The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "ruthless848" Pockets $73K For Third 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, March 5, 2017, had some great Canadian finishes, but nobody cashed for more than “ruthless848” who earned more than $73,000 for finishing third in PokerStars’ Sunday Million. 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 691 players this week, the prize pool came in at $138,200.
The final table saw two Canadians present this week. In ninth place, Canada’s “omgjefmonier” earned $1,948.62, while “cockbandit44” went on to claim fourth-place money of $10,365. The tournament came to an end with a heads-up deal where Finland’s “tikkapekka” came out on top for $23,793.54.
The $120,000 Whale
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $600 and a $120,000 guarantee. With a total of 239 players, the prize pool came to $135,035.
There was one Canadian at this final table. With the poorly chosen name of “t54_is_a_fag”, the player earned $4,726.22 for seventh place. The winner was “Hindukrush” of the U.K. for $27,614.65.
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 1,386 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by more than $30,000.
It came to an end with one Canadian at the final table. In fifth place, “takeurent$” earned $5,980.03. The winner was Romania’s “wnr2050” for $19,906.83 after a three-way deal.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. The 1,938 players beat the guarantee by more than $30,000.
As the final table of nine players was set, one Canadian still held chips. Eventually finishing runner-up, “grapedrink07” earned $42,140.29.
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 $400,000 guarantee by over $60,000.
The tournament’s final table had one Canadian flag waving but, unfortunately, “teckidtq” was the first player eliminated once there. They collected $3,555.51 plus $5,122.54 in bounties. The winner was “Naza114” from the Netherlands, earning $39,998.30 plus $18,055.51.
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 29,767 entries, the guarantee was beat by more than $20,000.
This week, the winner was Brazilian “spawllo” for $28,753.04 after a heads-up deal with a fellow Brazilian. Canada’s “nahani6” finished fifth for $7,684.38.
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 5,249.
One player at the final table was logging in from within our borders. In third place, “ruthless848” earned $73,541.63. The winner, “geob000”, hailed from Greece and earned $149,332.51.
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 9,748 entries this week, the prize pool came to $194,960.
The final table saw one Canadian with chips. Finishing in third place, “dougi3_86” earned $12,866.03. Coming out on top, Argentina’s “leitalopez” won $26,508.94.
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 281 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by more than $50,000.
The final table saw three Canadian flags waving. In seventh place, “jayjayme” earned $9,430.41. Finishing one better, “Apotheosis92” collected $12,594.27 for sixth place. The third maple leaf was attached to American poker refugee Ben “Ben86” Tollerene who earned $53,504.25 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, 166 entries well-surpassed the guarantee.
There were two players from Canada on the final table this week. American expat Chris “Ceegee87” George finished in sixth place for $6,957.28 and another Canada-residing American, Joel “jbrown8777” Brown, did one better to earn $9,267.40 for fifth place. The winner was “Ahhh Is It?” from the U.K. for $29,176.46.
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 1,504 entries sailed past the guarantee by $25,000.
Two of the final nine players were from Canada. For finishing in eighth, “ruffianace” collected $2,446.55. The better Canadian result came from “emjkemjk” who earned $6,401.53 for finishing in fifth. The winner was Monaco-based “slm022” for $23,082.34.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $175,000 guarantee. In just under two and a half hours, 1,017 players were reduced to one.
The final six included no representation from Canada this week. Malta’s “Nelisschuif7” was the winner, earning $34,028.25.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Heavyweight: The Title Fight
The headlining Sunday major in partypoker’s lineup is the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight with $325,000 guaranteed. This week, a total of 1,320 entries just missed the guarantee by $1,000.
Swiss “JENOVA” was the winner, earning $44,995.08. 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 1,727 to beat the guarantee by more than $20,000.
Argentina’s “DameUnLimon” was the winner, earning $27,352.60, and no Canadians were on this final table either.
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guaranteed a prize pool of $150,000 and 388 players took part, beating the guarantee by more than $40,000.
Ukrainian “Ender-112” was the winner this week, collecting $35,938.85. Canada’s “NBA2k12FAN” finished in seventh place for $5,177.27.
Super High Roller
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. With 73 entrants, the guarantee was surpassed by $82,500 and 11 players collected a payout.
From Sweden, “Algorhytm” was the winner, earning $53,914.02. Canada’s “sordykrd” finished fourth for $16,958.44.
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!