The Sunday Briefing: Noah Vaillancourt Makes Sunday Million Final Table
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.
Highlighting the results in Canada this week was Noah "dirty.brasil" Vaillancourt who made the final table of the Sunday Million on PokerStars. The largest cash was found by "UncleAnte9" for finishing second in the Sunday Warm-Up, and the biggest win was that of "enzal77" who won partypoker's $109 Sunday major. 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 788 players created a prize pool of $157,600. The top spot went to a player from Malta going by the name of “SuprNintend0” which earned them $28,919.60.
One player represented the maple leaf at the final table, but they were the first eliminated once seated. “123_THC” finished ninth for $2,048.80 which was the second time that player has collected a ninth-place finish in this tournament this year.
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 324 players bought a stack and battled for a piece of the $183,060 on the line.
Mexico’s “fiestafiesta” nabbed the top prize of $35,422.11 while no Canadians were found anywhere near the top of the results.
$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 822 players and 458 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to a little more than the guarantee at $108,624.
The top prize of $19,660.94 went to “ineedpants” and they should be able to go shopping for some new trousers with that score. No Canadians survived to the final table.
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 1,719 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $171,900 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
It came to an end after a four-way deal that happened after the final Canadian was eliminated. The last maple leaf appeared in eighth place attached to the name “eqn778” who earned $3,008.25 for the deep run.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $425,000 guarantee, but the 2,322 entries pushed past that to settle at $464,400 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $73,375.28, but the only one successful in doing so was the Netherland’s “Riffa Kriffa”.
The runner-up finish came from a player in Canada. “UncleAnte9” earned $55,110.34 for the second-best result. Charbel “KING BAIT” Kanterjian added a second maple leaf to the final table. He finished in seventh place for $11,377.80.
The $109 Sunday Rebuy saw entries come to a total of 625 with 928 rebuys and 577 add-ons to top the $180,000 guarantee by $33,000. From the U.K., “farmjim” came out the best after a heads-up deal and he took home $37,034.83 for the win. Canada-based “Dtorres1” collected $6,922.50 for seventh 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 $302,580.
No Canadians made the final table this week. Instead, it ended up in a three-way deal that saw Finland’s “Miegstroem” walk away with the best of it at $24,389.55.
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 5,593 entries to put $1,118,600 up for grabs.
It ended without a chop and the U.K.’s “CantWinAFlip” must’ve won at least a few flips to take the top prize of $174,951.74 outright. Canadian Noah “dirty.brasil” Vaillancourt collected $25,168.50 for seventh place.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the Sunday 500, and there were 636 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $250,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $318,000 to play for.
Uruguay’s “elmelogno4” won the first-place payout of $58,353 and two players from within Canada also made the final table. In eighth place, “nick le king” collected $6,996, while Mark “scrubbyz” Zajdner managed fifth place for $16,536.
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 1,045 entries played down to a final table, three players within Canada still had chips.
The win was earned by one of our own. With the enviable name of “poosnack11”, $37,620 went to the Canadian victor. Americans in Canada Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee scooped up $15,152.50 for fourth place and Kenny “LoneHixx” Hicks finished fifth for $10,533.60.
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, 1,380 players were reduced to one.
The dominating Italian Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit added another tournament win to his incredibly hot streak lately with the victory here worth $47,999.89. The lone Canadian on the final table was “YRWTHMELTHR” who finished fifth for $11,927.06.
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 ongoing Powerfest series replaced that event with Powerfest #68 with a $250,000 guarantee. With 2,148 players, there was $35,000 worth of overlay in the prize pool.
Coming out on top was Canada’s own “enzal77” earning $42,500. Second place also went to a player in Canada. “TheSeed69” earned $32,000 for finishing runner-up.
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 347 entries, the prize pool settled at $173,500.
The top Canadian finish was achieved by “jimboeheim” who collected $11,277.50 for finishing fifth.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
This week, Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) replaced the usual majors with tournaments on the ongoing series schedule. With 968 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt, the $100 Sunday Brawl became FTOPS Event #30 and offered a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000, and each elimination also earned players $50. When the final table of nine was set, no Canada-based players had a seat.
“Sputnick_PT” from U.K. was the winner, earning $13,821.02 including the bounties from 10 knockouts.
This week, the Sunday Major became FTOPS Event #31 and drew 614 players at a $250 buy-in each. Out of the 81 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a player from Russia, “AntonSergeevich”, who took the top spot, earning $26,625.
The runner-up was “riffee” playing within Canada. He earned $19,500 for finishing second-best. There were also three other Canadians on the final table. Jase “SSSMforlife” Regina finished third for $13,950, Shyam “S_Dot111” Srinivasan finished fourth for $9,750, and Danny “DannyN13” Noseworthy collected $4,200 for seventh place.
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!