The Sunday Briefing: Kevin Martin Finds Personal Best Tournament Cash

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 plenty of great Canadian results this week with two of three Sunday majors on 888poker being won by players from Canada. Team PokerStars Online Pro Kevin "KevinM987" Martin got the best tournament result of his life with a heads-up chop in the Mini Sunday Million for $22K. "OLD TIME GIN" won the Sunday Grand (NLHE) for $54K and "MTLsubaru" won the Sunday Supersonic for $35K to add to the nation's successes for the day. 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, with 641 players, the prize pool came in at $128,200.

The final table saw no Canadians present this week. The tournament ended with a heads-up chop with Matla’s “vaitodo.pt” coming out on top and winning $22,429.28.

The $80,000 Baby Whale

The $80,000 Baby Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $320. A total of 311 players created a prize pool of $93,300.

This time, Canadian “steveybg” was the winner, earning $18,053.55. Another maple leaf was at the final table. Sixth place went to “yolosnap” for $4,105.20.

$70,000 Sunday Challenge

With a more affordable buy-in of just $90, the $70,000 Sunday Challenge is commonly the most popular major tournament of the day on 888poker. With 667 players and 305 rebuys, the prize pool reached $82,144.

When the final table of nine was set, one of them was playing from Canada, and that player was the ultimate winner. First place earned “d0nkeykong” $15,402.

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 1,595 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by nearly $60,000.

It came to an end with no Canadians at the final table. Poland’s “majster88” was the winner, earning $24,291.11.

Sunday Warm-Up

The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $300,000 guarantee. The 1,951 players beat the guarantee by more than $90,000.

When the final table of nine players was set, none were playing from Canada. The eventual winner was “OMGACEACEACE” from Poland for $58,459.39.

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 629 entries beat the $350,000 guarantee by nearly $70,000.

The tournament’s final table had three Canadian flags waving. The first to be eliminated was “JGagMan” in sixth place for $7,998.25 plus $5,912.21 in bounties. In fourth was Jacob “packerman77” Zannet for $14,648.04 plus $5,231.64 in bounties. The top Canada-based finish was the runner-up result of American expat Grayson “gray31” Ramage for $26,826.45 plus $3,252.22. Slovakian “Secret_M0d3” was the winner, earning $36,304.35 plus $17,020.33 for 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. With 35,928 players, the prize pool surpassed the guarantee by nearly $60,000.

No Canadians made the final table this week. Five players ultimately made a deal for the largest portion of the prize pool with Slovakia’s “Pazuzu65” collecting the top spot and $27,509.19.

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 5,494.

Just one Canada-based player was among the final-tablists. Finishing in sixth place, “emjkemjk” earned $25,659.39. The winner after a heads-up deal was Serbian “Bager1988” for $146,004.41.

Mini Sunday Million

Giving the Sunday Million feel for a smaller buy-in is the weekly Mini Sunday Million where the entry is just $22 and $175,000 is guaranteed. With 10,056 entries this week, the prize pool passed $200,000.

The final table saw two Canadians with chips and a hope for the win. The first eliminated was “endos13” for $3,100.48 in seventh place. The other Canadian was Team PokerStars Online Pro Kevin "KevinM987" Martin. He found himself heads-up and chopped up the remaining prize pool to earn $21,952.30. Argentina’s “n3m5r” was the winner, pocketing $24,030.35.

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 $200,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 282 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $32,000.

The final table saw three players logging in from this country. In fifth was Tim “TTWIST” Kelly earning $16,879.47. Fourth place went to American poker refugee Nick “FU_15” Maimone for $22,542.48, and the winner was Canada’s “OLD TIME GIN”, cashing in for $53,694.74.

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, 156 entries shot past the guarantee by $56,000.

One player from Canada made the final table this week. “MAVKIS” was the runner-up and earned $23,601.20 to add to Canada’s tally for the day. The winner was Sweden’s “antesvante” for $31,618.41.

Sunday Cooldown

The buy-in drops to $109 for the Sunday Cooldown and the pace goes up with the turbo structure in the $100,000-guaranteed tournament. A total of 1,438 entries sailed past the guarantee.

One Canadian was among the final nine. Danny “DannyN13” Noseworthy finished seventh for $3,223.37. The winner after a three-way deal was Austrian “Tankanza” for $18,700.

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, 1,046 players were reduced to one.

Two Canadians were at the final table this week with one of them being the first eliminated. For ninth place, “allinrusty” earned $2,972.31. But the other player from this nation, “MTLsubaru” went on to claim the win for $34,998.94.

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 1,281 entries jumped in the fight and surpassed the guarantee.

Russia’s “Biack” walked away with the win for $43,022.13. In sixth place, Canada’s “momotown87” earned $10,119.90.

Heavyweight: The Main Event

The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,485 to miss the guarantee.

Sweden’s “kainasi” was the winner, earning $24,000. In fifth place was Canadian “virophage” who earned $7,125. In ninth place, “High_Five0707” earned $1,545 from within our borders as well.

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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