The Sunday Briefing: "DeanMalenko" Wins partypoker's Biggest Sunday Tournament

The Canadian Sunday Briefing

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, and partypoker.

The biggest score for a player in Canada this week was “DeanMalenko”’s win of patypoker’s highest-priced tournament, earning more than $50,000. Here’s a detailed look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:

Sunday Majors on 888poker

The $100,000 Mega Deep

The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $100,000 for a $215 buy-in. The 690 players this week created a prize pool of $138,000.

Uruguay’s “Sickmanjfs” found the victory and won the top prize of $25,875 and no Canadian made the final table.

The $120,000 Whale

The $120,000 Whale alternates weeks with The 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.

Finland’s “TomYamKai” earned the win and $32,236.35 while Canada’s own Chris
“C_swami” Swaminathan
was runner-up and collected $23,645.25.

$80,000 Sunday Challenge

With a more affordable buy-in of just $90, the $80,000 Sunday Challenge is commonly the most popular major tournament of the day on 888poker. With 699 players and 379 rebuys, the prize pool came to $91,428.

The tournament ended with Estonia’s “CaiFuXi” claiming the win after a heads-up deal with Slovakia’s “linkks1111”. The latter actually earned the most with a payday of $15,211.28 and the Estonian victor pocketed a slightly smaller payout of $14,274.67. No Canadians made the final table of the tournament this week.

Sunday Majors on PokerStars

Sunday Kickoff

The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 Sunday Kickoff with a $100,000 prize pool guarantee. With 1,283 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $128,300 eventually being the sum they were playing for. It came to an end with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s “kuki20aldin” winning $19,959.96.

Two Canada-based players were among the nine at the final table. In fifth place, “shibonimo” was the first to go, earning $5,535.63. Not long after, “mt1ps” followed in fourth place for $7,628.01.

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $300,000 guarantee, which the 1,755 entries overshot by $51,000. Players battled to try to earn the top payout of $53,179.56 and it was Sweden’s “JacobLarsson” who collected the win. There were no Canadians on the final table this week.

Super-Sized Sunday

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 580 entries shot past the $300,000 guarantee to land at $385,700 to play for.

From Austria, “majo-K88” earned the top prize of $33,965.26 as well as another $17,630.80 in bounties. No Canadians had a deep run in this tournament this week.

Sunday Storm

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 $250,000 which was just missed with the 24,525 entries this week.

Again, no Canadians made the final table. The tournament ended in a three-way deal that saw “Freakstah” from the Netherlands collect $19,837.75 for the win after buying in for just $11 less than 12 hours earlier.

Sunday 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 5,383, putting $1,076,600 in the prize pool.

This week, the victory was earned by Argentinean “Vilactes” for $131,000 after a three-way deal with a Brazilian and a German. One player from Canada made a final-table appearance this week. Fifth place was the end for “scallpell” who earned $36,082.03.

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 $250,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 308 entries this week, the total purse came to $308,000 and Canada-based American Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet won the best prize of $57,942.80.

Sunday Grand (PLO)

The second edition of the $1,050 Sunday Grand is a six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament with $125,000 guaranteed. This week, 188 entries created a prize pool of $188,000 and Hungary’s “pads1161” came out on top for $35,429.95 after a heads-up deal with Brazilian “nicofellow” who pocketed $29,763.42.

In third place was the top Canadian finish. American Ankush “Pistons87” Mandavia earned $20,456.12 from within our borders.

Sunday Supersonic

The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $175,000 guarantee. In just over two and a half hours, 1,113 players were reduced to one.

Austrian “pokerjoe485” was the top player and earned $25,442.72 after a three-way deal was made, but third-place finisher Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier actually earned the most by collecting $26,075.35 from the deal.

Two players in Canada made the final table. One of them was the first player eliminated. Ninth place earned American Grayson “gray31” Ramage $2,862 while actual Canadian Michael “MikeyGG3” Gentili went on to finish in seventh place for $4,378.37.

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 1,514, creating a prize pool of $151,400.

Coming out on top was Malta’s “onesickstory”, earning $24,224.10. No Canadians made the final table.

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 Austrian “Gagurgel” for $35,587.50.

The top Canadian result was that of “AAassasin007” who managed fourth place and earned $15,330. “OwnYrSoul” was another player within our country who made a deep run and earned $8,212.50 for finishing sixth.

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 63 entries this week, the total in play came to $157,500.

Canada-based “DeanMalenko” came out on top to win the top prize of $51,187.50. “JeanClaude1970”, also from Canada, was the first player to collect a payout in eighth place for $6,300. Another player in Canada, “broooooooooooo”, was the seventh-place finisher for $7,087.50.

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!

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