The Sunday Briefing: Canadian "DaGoddfather" Wins Second 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.
It was a huge Sunday for at least two Canadians this week. "DaGoddfather" won the Sunday Million for the second time in his life — something only nine other people have ever done. Also, Sebastian Sikorski racked up a fistful of cashes worth more than $80,000. On PokerStars, he took 14th in one of the two Sunday Grands and fourth in the other, third in the Big $215, won the Sunday Supersonic, and then added seventh-place finish in Full Tilt's Sunday Major as well. 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 714 players this week created a prize pool of $142,800.
Sweden’s “govand87” won the top prize of $26,775 and no Canadian made the final table, though “MyLilPwny” was very close, finding themselves eliminated in 10th place for $1,570.80.
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 279 players bought a stack and battled for a piece of the $157,635 on the line.
The U.K.’s “preyondaline” earned the top prize of $32,236.35 while “marioallin58” picked up fifth-place money of $9,142.83 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 770 players and 401 rebuys, the prize pool fell a little short of the guarantee, requiring 888 to put up the difference.
The tournament ended in a heads-up deal with Denmark’s “KTBFFH89” walking away with the win and $16,491.90. In seventh place, “kamexxx” earned $3,200 from Canada.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 Sunday Kickoff with a $125,000 prize pool guarantee. With 1,461 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $146,100 eventually being the sum they were playing for. It came to an end with Brazil’s “Jbittar” winning $23,967.93.
While this tournament commonly sees no Canadians at the final table due to the early start time in our part of the world (8 a.m. ET), there were three maple leafs among the final nine this week. Jordan “Naslund44” Hamilton was the runner-up finisher, earning $17,532, while Ari “BodogAri” Engel picked up $6,939.75 for fifth place and Jonathan “dujo123” Bussières pocketed $4,017.75 for seventh place.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $400,000 guarantee, which the 1,998 entries fell just short of. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $64,000 but a heads-up deal saw the best prize adjusted.
The win went to a player bearing the Canadian flag, though it’s American Doug “dlanger610” Lang who plays within our borders who earned the $58,370.91 top prize.
A new Sunday event on the PokerStars schedule, the $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 711 entries shot way past the $100,000 guarantee to land at $472,815 to play for.
From Sweden, “42ayay” earned the top prize of $42,790.30 as well as another $14,666.22 in bounties. Canadian Chris “CSWAMI” Swaminathan finished ninth for $3,026.01 plus $2,036.55 in bounties.
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 required a small overlay with the 28,248 entries this week.
Germany’s “nerd2121” picked up the top prize of $28,050 while no Canadians made the final table.
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 5,401, putting $1,080,200 in the prize pool.
This week, the victory was earned by Canadian “DaGoddfather” for $168,945.98. Amazingly, this is the second time he has won the Sunday Million. The first time was back in the summer of 2011. He is now one of only 10 players to have won the elite tournament twice in its 10-year history.
Sunday Grand (NLHE)
Another of the new tournaments on the Sunday schedule is the $1,050 Sunday Grand. There are two editions of the tournament with both starting at the same time. The first guarantees $200,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 455 entries this week, the total purse came to $455,000 and the U.K.’s “SeeYouAnte18” won the best prize of $85,995.
Sunday Grand (PLO)
The second edition of the $1,050 Sunday Grand is a six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament with $75,000 guaranteed. This week, 197 entries created a prize pool of $197,000 and the U.K.’s “Jhaoklet” came out on top for $45,310.
Canada’s “smsm9231” earned $8,077 for sixth place on his second entry into the tournament. Fellow Canadian Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski also fired a second entry into the tournament and finished in fourth place for $15,760. Incredibly, Sikorski also had a deep run in the other Sunday Grand this week, finishing 14th for $4,550.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $250,000 guarantee. In a little more than two hours, 1,240 players were reduced to one.
To add to his huge Sunday, Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski won this tournament for $41,894.79. He also finished third in the Big $215 for $17,834 on the same day. Another Canada-based player, “TDO6H20G”, finished seventh for $4,062.43.
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 1,524, creating a prize pool of $152,400.
Coming out on top was “AUSS1E_FISH” from, you guessed it, Australia, earning $24,384.06, and Canada’s “dousun21” was the runner-up, pocketing $18,288. Also playing from Canada at the final table was “good player” who finished eighth for $2,667.
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 365 entries, the prize pool settled at $182,500.
The top finish went to “FergieTime5” from Sweden for $26,052.94 after a four-way deal and Canada’s “good player” was the runner-up finisher for $25,217.64.
Super High Roller: $100,000 Gtd
For the highest-priced tournament of the day, the price of admission goes all the way up to $2,600 with a guarantee of $100,000. With 77 entries this week, the total in play came to $192,500.
Brazil’s “joaosimaobh” took the top prize of $52,515.17 and no Canadians made the final table.
Sunday Majors on Full Tilt
This week, the $100 Sunday Brawl received 222 entrants for the first big tournament of the day on Full Tilt. It offered a guaranteed prize pool of $25,000, and each elimination also earned players $50.
Canada’s “Harley0617” was the eventual winner, collecting $6,206.23 for the victory including 10 knockouts. Another player from within Canada finished in seventh place. “LilBulldog16” earned $935.10.
The Sunday Major drew 156 players at a $250 buy-in each. Out of the 27 players who collected a payout in the tournament, it was a player from Moldova, “MegaOlegator”, who took the top spot, earning $7,500 after a heads-up deal.
Sebastian “p00cket00” Sikorski was back at it on Full Tilt, adding yet another final table appearance for the day. He finished in seventh for $1,500. Fellow Canadian “DarkHorse19” did one better to earn $2,040 for finishing sixth.
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!