The Sunday Briefing: 'AlexS1' Finishes Runner-Up in Sunday Million for $137,747
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.
The second Sunday of the year was fairly quiet in Canada. After having a heap of great results last week, there was far fewer to boast about this time around. One we can proudly hang our hat on is a second-place finish in the biggest tournament of the day — the Sunday Million. Here’s a detailed look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $120,000 Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $120,000 for a $215 buy-in. The 770 players created a prize pool of $154,000. The top spot went to the Netherland’s ‘OTwenty’ for $24,479.11 after a heads-up deal with Germany’s ‘peterpan_33’. No Canadians made the final table.
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. This was an off-week and the major tournament is scheduled to return next week.
$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 845 players and 454 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to a little more than the guarantee at $110,150.
The top prize of $19,937.15 went to Denmark’s ‘B0H7J1M1R1S3’ while a single player from Canada hit the final table, finishing in sixth. That was ‘GetLuckyAK’ collecting $4,571.22.
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 1,842 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $184,200 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by Brazil’s ‘Caz_Carneiro’ for $24,775.63 after a three-way deal. 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 2,400 entries pushed past that to settle at $480,000 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $75,840, but a four-way deal was made that meant ‘Mortan23’ collected $54,009.54 when he eventually took it down.
Again, no Canadians were on this final table.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ saw entries come to a total of 618 with 870 rebuys and 542 add-ons to top the $180,000 guarantee by more than $20,000. German ‘Ron Jovi 7’ earned the top prize of $38,367, which is the second week in a row this tournament has been won by a German.
One Canadian made the final table but was the first eliminated once he got there. ‘TMoney0209’ earned $3,105.90 for ninth place.
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 passed it this week to settle at $314,460.
The top finish went to ‘xxViNtxx’ from Belarus for $29,421.25. There was no Canadian flag on the final table this week.
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 5,989 entries to put $1,197,800 up for grabs.
For the first time in many weeks, there was no deal at the final table. Ukrainian ‘LEXER1986’ won it outright for $185,661.70 while Canadian ‘AlexS1’ finished second for $137,747. AlexS1 is an unknown player with little more than $60,000 in previous lifetime winnings on PokerStars, so this is likely a huge score for him. One other matching flag was at the final table. Finishing in fifth place, Sammy ‘illraiseyou8’ Lafleur collected $50,307.60, which is one better than when he finished sixth in the Sunday Million last April.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 613 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $250,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $306,500 to play for.
Nobody from our nation was on the final table. The win went to Australia’s ‘mjw006’ for $57,468.75.
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 1,015 entries played down to a final table, no Canadian still had chips
After being won by Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan last week, Chile’s ‘RodRish’ locked up the win worth $36,540 this time around.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 ‘Sunday Supersonic’ — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $250,000 guarantee. In less than two hours, 1,295 players were reduced to one.
Australian ‘ShellyCalls’ won $45,726.01 and Canadians were absent on another final table.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Heavyweight: The Main Event
The headlining Sunday major in partypoker’s lineup is the $109 ‘Heavyweight: The Main Event’ with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, it received 1,555 entries to close at $155,500 to play for.
Australia’s ‘NightCatX’ came out on top, scooping up $27,990. The top Canadian result came from ‘sweetster’ in fourth place for $11,662.50. Two more Canucks were among the final nine. Finishing in sixth place, ‘lyonsden13’ earned $6,608.75, and ‘zestymordant’ came eighth for $3,498.75
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 281 entries, the prize pool had a $9,500 overlay.
Brazil’s ‘OurodeTolo’ earned the win and $25,316.94 after a two-way deal. No Canadians made the final table this week.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 422 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a guaranteed prize pool of $40,000, falling just short of the guarantee, and each elimination also earned players $50. When the final table of nine was set, one Canadian-based player had a seat.
‘SSCOTT87’ was able to make it as far as third before being eliminated to collect $3,585.79, including his 15 bounties. Sweden’s ‘Snusarn1’ took top honours, earning $9,508.35.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 252 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 United Kingdom, ‘Malakastyle’, who took the top spot, earning $12,090.
One player within Canada was on the final table. ‘Cbart_05’ picked up $1,590 for finishing eighth.
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!