The Sunday Briefing: Lucas Greenwood Pockets $80,000

Luc Greenwood

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 top result by a Canadian this week came from Lucas "YRWTHMELTHR" Greenwood who won PokerStars' Sunday Grand (NLHE) for better than $80,000. 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. The 852 players this week exceeded the guarantee by more than $20,000.

The final table lacked any maple leaves with no Canadian among the final nine players. The U.K.’s “jareth3542” walked away with the win and $30,842.40.

The $100,000 Baby Whale

The $100,000 Baby Whale sets the buy-in at $320 and a total of 479 players bought a stack and battled for a piece of the $143,700 on the line.

In this event, three Canadians were among the final nine, and a fourth was just outside as “popsnpoker” finished in 10th place for $1,724.40. “DePittsterje” (eighth — $3,233.25), Jason “vamos_ussr” Lavallee (fifth — $7,903.50), and “4TheGlory8” (fourth — $11,208.60) all waved the red and white on 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 761 players and 417 rebuys, the prize pool came to just a hair under $100,000.

The tournament ended with the Slovenia’s “whaler36” claiming the win for $15,892.15 after a three-way deal. “SAMSCOTT3” from within our borders finished in seventh place for $3,197.82.

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 1,537 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $153,700 eventually being the sum they were playing for. It came to an end with the Austria’s “prrrak4783” winning $23,408.01. No player from Canada made 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-27 this week for the World Championship of Online Poker and the guarantee was jacked up to a massive $1,000,000. The 8,221 entries overshot that by more than $640,000.

Players battled down to the final table where Slovenia’s “Poleshchikov” picked up $153,010.07 for the win after a three-way deal. One player in Canada made the final table. Playing within our borders, American David “dpeters17” Peters was the first eliminated among the final nine, collecting $12,728.57.

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 952 entries nearly tripled the $250,000 guarantee to land at $633,080 to play for.

American Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo was playing from within Canada to put the maple leaf in the top spot as he collected $51,933.51 for the win plus an additional $20,511.24 in bounties. Our flag waved twice more in eighth and ninth place as “prepstyle71” (eighth — $5,904.13 plus $4,093.87) and “n3xD” (ninth — $4,327.70 plus $1,381.95) found final-table finishes.

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 with Lithuania’s “irklas” pocketing $25,039.56 for the win. The best finish from a Canadian was that of “pysaruis” who earned $9,302.27 for a fourth-place result.

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-29 with $1.5 million guaranteed. Entries came to 3,109, putting $2,067,485 in the prize pool.

No Canadians managed to make a final-table appearance this week. The win was found by Argentina’s “leitalopez” for $298,927.63.

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 $200,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 451 entries this week, the total purse came to $451,000 and the final table was swarmed by players in Canada.

U.K.’s Chris “Moorman1” Moorman was waving our red and white and finished in fifth place for $24,098.91. American David “dpeters17” Peters finished in fourth place for $32,579.96. “Apotheosis92” was the runner-up for $59,546.56. And the win went to Canadian Lucas “YRWTHMELTHR” Greenwood for $80,502.91.

Sunday Grand (PLO)

The second edition of the $1,050 Sunday Grand is a six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament with $100,000 guaranteed. This week, 305 entries created a prize pool of $305,000 and Australia’s “djk123” came out on top for $51,712.05. No Canadians made the final table.

Sunday Supersonic

The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $150,000 guarantee. In a shade over three hours, 1,424 players were reduced to one.

With three players left, a deal was made and New Zealand’s “MissOracle” came away with $35,452.01 and the victory. Canada’s “AceSpades11” finished in seventh place for $5,340.25

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 #086 for their ongoing tournament series and the guarantee was boosted to $200,000. Entries totalled 2,242 to surpass the guarantee by more than $20,000.

Coming out on top was German “x crash154”, earning $35,509.12. “GoT_TiLT111” represented Canada at the final table, collecting $26,540.79 for second place.

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 #087 with a doubled guarantee of $300,000 and the 660 entrants pushed past that by $30,000.

The top finish went to Austria’s “fezzz123” for $60,060 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. With 75 entrants, the total came to $187,500 in the purse. Hungarian “probirs” won the top prize of $51,151.14. The runner-up was Canadian “SleepT1ght” who earned $34,687.50 and “DeanMalenko” finished third for $25,312.50. “JeanClaude1970” brought $13,125 to Canada in fifth 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!

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