The Sunday Briefing: Sorel Mizzi Bests Last Year's Result, Wins SCOOP-03-H

Sorel Mizzi

The largest online poker series has begun! That’s right, the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars kicked off Sunday with the first three events.

Each event has three buy-in levels for all bankrolls, and the series will feature 138 events guaranteeing over $40,000,000! Canada was all over the leaderboard as Sorel Mizzi, Mark Radoja, Moshin Charania, and Pratyush Buddiga all binked big scores. This week's Sunday Briefing outlines those SCOOP victories and stretches into some of Monday's action as multi-day events extended past Sunday.

Sunday Majors on Full Tilt

American poker pro Mike ‘SowersUNCC’ Sowers, who now calls Canada his home, got the day kicked off on Full Tilt with a victory in the Sunday Brawl for $25,670. Yann ‘yadio1111’ Dion also made the final table, busting in fifth for $7,489.

BgsaPnaples’ went deep in the Sunday Major, pocketing $14,986 for fourth. Full Tilt saw a decent decline in the field sizes as most of the attention was on SCOOP. The Super Sized Sunday only made the $75,000 guarantee by 18 runners. Canada dominated the final table, though, as ‘i am puppy’ took down the title and $22,939. ‘NovaSky’ (second — $14,443), Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong (third — $10,832), ‘OneUponAStar’ (fifth — $6,372), and ‘quantum leaper1’ (sixth — $4,672) joined him at the final table.

Sunday Majors on PokerStars

One year after Sorel ‘zangbezan42’ Mizzi finished runner-up in the SCOOP-03-H $2,100 event for a then career-best online score of $270,000, Canada’s top-ranked poker pro has done one better by shipping this year’s SCOOP-03-H $2,100 event for $354,960. Canadians filled the leaderboard of the two-day event as Mark ‘AceSpades11’ Radoja (fourth — $142,970), ‘MikeFdem’ (eighth — $40,426), ‘AverageGreg’ (ninth — $24,650), and ‘Zackattack13’ (10th-- $20,706) all had deep runs.

After the event, Mizzi talked to PokerNews' Frank Op de Woerd during a break at the World Poker Tour Amsterdam Main Event. Head here for the audio of that conversation.

A couple of Americans who have relocated to Canada found some success Sunday as Pratyush ‘Shane Gamble’ Buddiga finished runner-up in SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em for $148,058 and Moshin ‘sms9231’ Charania scored a SCOOP title and $198,000 in SCOOP-04-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em Turbo. ‘Jus3awsum’ (sixth — $44,000) and ‘pedro323’ (seventh — $33,000) also made the final table with Charania. ‘Yayoshow’ played his way into a four-way chop in SCOOP-02-M: $215 NL Hold’em 6-Max Progressive Super-Knockout, earning a $52,759 payday with a $2,450 cash bonus in bounties.

In regular Sunday major action on PokerStars, ‘cedrick89’ banked $27,512 for a second-place run in the Bigger $109 and ‘Tmant29’ was awarded $35,300, placing second in the Sunday 2nd Chance.

Sunday Majors on 888poker

Over on 888poker, The $150,000 Mega Deep was a Special Edition this week with the prize pool guaranteed bumped up from the usualy $100,000. The buy-in remained at $215, and 859 players was good enough to surpass the guarantee. The best Canadian result came from ‘ch0ppy’ who came fifth for $8,590.

The Whale was also a Special Edition this week, with that $600 tournament seeing the guarantee boosted to $250,000. With 489 players taking part, that guarantee was met as well, but no Canadians managed a final-table appearance. The deepest maple leaf in the results came from ‘jknack19’ who was outted in 12th place for $3,039.13.

Sunday Majors on partypoker

It was business as usual on partypoker with the weekly $200K Guaranteed Sunday missing its guarantee, proving to be the site for overlay for all you value-hunters. With 973 entrants, partypoker had to add nearly $20,000 to the prize pool. ‘I_Splash_Rollz’ represented Canada all the way to seventh place, earning $6,280.

In the $100,000 Gtd High Roller with a $500 buy-in, 206 entries came just shy of the guarantee. ‘DUMP_TRUCK’ came fourth to claim $7,100 in prize money for Canada.

Sunday Majors on PlayNow Poker

PlayNow Poker is the home of all-Canadian poker via the Canadian Poker Network, gathering players from Quebec, Manitoba, and B.C. on the government-owned site. Each week is highlighted by the $215 Sunday major with $20,000 guaranteed, and this week ‘ooouuufff’ won the best prize of $6,832.60. Here are the top 10 results:


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