The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "cooler_me" Pockets partypoker's Top Payout
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, April 30, 2017, the top Canadian result of the day was “cooler_me”’s win in partypoker’s Heavyweight: The Title Fight for $50K. There were also two players from Canada on the final table of PokerStars’ Sunday Million, and “JDrake770” won The Whale on 888poker from within our borders as well. 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 597 players this week, the guarantee created an overlay of just a few hundred dollars.
The final table saw two Canadians present this week. “AceSpade11” finished in ninth place for $1,800, but Xuan “888Xuan” Liu went on to collect sixth-place money of $5,100. The winner was “JohnFoot” from the U.K. for $22,668..
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 203 players, the prize pool had a small overlay.
There were two Canadians at the final table in this event as well, but they bookended the results at this final table. The one (“rafasdad”) was the first to be eliminated, collecting $2,400 in ninth place, while the other, “JDrake770”, was the only player not eliminated, taking first-place money of $25,800.
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 1,148 people paying the buy-in, the guarantee was beat by nearly $15,000.
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 “GeorgeG121” from the U.K. for $16,654 after a heads-up deal.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee. The 1,673 players fell shy of the guarantee by just about $15,000.
As the final table of nine players was set, no Canadians held chips. The winner was China’s “wingssssss” who shipped $53,184.11.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 649 entries beat the $375,000 guarantee by over $55,000.
The tournament’s final table had two Canadian flags waving. “RunLkMercier” finished eighth for $4,250.76 plus a little more than that again in bounties. The other Canadian was “luckyluckey” who finished third for $20,088.83 plus $6,108.32 in bounties. The winner, “wvoron81”, hailed from Russia and picked up $37,389.87 from the prize pool and $14,590.26 for all of the eliminations he caused along the way to the win.
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 28,292 entries, the purse slipped past the guarantee.
The final table saw one Canadian taking a seat, and that player went all the way to making a heads-up deal. Ultimately falling in second place, “molswi47” pocketed $21,456.21, finding a fantastic return on their $11 buy-in. The winner was “robin wuff” from the U.K., earning $26,956.20.
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 5,392.
There were two players from Canada on the final table this week. The of the two to collect their prize was “marlin5555” who finished in seventh place for $17,764.80. The other was “bachelder” who finished fifth for $37,089.19. The tournament ended after a three-way deal where Peruvian “SPEWTARD” collected the top spot and $155,588.58.
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 10,588 entries this week, the prize pool came to $211,760.
The final table saw no Canadians with chips. Malta-based “despedespi33” was the winner, earning $26,802.19.
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 275 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by than $50,000.
The final table saw no Canadian flags waving. Hungary’s “Belabacsi” took down the top prize of $52,442.69.
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, 159 entries well-surpassed the guarantee.
There were no players from Canada at this final table either. The win went to “NoHayMiedo*” from the Dominican Republic for $32,226.52.
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 1,539 entries sailed past the guarantee by more than $25,000.
Of the nine final players, one was from Canada. The Canadian flag was carried all the way to second place before “djleet1337” fell to collect $17,008.38. The winner was Sweden’s “mollycash”, earning $23,438.38.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $175,000 guarantee. In a minute over two and a half hours, 1,112 players were reduced to one.
There were two players from Canada on the final table of six. There were still two remaining when just four players were still in contention. But they were both eliminated in quick succession. “RunLkMercier” collected another $10,237.74 for fourth place to add to their Super-Sized Sunday result. American poker refugee Kevin “Stammdogg” Stammen finished third for $15,661.91 from within our borders as well. The winner was U.K.-based “EdenR” for $27,189.35 after a heads-up deal, but Russia’s “DRONCHEK” earned more despite finishing second, collecting $33,425.40.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Heavyweight: The Title Fight Warm Up
A new addition to the Sunday lineup on partypoker is the Warm Up edition of their major event of the day. The buy-in is a matching $215 with a $100,000 guarantee. With 736 entries this week, the prize pool settled at $147,200.
Switzerland’s “titofarjus” won the top prize of $26,275.20 and no Canadians made the final table.
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 1,353 entries missed the guarantee by nearly $30,000.
The winner was Canadian “cooler_me”, earning $50,790 for the victory.
Heavyweight: The Main Event
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,627 to beat the guarantee by more than $12,000.
Germany’s “IliusDooo” was the winner, earning $27,447.49. The runner-up was Canada’s “stevenstevenson” for $19,475.19.
High Roller: $150K Gtd
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $150,000 and 359 players took part, beating the guarantee by just under $30,000.
The Ukraine’s “SanityWaterline” was the winner, pocketing $33,252.62. American expat Doug “dlanger610” Lang collected $17,271.66 from Canadian soil. Also from Canada, “MrsPaintba1l” finished eighth for $3,476.37.
Super High Roller: $100K Gtd
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. With 44 entrants, the guarantee was surpassed by $10,000.
Germany’s “Chelsea72” was the winner after a three-way deal, collecting $30,102.68. There were no Canadians among the six players who collected a prize.
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!