The Sunday Briefing: "elguillermo", "acumen plus", and Kevin "morans350" Gibson Find $30K Scores
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 this week include three Canada-based players making the final table of PokerStars’ Sunday Million and four making the final table of the Sunday 2nd Chance with the top finishes in each earned mid-$30K. Another player representing the red and white won The $120,000 Mega Deep on 888poker, becoming the third player from Canada to earn a mid-$30K score. 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 836 players created a prize pool of $167,200 and it was a very Canadian final table.
Among the final five players, three of them bore the maple leaf beside their name. Finishing in fifth was “pekojizonno” who collected $8,610.80. Right on his heels was “LCfish” in fourth for $12,205.60. But right on top was the winner, Canadian “elguillermo”, earning $30,263.20.
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 509 players bought a stack and battled for a piece of the $152,700 on the line.
Romanian “olibalint” earned the top prize of $28,860.30 while “123_THC” picked up ninth-place money of $2,336.31 from within our borders.
$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 894 players and 500 rebuys, the prize pool swelled to $118,308.
The top prize of $21,295.44 was picked up by Germany’s “KarachoKarl” and no Canadian was found at 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 1,732 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $173,200 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
It came to an end with Ireland’s “stardust167” winning $24,496 after a heads-up chop. 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 2,409 entries pushed past that to settle at $481,800 to play for. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $76,124.73 which was collected by Hungary’s “greengrass67”. No Canadians made the final table in this early tournament either.
The $109 Sunday Rebuy saw entries come to a total of 581 entries with 647 rebuys and 493 add-ons to fall a couple of dollars short of the $175,000 guarantee. From Mexico, “MrMaximize” came out the best to earn $33,075 and two Canada-based players, Andrew “Drewfus81” St.Jean and Ty “puffinmypurp” Reiman made the final table, finishing in ninth ($2,677.50) and third ($17,850), respectively.
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 $326,430.
Poland’s “masterc50” collected the top prize of $28,394.65 while no Canadians were among the final-tablists. Don’t miss this one next week as PokerStars celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Sunday Storm and the guarantee gets a boost to a massive $1 million!
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes. The buy-in is just $215 each week and, this time around, entries came to 5,926, putting $1,185,200 in the prize pool.
There have been Canadians on the final table of this tournament for several weeks running and this Sunday was no exception. There were three Canadian flags waving among the final nine. Collecting $9,244.56, “dffg” finished in ninth, followed closely by “goldfish108” in eighth for $14,815, but “acumen plus” went on to finish in sixth for $37,926.40. The win went to Finland’s “Turko_man” for $183,708.88.
The price of admission is set at $530 for the Sunday 500, and there were 716 players who bought a virtual seat and chips this week. The $275,000 guarantee was surpassed when the total came to $358,000 to play for.
American Dan “w00ki3z” Cates took the win for $64,798 while no Canadians found a final-table seat.
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 1,147 entries played down to a final table, there were four Canadian flags waving.
Finishing in eighth was Josh “JBT449” Bergman collecting $4,588. “Cbart_05” earned $9,176 for sixth and Noah “dirty.brasil” Vaillancourt picked up $11,470 for fifth. The final player from Canada was Kevin “morans350” Gibson who was part of a heads-up deal but ultimately finished runner-up for $32,752.13 while Brazil’s “fel_iv” got the win and $37,971.89.
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, 1,378 players were reduced to one.
Uruguay’s “piojosoo” took down the best prize of $46,557.11 and no Canadians 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 1,683, creating a prize pool of $168,300.
Coming out on top was “Shongalolo” from Malta earning $29,839.59, and Canada’s “good player” earned $6,766 for finishing sixth. From Canada, “HereToPartyy” made another partypoker final table and collected $8,835.75 for fifth place after winning the High Roller last week.
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 396 entries, the prize pool settled at $198,000.
The top finish went to “Atuaprimade_4” from the Czech Republic for $38,610 and no Canadians made the final table.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
This week, the $100 Sunday Brawl received 265 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.
South Korea’s “Rissah” was the eventual winner, collecting $7,102.54 after a heads-up deal for the victory including 12 knockouts. Two players from within Canada finished in sixth and seventh place. “Graybec” finished slightly better, collecting $889.38, but “roynado” earned more with the larger collection of bounties, earning $1,127.31.
The Sunday Major drew 186 players at a $250 buy-in each. Out of the 27 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a player from Denmark, “Williamsdad”, who took the top spot, earning $10,500. From within our borders, “bigslaun” earned $1,100 for ninth 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!