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.
The Super Bowl wasn’t the only thing keeping Canadians at the edge of their seats this Sunday, February 5. Several players from Canada scooped up large sums of money as the Patriots rallied for the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time. While all of Tom Brady's drama was going on, "good2850" was earning Canada's top prize of the week, earning $105K in the Sunday Million.
Also, "MrsPaintba1l" finished fifth place in the Powerfest #221 Super High Roller, good for $63,300. Not far behind was Mark "AceSpades11" Radoja. Radoja took down the $700 Progressive Knockout on PokerStars for more than $56,000.
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. With 791 players, the prize pool came in at $146,000, paying the top 99 players.
The final table saw just one Canadian present this week. "Grandepike" finished sixth for $6,140. Two Canadians just missed out on the final table as "MedioGuerras" busted 11th and "CzarBushov" departed in 12th, both earning $1,608.20. The winner was the "888Stoyan" for $26,827.
The $120,000 Whale
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $600. With a total of 299 players, 45 spots were paid a share of the $168,935 prize pool.
There were no Canadians at the final table. The winner hails from the UK and plays under the name "OMGsete", earning $32,688 for the victory.
$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. The 706 players and 338 rebuys easily surpassed the guarantee as the prize pool reached $88,312.
When the final table of nine was set, two were playing from Canada. "Flippa420" scored the best result with a third-place run resulting in a cash worth $8,831, while "3xcitedd" placed seventh, taking home $2,870. Russia’s "pina219" was the winner, pocketing $16,558.
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. This past week the event attracted 1,375 runners, paying the top 188 spots.
No Canadians made it very deep and in the end it came down to two German players who decided to make a deal and chop up the remaining prize pool. "JohnnyCASH90" earned the win and $19,707 with "maxmoench90" finishing runner-up, banking $17,207.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. A total of 1,866 runners took a shot this week, beating the guarantee by $23,000.
Just one Canadian made a deep run. "Torscotr06" was able to reach the final table but ultimately fell in seventh place, receiving $7,769 as consolation. Russian "Futti 18" took down the top honours earning $56,236.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. One of the more popular events of the week always grabs the attention of the most elite players.
With a field of 624, Canadian poker pro Mark "AceSpades11" Radoja captured the title and a top prize of $56,153.
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.
This week the micro-major gathered 32,312 runners, smoothly slipping past the guarantee. A tough task in itself, no Canadians were able to make a deep run. The UK’s "Rossbangs1" earned the checkmark and the first-place prize of $27,506 after a four-way chop.
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 in at 5,260.
There were two players at the final table flying the Canadian flag. Nova Scotia’s "cheese9" who has made the Sunday Million final table before, including just last October, went out in eighth place this week when he fell victim to a brutal cooler. The Maritimer got his chips in the middle with pocket aces against pocket tens, but a ten hit the board and "cheese9" exited with $12,543.
The chip leader heading into the final table was fellow Canuck "good2850". Managing to make to down to the final three, a deal was struck and "good2850" was the first to depart after locking up $105,669. "MORTIIIIIIII" from Sweden was awarded the largest piece of the prize, earning the win and $129,686.
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 9,825 entries this week, the prize pool came to $196,500.
A Canadian was part of a four-way chop at the final table. "PokinStaR" took fourth place but earned some added equity in the deal and walked away with $18,665. Russian player "solovyevyar" collected the title and $12,904 but, fellow Russian "Apexi-AK47" scored the biggest prize of $20,740, busting in third.
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 beaten by $60,000.
No Canadians made the final table as Swedish online legend "Lena900" scooped the top prize of $58,313.
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, 194 entries crushed the guarantee.
Unfortunately, Canada was not represented at the final table. Romanian "31PokerGod31" defeated Victor "Isildur1" Blom heads-up to take the win and received $28,694 for their efforts.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
The Main Event: $500,000 Guarantee
There were two Main Events for Powerfest on Sunday. Powerfest #218, a $215 buy-in, attracted a strong field of 2,604. Passing the guarantee my more than $50,000.
German pro Philipp "philbort" Gruissem came out on top, running away with $80,779. Just one Canadian was able to navigate a stack to the final table. A great third-place showing from "Lefiscal" was worth $44,268.
The Main Event: $1,000,000 Guarantee High Roller
The second installment of the Main Event upped the ante a bit to a $1,050 buy-in. Powerfest # 220 drew the attention of 1,033 runners, sliding past the guarantee by $33,000.
Mexico’s "gotthereagain" certainly got there this week, picking up the hardware and a nice juicy prize of $175,610. Making a deep run from Canada was "SPEKTAH" busting in fifth for a cool $51,650.
The regular High Roller received a boost this week as Powerfest took over. Event #219 offered a $300,000 guarantee at a price of $530. A total of 701 runners took part, easily surpassing the guarantee.
Aussie native "RIP_HARAMBE" collected the title and a sweet return of $63,791. "MommyTosier" was the lone Canadian to make the final table, placing fourth for $24,535.
Super High Roller
A monster buy-in of $5,200 was featured for this week’s Super High Roller. Part of the ongoing Powerfest series, Event #221 came with a guarantee of $1,000,000. There were 211 entries received, crossing the guarantee by just $55,000.
Sweden’s "Algorhytm" was victorious scooping up $226,825 in prize money. The top Canadian high roller was "MrsPaintba1l" who finished in fifth place, good for $63,300.
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!