The Sunday Briefing: "LCfish" Collects First- and Second-Place Finishes on 888poker

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.

There were plenty of big final-table finishes this past weekend, but no Canadian can say they had a better Sunday than "LCfish" who won the Mega Deep on 888poker before finishing second in the Sunday Challenge on the same site. 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 #4 of the ongoing Super XL Series and the guarantee was increased to $200,000. The 1,177 players surpassed that by more than $35,000.

The final table had just one Canadian flag but it was in the best spot. “LCfish” came out on top to earn $40,630.04 for the victory from our nation.

The $250,000 Whale

The $250,000 Whale was Event #7 of the Super XL Series. A total of 535 players paid the $600 buy-in to tip the prize pool past $300,000.

U.K.’s “Adamyid” won the top prize of $57,129.97 and no Canadians made an appearance 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 688 players and 343 rebuys, the prize pool came to $87,286.

When the final table of nine was set, two of them were playing from Canada. “LifeIsGood99” pocketed $3,709.65 for sixth place while the other Canadian went on to finish in second place for $11,783.61 and was none other than “LCfish” who also won the Mega Deep on the same day.

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 1,609 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $160,900 eventually being the sum they were playing for. It came to an end with the Brazil’s “FlipMaster08” winning $21,179.02 after a three-way deal and Canada’s “Drewfus81” finished fourth for $9,364.70.

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up usually heats up the action with a $250,000 guarantee, but it became WCOOP-52 this week for the World Championship of Online Poker and the guarantee was jacked up to a massive $1,000,000. The 7,893 entries overshot that by more than $570,000.

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 902 entries surpassed the $500,000 guarantee by just under $100,000. The tournament ended in a four-way deal and no Canadians were among the final-tablists.

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 that included two Canadians. The top spot ultimately went to Lithuania’s “Ommeris” for $19,328.97, but “Dylanskiff” collected the largest portion of the prize pool in third place for $20,197.62 and fellow Canadian “namedbrotha” finished runner-up for $15,929.54.

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-54 with $2 million guaranteed. The buy-in was also jacked up to $2,100 and entries came to 1,304, putting $2,608,000 in the prize pool. 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 414 entries this week, the total purse came to $414,000 and, like last week, the final table was swarmed by players in Canada.

With six players remaining, two thirds of them were playing from within our borders. “Kylef89” finished sixth for $16,460.92. “J4d3dr4g0n” went on to finish fourth for $30,120.23, and then soon after two players in Canada made a heads-up deal. “AceSpades11” finished runner-up for $64,005.01 while American Dan “mrGR33N13” Coleman claimed the win and $65,662.42.

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, 283 entries created a prize pool of $283,000 and Finland’s “WRUUUUM” came out on top for $54,018.16. Mike “SirWatts” Watson was the one Canadian on the final table and he finished in sixth place for $10,145.74.

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 shade over two and a half hours, 1,341 players were reduced to one.

Sweden’s “BeerAndCoke” was the victor, taking home $42,524.62. The one Canadian among the final nine was ninth-place finisher and this year’s Canadian WSOP Main Event final-tablist Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger. He collected $3,317.37 for the result.

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 #143 for their ongoing tournament series and the guarantee was boosted to $200,000. Entries totalled 2,205 to surpass the guarantee by more than $20,000.

Coming out on top was Russian “MagicGog”, earning $34,923.27. 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. This week, it became Powerfest #144 with a doubled guarantee of $300,000 and the 629 entrants pushed past that by $14,500.

The top finish went to Sweden’s “trucking_67” for $57,806.76 and no Canadian made the final table. The top Canadian finish came from “l_fw_” in fourth place for $22,015.

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 69 entrants, the total came to $172,500 in the purse. “Deepsee” won the top prize of $51,750 and the best Canadian result was that of “ilovedogs9” in third for $25,875. “SignoreUkulele” finished sixth for $9,487.50 and fellow Canadians Sebastian “p00cket00” Sikorski came eighth for $6,900 and Carson “bustindanut” Barton in ninth for $6,037.50.

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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