The Sunday Briefing: Yann Dion and Shyam Srinivasan Final-Table Sunday 500
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 tough week for Canadians this Sunday. Not a single Sunday major was won by a player bearing the Canadian flag. The closest to victory was ‘eskimodonk’ finishing runner-up in PokerStars’ Sunday Storm, while the highest-paying results were that of ‘dujo123’ finishing fourth in the Sunday Million and Yann ‘yadio’ Dion and Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan final-tabling the Sunday 500. Here’s a look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 528 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a prize pool of $48,576 and each elimination also earned players $50. The Netherland’s ‘tonnythemaster’ won the top prize of $10,156.07, including 16 bounties.
Unfortunately, no Canadians were found anywhere near the final table.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 302 players at a $250 buy-in each. Out of the 45 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a player from the U.K. who took the top spot, earning $13,545.45.
Tenth place paid $1,125.86 and Canadian ‘MUFAZZA’ 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 1,758 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $175,800 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by Germany’s ‘hamann09111’ after a three-way deal that saw them collect $23,150.92. 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 2,558 entries pushed past the half-million mark to settle at $511,600 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $80,833.02, and Russia’s ‘OpenOren’ was the player to successfully claim the win.
Again, no Canadians managed to survive to the big money found at the final table.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ saw entries come to a total of 675 with 887 rebuys and 576 add-ons to slide past the $200,000 guarantee and put $213,800 in the prize pool. Czech Republic’s ‘BrigaDatada’ earned the victory and $40,194.40.
This time, a sole Canadian survived to play on the final table. Ultimately finishing in sixth place, Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Bryan ‘bparis’ Paris scooped up $9,086.50 for his effort.
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 $304,840.
Israel’s ‘navotg567’ took the top spot out of 30,484 players, collecting $28,520.44 for the win. Finishing in the runner-up spot was Canadian ‘eskimodonk’ earning $20,881.54. Also from our nation at the final table was ‘SuperStoehr1’ who finished ninth for $1,508.95.
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 5,696 entries to put $1,139,200 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. It ended with Bulgarian ‘FeriBo’ taking the largest amount of $165,703.50 after a three-way deal. Just missing out on a deal was Canadian fourth-place finisher ‘dujo123’ who collected $64,364.80 for the deep run.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 606 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $303,500 to play for.
It was a good day for Israel’s ‘harmanof’ who earned $56,000 for the win after a heads-up deal. Two great Canadians found a spot at the final table as well. Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan made it as far as fifth place to collect $15,907.50 while Yann ‘yadio’ Dionn did one better, earning $22,725 for fourth.
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 974 entries played down to a winner, Brazilian ‘gusmaa’ scooped up the top prize of $35,064.
No Canadian-based player made the final table, but coming in 11th place was Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich earning $2,045.40.
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, 1,344 players were reduced to one. Israel’s ‘DEdgge’ earned $47,456.02 for the win.
Two players from within Canada were on the final table. American Nick ‘GripDsNutz’ Grippo finished ninth from inside our borders for $4,816.35 and ‘50km’ managed fourth for $18,273.83.
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 $5,000 after registration closed with 775 entries.
Taking a seat at the final table was Canadian ‘JigsFlippin’, but he was the first to be eliminated there, collecting $2,015 for ninth place.
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 will return next week, as the tournament didn’t run this 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 847 entries and 473 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to $112,024 and a Canadian-based player found the second-best spot. ‘O|NKOinkOink’ earned $14,563.12 for finishing runner-up to U.K.’s ‘urstupidfish’.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Heavyweight: The Main Event
A recent change of partypoker’s lineup dumped the $200 Sunday major in favour of the $109 ‘Heavyweight: The Main Event’ with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, it received 1,644 entries, pushing the prize pool to $164,400.
Ukraine’s ‘romeopro33’ came out on top to scoop up $29,148.12 for his win. No Canadians survive to the final table.
High Roller: $100,000 Gtd
In the higher-priced tournament of the day, the buy-in is set at $530 and the guarantee sits at $100,000. With 253 entries, the prize pool pushed past the guarantee to $126,500.
From Sweden, ‘SODA1RA’ earned the victory worth $23,895.85. Again, there were no players from Canada on the final table.
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