The Sunday Briefing: Alexis "a.urli" Urliski Wins 10th Anniversary $10M Sunday Million
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 888poker, PokerStars, partypoker, and Full Tilt.
This Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of PokerStars’ Sunday Million and, to celebrate the occasion, the guarantee was jacked up to an astounding $10 million. That was surpassed and the prize pool settled at more than $11 million. Representing Canada was Quebec’s Alexis “a.urli” Urliski who won the top prize of $970,000! 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 956 players created a prize pool of $191,200. The top spot went to a player from Romania going by the name of “moakaa” which earned them $29,756.12 after a three-way deal that saw the trio earn more than $20,000 each.
Two Canadian flags can be found waving in the final-table payouts. In seventh place, “d0nkeykong” earned $5,736 while “chut_up” went on to fourth to collect $13,862.
The $150,000 Whale
The $150,000 Whale alternates weeks with The $100,000 Baby Whale. The buy-in is set at $600 and a total of 437 players bought a stack and battled for a piece of the $246,905 on the line.
Germany’s “CrystalMad” nabbed the top prize of $46,911.95 while “LCfish” snagged seventh place from Canada for $8,024.41 and Jonas "T3amEdward" Mackoff pocketed $5,555.36 for eighth, putting two maple leaves in the final-table payouts.
$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 1,018 players and 599 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to $137,386.
The top prize of $24,729.48 went to “ivanascasubi” from Argentina. No Canadian players made the final table this week.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 Sunday Kickoff with a $135,000 prize pool guarantee. With 1,683 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $168,300 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
It came to an end with Israel’s “Reshafim87” winning the top prize of $27,609.84 while no Canadians made the final table, which isn’t uncommon with the early start time of this tournament in Canadian time zones.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $400,000 guarantee, but the 2,903 entries pushed past that to settle at $580,600 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $91,445.24, but the only one successful in doing so was Lithuania’s “Mr. Bucis”.
However, among the final nine was one player from Canada. Mike “MikeyGG3” Gentili finished in fourth place for $91,445.24.
The $109 Sunday Rebuy saw entries come to a total of 758 entries with 1,061 rebuys and 659 add-ons to top the $175,000 guarantee by more than $70,000. From Russia, “NikolasDLP” came out the best to earn $46,462.50 and one Canadian, “poosnack11”, made a final-table appearance to collect $3,493.98 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 $275,000 which was shattered when the purse settled at $348,090..
Austria’s “[email protected]_4774” collected the top prize of $30,277.03 while two Canadians were also among the final nine. “TKpoker11” earned $3,219.83 for seventh place and “BlurredTrees” was next out for $4,699.21.
10th Anniversary $10M Sunday Million
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes. But, as we mentioned at the top of the article, things were especially staggering this week with the enormous $10,000,000 guarantee to celebrate the tournament’s 10th anniversary. The tournament also became a reentry this week and that helped the entries grow to 55,059, putting an unbelievable $11,011,800 in the prize pool.
With the enormous prizes on the line, the final four players made a deal for most of the money and played for the rest. When the final pot was pushed, Canada’s Alexis “a.urli” Urliski came out the winner and is $970,000 wealthier. The French Canadian lives in Malta these days and is the brother of Montreal’s well-known restaurateur Nicolas Urli.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the Sunday 500, and there were an even 1,000 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $500,000 to play for.
Germany’s “micide” won $74,430.59 after a three-way deal and no Canadians were on the final table of this tournament this week.
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 1,853 entries played down to a final table, it was Australian “djk123” who earned the first-place payout of $60,796.93 and no Canadians booked a result anywhere near the big prizes.
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, 2,129 players were reduced to one.
The U.K.’s “thehushpuppy” took down the best prize of $70,685.94 while Canada-based “Antonio7” collected the runner-up prize of $52,733.20. Also waving the maple leaf was “e$kimo16” in fifth place for $16,829.74.
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, the entries totalled 1,723, creating a prize pool of $172,300.
Coming out on top was Sweden’s “MGVJohanS” earning $30,548.79. In third place was Canadian “shipshipwhoa” who collected $17,230 for the great run. Also from our nation, “Tit__Mouse” picked up $2,412.20 for ninth.
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, but this week it became Powerfest #97 with a $200,000 guarantee as part of the ongoing tournament series running right now at partypoker. With 798 entries, that was doubled when it settled at $399,500 in the purse.
The top finish was achieved by Canadian “walter1963” who picked up $60,360.41 after a deal was made among the top three. Fellow Canadian “ilovedogs9” was also in those three, ultimately earning $52,277.48 for third place. “RuffYouUpSon” (fourth — $29,925) was another player waving the maple leaf at the final table.
Powerfest #96 - $500,000 Gtd - Week 4 Main Event
The Powerfest Main Event added a third Sunday major to partypoker’s schedule this week. The $1,050 buy-in promised at least half a million in the prize pool, and the 928 players did well better than that, settling at $928,000.
From Malta, “DipesLIVES” won $152,396.17 after a heads-up deal and no Canadians were on the final table.
Powerfest #898 - $500,000 Gtd
A fourth major tournament was on Sunday’s schedule with Powerfest #98 which was a huge high-rolling $5,200 tournament. The guarantee was $500,000 for this one and that was blasted past when 186 players created a total of $930,000 to play for.
Germany’s “Watnlos88” scooped up $146,107.14 for the win after a four-way deal was made and, again, no Canadians were on the final table.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
This week, the $100 Sunday Brawl received 344 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt. It offered a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000, and each elimination also earned players $50.
When the final table of nine was set, one Canada-based player had a seat. “Ez935” finished eighth for $742.45 while the U.K.’s “PureNutella” went on to win $7,628.52 for first place.
This week, the Sunday Major drew 239 players at a $250 buy-in each. Out of the 36 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a player from Germany, “aynin”, who took the top spot, earning $10,288.67 after a heads-up deal.
“KJulius10” was the sole Canadian on the final table, and he collected $3,341.22 for fifth place.
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