. With a buy-in of $215, 111 entrants created a prize pool that topped $25,000.
Here are the top 10 finishers: