The Sunday Briefing: Chris "OneTime1Time" Symesko Finds Second Sunday Million Final Table

Chris Symesko

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.

With plenty of final-table finishes by players in Canada this weekend, the standouts are "Chopper100" finishing second in the Super-Sized Sunday for $40,000, Chris "OneTime1Time" Symesko found his second Sunday Million final table and finished seventh, and "TorTor2012" was the runner-up in the High Roller: $150,000 GTD for $32,000. 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. This week, 726 players surpassed that by more than $45,000.

The final table had no Canadians present, and Germany’s “IvanoBalic2” won the top prize of $26,644.20.

The $120,000 Whale

The $120,000 Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $600. A total of 284 players created a prize pool of $160,460.

Two Canada-based players made the final table with Sam “flattoptony” Greenwood the first out when he finished in seventh place for $5,616.10. Bryan “DePittsterje” Paris went on to nab third-place money of $18,131.98 before a heads-up deal was made between the final two.

$60,000 Sunday Challenge

With a more affordable buy-in of just $90, the $60,000 Sunday Challenge is commonly the most popular major tournament of the day on 888poker. With 702 players and 359 rebuys, the prize pool came to $89,874.

When the final table of nine was set, one of them was playing from Canada. “CzarBushov” was the runner-up finisher, pocketing $12,132.99 and giving the U.K.’s “whyfloatme” the win and $16,851.37.

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 1,341 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $134,100 eventually being the sum they were playing for.

It came to an end with one Canadian on the final table. Finishing in fifth place, “nutzho” collected $5,785.87 and the U.K.’s “highblaze” came out on top to win $20,862.33.

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $325,000 guarantee. The 1,999 entries soared past that by nearly $75,000.

When the final table of nine players was set, none were Canadian. Romania’s “profit76” won the top prize of $59,897.82.

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 668 entries surpassed the $325,000 guarantee by just about $120,000.

The tournament’s final table was one-third Canada-based players with three of the nine seats waving the maple leaf. American expat Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo was the first out in ninth place for $3,427.24 and “PURPLE”K”99” did just one spot better to earn eighth-place money of $4,628.07. But “Chopper100” went on to finish second-best and earned $28,489.78 plus $11,824.42 in bounties. The winner was Denmark’s “andersbisse” for $38,555.37 plus $17,673.65 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 $250,000.

The tournament ended with the Germany’s “DrIronface” winning the top prize of $24,192.66 after a three-way deal and no Canadians were on the final table.

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, entries came to 5,434, putting $1,086,800 in the prize pool.

Two players from Canada made the final table. Chris “OneTime1Time” Symesko was there for the second time in his poker-playing life and finished seventh for $17,683.64. Three years ago, he finished third for $119,000. American Connor “Earl Hindman” Shelly was the other Canada-based player to find the final table and he was part of a four-way deal before he was eliminated in third place for $103,000.

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 $250,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 332 entries this week, the total purse came to $332,000 and the final table saw two Canada-based Americans making a deep run. Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo finished in sixth place for $14,641.29 while Ben “Ben86” Tollerene found the victory and $62,457.85.

Sunday Grand (PLO)

The second edition of the $1,050 Sunday Grand is a six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, 197 entries created a prize pool of $197,000 and Germany’s “pantau77” came out on top for $38,656.96. Canada-based American expat Ben “Ben86” Tollerene finished in seventh place for $8,768.03.

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 under two and a half hours, 1,113 players were reduced to one.

China’s “GTGao” was the victor, taking home $36,687.88, and two players from Canada were among the top nine. Noah “dirty.brasil” Vaillancourt finished ninth for $2,862 while Iggy “exposabre” Risman went on to finish in fourth place for $10,246.94.

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, entries totalled 1,662 to surpass the guarantee by a little more than $16,000.

Coming out on top was Germany’s “Colette1986”, earning $26,322.85. Canada’s “l_fw_” finished third for $14,688.75.

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 $200,000. This week, 455 entrants grew past the guarantee by $27,500.

The top finish went to “Nicholas_Brody” from Brazil for $43,793.75. Canada-based “TorTor2012” was the runner-up for $32,532.50.

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. This week, 67 entrants pushed the total to $167,500 in the purse.

Swiss “ImagineKing” won the top prize of $50,250 and no Canadians made it into the money.

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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