The Sunday Briefing: "johnnyknock" Knocks On the Door but Misses Sunday Grand Win

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.

While there were no victories by Canadians in the biggest tournaments of the day, there were several big final-table results, though none better than “johhnnyknock”’s runner-up finish in PokerStars’ Sunday Grand (NLHE) for more than $40,000. Here’s a detailed look at how Canadians fared this Sunday:

Sunday Majors on 888poker

The $500,000 Mega Deep

The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $120,000 for a $215 buy-in, but, this week, 888poker celebrated the fifth anniversary of the event and boosted the guarantee to a whopping half-million dollars. With 2,151 entries, the prize pool came in at 614,200.

Unfortunately, the final table had no Canadians present. The tournament came to an end with three Russians making a deal and “josef_shvejk” walked away with the win and $95,333.55 in prize money.

The $120,000 Whale

The $120,000 Baby Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $320. A total of 273 players created a prize pool of $154,245.

One player from our nation made the final table this week. The runner-up result went to Canada-based “chut_up” for $23,136.75 while Czech Republic’s “svenskeren14” was the victor, earning $31,543.10.

$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, but not this week with the huge anniversary-edition Mega Deep. With 729 players and 357 rebuys, the prize pool reached $91,908.

When the final table of nine was set, none of them were playing from Canada. The top finisher was “gingerspew” playing from Costa Rica who earned $16,865.11.

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 $125,000 prize pool guarantee. With 1,135 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee wasn’t quite met and PokerStars had to put up the difference.

It came to an end with no Canadians at the final table, which isn’t uncommon with the early start time in Canadian time zones. The win went to Poland’s “RocketMaro12” for $20,390.85.

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. The 1,778 players beat the guarantee by just over $5,000.

When the final table of nine players was set, again none were playing from Canada. Ireland’s “sadface11” came out on top of a heads-up deal and laid claim to $51,000.

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 638 entries beat the $375,000 guarantee by nearly $50,000.

The tournament’s final table had, once again, no Canadian flags waving. Germany’s “wizowizo” was the champion, claiming $36,823.89 from the prize pool and an additional $13,982.71 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 $300,000.

A Canadian finally found the first final table of the day on PokerStars. The New Brunswick amateur “SkyStars876” managed a fifth-place finish for $7,744.53 while Finland’s “bbesse” was the winner, pocketing $29,994.78.

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 5,038, putting $1,007,600 in the prize pool.

This final table was another one lacking representation by the maple leaf. Romanian “Dannyz0r” came out on top to score an impressive $143,420.37 for a day’s work.

Sunday Grand (NLHE)

The most expensive weekly tournaments on PokerStars’ regular 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 $275,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 291 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $16,000.

The final table saw two of the final three players logging in from this country. The third-place finish went to “central106” for $31,066.19, while “johhnnyknock” finished runner-up for $41,488.80. The win was claimed by Sweden’s “eijseijs” for $55,408.39.

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, 168 entries created a prize pool of $168,000 and the U.K.’s “Ce$ar$pa” was the winner, earning $34,050.65. No players from Canada made the final table.

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 just under two and a half hours, 1,069 players were reduced to one. From the Germany, “Dr. H4rdster” found the win worth $35,238.01.

Two players from Canada made the final table while Ami “UhhMee” Barer fell just short, collecting $2,050.87 for 11th place. In sixth place was Braydon “systemsesh” Scheves who earned $4,205.28. The runner-up was Canadian “exitonlyKK” who earned $23,022.41 for the near-win.

Sunday Majors on partypoker

Heavyweight: The Title Fight

The headlining Sunday major in partypoker’s lineup is the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight with $250,000 guaranteed. A total of 1,338 entries jumped in the fight and passed the guarantee by $17,600..

Austria’s “spowi007” walked away with the win for $44,572.32. In third place, “RAGFACE” brought $25,020.60 home to Canada. In fourth, “speed_boum” added $18,196.80 to the national tally.

Heavyweight: The Main Event

The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,451 to put up a small overlay. Coming out on top was the U.K.’s “Legadzo” for $21,285.85. No Canadians had a seat at 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, 370 entrants shot past the guarantee by $35,000. The top finish went to German “Aspertam1967” for $36,075 and nobody from Canada was at 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, 65 entrants pushed the total to $162,500 in the purse.

Ireland’s “HuanTaime” won the top prize of $48,750. In fifth place was Canada’s “LuckMervil”, winning $12,187.50.

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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