The Sunday Briefing: First Sunday of 2016 Full of Canadian Success
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 very first Sunday of the year started out hot for Canada. Right out of the gate, the first major on Full Tilt was won by ‘ZLucky93’ who was one of three players within Canada on the final table. Full Tilt’s Sunday Major also had four Canada-based players on the final table.
The heat continued on PokerStars where Canadian ‘Bababooyboff’ chopped the Sunday Million for $117,792.34, securing his spot as the country’s biggest winner of the day. Shyam ‘G’s Zee’ Srinivasan also won the Sunday 2nd Chance for $37,080.
Then on 888poker, Canada-based ‘olnkoinkoink’ won The $120,000 Mega Deep and Carter ‘thatguzzler’ Swidler finished runner-up in The $150,00 Whale. Here’s a detailed look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
With 441 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 ‘Sunday Brawl’ offered a prize pool of $40,572, just slipping past the guarantee, and each elimination also earned players $50. When the final table of nine was set, three Canadian-based players had seats.
The first out was ‘I Wax Poetic’ who collected $899.97 for his run. The other two players in our borders were the final two players in the tournament. Earning $3,970.38, ‘theroofer24’ finished runner-up while ‘ZLucky93’ claimed the win and $7,052.83 including his seven bounties.
This week, the ‘Sunday Major’ drew 269 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 Netherlands, ‘groengras’, who took the top spot after a heads-up chop, earning $11,565.55.
On this final table of nine, four of the players were playing from Canada. The top finish came from ‘argos94’ in third for $6,894.47 followed by ‘quantam leaper1’ in fifth for $3,760.62, Doug ‘dlanger610’ Lang in sixth for $3,760.62, and ‘setherson22’ in eighth for $1,660.94.
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 1,892 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $189,200 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
The win was earned by Mexico’s ‘gbmantis’ for $30,272. 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 2,545 entries pushed past that to settle at $509,000 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $80,422, and it was Malta’s ‘69sBigLick’ who managed the feat.
One Canadian flag appeared on the final table. ‘MarcusG22’ picked up $7,380.50 when he ultimately finished eighth.
The $109 ‘Sunday Rebuy’ saw entries come to a total of 640 with 901 rebuys and 562 add-ons to top the $180,000 guarantee by more than $30,000. German ‘sk2ll_m0dR’ earned the top prize of $34,009.53 after a three-way deal. No Canadians were on the final table.
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 $321,730.
The top finish went to Russia’s ‘romk@vip’ for $26,206.46 after a heads-up deal. The top Canadian finish was just shy of the final table. Coming in 12th place, ‘regimelo’ earned $997.36.
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 6,749 entries to put $1,349,800 up for grabs.
The first Sunday Million of the year ended in a four-way deal which included one Canadian. Sweden’s ‘Noaceforme’ took the largest portion and the win for $169,260.63. The Canadian flag was in the fourth-place spot. ‘Bababooyboff’ earned $117,792.34 to start the new year off right.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the ‘Sunday 500’, and there were 602 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $301,000 to play for.
Nobody from our nation was on the final table. The win went to the Czech Republic’s ‘trujustrus’ for $56,437.50.
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 1,030 entries played down to a winner, one Canadian had defeated another to secure the victory.
Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan won the top prize of $37,080 while fellow Canadian ‘pwar58’ settled for second place and $26,780. One other Canadian, ‘tuco75008’, picked up fifth place and $10,382.40.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 ‘Sunday Supersonic’ — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $250,000 guarantee. In exactly two hours, 1,292 players were reduced to one.
Cyprus-based ‘phaplap’ won $45,619.98 after he defeated Canadian-based ‘ratboy x’ heads up. ‘ICEiceman’ added a second Canadian flag to the final table, and he finished in seventh place for $4,630.01.
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 724 players created a prize pool of $144,800. The top spot went to Canada’s own ‘olnkoinkoink’ for $26,570.80.
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 305 players, the purse reached a total of $172,325 and the U.K.’s ‘youler’ won the best payout of $33,344.88 after 10 hours of play.
Three of the final-table seats were filled by Canadians this week with Carter ‘thatguzzler’ Swidler finishing the best. He was the runner-up for $24,987.12. In fifth was ‘elguillermo’ for $9,822.52, followed by ‘heyfreddy’ in seventh for $5,859.05.
$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 802 players and 442 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to a little more than the guarantee at $105,544.
No Canadians were on the final table. The victory was earned by Germany’s ‘weltmaschine’ for $19,103.46.
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 1,541 entries to close at $154,100 to play for.
The U.K.’s ‘flo_rinescu’ came out on top, scooping up $29,828.75, and no Canadians were on the final table.
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 292 entries, the prize pool had a small $4,000 overlay.
Ireland’s ‘THEDREAMER77’ earned the win and $27,780 while Canada’s ‘predeko99’ finished eighth for $5,250 and ‘ipuntstacks2’ collected $3,750 for ninth place.
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