The Sunday Briefing: Two Canadians in Sunday Million Top Three
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.
The highlights of the week include two players from Canada within the top three of PokerStars' Sunday Million, picking up nice six-figure payouts. Also, partypoker's $109 Sunday major saw six players from Canada within the final 11, and Jonas "donut604" Mackoff won Full Tilt's Sunday Brawl. 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 781 players created a prize pool of $156,200. The top spot went to a player from Austria going by the name of “joker2006” which earned them $28,662.70.
The best Canadian finish came from “Pktwzrd” who picked up $1,718.20 for a 10th-place result.
The $100,000 Baby Whale
The $100,000 Baby Whale alternates weeks with The $150,000 Whale. The buy-in is set at $320 and a total of 477 players bought a stack and battled for a piece of the $143,100 on the line.
Hungary’s “breeth” nabbed the top prize of $27,189 while “ineedpants” snagged sixth place from Canada for $6,081.75, putting one maple leaf 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 904 players and 519 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to $120,838.
The top prize of $21,750.84 got chopped up when the final two made a heads-up deal. Mexico’s “carwash09” won the most ($19,122.66) despite ultimately finishing second. The winner, “kiskutya23”, earned $18,337.70. No Canadians were on 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 $150,000 prize pool guarantee. With 1,643 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $164,300 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
It came to an end with Costa Rica’s “Big Huni” winning the top prize of $26,953.64 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 $425,000 guarantee, but the 2,414 entries pushed past that to settle at $482,800 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $76,828.73, but a four-way deal saw the eventual winner, “miki21221”, pocket $58,000. No players from Canada were on this final table either.
The $109 Sunday Rebuy saw entries come to a total of 629 entries with 797 rebuys and 543 add-ons to top the $175,000 guarantee by $22,000. From Brazil, “fviana” came out the best to earn $37,214.10 and one Canadian, “BOOGANDEHAH”, made a final-table appearance to collect $15,161.30 for fourth 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 which was shattered when the purse settled at $338,510.
Israel’s “avibin” collected the top prize of $29,432.92 while one Canada-based American was also among the final nine. Dylan “Pokerl)eviL” Hortin earned $4,569.88 for sixth place.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes. After an especially staggering tournament last week with an enormous $10,000,000 guarantee to celebrate the tournament’s 10th anniversary that was won by a Canadian, things got back to usual this week. Entries came to 7,124, putting $1,424,800 in the prize pool.
The top prize of $213,724.92 went to Brazilian “XxJoaoFeraxX” but two players in Canada took second and third for six-figure payouts as well. In third was “gimpshow” earning $113,984 and the runner-up result went to “extragloves” for $157,255.17.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the Sunday 500, and there were 748 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $374,000 to play for.
Lithuania’s “bebaimis777” won $51,780.46 after a three-way deal and Canada’s “P Force 7” made a quick final-table appearance, earning $4,787.20 for finishing in ninth.
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 1,188 entries played down to a final table, it was Swede “42ayay” who earned the first-place payout of $39,846.33 after a heads-up deal. One maple leaf was waved on the final table. “Pipedream17” finished fourth for $17,107.20.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $250,000 guarantee. In just over two hours, 1,473 players were reduced to one.
The Netherland’s “beukie555” took down the best prize of $46,944.90 after a two-way chop and no Canada-based player made the 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, the entries totalled 1,627, creating a prize pool of $162,700.
Coming out on top was the U.K.’s “Cocadas88” earning $28,846.71, but Canada had a great showing as well, filling the final 11 seats with six of our players.
Shyam “S_dot111” Srinivasan pocketed $16,270 for finishing in third place. Other players from our country included “FROSTY_T” who earned $8,541.75 for a fifth-place finish, “My5016” earned $3,660.75 for eighth, and “CircadianRhythm” finished ninth for $2,777.80. Just outside of the final table were two more Canadians. “PrettySteph” and “High_Five0707” picked up $1,545.65 each for 10th and 11th place, respectively.
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 362 entries, the prize pool settled at $181,000.
The top finish was achieved by Hungary’s “SaintJust_” who picked up $35,295 and no players within Canada made the final table.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
This week, the $100 Sunday Brawl received 341 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt. It offered a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000, and each elimination also earned players $50.
Canadian Jonas “donut604” Mackoff was the eventual winner, collecting $6,444.93 for the victory including his 11 knockouts. He defeated fellow Canadian “Jeff0128” in second place who earned $2,637.37 for the runner-up result.
The Sunday Major drew 222 players at a $250 buy-in each. Out of the 36 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a player from Australia, “Rocky2810”, who took the top spot, earning $10,422.79.
Two players in Canada were also on the final table. Finishing in ninth for $1,060.38, “schrutebucksss” was the first to go. “RedPantRed” went on to finish in fourth for $4,138.08.
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!