The Sunday Briefing: Sebastian Sikorski Wins Again and Jaime Staples Goes Deep
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.
It was a quiet week for Canadians in many of the major Sunday tournaments. Jaime Staples found a big score on PokerStars, but the real results came on 888poker. There, two of the three Sunday majors were won by Canadians, including another victory for Sebastian Sikorski. Here’s a look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 525 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a prize pool of $48,300, and each elimination also earned players $50. Germany’s ‘zwacke’ won the top prize of $8,871.70, including bounties.
The top Canadian result was the 11th-place finisher. For the deep run, ‘gettym’ won $877.28 including the prizes from 12 knockouts.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 337 players at a $250 buy-in each. Out of the 36 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a Dane who took the top spot, earning $19,688.50.
Ninth place paid $1,575.08 and Canadian ‘TheRiverHawk’ was the player to collect that prize.
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 1,806 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $180,600 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by China’s ‘Fish time ok’ after a four way deal that saw them collect $22,332.60. With the early start time in Canadian time zones, it’s not unusual to see a lack of maple leaves in top payouts, and this week was no exception.
The $215 ‘Sunday Warm-Up’ heats up the action with a $425,000 guarantee, but the 2,564 entries pushed past the half-million mark to settle at $512,800 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $81,022.69, and Mexico’s ‘Festivuss’ was the player to successfully claim the win.
The best Canadian result was none other than Jaime ‘jaimestaples’ Staples who streamed the whole thing from his immensely popular Twitch channel. He earned $22,306.80 for finishing in fifth place.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ saw entries come to a total of 667 to slide past the $200,000 guarantee and put $217,300 in the prize pool. Lithuania’s ‘gaudas12’ earned the victory and $40,852.40. 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 $312,610.
U.K.’s ‘Fabaz’ took the top spot out of 31,261 players, collecting $17,286.74 after a five-way deal. Again, no Canadians made the final table.
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 5,724 entries to put $1,144,800 up for grabs.
Canadian’s have been doing well in this most-prestigious tournament of the day, and this week saw one final-tablist bearing the Canadian flag. Netherland’s ‘dccnesquick’ came out on the best end of a four-way chop, and Canada’s ‘roo_400’ took ninth for $8,929.44.
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 good day for Norway’s ‘EspenasApart’ who earned $58,995.25 for the win. The top Canadian result came from ‘alexandrapau’ who came fifth for $16,718.
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 1,057 entries played down to a winner, Danish ‘Sifosis’ scooped up the top prize of $38,052.
One Canadian-based player was on the final table as well. Coming in eighth place, ‘74sooted’ earned $4,228.
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, 1,333 players were reduced to one. Poland’s ‘Olorionek’ earned $47,067.60 for the win.
Two Canadians were on the final table. Yann ‘yadio’ Dion finished sixth for $7,727.40 just two steps ahead of his countryman ‘FoNZ87’ in eighth for $4,776.93.
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 beat this week by $10,000 after registration closed with 800 entries.
Finally, one in the win column for Canada. Earning $28,960, ‘birdgamecray’ found the win for the red and white.
The $150,000 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 345 players created a prize pool of $194,925.
This week, a player from the U.K. won the most. ‘Zcedrick’ earned $37,717.98 for the win. The best Canadian result came in sixth place. Adding $8,576.70 to his account was ‘cosmokramr26’.
$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 842 entries, the prize pool swelled to $112,064 and a Canadian found another victory. Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski enjoyed a $20,283.58 score to add to his Sunday.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
$150K Guaranteed Sunday
This week, partypoker’s $200 Sunday major was replaced by the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event which received 1,608 entries, pushing the prize pool to $160,800.
Hungary’s ‘r1bbon’ came out on top to scoop up $24.666.72 for his win. Canadian ‘ShaneO19O’ was our top finisher, earning $12,992.64 for being eliminated in third place. Evan ‘gripsed_com’ Jarvis was also on the final table, collecing $6,319.44 for sixth.
$100,000 Gtd High Roller
In the higher-priced tournament of the day, the buy-in is set at $530 and the guarantee sits at $100,000. With 285 entries, the prize pool pushed well past the guarantee to $142,500.
From the Netherlands, ‘JohnyK91’ earned the victory worth $26,918.25 after winning this same tournament just a couple of weeks ago. The top Canadian finish came from ‘AnonymoOoOse’ earning $19,066.50 for finishing runner-up.
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!