The Sunday Briefing: Canadian 'swonnny' Wins Sunday Million for $180K
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.
What a week for poker players logging in from Canada. The biggest prize of them all — PokerStars’ Sunday Million — went to one of our own. Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski won 888poker’s The $150,000 Whale, and American expats in Canada Wes ‘Wivil’ Wyvill (who also chopped the Sunday Million last week) and Nick ‘PureCash25’ Rampone found matching final tables. Here’s a look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 684 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a prize pool of $49,248, and each elimination also earned players $20. Brazil’s ‘Vitorbrasil’ won the top prize of $10,095.84, not including bounties.
The top Canadian result was the eighth-place finisher. For the deep run, American in Canada Wes ‘WIVIL’ Wyvill won $1,132.70 plus bounties.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 764 players at a $100 buy-in each. Out of the 90 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was an Australian and a Mexican who chopped the top spots in the $75,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Fourth place paid $6,000 and American Nick ‘PureCash25’ Rampone was the player within our borders to collect that prize. Wyvill also returned for another final table, finishing in seventh for $2,250, after claiming eighth in the Sunday Brawl. He also made more than $100,000 in last week’s Sunday Million after a six-way chop.
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 $22,834 in the ‘Super Sized Sunday’. With 98 entrants, the biggest portion of this tournament went to a Russian playing under the name ‘veeea’, earning $7,306.88. Last week, veeea won the Sunday Brawl on Full Tilt, earning victories in back-to-back Sundays.
The sole Canadian on the final table was ‘mkus33’ who earned $685 for finishing eighth.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 ‘Sunday Kickoff’ with a $150,000 prize pool guarantee. With 1,749 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $174,900 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by Canada’s own Matt ‘VegasDietz’ Dietrich after a four-way deal that saw him add $21,433.57 to his bankroll and putting his lifetime tournament winnings on PokerStars close to $1.7 million.
The $215 ‘Sunday Warm-Up’ heats up the action with a $425,000 guarantee, but the 2,539 entries pushed past the half-million mark to settle at $507,800 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $80,232.69, and Poland’s ‘Merin09’ was the player to successfully claim the win.
The best Canadian result was a final-table appearance by Carter ‘cswidler’ Swidler for $7,363.10 after he finished in eighth place. Swidler is nearing the $3 million mark for tournament prizes on PokerStars, and PocketFives currently has him ranked as the 12th-best online poker player in Canada.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ saw entries come to a total of 712 to slide past the $200,000 guarantee and put $232,600 in the prize pool. A three-way chop saw Mexico’s ‘bob43155’ lock up the top payout of $34,087.60 and finish in third. The Netherland’s ‘1_conor_b_1’ eventually finished first, but earned a hair less than bob43155 as he was paid $34,000 even. No Canadians were anywhere to be found at the final table.
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 $300,000, and it slipped past it this week to settle at $312,360.
Poland’s ‘radek0444’ took the top spot out of 31,236 players, collecting $29,232.11, and one Canadian made the final table. Ultimately finishing in ninth place, ‘milly104’ earned $1,546.18.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes. This week, the $215 ‘Sunday Million’ received 5,798 entries to put $1,159,600 up for grabs.
Canadian’s have been doing well in this most-prestigious tournament of the day, and this week was no exception. With a Canadian flag beside his name, ‘swonnny’ picked up the win worth $179,740.79. Another player from within our borders, ‘DUALMTN’ also earned $93,927.60 for finishing third.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 643 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $321,500 to play for with $58,995.25 going to first place.
It was a big blank for Canadians on the final table, but players from South America took up six spots out of nine. The best of it went to Brazil’s ‘firas71’.
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 1,024 entries played down to a winner, Australian ‘krasark’ scooped up the top prize of $36,864.
Two Canadian-based players were on the final table as well. Incredibly, Nick ‘PureCash25’ Rampone and Wes ‘Wivil’ Wyvill were both on the final table after being the same two Canadian-based players on the final table of Full Tilt’s Sunday Major. They finishing in eighth and ninth in the Sunday 2nd Chance.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 ‘Sunday Supersonic’ — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $250,000 guarantee. In just under two hours, 1,284 players were reduced to one. Russia’s ‘Ravic85’ earned $42,778.19 after a heads-up deal.
No Canadians were to be found on the final table, but ‘holla@yoboy’ was close, finishing 12th for $3,112.67.
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $150,000 Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker recently bumped up the guarantee to $150,000 for a $215 buy-in, and that was barely beat this week by $4,800 after registration closed with 774 entries.
Sweden’s ‘Perrymejsen’ came out on top to win $28,405.80 while the best Canadian result was found by ‘modmod87’ in ninth place for $2,012.40.
The $200,000 Whale
Not a weekly tournament, ‘The $150,000 Whale’ offers a bi-weekly high roller with a $600 buy-in for 888poker’s players. Action returned this week and 309 players created a prize pool of $174,585.
This week, a Canadian regular took down the top prize. Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski earned $33,782.19 for the win after also running all the way to 16th in The $150,000 Mega Deep. He’s currently ranked the fourth-best online poker player in Canada on PocketFives. At one point in 2014, he was ranked as the best in the world.
Another Canadian flag at the final table was ‘O|NKOinkOink’ returning for more. He earned $9,951.34 for fifth after taking third place in last week’s $100,000 Sunday Challenge.
$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 826 entries, the prize pool swelled to $110,482, but the only Canadian to make the final table was seventh-place finisher ‘wooolf22’, earning $3,480.18.
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 that changed this week. It was replaced on the schedule by Pokerfest #73 - $300,000 Gtd Main Event, and 1,469 entries at $250 each pushed the prize pool to $342,277.
Germany’s ‘Tschollo’ came out on top to scoop up $52,506.38 for his win. Canadian ‘MattSplatt’ was our top finisher, earning $16,874.25 for being eliminated in fifth place.
$100,000 Gtd High Roller
Things changed this week In the higher-priced tournament of the day as well. The buy-in remained at $530 but the guarantee was stretched by an extra $50,000, and the tournament became Pokerfest #77 - $150,000 Gtd High Roller. With 429 entries, the prize pool pushed well past the guarantee to $214,500.
Greek ‘JohnyK91’ earned the victory worth $32,943.44 while the top Canadian finish came from ‘HereToPartyy’ earning $10,725 to party with after finishing sixth.
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