The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Huge Wins by "sordykrd" and "m.a-0000"
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 29, 2017, there were plenty of great results by players in Canada. The best came from “sordykrd” who won partypoker’s Super High Roller for more than $70,000, and “m.a-0000” won PokerStars’ Sunday Warm-Up for more than $60,000. 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 Super XL Series. With 1,080 players, the prize pool came in at $216,000.
The final table saw no Canadiana present this week. The winner was the U.K.’s “HappyHour4U” for $38,880.
The $1,500,000 Super XL Main Event
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $600, but this week 888poker replaced it with the Super XL Main Event with $1.5 million guaranteed for a buy-in of $1,050. With a total of 1,096 players and 344 rebuys, the prize pool had a small overlay.
There were no Canadians at the final table. The winner hails from Belarus and plays under the name “Enigmasility”, earning $262,200 for the victory.
$100,000 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 1,014 players and 434 rebuys easily surpassed that and the prize pool reached $122,208.
When the final table of nine was set, none of them were playing from Canada. “Corlusion” was the winner, pocketing $21,997.44.
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 1,515 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by more than $25,000.
It came to an end with one Canadian at the final table. Despite playing under the name “kidwhowon”, the Canadian wasn’t quite the winner, but collected a respectable $2,464.45 for finishing eighth. The actual kid who won was Austria’s “monzemann” for $23,251.10.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. The 2,059 players beat the guarantee by more than $60,000.
When the final table of nine players was set, two were playing from Canada. One of them, American expat Andrew “APD0290” Dean, finished sixth for $11,817.17 while the other, “m.a-0000”, was the winner, bringing home an impressive $61,496.92 to Canada.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 792 entries beat the $400,000 guarantee by over $120,000.
The tournament’s final table had one Canadian flag waving. In third place, “dirty.brasil” earned $23,858.94 plus $13,647.31 in bounties. Ironically, the winner was from Brazil. “KKremate” earned $44,406.97 plus $18,354.54 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 $300,000. With 30,375 entries, the prize pool slipped past the guarantee..
There were two Canadians among the final nine. “RobMoneyQc” finished fifth for $7,841.33 while “Cardio_Crazy” went on to finish runner-up for $21,648.53. The winner was Greece-based “Ekmalian” for $30,402.17.
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 5,236.
No players at the final table were logging in from within our borders. The tournament saw a five-way chop with Russia’s “stagerpoker” finishing on top for $86,733.04, though the largest piece of the prize pool went to Switzerland’s “Sephirot88” for $95,068.31.
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 9,833 entries this week, the prize pool came to $196,660.
The final table saw no Canadians with chips. The winner was the U.K.’s “cheapwetsuit” for $15,490.40 after a four-way deal, but Brazil’s “toddy.Jm” earned the most, collecting $22,055.98 in second place.
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 310 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $60,000.
The final table saw one Canadian flag waving. In sixth place, Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot collected $13,671.09 while Malta-based “NLZWERVERNL” earned $58,319.09 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, 218 entries well-surpassed the guarantee.
The one player from Canada this week was American poker refugee Joel “jbrown8777” Brown who finished runner-up for $31,794.47 while Hungary’s “Syous” was the winner, earning $42,777.76.
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 1,575 entries sailed past the guarantee.
One player from Canada was at the final table this week. In seventh place, “Martin1213” earned $3,503.39. Brazilian “R_Caiaffa” was the winner, earning $23,986.36.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $175,000 guarantee. In a little over two and a half hours, 1,129 players were reduced to one.
The final nine included three representatives from Canada this week. The first out was Mike “MikeyGG3” Gentili who finished eighth for $2,903.15. Then American expat Jimmy “untitled2jc” Cappucci made it as far as fifth before they were eliminated for $6,794.43. The deepest Canadian run came from “OLD TIME GIN” who finished third for $15,901.35. The winner was the U.K.’s “johnm1916” for $37,215.82.
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 #155 as a part of the Powerfest series and the guarantee went up to $300,000. A total of 1,880 entries jumped in the fight and beat guarantee by more than $75,000.
The U.K.’s “Sentapied99” was the winner, earning $50,340.84. No Canadians made the final table.
The Main Event: Heavyweight
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $200,000 guaranteed as it became Powerfest #154. This week, entries totalled 2,091 to slide past the guarantee.
From Brazil, “TodayHave” was the winner for $26,500.62. From Canada, “BustinDaNut” finished sixth for $7,318.50.
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guaranteed a prize pool of $300,000 as it became Powerfest #156 and 592 players took part, putting up a small overlay.
The U.K.’s “OMGMenda” was the winner, earning $55,141.50. “LetitbeBeetle” finished in seventh place for $9,525 from Canada.
Super High Roller
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $200,000 guarantee as Powerfest #157. With 115 entrants, the guarantee was surpassed by $87,500 and 15 players collected a payout.
From right here in Canada, “sordykrd” was the winner for $71,875. Fellow Canadian “Lefiscal” finished eighth for $10,062.50.
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!