The Sunday Briefing: Sebastian Sikorski Finds Three Big PokerStars Finishes

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 a huge number of great Canadian results this week, but it’s hard for anyone to say they had as good of a Sunday as Sebastian Sikorski who won PokerStars’ Sunday Grand (NLHE), just missed the final table of the Sunday Grand (PLO), and finished runner-up in the Sunday Supersonic. 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, but that was bumped up to $120,000 this week. The 814 players this week exceeded the increased guarantee by more than $40,000.

The final table lacked any maple leaves with no Canadian among the final nine players. “Bumbi320” walked away with the win and $26,438.74 after a heads-up deal.

The $120,000 Whale

The $120,000 Whale sets the buy-in at $600 and a total of 344 players bought a stack and battled for a piece of the $194,360 on the line.

The U.K.’s “checktrap11” earned the top prize of $37,608.66. In seventh place was one Canadian. Jason “vamos_ussr” Lavallee collected $6,608.24 for the final-table finish.

$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 749 players and 415 rebuys, the prize pool came to $98,768.

The tournament ended with the Brazil’s “nitgmmator” claiming the win for $18,123.92. No player from Canada survived to make the final table.

Sunday Majors on PokerStars

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up usually heats up the action with a $250,000 guarantee, but it became WCOOP-02 this week for the World Championship of Online Poker and the guarantee was jacked up to a massive $1,000,000. The 6,771 entries overshot that by more than $350,000. Players battled down to the final table where no Canadians made the cut. Mexico’s “pablotenisis” won $132,053.53 for the win after a four-way deal.

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 799 entries more than doubled the $250,000 guarantee to land at $531,335 to play for.

From Bulgaria, “olelemaiko” earned the top prize of $44,799.49 as well as another $26,807.57 in bounties. The best finish from a Canadian came from “68ioweyou1” who finished sixth for $9,479.38 plus $1,600.15 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 guarantee is set at a guaranteed $225,000.

No Canadians made the final table. The tournament ended with Belarus’s “Grisha813” pocketing $24,970.76 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, it became WCOOP-04 with $1.5 million guaranteed. Entries came to 10,228, putting $2,045.600 in the prize pool.

After being won by a Canadian for the last two weeks in a row, the best finish by a player inside our borders was by “ruffianace” in seventh place for $32,644.70. Hungarian “Perfect1232” took the best of a three-way deal and earned $231,369.97.

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 350 entries this week, the total purse came to $350,000 and Canada’s own Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski won $64,513 for the win. Christopher “CSWAMI” Swaminathan was another Canadian on the final table, earning $27,198.78 for fourth place.

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, 261 entries created a prize pool of $261,000 and Sweden’s “Sasuke234” came out on top for $49,818.89. Canadian Jason “SatusUp” Lavallee also found another final-table finish after already finding a seat on 888poker’s most expensive tournament of the day. Lavallee finished in ninth place for $7,177.26 in the Sunday Grand (PLO). Sebastian “p0cekt00” Sikorski just missed the final table, finishing in 12th for $4,222.79 while simultaneously winning the other Sunday Grand.

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 little under two and a half hours, 1,261 players were reduced to one.

With three players left, a deal was made the included two Canadians and an Australian. One of those players was Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski with yet another deep finishing, ultimately finding second-place money of $25,533.33. In third was “thx4urm0n3y” for $26,179.37. Australia’s “mjw006” found the victory, pocketing $32,248.83.

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 1,690.

Coming out on top was Canadian “speed_boum”, earning $26,766.37. “ALLIN_EL_GROS” represented Canada at the final table, collecting $5,107.35 for sixth place. Another Canadian final-tablist was “BudQuafferll” who finished ninth for $1,690.

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 469 entries, the prize pool settled at $234,500. The top finish went to Russia’s “BetinOleg” for $45,141.25

The top Canadian result was runner-up “KuShMasTeR1” for $33,533.50, followed by “CoMo91” in fourth for $10,582.50.

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 78 entrants, the total came to $195,000 in the purse. Brazilian “joaosimaobh” won the top prize of $53,197.17. The one Canadian on the final table was “sordykrd” who finished in ninth place for $5,850.

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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