The Sunday Briefing: Sunday Million Swarmed by Canadians
There were some great Canadian finishes and wins this week. 888poker's Baby Whale was won by "MainHiAK" and partypoker's Main Event was won by "emjolima3645". But the real notable event was PokerStars' Sunday Million where no less than four Canadian flags waved among the final nine players. 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, 660 players surpassed that by $32,000.
The final table had no Canadians present, and the U.K.’s “float2felt” won the top prize of $24,750.
The $100,000 Baby Whale
The $100,000 Baby Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $320. A total of 365 players created a prize pool of $109,500.
Just one player from Canada made the final table but it was the best finish possible. “MainHiAk” won the top prize of $21,013.05.
$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 629 players and 304 rebuys, the prize pool came to $78,938.
When the final table of nine was set, none of them were playing from Canada. The U.K.’s “ickemeister” came out on top and pocketed $10,440.75 after a three-way chop.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
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 1,297 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was surpassed with $129,700 eventually being the sum they were playing for.
It came to an end with no Canadians on the final table. Playing from Costa Rica, “danger0us” won $18,410.02 for the win after a heads-up deal.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. The 1,934 surpassed that by more than $35,000.
When the final table of nine players was set, none were Canadian. Switzerland’s “veryrassois” won the top prize of $57,950.10.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 616 entries surpassed the $350,000 guarantee by just about $60,000.
The tournament’s final table had two great Canadian talents on it. Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams finished in seventh for $5,788.06 plus $1,620.93 while Shawn “buck21” Buchanan went on to finish second-best for $26,272.01 as well as $8,851.42 in bounties. Norway’s “prebz” was the winner, collecting $35,554.03 plus $19,742.67 in bounties.
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 Hungarian “Pal82” winning the top prize of $23,556.60 after a three-way deal and no Canadians were on the final table.
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 5,041, putting $1,008,200 in the prize pool.
The final table was heavy with representation of the maple leaf, but only some were truly Canadian. The winner was American David “dpeters17” Peters playing within our borders and collecting $143,505.41. Also in Canada was “Jack Addict” who found runner-up money of $100,705.67. Another maple leaf occupied fifth place by “TheLiin” who earned $34,804.47, and a fourth was in eighth place where “brianjk” collected $12,028.53.
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 331 entries this week, the total purse came to $331,000 and the final table saw three Canada-based players making a deep run.
In ninth place, Michael “alexandrapau” Risman collected $6,113.13, and Brit Chris “Moorman1” Moorman finished seventh and earned $10,921.14 on our soil. Canadian Lucas “YRWTHMELTHR” Greenwood was the runner-up for $46,588.05 and the win came from Austria’s “caaaaamel” for $62,269.72.
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, 196 entries created a prize pool of $196,000 and Hungary’s “probirs” came out on top for $38,460.69. No players from Canada made the final table.
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, 1,085 players were reduced to one.
Germany’s “ToxicBluff” was the victor, taking home $35,765.06, and no players from Canada were among the top nine.
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 1,598 to surpass the guarantee by nearly $10,000. Coming out on top was Canada’s own “emjolima3645” winning $25,309.27.
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, 392 entrants fell a little short of the guarantee, creating an overlay of a few thousand dollars.
The top finish went to “dartazz” from Lithuania for $35,000. No players from Canada 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. This week, 59 entrants pushed the total to $147,500 in the purse.
Sweden’s “HellmuthTheGr8” won the top prize of $47,937.50 and Canada-based “winner5556” came third for $22,125.
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