The Sunday Briefing: Steve "BetrThanPhil" Tripp Wins Sunday Kickoff

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.

A few Canadians had successful Sunday’s this weekend, including Steve “BetrThanPhil” Tripp who won PokerStars’ Sunday Kickoff and two Canadians who were part of a three-way deal in the Sunday Storm. 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, 693 players surpassed that by nearly $40,000.

The final table had one Canadian present. “AAorKK403” finished in eighth place for $3,118.50 before the U.K.’s “mrsmith78” went on to collect first-place prize money of $25,987.50.

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 275 players created a prize pool of $155,375.

No Canadians made the final table this week. Another player from the U.K. found the win and “preyondaline” won $31,774.18.

$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 660 players and 316 rebuys, the prize pool came to $82,560.

When the final table of nine was set, none of them were playing from Canada. Playing from Malta, “vaitodo.pt” won $15,480 for the victory.

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 1,117 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $111,700 eventually being the sum they were playing for.

It came to an end with a Canadian taking down the top prize. Steve “BetrThanPhil” Tripp collecting $18,221.27 for being the best in the first major tournament of the day.

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. The 1,739 players fell just short of the guarantee, creating an overlay of a couple thousand dollars.

When the final table of nine players was set, none were Canadian. Ireland’s “Noogaii” won the top prize of $53,027.17.

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 619 entries surpassed the $350,000 guarantee by more than $60,000.

The tournament’s final table had one Canadian flag waving. “WUTZ_DAPOINT” earned $5,816.26 for finishing in seventh place plus an additional $1,870.30 in bounties. The U.K.’s “Legadzo” won the top prize of $35,727.16 plus $15,045.48 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 Brazilian “CannaGrower1” winning the top prize of $25,793.14 after a three-way deal that included two Canadians. “GambleAK” finished in second place from our nation, earning $16,827.10, while “YouFoldNutz” actually earned more in third place for $18,441.78.

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 5,543, putting $1,108,600 in the prize pool.

The final table had no players from Canada. The tournament ended with a heads-up deal that saw the U.K.’s “Ymobad” earning the win and $136,196.74.

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 317 entries this week, the total purse came to $307,000 and the final table saw one Canada-based player making a deep run. In eighth place, “skitzo333” collected $7,578.38, and Brit “OMGjonyctt” finished first for $57,754.74.

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, 181 entries created a prize pool of $181,000 and Germany’s “Fresh_oO_D” came out on top for $36,101.46. Canada-based American Ben “Ben86” Tollerene won $7,935.51 for finishing in sixth place.

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, 1,091 players were reduced to one.

Sweden’s “Lena900” was the victor, taking home $35,963.13, and two players from Canada were among the top nine. In eighth place, “nash104” collected $2,805.43, and “tinola200” did one better to pocket $4,291.82 in seventh.

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 1,554. Coming out on top was Croatian “wayontheway” for $24,864.13.

Playing from Canada, “slipslide44” earned $10,217.55 in fourth 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 $200,000. This week, 401 entrants just surpassed the guarantee.

The top finish went to “JENOVA” from Switzerland for $39,097.50. Canada-based “Wall2Wall3bet” won $22,055 for finishing in third and “sblanch259” finished fifth for $11,528.75.

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, 71 entrants pushed the total to $177,500 in the purse.

Hungarian “probirs” won the top prize of $53,250 and no Canadians were on the final table.

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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