The Sunday Briefing: Three PokerStars Sunday Major Titles for Canada
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 some great victories for players in Canada this weekend. Three of PokerStars’ Sunday majors and a fourth on 888poker were won within our borders, and Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski made deep runs in two of 888poker’s three majors of the day. Here’s a look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 453 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a prize pool of $41,676 and each elimination also earned players $50. Denmark’s ‘FarsKaffeErVarm’ won the top prize of $7,237.90, including just five bounties.
Finishing in third place was the best Canadian result in the tournament. Russell ‘rdcrsn’ Carson earned $3,415.52 including three bounties.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 264 players at a $250 buy-in each. Out of the 36 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a player from the Denmark again, ‘Antonio18’ who took the top spot, earning $12,394.67.
Within the top 10 were three Canadian-based players. Nick ‘PureCash25’ Rampone collected $1,014.95 for 10th place, Doug ‘dlanger610’ Lang picked up $2,768.04 for sixth, and another third-place top Canadian finish went to ‘poonaaz’ for $6,766.32.
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 1,767 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $176,700 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by Mexico’s ‘BlackFourz’ for $28,272.65. 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 2,356 entries pushed past that to settle at $471,200 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $74,449.64, and the U.K.’s ‘AnyTw0_Card$’ was the player to successfully claim the win.
Making a final-table appearance and the only Canadian anywhere near the top was Danny ‘DannyN13’ Noseworthy, finishing eighth for $6,832.40.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ saw entries come to a total of 623 with 823 rebuys and 530 add-ons to fall just short of the $200,000 guarantee. A Canadian managed to pick up the win after a heads-up chop. Receiving $34,750, Jimmy ‘jays94’ Molloy came out on top.
Another Canadian-based player was on the final table. Finishing in sixth place, American Elio ‘smokrokflock’ Fox earned $8,500.
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 $314,420.
Russia’s ‘loodilnya’ took the top spot out of 31,442 players, collecting $27,844.64 for the win after a three-way deal. No Canadians were found anywhere near 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 5,686 entries to put $1,137,200 up for grabs.
In a surprising conclusion, a seven-way deal was made that saw Swede ‘Langben1’ earn the most, pocketing $164,000 with the victory. Again, no Canadians survived to collect any of the final-table prizes.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 575 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $287,500 to play for.
This time, a Canadian picked up the top prize. Josh ‘Elf Kicker’ Platz might find himself on Santa’s naughty list for being so cruel to his toy-making helpers, but he won $53,906.25 to buy himself just about anything he wants for Christmas.
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 966 entries played down to a winner, Brazilian ‘fasupelu2’ scooped up the top prize of $32,338.52 after a heads-up chop with player in Canada, American Amit ‘AMAK316’ Makhija, who earned $27,746.68.
Another player from within our borders was on the final table. ‘E.D.B.T.ZUK’ finished fourth and earned $14,103.60 for the deep run.
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, 1,267 players were reduced to one.
Another Canadian-based player claimed a win when American Getty ‘nutzho’ Mattingsley was left waving the red and white in first place, earning $44,737.31.
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $150,000 Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $150,000 for a $215 buy-in, and that was just barely missed with 733 entries.
Finishing in 10th place was Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski, earning $1,650. Also taking a seat at the final table was fellow Canadian Christopher ‘CzarBushov’ Bush who finished sixth for $6,300.
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. A total of 284 players created a prize pool of $160,460 and, this week, one third of the final table was sporting maple leafs.
Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski was back for another deep run, finishing sixth for $7,220.70, while ‘petitetete’ collected $4,011.50 for seventh and ‘marioallin58’ finished ninth for $3,048.74.
$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 793 entries and 417 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to $102,556 and a Canadian-based player found the best spot. ‘PARAlaGLORIA’ earned $18,562.63 for the win.
Also, in seventh spot, Canadian ‘jewelrunna’ collected $3,230.51.
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 1,513 entries, pushing the prize pool to $151,200.
Canada’s own Evan ‘gripsed_com’ Jarvis managed a sixth-place result, earning $6,426.
High Roller: $150,000 Gtd
In the higher-priced tournament of the day, the buy-in is set at $530 and the guarantee sits at $150,000. With 284 entries, the prize pool fell a little short of the guarantee..
No Canadians reached the final table, but both 11th and 12th place bore the maple leaf. ‘RandyB0bandy’ and ‘PrettySteph’ fell just short of the big money.
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!