The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Andrew "achen" Chen Wins Super-Sized Sunday
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, June 11, 2017 was a great one for players from Canada. No less than four events were won by players within our borders. The best of them was Andrew “achen” Chen’s win in PokerStars’ $700 Super-Sized Sunday where he pocketed more than $60,000. Here’s a full report on major Canadian results this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $100,000 Mega Deep
The premiere Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $100,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, the guarantee was beat by $6,000 by the 530 entries.
The final table included one Canadian. Finishing in eighth place, “Prof_Plum” earned $2,385. The winner was Ukraine’s “Sambist1990” for $20,034.
The $150,000 Whale
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $1,050 along with a $150,000 guarantee. There were 121 players this week and 47 rebuys, creating a prize pool of $168,000.
One Canadian made the final table this time. Finishing in eighth place, “pipedreamKim” earned $5,040. The winner was Swiss “fishermen90” for $38,640.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 Sunday Kickoff with a $75,000 prize pool guarantee. With 1,134 entries, the guarantee was beat by just under $40,000.
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 “mypokerf” from Russia for $16,157.48 after a heads-up deal.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $300,000 guarantee. With 1,557 players, there was more than $10,000 more than the guarantee to play for.
This tournament also didn’t see any Canadians at the final table. The winner was “Belqi” from Estonia for $47,532.39.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 599 entries beat the $300,000 guarantee by nearly $100,000.
The first Canadian win of the day was made here. Andrew “achen” Chen came out on top to win $35,158.33 from the prize pool as well as $26,228.33 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 $250,000. With 25,960 entries, the guarantee was beat by nearl $10,000.
Nobody from Canada made the final table of this enormous tournament. The winner was “texx67” from Norway for $25,935.07.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes every week. This time around, it beat the guarantee with 5,879 entries creating a prize pool of $1,175,800.
No players from Canada made the final table this week. The winner was “kZhh” for $176,212.94 to take home to Hungary.
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 $150,000 is guaranteed. With 9,336 entries this week, the prize pool came to $186,720.
The final table saw no Canadians with chips. Germany’s “RBS14a” was the winner, earning $24,458.82.
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 $150,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 233 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $83,000.
The final table saw one player in Canada holding chips, but “Woodstock37” was the first player eliminated once there. For ninth place, they earned $4,404.28. The winner was “carpediem200” from the U.K. for $39,642.06 after a heads-up deal.
Sunday Grand (PLO)
The second edition of the $1,050 Sunday Grand is a six-max pot-limit Omaha tournament with $75,000 guaranteed. This week, 110 entries beat the guarantee by $35,000.
Of the final six players, two were playing from Canada. “Roo_400” finished sixth for $5,828.95 while Luc “YRWTHMELTHR” Greenwood finished runner-up for $18,521.88. The winner was Germany’s “Fresh_oO_D” for $24,729.20.
The buy-in drops to $109 for the Sunday Cooldown and the pace goes up with the turbo structure in the $100,000-guaranteed tournament. A total of 1,319 entries slipped past the guarantee by more than $30,000.
This is where the second Canadian win of the day was made. “UhhRooj” finished on top and earned $20,519.83 for the feat.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $125,000 guarantee. In just under two and a half hours, 927 players were reduced to one.
No Canadians made the final table this week. The win went to Russian “fr0zZy” for $25,715.86 after a heads-up chop.
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 596 entries this week, the prize pool settled at $119,200.
Sweden’s “ABCpoker911” won the top prize of $21,956.64 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 $250,000 guaranteed. This week, with 1,156 entries, there was an overlay of about $20,000.
The winner was Russia’s “EnlightQ”, pocketing $42,625, and Canada’s “TorTor2012” finished ninth for $2,450.
Heavyweight: The Main Event
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,503 to beat the guarantee by just $300.
After already cashing on the final table of the previous event, Canada’s “TorTor2012” found victory here, collecting $25,400.70.
High Roller: $150K Gtd
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $150,000. With 297 players taking part, the guarantee was just missed.
The winner was “GangsterOfLov63” from Germany for $28,545.30 and no Canadians were on the final table.
Super High Roller: $100K Gtd
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. A total of 63 entrants created a prize pool of $157,500.
Another Canadian win was found here with “DeanMalenko” winning the top prize of $46,528.52. Also from Canada, “MrsPaintba1l” found fifth place for $9,953.21. “Skitzo793” was another Canadian at the final table and they finished in seventh for $6,041.54.
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!