The Sunday Briefing: Samuel Gagnon Finishes Fourth in Sunday Million

The Canadian Sunday Briefing

The first Sunday in April was upon us this weekend, and for most of the country it was a bright, sunny, spring day. What better day to make a deep run in the biggest online poker tournament of the week?

Shawinigan, Quebec native Samuel ‘eqn778’ Gagnon did just that, placing fourth at the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Million for $77,484. With his latest cash, Gagnon has now amassed more than $355,000 in lifetime online tournament earnings. Here are how some other Canadian-based players did in the Sunday majors on online poker's best sites.

Sunday Majors on Full Tilt

With the completion of Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) last weekend, things were fairly quiet on Full Tilt. American pro Elio ‘smokrokbyflock’ Fox, now calling the north his home, made another Sunday Major final table. This week, the European Poker Tour (EPT) champion busted in third adding another $19,943 to his bank roll. ‘Adzizzy124’ also cashed for final-table prize money, receiving $6,088 for an eighth-place elimination.

The Super Sized Sunday also featured deep runs by Americans relocated to Canada. David ‘Davidp18’ Peters earned $16,043 for second and Grayson ‘swish3113’ Ramage took third for $12,154.

Sunday Majors on PokerStars

Sunday did not start out well for Canada as the red and white flag was shut out on PokerStars final tables in the first few majors of the day. ‘Pokerbrat13’ secured the first notable cash, earning $27,010 in the $109 Sunday Rebuy. The first victory of the day came in the Bigger $11 as Canada dominated the final table. ‘Punk pounder’ claimed the title and a first-place prize of $20,303 while ‘AJSuited16’ (third — $11,278) and ‘chayet’ (fourth - $7,807) also made deep runs at the final table.

Morans350’ kept his stellar 2015 run going with a $21,268 score for third in the Bigger $55. A couple of Canadians fell just short of capturing titles. A runner-up finish in the Sunday 2nd Chance banked ‘lippoPH’ $36,275 while Team PokerStars Online pro Adrienne ‘talonchick’ Rowsome made a quick $38,659 finishing second in the Sunday Supersonic.

Sunday Majors on 888poker

This week’s regular $215 Sunday major on 888poker was a big blank for Team Canada. The $100,000 Mega Deep continued to shoot well past the guarantee, receiving 860 entries and boasting a $172,000 prizepool. Unfortunately, there were no Canadian-based players anywhere near the top of the results.

Sunday Majors on partypoker

The exciting 77-event series, Pokerfest, continues at partypoker. This week’s usual $200 Sunday major appeared on the schedule as Pokerfest #36 - $250,000 Gtd. For the first time in 2015, partypoker’s $200 Sunday tournament slipped past the guarantee. There were 1,367 players to create a prizepool of $254,262. The best Canadian result come from ‘milfseeker69’ who finished fourth for $15,459.12.

The weekly high roller on partypoker was bumped up in price for Pokerfest #39 - $150,000 Gtd Super High Roller. A seat in the event was worth $1,000, and 264 players paid the buy-in, creating a $250,800 prizepool. Canadians repeated a fourth-place best result, accomplished by ‘PrettySteph’ for $20,314.80.

Ratharam ‘WrathOfRam’ Siva continues to demonstrate his dominance on partypoker. After making final tables on the site’s $200 Sunday major two weeks in a row, Siva blanked for two weeks, and has now come back with another final-table result in the $1,000 Pokerfest #39. He finished seventh for $12,038.40. Right behind him was ‘somni_451’ in eighth ($9,530.40), Philippe ‘Philipoune’ Lefrancois in 11th ($4,765.20), and Shyam ‘S_dot111’ Srinivasan in 14th ($3,385.80).

Sunday Majors on PKR Poker

The first Sunday of each month is the day PKR Poker runs their biggest monthly tournament. The $150 PKR Masters guarantees $50,000 in prizes, and this week it appeared on the schedule as High Springfest #10 - $50,000 PKR Masters. Springfest is an 11-day, 33-event series just wrapping up on PKR Poker divided into three buy-in levels: Mini, Main, and High. This Sunday’s PKR Masters is the highest-priced tournament in the series, and 371 players contributed to a $61,012.35 prizepool. Unfortunately, no Canadians could be found making a deep run in the event.

Sunday Majors on PlayNow Poker

Last week, we were thrilled to begin a new partnership with PlayNow Poker. This edition of The Sunday Briefing begins our weekly coverage of their weekly $215 Sunday major — the $20,000 Guaranteed. This all-Canadian tournament joins players from Quebec, Manitoba, and B.C. through the Canadian Poker Network. There were 100 players in the event and, with the single rebuy format, the prizepool pushed past the guarantee to $234,000.

The final three players agreed to a chop that saw ‘KndnAce’ getting the largest share of the remaining prizepool, while ‘1ttocs’ and ‘ETK’ made only slightly less. Here are the top 10 finishers:


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