Every Sunday, millions of dollars are paid out to poker players around the world when sites like 888poker, PokerStars, and partypoker host the week’s biggest and best online tournaments. Each week, we take a look at how players from Canada fared in the Sunday majors.
This Sunday, January 1, 2017, Canadians took to the online poker tables looking for a hot start to the year. There were no maple flags on the top of the podium this week, but there were several notable final-table finishes, highlighted by “ACNRULES” finishing in fifth place for $40,000 in PokerStars’ Sunday Million and “sblanch259” finishing runner-up in partypoker’s The Title Fight: Heavyweight for $30,000. Here’s a full report on major Canadian results this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $80,000 Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $80,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, with 495 players, the prize pool came in at $99,000.
The final table saw one Canadian present this week. Finishing in seventh place, “kamexxx” collected $3,217.50 to start the year off right. Playing from Costa Rica, “imjustagirl” found the win and earned $18,810.
The $50,000 Baby Whale
The $50,000 Baby Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $320. A total of 266 players created a prize pool of $79,800.
This time, Canada-based “dudupa1986” scooped up $6,783 for finishing in fourth place while the Netherlands’ “ROLDY18” was the winner, collecting $16,319.10.
$50,000 Sunday Challenge
With a more affordable buy-in of just $90, the $50,000 Sunday Challenge is commonly the most popular major tournament of the day on 888poker. With 486 players and 241 rebuys, the prize pool reached $61,542.
When the final table of nine was set, one of them was playing from Canada, and that player was “doyleb102” who was still in contention when just two players remained. Ultimately, they finished runner-up and earned $8,615.88. Mexico’s “PennyHrdaway” was the winner and was paid $11,692.98.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 Sunday Kickoff with a $75,000 prize pool guarantee. With 939 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by nearly $20,000.
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, resulting in little representation from our nation. Australia’s “MONSTER_DONG” came out on top of a heads-up deal and earned $14,344.46.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $250,000 guarantee. The 1,543 players beat the guarantee by more than $50,000.
When the final table of nine players was set, none were playing from Canada. The eventual winner was “jimbojiff” from the U.K. for $46,996.77.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 547 entries beat the $250,000 guarantee by well over $100,000.
The tournament’s final table had one Canadian flag waving. After meeting their end in eighth place, American poker refugee John “68ioweyou1” Andress picked up $3,835.92 from the prize pool. The winner was Germany’s “sk2ll_m0dR”, finding themselves wealthier by $29,577.84 after a heads-up deal plus an incredible $21,436.97 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. With 25,095 players, the prize pool slid just past the guarantee by less than $1,000.
There was one Canadian among the final nine. “P_Westwood” finished in seventh place for $3,526.22 while Hungarian “fragilro” scooped up $25,536.39 for the win.
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 6,289.
Two players at the final table were logging in from within our borders, but one of them was the first player eliminated. “Similarities” collected $8,937.42 for finishing in ninth place. “ACNRULES” went on to finish in fifth place for $39,968.73 while Russia’s “tolstiykry” was the first Sunday Million winner of the year, pocketing a hefty $178,747.90.
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 $150,000 is guaranteed. With 9,148 entries this week, the prize pool passed $180,000.
The final table saw one Canadian with chips and a hope for the win. “Metasploit” was part of a three-way deal and earned $17,778.86 in third place. The winner was from the U.K., “Brookie007”, and they earned just a smidge more at $18,955.74.
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 $175,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 250 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $75,000.
The final table saw one Canadian flag waving. It was American expat Anthony “wwwBTHEREcom” Gregg who collected $8,625.05 in seventh place. The winner was Austria-based “readas_reada”, finding their wallet thicker by $48,071.86.
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, 129 entries shot past the guarantee by $29,000.
One person playing from Canada made the final table this week. Joel “jbrown8777” Brown was the seventh-place finisher for $6,835.77 while Hungary’s “omaha4rollz” found the victory and $29,000.58.
The buy-in drops to $109 for the Sunday Cooldown and the pace goes up with the turbo structure in the $75,000-guaranteed tournament. A total of 1,163 entries sailed past the guarantee.
No Canadians were on the final table this week. Lebanon’s “rosas22” came out the best after a four-way chop and collected $13,052.54.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $125,000 guarantee. In just under two and a half hours, 923 players were reduced to one.
The final nine included no representatives from Canada this week. Lithuania’s “p1relli” pocketed $31,133.81 for the win.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
The Title Fight: Heavyweight
The headlining Sunday major in partypoker’s lineup is the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight with $250,000 guaranteed. A total of 1,188 entries jumped in the fight and fell short of the guarantee by more than $10,000.
Germany’s “Gl4diat0r” was the winner, earning $41,971.50. Canada’s “sblanch259” was the runner-up and cashed in for $30,000.
The Main Event: Heavyweight
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,258 to miss the guarantee by nearly $25,000.
Germany’s “InNackenKacken” was the winner, earning $25,188.45. In fourth place, Canada’s “ipuntstacks2” managed not too punt too badly and collected $10,485. Also from this nation, “AlligatorBLUD” earned $2,925 for an eighth-place result.
Super High Roller
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. With 49 entrants, the guarantee was surpassed and seven players collected a payout.
Denmark’s “Scouts326” won the largest piece of the prize pool with their $42,875 win. No Canadians were in the money.
That’s our report of Canadian results in this week’s Sunday majors. If you don’t already have an account on each of these sites, make sure you download through our links and use our bonus codes to take advantage of the best promotions you can find. Good luck; see you in next week’s headlines!