The Sunday Briefing: "Snapcall419" Wins the Sunday Million

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 clear highlight this week was seeing a player in Canada winning the biggest weekly tournament in all of poker. The Sunday Million on PokerStars was won by “snapcall419” for an impressive $137,089.51. We also saw Canadians dominate 888poker’s The $100,000 Mega Deep. 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 649 players this week created a prize pool of $129,800 and nearly half of the final table was made up of players in Canada.

Ukranian “BenGvnn” found the victory after a heads-up deal and walked away with $21,382.61. The best Canadian finish came from Chris “c_swami” Swaminathan who finished third for $12,980. But “guwopp” (seventh — $4,218.50), “yolosnap” (eighth — $2,920.50), and “cosmokramr26” (ninth — $1,830.18), also waved the maple leaf at the final table.

$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 664 players and 354 rebuys, the prize pool came to $86,308.

The tournament ended with the U.K.’s “AggroSantos” claiming the win for $16,182.75. Again, third place was the best Canadian finish which came from “TheDEBTonatR” for $8,630.80. In seventh was another player from our nation — “anykindaluck” earned $2,805.01.

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 1,171 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $117,100 eventually being the sum they were playing for. It came to an end with Australia’s “krasark” winning $18,506.16.

With the early start time in Canadian time zones (8 a.m. ET), it’s not uncommon to see few Canadians in this tournament, and none made the final table this week.

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $300,000 guarantee, which the 1,606 entries overshot by $21,200. Players battled down to the final three before a deal was made and the U.K.’s “S.Dearman” walked away with the win and $43,453.41. No Canadians found a seat at this final table either.

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 553 entries shot past the $300,000 guarantee to land at $367,745 to play for.

From Sweden, “Perrymejsen” earned the top prize of $32,467.61 as well as another $18,092.51 in bounties. The best finish from Canadian came from Alex “dynoalot” Difelice who finished fourth for $13,059.98 plus $3,189.90 in bounties. In seventh and ninth place, “n3xd” and “StatusUp” were two more Canada-based players with a final-table appearance.

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 23,689 entries this week.

No Canadians made the final table. The tournament ended with Ukranian “Sanya500” pocketing $25,533.87 for the win.

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 5,256, putting $1,051,200 in the prize pool.

This week, the victory was earned by a player in Canada! “Snapcall419” made a heads-up deal and then finished the job, earning $137,089.51 for the victory. “Sexy Bieber” (eighth — $12,533.77) and “JGagMan” (ninth — $8,795.91) were two more players in Canada who were among the final nine.

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 302 entries this week, the total purse came to $302,000 and Maltese “philbort” collecting the win and $56,814.09. In eighth place, “skitzo333” was the one final-tablist representing the maple leaf. That finished was worth $7,454.96.

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, 156 entries created a prize pool of $156,000 and Sweden’s “anteen” came out on top for $31,618.41. No Canadians made the final table this week.

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, 1,037 players were reduced to one.

Latvian “poker@luffyD” was the top player and earned $34,697.99. Canada-based “YoungBeezie” came fourth for $9,691.08 and “Mad_Dog_Er1c” pocketed $4,140.87 for sixth place.

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 1,447, coming just shy of the guarantee and requiring partypoker to put up the difference.

Coming out on top was the U.K.’s “hitaremchok”, earning $24,000. 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 331 entries, the prize pool settled at $165,500. The top finish went to the U.K.’s “koi_carp1” for $32,272.50.

The top Canadian result was that of Carson “BustinDaNut” Barton who managed third place and earned $18,205.

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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