The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "Korpieworm" Wins SCOOP 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, May 14, 2017, all three sites were well into huge tournament series. 888poker is running the XL Inferno series, the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is on at PokerStars, and partypoker is running a their biggest-ever Powerfest series.
The biggest Canadian result of the day by far was a Canadian victory by “Korpieworm” in PokerStars' Sunday Million for $173,243.90, but there were plenty more big results 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. This week, the guarantee went up to $150,000 as it became the 94th event of their ongoing XL Inferno series. With 967 players this week, the prize pool surpassed $190,000.
The final table saw two Canadians present this week. “Prof_Plum” was eliminated in eighth place for $3,868, followed by “Wall2Wall3b” in fifth for $9,747.36. The winner was Brazilian “TheSecretVMS” for $34,812.
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. Also part of the XL Inferno series, the guarantee went up to $200,000, and the 328 players fell shy of the guarantee.
There were no Canadians at the final table. The win went to Vietnam’s “B4NKR0LL3R” for $50,946.61.
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. As SCOOP-29-M, the guarantee went up to $200,000 and that was easily surpassed by the 3,522 entries.
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 “hiran bass” from Brazil for $57,233.94.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee, but that was bumped to $500,000 this week as the tournament became SCOOP-30-M. The 3,898 players beat the guarantee by $280,000, putting $779,600 up for grabs.
As the final table of nine players was set, one Canadian held chips. Finishing in eighth place, “takeurent$” brought $8,575.60 home to Canada. “Naza114” from the Netherlands was the winner, earning $118,890.42.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 902 entries beat the $375,000 guarantee by over $225,000.
The tournament’s final table had one Canadian flag waving, but it was held by American Doug “dlanger610” Lang playing from within our borders. He was part of a three-way deal, ultimately finishing runner-up for $34,694.11 plus $6,803.21 in bounties. The winner was Germany’s “cold_smile” for $38,460.22 plus $17,108 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 25,720 entries, the guarantee was missed.
The final table featured no Canadians. It was Brazil’s “vinizuxo” who won the top prize of $27,724.06.
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 6,944 as SCOOP-31-M, easily beating the guarantee.
There was one Canadian on the final table, and that player went all the way to secure the win. After a three-way deal, “Korpieworm” took down the title and $173,243.90.
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 9,423 entries this week, the prize pool came to $188,460.
The final table saw one Canadian with chips. Finishing as runner-up, Scott “D_DIGGLER99” Hill earned $17,320.07 while Slovakian “GGMU AON” took down the top prize of $24,686.82.
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 278 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $53,000.
The final table no Canadians in contention. The winner was Germany’s “Manni1822” for $53,014.71.
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, 235 entries beat the guarantee by $135,000.
There were no players from Canada at this final table either. Lithuania’s “Grazvis1” was the winner, collecting $45,408.63.
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 1,793 entries sailed past the guarantee by more than $50,000.
Of the nine final players, none were from Canada. Colombia-based “fer_90_1” was the winner, earning $27,019.04.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $175,000 guarantee. In just over two and a half hours, 1,388 players were reduced to one.
No Canadians made the final table this week. The win went to Brazilian “Kovalski1” for $44,015.26.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Heavyweight: The Title Fight Warm Up
The Warm Up edition of their major event of the day has a matching buy-in of $215 with a $100,000 guarantee. With 852 entries this week, the prize pool settled at $170,400.
Austria’s “untaktik” won the top prize of $29,785.92 and Canada’s “Tiny Hands” finished in seventh for $3,408.
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, it became a part of partypoker’s ongoing Powerfest series and the guarantee went way up to $1 million. After a $330,000 overlay last week, 4,338 entries were closer to the guarantee, but partypoker still had to make up an overlay of more than $130,000.
The winner was “Mrakobes20” from Latvia, pocketing $123,510.74. Canada’s “IGrindMakeUp” earned $30,750 for fifth place.
Heavyweight: The Main Event
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, the guarantee went up to $200,000 as it became Powerfest #155 and entries totalled 2,310 to beat the guarantee by more than $30,000.
Brazil’s “SolanaStar” was the winner, earning $37,888.62, and no Canadians made the final table.
High Roller: $150K Gtd
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $150,000. As Powerfeset #157 this week, that was doubled to $300,000. With 708 players taking part, the total purse came to $354,000.
The winner was “DuduPa1986” from Lithuania for $56,429.12 after a heads-up deal. Canada’s “Makemineadouble” just missed out on the deal, finishing in third for $30,196.20. Also from Canada, “TIMEXCNT” finished fourth for $20,461.20 and “TorTor2012” collected $14,443.20 for fifth.
Super High Roller: $100K Gtd
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. As Powerfest #158 this week, the guarantee tripled to $300,000, and 161 entrants beat that by more than $100,000.
Denmark’s “PerSidenius” was the victor, claiming $89,073.25 in prize money. Canada’s “JeanClaude1970” finished second for $63,997.50. “SignoreUkulele”, also from Canada, was the third-place finisher to collect $46,690. One more Canadian, “Power_Bottom”, finished in eighth place for $11,068.75.
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!