The Sunday Briefing: Canadians Win Both partypoker Sunday Majors
With millions of dollars paid out to poker players around the world, the week’s biggest and best online tournaments are found every Sunday on sites like Full Tilt, PokerStars, 888poker, and partypoker.
This weekend, every site saw great turnout for their events again as PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) offered the final events on the schedule and had everyone putting in a busy Sunday schedule to take advantage of the massive prize pools on offer, and that had players trickling into all of the other sites as well.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 658 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a prize pool of $47,376, and each elimination also earned players $20. ‘TheClaimer’ from the U.K. won the top prize of $9,712.08, not including bounties.
The top Canadian result was the fourth-place finisher. For the deep run, ‘SSCOTT87’ won $3,790.08 plus bounties.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 777 players at a $100 buy-in each. Out of the 90 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a Canadian-based player who took the largest piece of the $75,000 guaranteed prize pool.
An American playing within our borders under the Canadian flag, Mark ‘dipthrong’ Herm collected $15,375 for being the final player with chips.
Super Sized Sunday
The price goes up for the last major of the day on Full Tilt. For $250, players competed for a prize pool of $25,630 in the ‘Super Sized Sunday’. With 110 entrants, the biggest portion of this tournament also went to a Russian playing under the name ‘maksimus78’, and the sole Canadian final-tablist was ‘Wu_Wizard’, earning $768.90 for finishing eighth.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
This biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 ‘Sunday Kickoff’ with a $125,000 prize pool guarantee. With 2,064 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was far surpassed, with $206,400 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by Poland’s ‘matt86ck’ for $33,024, and Canadian Russel ‘rdcrsn’ Carson managed an eighth-place finish worth $3,612.
The $215 ‘Sunday Warm-Up’ heats up the action with a $400,000 guarantee, but the recurring tournament became a Special Edition WCOOP event again this week with a $1 million guarantee, earning 8,872 entries. Players battled to collect a piece of the stunning $1,774,000.
The tournament is a two-day event, so several players remain to return on Monday and play for the bulk of the prize pool. First place is set to make $262,508.96 and play resumes at 11 a.m. ET.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ also saw numbers swell with the $185,000 guarantee beat by a long shot when registration closed with 1,062 entries, pushing the prize pool over $355,000. While a player from Brazil took the top prize — ‘chiconogue’ earned $65,412 — one Canadian had the second-best result. Christopher ‘CSWAMI’ Swaminathan found second place for a payday of $47,459.25.
Moving on to the lowest-priced tournament that could be considered a Sunday major, the $11 ‘Sunday Storm’ is the best value you’ll find in online poker. Despite the tiny buy-in, the prize pool guarantee is set at $275,000, and it pushed past it this week to settle at $296,120.
Croatia’s ‘JJelic’ took the top spot, collecting $27,710.90 for the win, and one Canadian made the final table. Ultimately finishing in seventh place, ‘nut_muck45’ earned $3,109.26.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes. But this week, the $215 ‘Sunday Million’ became the $5,200 WCOOP Main Event to conclude the series with a guarantee of $10 million. With 1,995 entries, the prize pool just barely fell short of the guarantee, giving a little bit of added value to the tournament.
This tournament became a two-day event, and the surviving players will return for Monday’s final day. First place is going to earn a stunning $1,769,500, and there are plenty of Canadian heros still in it.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 1,033 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $250,000 guarantee was more than doubled when the total came to $516,500 to play for, with $89,147.90 going to first place.
It was Brazil’s ‘feli_iv’ who collected that top prize, and the best Canadian result was that of ‘ABC POKERS’ who fell just shy of the final table in 10th place for $4,596.85..
Sunday 2nd Chance
It’s all in the name. The ‘Sunday 2nd Chance’ gives tournament hopefuls one last regular $215 tournament to try to lock up a profitable day with a $175,000 guaranteed prize pool. When the 1,523 entries played down to just one, it was Australia’s ‘brainwash’ who collected $51,782 for the win.
One player from within Canada made a final-table appearance. ‘YRWTHMELTHR’ managed third place to earn $28,906.54.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 ‘Sunday Supersonic’ — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $200,000 guarantee. In barely more than two hours, 1,687 players were reduced to one. A single Canadian made an appearance on the final table. ‘BOOGANDEHAH’ scooped up $5,334.29 for finishing ninth.
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $150,000 Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker has bumped up the guarantee to $150,000 for a $215 buy-in, and that was surpassed this week by more than $20,000 with 861 entries. Hailing from Germany, ‘IbetUfold_x’ won the top payout of $31,168.20. The best Canadian result was found by ‘CzarBushov’ who earned a respectable $8,868.30 for fifth place, and ‘jt7bl2f’ earned $2,204.16 for finishing ninth.
The $200,000 Whale
Not a weekly tournament, ‘The $200,000 Whale’ occasionally offers a bi-weekly high roller with a $600 buy-in for 888poker’s players. The 414 entries put the prize pool at $233,910 this week.
While Germany’s ‘KellerA’ won the top prize of $44,887.32, two Canadian’-based players made the final table. Finishing in ninth, ‘PARAlaGLORIA’ earned $3,882.90, while ‘123_THC’ went on to collect $13,098.96 for making it as far as fifth place after finishing third in 888poker’s ‘$100,000 Sunday Challenge’ last week.
$100,000 Sunday Challenge
With a more affordable buy-in of just $90, the ‘$100,000 Sunday Challenge’ is commonly the most popular tournament of the day on 888poker, and has also experienced a recent boost in the guarantee. With 818 entries, the prize pool swelled to more than $110,000, but no Canadians were on the final table to compete for the big money. However, finishing in 11th place, ‘shuggy1’ collected $1,190.52 for just missing the final nine.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
$150K Guaranteed Sunday
There have been few weeks this year that partypoker’s $200 Sunday major has met its guarantee. What was once a $200,000 guarantee was reduced to $150,000 mid-way through this year, but with all of the increased traffic online due to WCOOP, partypoker saw its guarantee met too. With 872 entrants, Canada’s own ‘R.I.P.VAG.’ won $26,559.48 for outlasting them all. For third place, another Canadian, ‘jimboeheim’, earned $13,299.74.
$100,000 Gtd High Roller
In the higher-priced tournament of the day, 246 entries pushed the prize pool past the guarantee to $123,000 in the $530 tournament. Once again, a Canadian came out on top.
Earning $23,234.70, ‘idgafrly’ found the victory. Just a couple of spots back, fellow-Canadian ‘PHILIVEYNO1’ finished fifth and collected $8,364.
That’s it for this week. If you don’t already have an account on all of these sites, make sure you download through our links and use our bonus codes to take advantage of the most lucrative promotions you can find. Good luck; see you in next week’s headlines!