The Sunday Briefing: Sebastian Sikorski Wins The $200,000 Whale on 888poker
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 as PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) has everyone putting in a busy Sunday schedule to take advantage of the massive prize pools on offer, and that has players trickling into all the other sites as well.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
The Sunday Brawl
With 441 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $250 ‘The Sunday Brawl’ surpassed the guaranteed $75,000 in the prize pool, and each elimination also earned players $35. ‘Daisyxoxo’ from beautiful Costa Rica won the top prize of $19,404, not including bounties.
The top Canadian result was the runner-up finisher. For second place, ‘Jennnyy19’ won $13,230 plus bounties after failing to defeat the Costa Rican heads up.
The Sunday Major
The numbers are up this week with players back at the tables. ‘The Sunday Major’ paid out $138,402 to 63 places after collecting 594 entries — better than 100 more than last week — in Full Tilt’s second $250 tournament of the day.
Unfortunately, no players from Canada made the final table, with ‘chicagocards1’ making it the furthest, finishing in 11th for $1,799.22. The win went to Germany’s ‘bexundso1’ for$29,410.42.
Super Sized Sunday
The price goes up for the last major of the day on Full Tilt. For $500, players are guaranteed a prize pool of $50,000 in the ‘Super Sized Sunday’. With 134 entrants, the prize pool hit $63,248. The biggest portion went to the U.K.’s ‘ollie_p’ after a heads-up chop with Czech ‘3p3nipa’. THe win earned the victor $15,423.24.
Two Canadian-based players made the final table, finishing seventh and eighth. American David ‘Davidp18’ Peters playing in our country earned the lesser amount — $1,897.44 — and another ex-pat American, Doug ‘dlanger610’ Lee, collected $2,371.80 for lasting one position longer.
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 2,032 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was far surpassed, with $203,200 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
While Czech ‘RuiNF’ earned the victory and $32,512, Canadian ‘Oxota’ collected the second-best prize of $24,384 for finishing runner-up and was the only player from our country that made it near the final table. The next best result was 25th place for Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer.
The $215 'Sunday Warm-Up' heats up the action with a $400,000 guarantee, but the recurring tournament became a Special Edition WCOOP event this week, earning 6,190 entries — 4,000 more than prior to WCOOP! Players battled to collect a piece of the stunning $1,238,000.
The tournament is a two-day event, so just 88 players remain to return on Monday and play for the bulk of the prize pool. First place is set to make $193,623.20 and a Canadian-based player is sitting in third place in the chip counts to contend for the title. ‘RSMig’ has 1,665,311 to play with on Monday, but Denmark’s ‘voigt2006’ has a substantial chip advantage, leading the field with 2,945,817.
The $109 'Sunday Rebuy' also saw numbers swell with the $180,000 guarantee beat by a long shot when registration closed with 1,028 entries, pushing the prize pool over $340,000. While a Brazilian took the top prize — ‘GeraldoCesar’ earned $63,029.50 — many Canadians found their way deep into the prizes as well.
Within the top 16 places were six Canadian flags smattering the payout table. One third of the final table was made up of Canadian-based players. Christopher ‘CSWAMI’ Swaminathan managed the best result, earning $17,886.75 for fifth place, while ‘jaggaRbomb’ and ‘HR_Dub’ settled for eighth (7,665.75) and ninth ($4,769.80), respectively.
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 just pushed past it this week to settle at $294.510.
Ukrainian ‘demonch1k’ took the top spot, collecting $27,557.26 for the win, and one Canadian made the final table. Ultimately finishing in sixth place, ‘sokheng306’ earned $4,417.65.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes. The $215 ‘Sunday Million’ became the $700 Sunday Million Special Edition for WCOOP this week with the guarantee bumped up to $1.5 million, and still saw 3,412 entries at the increased buy-in with $2,272,970 to play for.
This tournament became a two-day event, and 256 players still have chips to carry to Monday’s final day. First place is going to earn a stunning $356,858.15, and everyone still in the tournament is guaranteed at least $1,704.72. Leading the field by a large margin is Hungary’s ‘Brainy14’ with 548,657 — 140,000 more than the second-best stack.
The top Canadian-based players is ‘scallpell’ with 366,190 sitting in fourth place overall, but there is still plenty of play and a large roster of Canadians still in contention for the big prizes on the final table.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 935 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $250,000 guarantee was nearly doubled when the total came to $467,500 to play for, with $84,150 going to first place.
It was Czech ‘filfedra’ who collected that top prize, but the second-best payout of $59,980.25 was earned by Canadian Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot. Ninth and 10th places were also claimed by Canadian-based players. ‘Bebop86’ scooped up $5,610 and ‘lftarii’ was one spot behind for $4,441.25
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 $160,000 guaranteed prize pool. When the 1,488 entries played down to just one, it was Austria’s ‘Spowi07’ who collected $50,592 for the win.
Two players from within Canada made final-table appearances. ‘YaGotBurnt’ was the first of the two to be eliminated and collected $5,803.20 for eighth place. Josh ‘JBT449’ Bergman did better by finishing third for $28,242.24.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 ‘Sunday Supersonic’ — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $200,000 guarantee. In less than two hours, 1,686 players were reduced to one, and that one was Mexican ‘blanconegro’ laying claim to $57,754.79. There were no Canadians to survive to anywhere near the final table this week.
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 nearly $25,000 with 871 entries. Hailing from Australia, ‘Monster_Dong’ won the top payout of $31,356. The best Canadian result was the first elimination from the final table when ‘elmatador333’ finished ninth for $2,177.50.
The $200,000 Whale
Not a weekly tournament, ‘The $200,000 Whale’ occasionally offers a high roller with a $600 buy-in for 888poker’s players. This week, one of our own was able to wave our flag from the top spot when Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski added $46,697.25 to his impressive career total. He has won more than $7.5 million in online poker over his lifetime and is currently ranked on PocketFives as 52nd-best in the world and number 10 in Canada.
The $100,000 Sunday Challenge
With a more affordable buy-in of just $90, the ‘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 898 players, the prize pool swelled to more than $120,000, and one Canadian was on the final table to compete for the big money. However, finishing in ninth place, ‘kingriver321’ had to settle for $1,534.70 while Dutch player ‘InJeBakkes’ went on to collect the win and $22,099.68.
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 936 entrants, Denmark’s ‘Bisseteori’ won $28,030.05 for outlasting them all.
No Canadians made the final table, but Canadian ‘RedPant’ was the 10th-place finisher for $2,298.06.
$100,000 Gtd High Roller
In the higher-priced tournament of the day, 240 entries pushed the prize pool past the guarantee to $120,000 in the $530 tournament. Won by the Netherland’s ‘Rofl_Lolboom’ for $22,668, the best Canadian finish went to ‘strai8upog’ in fourth for $9,720.
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