The Sunday Briefing: "GetLuckyAK" Wins More Than $260K in Super XL Main Event

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.

Nobody from this country can say they had a better Sunday than Canada-based "GetLuckyAK" who won the Main Event of 888poker's ongoing Super XL Series for $261,214.84, but there were several other notable Canadian results from the action-packed weekend. Here’s a detailed look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:

Sunday Majors on 888poker

The $150,000 Mega Deep

The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $150,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, the tournament became Event #35 of the Super XL Series and the guarantee was increased to $200,000. The 1,356 players surpassed that by more than $70,000.

The final table had no Canadians present. The win was earned by “heysweety” for $46,104.

The $250,000 Whale

The $250,000 Whale was vacant from the schedule this week, so you could say it was replaced by Event #36, the Main Event of the Super XL Series. A total of 1,291 players paid the $1,050 buy-in to tip the prize pool past the $1.5 million guarantee to $1,740,000.

The tournament got down to a final three before a deal was struck to even out the payouts. Coming out on top of the three was “GetLuckyAK” waving the Canadian flag and earning $261,214.84 for the win.

$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 625 players and 305 rebuys, the prize pool came shy of the guarantee.

When the final table of nine was set, two of them were playing from Canada. American Zachary “DuduPa1986” Korik collected $6,080 for fourth place from Canada while “JezusWOWW” went on to pick up the runner-up prize of $10,960. Sweden’s “IRLsucks” won the top payout of $15,112.

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 1,854 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $185,400 eventually being the sum they were playing for. It came to an end with a four-way deal and no Canadians were on the final table.

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up usually heats up the action with a $250,000 guarantee, but it became WCOOP-77 this week for the World Championship of Online Poker and the guarantee was jacked up to a massive $1,000,000. The 6,200 entries and 3,466 reentries overshot that by more than $930,000, nearly doubling the guarantee.

The event was a two-day tournament so the winner will not be decided until Monday, but there are plenty of Canadians still in contention.

Super-Sized Sunday

The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 1,039 entries surpassed the $500,000 guarantee by more than $190,000. The tournament ended no Canadians on the final table and Sweden’s “WhatIfGod” won the top prize of $56,679.21 plus $20,594.99 in bounties.

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 is set at a guaranteed $225,000.

The tournament ended in a three-way deal and no Canadians were on the final table this week.

Sunday Million

The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes every week. The buy-in is just $215 and, this time around, it became WCOOP-78, the Main Event, with $10 million guaranteed! The buy-in was also jacked up to $5,000 and entries came to 2,091. This tournament was a two-day event, so the result won’t be decided until Monday.

Sunday Grand (NLHE)

The most expensive weekly tournaments on PokerStars’ Sunday schedule are the two $1,050 Sunday Grand events. There are two editions of the tournament with both starting at the same time. The first guarantees $300,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 514 entries this week, the total purse came to $514,000 and, like last couple of weeks, the final table was swarmed by players in Canada.

With nine players remaining, four of them were playing from within our borders. “68ioweyou1” finished ninth for $8,201.33, American Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde went on to finish seventh for $14,965.93, American Joel “jbrown8777” Brown came fourth for $36,891.83,” and the top finish from Canada was in second place by “molda79” for $77,720.84.

Sunday Grand (PLO)

The second edition of the $1,050 Sunday Grand is a six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament with $200,000 guaranteed. This week, 380 entries created a prize pool of $380,000 and Czech Republic’s “kaju85” came out on top for $69,753.86. “MrSweets28” came seventh from Canada for $12,877.66 and “blkcrow” — also within our borders — collected $18,054.37 for fifth place.

Sunday Supersonic

The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $200,000 guarantee. In a two and three-quarters of an hour, 1,423 players were reduced to one.

Uruguay’s “laguna364” was the victor, taking home $33,683.90 after a three-way deal that included American Jason “JasonMercier” Mercier playing from within Canada for second-place money of $29,683.90.

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 event became Powerfest #193, the Main Event, for their ongoing tournament series and the guarantee was boosted to $500,000. Entries totalled 2,797 to surpass the guarantee by about $60,000.

Coming out on top was Mexico’s “Wolowizard”, earning $76,415.84. The one Canadian at the final table was “LuckMervil” who finished in eighth place for $8,111.30.

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. This week, it became Powerfest #194 with a doubled guarantee of $300,000 and the 755 entrants pushed past that by more than $75,000.

The top finish went to Matla’s “TINY44” for $53,841.29 and no Canadian made the final table.

Super High Roller: $100,000 Gtd

The highest-priced tournament of the day puts the buy-in way up to $2,600 and promises at least $100,000 in the prize pool. This week, it became Powerfest #196 with a buy-in of $5,200 and $1 million guaranteed in the prize pool. With 249 entrants, the total came to $1,245,000 in the purse.

Moldova’s “WinYourFears99” won the top prize of $242,775.05 and the best Canadian result (and the only on the final table) was that of “JeanClaude1970” in seventh place for $43,575.

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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