The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Ryan Yu and Jonas Mackoff Find Top Cashes
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 7, 2017, all three sites were in the early days of 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 massive Powerfest series.
The biggest Canadian result of the day came from Ryan “ineedsheet” Yu who came third in partypoker’s special $1 million guaranteed event. He collected more than $70,000 for that finish after partypoker missed the guarantee by just under $330,000. Jonas “donut604” Mackoff also made the final table in PokerStars’ Sunday Million, earning $43,000 for sixth place. 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 fourth event of their ongoing XL Inferno series. With 902 players this week, the prize pool surpassed $180,000.
The final table saw no Canadians present this week. The winner was the appropriately named “Binkasaurus” from the U.K. for $32,472.
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 334 players fell shy of the guarantee.
There was one Canadian at the final table. In eighth place, “cosmokramr26” earned $4,800. The winner was Sweden’s “anteen” for $38,700.
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-02-M, the guarantee went up to $300,000 and that was easily surpassed by the 4,355 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 “KronoPP” from Hungary for $68,323,13.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $350,000 guarantee, but that was bumped to $600,000 this week as the tournament became SCOOP-03-M. The 5,196 players beat the guarantee by well over $400,000, putting more than a million dollars up for grabs.
As the final table of nine players was set, one Canadian held chips. Finishing in fifth place, “bukhum00” brought $22,083 home to Canada from the prize pool, plus another $2,240.22 in bounties. The winner was Brazilian “ViDss” who earned $60,824.02 plus $20,247.21 in bounties after a heads-up deal. Runner-up “Tmay420” from Mexico actually earned more, pocketing more than $92,000.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 769 entries beat the $375,000 guarantee by over $130,000.
The tournament’s final table had no Canadian flags waving. Russian “Kot_Spartac” was the outright winner, collecting $43,217.66 plus another $22,763.05 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 27,501 entries, the purse slipped past the guarantee by a single entry.
The final table was made up of fully one third Canadians — three out of nine were playing from within our borders. The first out was “fou_tete” in eighth place for $2,579.70, followed by “TPCB13” in sixth place for $5,076.93. The top Canadian result was “who_next421” who was the runner-up after a three-way deal for $18,255.02. The U.K.’s “dr4gosak47” was the winner for $21,919.93.
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 6,754 as SCOOP-04-M, easily beating the guarantee.
There was one Canadian on the final table. Jonas “donut604” Mackoff finished in sixth place for $43,225.60. The winner was Germany’s “0$kar15” who collected $160,989.46 after a three-way deal.
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 9,592 entries this week, the prize pool came to $191,840.
The final table saw two Canadians with chips. Finishing in fifth, “mpolishuk” earned $6,093.31. “DonkMuck” went as far as third place before being eliminated for $12,372.70. The win was earned by Denmark’s “Tralllle” for $21,113.98 after a heads-up deal.
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 270 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $45,000.
The final table saw one player from Canada with a seat. Finishing in fifth place, American Elio “smokrokflock” Fox earned $15,752.69 from within our borders. The winner was the U.K.’s “Epiphany77” for $51,489.11.
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, it became SCOOP-05-H with a buy-in of $2,100 and a $600,000 guarantee. The 425 entries beat the guarantee by $250,000.
There were no players from Canada at this final table. A four-way deal chopped up the money and the U.K.’s “raconteur” took the title and the top prize of $118,428.26.
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 1,568 entries sailed past the guarantee by more than $30,000.
Of the nine final players, one was from Canada. The Canadian flag was carried all the way to fourth place by American Bryan “bparis” Paris before he fell to collect $9,126.07. The winner was the U.K.’s “Stew_233”, earning $23,880.09.
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, 1,245 players were reduced to one.
No Canadians made the final table this week. The win went to Hungarian “klagylo” for $31,867.86 after a heads-up deal.
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 715 entries this week, the prize pool settled at $143,000.
Brazil’s “TDurdenWAR” won the top prize of $22,916.42 after a heads-up deal 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, it became a part of partypoker’s ongoing Powerfest series and the guarantee went way up to $1 million. A total of 3,354 entries fell way short of the guarantee, forcing partypoker to pony up an overlay of just under $330,000!
The winner was “jayser1337” from the Ukraine, collecting $140,400 after a two-way deal. Ryan “ineedsheet” Yu from Canada finished in third for $70,600.
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 #012 and entries totalled 2,047 to sneak by the guarantee by less than $5,000.
Sweden’s “AllinIvey1” was the winner, earning $34,185.60. 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 #014 this week, that was doubled to $300,000. With 633 players taking part, the total purse came to $316,500.
The winner was “kashmir_uzi” for $58,299.30. No Canadians made this final table either.
Super High Roller: $100K Gtd
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. As Powerfest #015 this week, the guarantee tripled to $300,000, and 128 entrants beat that by $20,000.
Bulgaria’s “collony87” was the victor, pocketing $78,400 for the win. Canada’s “MrsPaintba1l” finished fourth for $28,000. Also playing from within our borders, “Bonequeiro” finished ninth for $8,000.
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!