The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "Dark_Temple2" Has a Super-Sized Sunday
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 8, 2017, a player from Canada going by “grandepike” was the sixth best on both of 888poker’s largest Sunday tournaments, collecting $6,000 in each of them. The best Canadian cash of the day was by “Dark_Temple2” who pocketed $30,000 in PokerStars’ Super-Sized Sunday. Here’s a full report on major Canadian results this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $120,000 Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $120,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, with 726 players, the prize pool came in at $145,200.
The final table saw one Canadian present this week. Finishing in sixth place, “grandepike” collected $6,098.40. Playing from Argentina, “stockfish9” found the win and earned $26,644.20.
The $100,000 Whale
The $100,000 Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $600. A total of 267 players created a prize pool of $150,855.
Incredibly, “grandepike” finished in sixth place again, earning a slightly larger prize of $6,788.47 after finding the same finish in the Mega Deep. Finland’s “Jarildur1” came out on top of a three-handed deal and pocketed $26,523.08.
$50,000 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. With 700 players and 336 rebuys, the prize pool reached $87,640.
When the final table of nine was set, none of them were playing from Canada. Mexico-based “wishuluckBRO” was the victor, cashing in for $16,432.50.
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 1,439 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by more than $40,000.
It came to an end with one Canadian at the final table. Finishing fourth, “cedrick89” collected $8,439.93. The win went to Cyprus-based “sir.stef5” for $22,084.38.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $275,000 guarantee. The 1,991 players beat the guarantee by more than $120,000.
When the final table of nine players was set, none were playing from Canada. The eventual winner was “TEENageTuRtL” from Argentina for $59,657.85.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 693 entries beat the $300,000 guarantee by over $160,000.
The tournament’s final table had two Canadian flags waving. After meeting their end in eighth place, American poker refugee Grayson “gray31” Ramage picked up $4,811.65 from the prize pool as well as $7,772.12 in bounties. Also based in Canada, “Dark_Temple2” finished third and scooped up $21,840.06 plus $9,869.72 in bounties. The winner was Bulgarian “bah23” who collected $39,998.30 in addition to more than $20,000 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 $275,000. With 31,468 entries, the prize pool slid past the guarantee by nearly $40,000.
There were no Canadians among the final nine. Moldova’s “monya838” earned $31,319.53 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 5,592.
One player at the final table was logging in from within our borders, but “hondacivic66” sputtered to an end in eighth place for $12,090.12. The winner was Hungarian “birs320” for $158,981.69.
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 9,812 entries this week, the prize pool came to $196,240.
The final table saw one Canadian with chips, but “Torchug” was the first player eliminated from the final nine. They earned $1,481.90. The victor was Russia’s “Bragino_8700” for $26,681.14.
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 300 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $125,000.
The final table saw no Canadian flags waving. It was Romania’s “profit76” who won the top prize of $56,437.71.
Sunday Grand (PLO)
The second edition of the $1,050 Sunday Grand is a six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament with $75,000 guaranteed. This week, 161 entries more than doubled the guarantee.
No Canadians made this final table either. The winner was Finland’s “ImWithSumo” for $32,631.86.
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 1,448 entries sailed past the guarantee.
Two Canadians were on the final table this week. In ninth place, “cdbr3799” earned $1,709.36 while “ERIC DANIS 1” (who is not poker media’s Eric Danis) was the runner-up for $16,126.21. The winner was Bulgaria’s “cocojamb0” for $22,222.75.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $160,000 guarantee. In under two and a half hours, 1,097 players were reduced to one.
The final nine included no representatives from Canada this week. Germany’s “Ssick_OnE” collected $36,160.80 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 1,454 entries jumped in the fight and beat guarantee by more than $40,000.
Sweden’s “KoksJuuice” was the winner, earning $46,528.08. No Canadians made the final table.
The Main Event: Heavyweight
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,658 to beat the guarantee by nearly $15,000.
Brazil’s “XaXoManBR” was the winner, earning $26,259.59. In fourth place, Canada’s Danny “DannyN13” Noseworthy finished sixth for $5,885.90.
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $150,000 and 421 players took part, putting up a total purse of $210,500. From the Czech Republic, “SentimenTODO23” was the winner, earning $36,758.67 after a heads-up deal. Canada’s “sordykrd” finished seventh for $7,051.75.
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 “ThreeBunPass” won the largest piece of the prize pool with their $43,750 win. Canada-based “donzledurbru” finished in third place for $18,750 and, also playing from Canada, “WWWpartyCOM” collected the min-cash of $5,625 in seventh place.
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!