The Canadian Sunday Briefing: “B_thebenlar” Finds an 888poker Win From Canada
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, March 26, 2017, was full of deep runs by players from Canada. The best came from “B_thebenlar” who won 888poker’s $120,000 Mega Deep from within our borders for $25K. 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 667 players this week, the prize pool came in at $133,400.
The final table saw three Canadians present this week. And when only five layers remained, all three Canucks were still at the table. Finishing in fifth place, “wayne_G99” collected $7,003.50 to honour the hockey legend. “OO6007” went on to finish third for $13,340. The winner was the final player from Canada, “B_thebenlar”, who earned $25,012.50 for the victory.
The $100,000 Baby Whale
The Baby Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $320 and a $100,000 guarantee. With a total of 342 players, the prize pool came to $102,600.
There was one Canadian at the final table. Ultimately finishing in fifth place, “justgamblin” earned $5,848.20. The winner was “MisterN411” from the Netherlands for $19,853.10.
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 1,234 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by more than $20,000.
It came to an end with no Canadians at the final table, which isn’t unusual considering the early start time for Canadian time zones. The winner was “PalomoBuchón” from the U.K. for $19,501.70.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. The 1,748 players fell short of the guarantee by just two entries.
As the final table of nine players was set, no Canadians held chips. The winner was Ireland’s “darius8989” who shipped $52,953.47.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 694 entries beat the $375,000 guarantee by over $85,000.
The tournament’s final table had no Canadian flags waving. Costa Rican “Big Huni” was the winner, earning $39,982.42 plus $11,746.17 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 30,338 entries, the guarantee was beat by more than $25,000.
The final table saw on Canadian take a seat, but “Micky 4T” was the first player eliminated from the final nine, earning $2,010.10. The winner was U.K.-based “sharkf1n” for $26,068.47 after a three-way deal.
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 5,082.
Canada’s “jf slim777” made a final-table appearance, but was eliminated in eighth place for $12,778.58. The win went to New Zealand’s “MedStudent91” for $152,454.83.
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 9,822 entries this week, the prize pool came to $196,440.
The final table saw two Canadians with chips. Both still had chips three-handed, but then they fell to the eventual winner, Ukraine’s “Gambl!ngKid” who pocketed $25,442.78. “PATNITROF” was the higher finisher from Canada, collecting $17,848.26 for second place, while “jnfpoker” earned $12,525.32 for third 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 $225,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 276 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by more than $50,000.
The final table saw no Canadian flags waving. U.K.-based Sam “SamSquid” Grafton was the winner, earning $52,633.32.
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, 137 entries well-surpassed the guarantee.
There were two players from Canada at this final table. One was American poker refugee Joe “jcada99” Cada who finished sixth for $6,857.17. The other was Canadian Ami “UhhMee” Barer who finished fourth for $12,166.97. The winner was Colombia’s “marroca5” who earned $28,756.63.
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 1,506 entries sailed past the guarantee by more than $25,000.
Of the nine final players, one was from Canada. “RPILON” finished in sixth place for $4,651.77 while Mexico-based “TakiToRivers” earned $23,112.84 for the win.
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 under two and a half hours, 1,046 players were reduced to one.
The final six included one player from Canada this week. Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois was the sixth-place finisher, earning $4,176.81. The win went to Hungary’s “LosJanosTata” for $34,998.94.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Heavyweight: The Title Fight
The headlining Sunday major in partypoker’s lineup is the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight with $300,000 guaranteed. This week, a total of 1,389 entries missed the guarantee by more than $20,000.
Russian “Roman883444444” was the winner, earning $48,300.30. No Canadians made the final table.
Heavyweight: The Main Event
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,647 to beat the guarantee by nearly $15,000.
Sweden’s “Brttyy” was the winner, collecting $26,085.45. Canada’s “AAassasin007” finished third for $14,556.18.
High Roller: $150K Gtd
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $150,000 and 386 players took part, beating the guarantee by more than $40,000.
Norway’s “gregOorOowicz” was the winner this week, collecting $35,753.54. Canada’s “GriffsT1ts” finished seventh for $5,150.59. Also from Canada was eighth-place finisher “MyronFlagburn” who collected $3,737.83.
Super High Roller: $100K Gtd
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 nearly $50,000 and nine players collected a payout.
Russia’s “PhileasFogg” was the winner, earning $52,604.42. Canada’s “MrsPaintba1l” finished in eighth place for $4,772.06.
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!