The Sunday Briefing: Two Canadians Lock Up More Than $100K in Sunday Million Six-Way Deal
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.
There were plenty of players from Canada in the top payout positions in the week’s biggest tournaments. Most notably, two Canadians locked up more than $100,000 in PokerStars’ Sunday Million after a six-way deal. Here’s a look at Sunday’s results:
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 734 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a prize pool of $52,848, and each elimination also earned players $20. Russia’s ‘veeea’ won the top prize of $10,833.84, not including bounties.
The top Canadian result was the fourth-place finisher. For the deep run, ‘RedPantRed’ won $4,227.84 plus bounties.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 787 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.
First place paid $15,375 and ‘DarkHorse19’ was the player within our borders to collect the prize..
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 $23,766 in the ‘Super Sized Sunday’. With 102 entrants, the biggest portion of this tournament went to a Brazilian playing under the name ‘heyalisson’, earning $7,129.80.
No Canadians were found on the final table, but ‘DiaperSniper14’ managed a 14th-place finish and ‘DarkHorse19’ followed his Sunday Major win with a 15th-place result in the Super Sized Sunday.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
This biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 ‘Sunday Kickoff’ with a $150,000 prize pool guarantee. With 1,841 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was far surpassed, with $184,100 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by Argentina’s ‘eze88888’ for $29,456.65 and the top Canadian was in the 12th spot. ‘CASHSCHEWZ’ earned $1,435.98 for that near final-table finish..
The $215 ‘Sunday Warm-Up’ heats up the action with a $425,000 guarantee, but the 2,525 entries pushed past the half-million mark to settle at $505,000 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $79,790, and Belgian ‘donalddrik’ was the player to successfully claim the win.
No Canadian made a final-table appearance, but ‘SoilyMcDiapR’ came close by finishing 13th for $2,575.70.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ saw entries come to a total of 693 to slip past the $200,000 guarantee and put $227,400 in the prize pool. While a player from Australia took the top prize — ‘mjw006’ earned $42,751.20 — one player in Canada was among those on the final table. American expat David ‘dpeters17’ Peters finished seventh for $7,390.50.
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 pushed past it this week to settle at $314,040.
Belgium’s ‘xxstimpyxx’ took the top spot out of 31,404 players, collecting $26,983.73 after a heads-up deal, and one Canadian made the final table. Ultimately finishing in eighth place, ‘sidthebrown’ earned $2,198.28.
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 5,573 entries to put $1,114,600 up for grabs.
Germany’s ‘nerd2121’ clinched the win after a big six-way deal. He earned 97,087.10, but two Canadian-based players were part of that deal and actually earned more. Finishing in fourth place, Hugh ‘bigbluffzinc’ Drummond locked up $103,236.80, and ‘Wivil’ was finished in fifth for $100,061.63.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 622 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $311,000 to play for with $58,312.50 going to first place.
It was Austria’s ‘pokerjoe485’ who collected a little less than that top prize after a heads-up deal, and the best Canadian-based result was that of American expat Robert ‘Little Kraut’ Deppe who fell just shy of the final table in 10th place for $3,421.
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 989 entries played down to just three, two Canadian-based players and a Pole made a three-way deal.
Poland’s ‘pyszalek’ finished in the third spot for $23,000.31 while American in Canada Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe scooped up the largest payout of $30,779.99 in second place, and ‘ADZ124’ earned the win but a little less money — $26,724.30.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 ‘Sunday Supersonic’ — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $250,000 guarantee. In just over an hour and 45 minutes, 1,280 players were reduced to one. U.K.’s ‘vindog03’ earned $45,196.38.
A single Canadian made an appearance on the final table. Twenty-year-old Sunday Million winner and LAPT Panama Champion Shakeeb ‘njåguar’ Kazemipur scooped up $17,403.64 for finishing fourth.
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 $2,200 after registration closed with 761 entries. After a heads-up deal, Canada’s ‘Lachance2222’ earned the win and the top prize of $24,784.55.
The $200,000 Whale
Not a weekly tournament, ‘The $200,000 Whale’ offers a bi-weekly high roller with a $600 buy-in for 888poker’s players. This was an off-week and the tournament will return this coming Sunday.
$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 824 entries, the prize pool swelled to $108.068 and three of the four top spots went to Canadians.
Finishing in fourth, ‘ThEtRaIN96’ earned $7,888.96, followed by ‘O|NKOinkOink’ in third for $10,536.63, and ‘JigsFlippin’ doing the best of the Canadians in second place for $14,048.84.
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 #40 - $250,000 Gtd and 1,134 entries at $250 each pushed the prize pool to $264,222.
Denmark’s ‘Jes_hansen’ came out on top of a three-way deal that saw him scoop up $32,596.80 for his win. Canadian ‘cpt_lechuk’ was also part of that deal, collecting a fraction less for second place — $32,096.20. Also playing from Canada, ‘S.Sarnelli’ earned $13,448.89 for fifth place and ‘peteb177’ managed eighth place for $5,495.81.
$100,000 Gtd High Roller
Things changed this week In the higher-priced tournament of the day as well. The buy-in was bumped from $530 to $1,050, the guarantee was stretched by an extra $50,000, and the tournament became Pokerfest #43 - $150,000 Gtd Super High Roller. With 230 entries, the prize pool pushed well past the guarantee to $230,000.
The top Canadian finish came from ‘PokeHerPlayHer’ who earned $22,540 for third place.
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