The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "WillDav11" Runs Deep in Sunday Million
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 15, 2017, Canada-based “WillDav11” managed fourth in PokerStars’ Sunday Million, earning the largest Canadian score of the day. “LCfish” found a win in 888poker’s Mega Deep, though, and “Zaymovishka” won partypoker’s High Roller. 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 664 players, the prize pool came in at $132,800.
The final table saw one Canadian present this week, but it was in the best finishing position. “LCfish” was the winner, bringing home $24,900 to Canada.
The $500,000 Super Whale
The $100,000 Baby Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $320, but, this week, 888poker made it a Super Whale with half a million guaranteed for the same buy-in. With a total of 1,188 players and 531 rebuys, the prize pool hit $515,700.
The one Canadian at the final table was the first eliminated. “MedioGuerras” finished in ninth place for $5,672.70. The winner was Germany’s “Slaaasch” for $79,382.07 after a heads-up deal.
$80,000 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 686 players and 336 rebuys, the prize pool reached $86,492.
When the final table of nine was set, one of them was playing from Canada. “Mudcat33” finished in sixth place for $3,675.91. The winner was the U.K.’s “badmodafoka1” who earned $16,217.25.
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 1,461 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by more than $45,000.
It came to an end with one Canadian at the final table. Finishing fourth, “VegasDietz” collected $12,640.44 for being part of a four-way deal. The win went to Brazilian “Zorkss” for $17,080.63.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $300,000 guarantee. The 1,970 players beat the guarantee by nearly $100,000.
When the final table of nine players was set, none were playing from Canada. The eventual winner was “acemaKerface” from the U.K. for $56,509.48 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 729 entries beat the $35,000 guarantee by over $130,000.
The tournament’s final table had one Canadian flag waving. After meeting their end in ninth place, “[[SUGRNSPC]]” picked up $3,740.21 from the prize pool as well as $3,127.55 in bounties. Norway’s “thomber26” was the winner, collecting $42,076.10 plus $20,412.87 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 32,441 entries, the prize pool slid past the guarantee by more than $20,000.
There were no Canadians among the final nine. Switzerland’s “camary” earned $32,135.72 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 5,537.
One player at the final table was logging in from within our borders. “WillDav11” managed a fourth-place result for our red and white team, worth $53,265.94. Mexico’s “AAadrift” was the victor, scoring an impressive $157,465.27.
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 10,048 entries this week, the prize pool came to $200,960.
The final table saw no Canadians with chips. Finland’s “Jupssa” came out on top for $20,731.01 after a three-way deal, although runner-up “SexyFlush” from the Netherlands earned more at $22,055.24.
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 302 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $102,000.
The final table saw one Canadian flag waving: It was Romania’s “EndlessJ” who finished in fifth place for $17,801.20. Germany’s “$uperday” was the winner, collecting $56,814.09.
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, 163 entries well surpassed the guarantee.
The one Canadian at the final table was Alex “dynoalot” Difelice who finished in ninth place for $5,913.70. Germany’s “Fresh_oO_D” earned $33,037.21 for the win.
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 1,506 entries sailed past the guarantee.
One player from Canada was at the final table this week. For third place, “HNESNESNE5” won $12,171.55. Greek “vladik32” walked away with the win and $23,112.84.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $175,000 guarantee. In exactly two and a half hours, 1,130 players were reduced to one.
The final nine included no representatives from Canada this week. Belgian “och_jong” collected $23,966.54 for the win after a four-way deal, but Germany’s “arnenator” earned the most despite being runner-up, collecting $24,985.81.
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 1,481 entries jumped in the fight and beat guarantee by more than $45,000.
The U.K.’s “Airdraken” was the winner, earning $47,392.12. “Rodpokpok” finished in seventh place from Canada, collecting $8,145.50.
The Main Event: Heavyweight
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,641 to beat the guarantee by nearly $15,000. No Canadians made the final table.
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $150,000 and 386 players took part, putting up a total purse of $193,000. One of Canada’s own, “Zaymovishka” was the winner, earning $37,635.
Super High Roller
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. With 59 entrants, the guarantee was surpassed by almost $50,000 and eight players collected a payout.
Hungary’s “probirs” won the largest piece of the prize pool with their $47,937.50 win. Canada-based “AceSpades11” finished in third place for $22,125.
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!