The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Canadians Dominate The Title Fight: Heavyweight on partypoker
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 22, 2017, the big news came from partypoker’s The Title Fight: Heavyweight where Canadians dominated the final table. The final five players were made up of four Canadians with the top three finishes all going to players from our nation. Here’s a full report on major Canadian results this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $150,000 Super XL Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $120,000 for a $215 buy-in, but the guaranteed was bumped up to $150,000 this week as the tournament became part of the ongoing Super XL Series. With 959 players, the prize pool came in at $191,800.
The final table saw no Canadians present this week. The winner was the U.K.’s “ADRI_ATM” for $34,524.
The $200,000 Super XL Whale
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $600. This week, 888poker made it the Super XL Whale with $200,000 guaranteed for the same buy-in. With a total of 392 players, the prize pool hit $221,480.
The one Canadian at the final table was the “ThEtRaIN96” who finished in fifth place for $12,402.88. The winner hails from Argentina and plays under the name “wes.c.addle”, earning $42,502.01 for the victory.
$1000,000 Super XL 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. This week it was the $100,000 Super XL Challenge and the guarantee went up to $100,000. The 1,054 players and 460 rebuys easily surpassed that and the prize pool reached $127,828.
When the final table of nine was set, one of them was playing from Canada. “Beebsterizer” was the runner-up, bringing home $16,400.33 to our nation. The winner was Argentina’s “gonzAAr” for $23,009.04.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
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 1,418 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by more than $15,000.
It came to an end with no Canadians at the final table, which isn’t unusual given the early start time in Canadian time zones. The winner was “Gwolde” from the Netherlands, earning $18,550 after a three-way deal.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. The 1,970 players beat the guarantee by $44,000.
When the final table of nine players was set, none were playing from Canada. The eventual winner was “Djuk8” from Croatia for $54,372.90 after a heads-up deal.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 728 entries beat the $400,000 guarantee by over $80,000.
The tournament’s final table had no Canadian flags waving. The U.K.’s “1974cww” came out on top, collecting $42,018.55.
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 29,800 entries, the prize pool had a small overlay.
There were no Canadians among the final nine. Brazil’s “Rdidi06” earned $29,994.78 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 5,229.
One player at the final table was logging in from within our borders, but “takechip” finished in ninth place for $8,750.73. Estonia’s “Tarmooo” found the win for $91,853.23 after a four-way deal, although third-place finisher “1BigAceHole” from Australia collected the largest prize of $113,330.
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 9,561 entries this week, the prize pool came to $191,220.
The final table saw one Canadian with chips. Ultimately finishing in seventh place, “mattyonuts” pocketed $3,001. Brazilian “gtavares10” was the winner, cashing in for $26,230.22.
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 $250,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 323 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $73,000.
The final table saw one Canadian flag waving. In third place, “n3xD” collected $34,013.22 while Mexico’s “srxakgirona” earned $60,764.68 for the win.
Sunday Grand (PLO)
The second edition of the $1,050 Sunday Grand is a six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament with $125,000 guaranteed. This week, 184 entries well surpassed the guarantee.
No Canadians were on the final table this week. The winner was Costa Rica-based “brianm15” for $36,699.80.
The buy-in drops to $109 for the Sunday Cooldown and the pace goes up with the turbo structure in the $125,000-guaranteed tournament. A total of 1,551 entries sailed past the guarantee.
Two players from Canada were at the final table this week. In ninth place, “niro121” earned $1,816.90. Managing a runner-up finish, American poker refugee John “68ioweyou1” Andress padded his wallet with $17,141 from within our borders. The winner was Austrian “Kasnocken18” for $23,621.01.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a boosted $250,000 guarantee due to the tournament being a part of the ongoing Turbo Championship of Online Poker. In just over two and a half hours, 2,696 players were reduced to one.
The final nine included two representatives from Canada this week, but both were Americans playing from our nation. Grayson “gray31” Ramage finished in sixth place for $9,633.80 and Bryan “bparis” Paris was the runner-up, earning $49,829.50. The winner was Uruguay’s “jeanfranco07” for $64,269.31 after a three-way deal.
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. This week, it became Powerfest #016 as a part of the ongoing Powerfest series and the guarantee went up to $300,000. A total of 1,716 entries jumped in the fight and beat guarantee by more than $40,000.
Canada’s own “Lefiscal” was the winner, earning $54,356.18. Runner-up “fizzygypsy” is also from Canada, earning $40,628.01, as was third-place finisher “artofyou” for $30,332.01. “TorTor2012” was another Canadian and they finished in fifth place for $15,615.60.
The Main Event: Heavyweight
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $200,000 guaranteed as it became Powerfest #015. This week, entries totalled 1,999 to miss the guarantee by a single player.
From the Netherlands, “PieterPost” was the winner for $27,500. The one player from Canada was “AAassasin007” who finished ninth for $2000.
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guaranteed a prize pool of $300,000 as it became Powerfest #017 and 553 players took part, putting up an overlay of nearly $25,000.
Germany’s “Gl4diat0r” was the winner, earning $55,485.30. No Canadians made the final table.
Super High Roller
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. With 50 entrants, the guarantee was surpassed by $25,000 and seven players collected a payout.
The U.K.’s “gordiju” won the largest piece of the prize pool with their $37,476.14 win. No Canadians made 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!