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 dry Sunday for players from Canada on the digital felts this week. There were no wins in any of the Sunday majors, but two players found runner-up finishes. The highlight of the week for Canada would be fielding four out of nine final-table players in PokerStars’ ‘Sunday 2nd Chance’. Here’s a look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 428 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a guaranteed prize pool of $40,000 with a small overlay and each elimination also earned players $50. Germany’s ‘pAtcAsh83’ won the top prize of $8,475.53, including a whopping 15 bounties.
Finishing in second place was the best Canadian result in the tournament. ‘i am puppy’ earned $3,629.84 including eight bounties. Another Canadian picked up eighth place. Earning $816.57, Yann ‘yadio1111’ Dion was the second player on the final table representing our nation.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 274 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 Brazil, ‘AadrovanRj21’, who took the top spot, earning $12,864.16.
On the final table was one Canadian player. It was none other than Mike McDonald, who plays using his full real name on Full Tilt, earning $3,830.52 for finishing fifth.
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 1,835 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $183,500 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by Romania’s ‘SrylGotOdds’ for $29,360.65. With the early start time in Canadian time zones (8 a.m. ET), it isn’t uncommon to see a lack of maple leaves in the results, and this week was no exception with no Canadians on the final table.
The $215 ‘Sunday Warm-Up’ heats up the action with a $425,000 guarantee, but the 2,518 entries pushed past that to settle at $503,600 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $79,569.09, but it ended in a four-way deal that saw nobody claiming that much of the prize money.
Germany’s ‘hauptschule’ officially took first place and earned $50,906.17, but third-place finisher ‘danish7’ from India earned the most money, collecting $64,016.40. No Canadians made the final table.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ saw entries come to a total of 645 with 875 rebuys and 559 add-ons to top the $180,000 guarantee by nearly $30,000. Russian ‘EvnomiYa’ earned the top prize of $39,293.10 while the best Canadian finish came from ‘J4d3dr4g0n’ in ninth place for $3,180.87.
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 easily passed it this week to settle at $319,250.
The sole Canadian flag at the final table was held by ‘Dews09’ who ultimately finished seventh for $2,953.06 — a fantastic return for his $11 buy-in. The victory went to Australian ‘BrionW’ for $26,384.10 after a heads-up deal.
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 5,755 entries to put $1,151,000 up for grabs.
After concluding in a seven-way deal two weeks ago and a five-way chop last week, it was again five players who made an agreement to chop the money in the end. The largest portion went to Brazilian ‘PLF111’ in first place. No Canadians made the final table this week.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 618 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $309,000 to play for.
After being won by a Canadian two weeks ago, nobody from our nation was on the final table for the second week in a row. Belarus’ ‘fish2013’ claimed the victory, earning $57,937.50 in the process.
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 991 entries played down to a winner, Poland’s ‘The-Toilet 0’ scooped up the top prize of $35,676.
Finally, players within Canada made a good showing on the final table. Four of the final nine bore maple leaves by their name in the standings. The best finish was that of ‘bossinc63’ in second place, earning $25,766, followed by Doug ‘dlanger610’ Lang in third for $19,225.40. Nick ‘PureCash25’ Rampone came fifth for $9,989.28 and ‘RPILON’ scooped up $2,377.50 for ninth.
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, 1,329 players were reduced to one.
Norwegian ‘SlemPastor’ won $40,777.93 after a three-way deal and two Canadians found final-table appearances as well, although they were in the bottom two finishing spots. Both ‘jbrown8777’ and ‘inDebt2day’ earned $4,762.60 for eighth and ninth place, respectively.
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $150,000 Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker usually boasts a guarantee of $150,000 for a $215 buy-in, but it was reduced to a guarantee of $120,000 this week. The 758 players created a prize pool of $151,600 anyway.
While Finland’s ‘_Whitebear_’ collected the most money from the prize pool (24,249.95 in second place), Brazil’s ‘fjreis’ actually found the win, earning slightly less at $23,428.25 after the two made a deal. No Canadians were found deep in the payouts.
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. With 316 players, the purse reached a total of $178,540 and Romanian ‘BetAllin4you’ won the best payout of $34,547.49 after exactly 10 hours of play. Again, it was a blank for Canada at the final table.
$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. With 826 players and 458 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to a little more than the guarantee at $108,952.
Out of the final table of nine players, none of them represented Canada. The win was found by the U.K.’s ‘WhatWudJsay’ for $19,720.31.
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 1,418 entries to fall just short of the guarantee.
American ‘Graywolf’ came out with the best part of a four-way deal that saw him collect $19,894.21. The best Canadian result was found by ‘calvinsky222’ who finished seventh for $4,875.
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 319 entries, the prize pool settled at $159,500.
From the Netherlands, ‘Rofl_Lolboom’ earned $29,539.40 for the win. ‘Yolo888’ scooped up $10,367.50 from Canada for fifth place.
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