The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Mike Gentili Wins Two Titles in One Day
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, July 30, 2017, Canadian Mike Gentili had a great day, winning a major on PokerStars and another on partypoker. Mike Leah and Griffin Benger also had some great results, and the Sunday Million was won by American Doug Lang playing within our borders. 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 $80,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, the guarantee was just missed by the 491 players, causing a small overlay.
Two Canadians made the final table of eight players. The first out was “jt7bl2f” who finished in fifth place for $5,000. “D0nkeyKong” went all the way to second place before they were eliminated, collecting $14,000 for the runner-up result. The winner was Russian “Enl1ght” who earned $19,000.
The $100,000 Baby Whale
The Baby Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $320 along with a $100,000 guarantee. There were 240 players this week and 120 rebuys, creating a prize pool of $108,000.
One player from Canada made the final table, but “Kurple” ultimately fell in seventh place for $3,780. The winner was Sweden’s “RichardGere” for $22,086.
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 1,075 entries, the guarantee was beat by more than $30,000.
It came to an end with no Canadians at the final table, which isn’t unusual considering the early start time for Canadian time zones. The winner was “papan9_p$” from the Russia for $17,536.24.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $275,000 guarantee. With 1,570 players, there was nearly $40,000 more than the guarantee to play for.
This tournament saw another runner-up result for Canada when “n3xD” took second-place money of $34,306 while Brazilian “heyalisson” took the win and $47,713.79.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 622 entries beat the $300,000 guarantee by well over $100,000.
There was one player from Canada at the final table. Finishing in seventh place, American poker refugee Grayson “gray31” Ramage took $5,557.88 from the prize pool and cashed in another $5,678.46 in bounties. The winner was Japan’s “Rigged4Mua”, earning more than $67,000 with prize pool earnings and bounties combined.
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 $225,000. With 27,462 entries, the guarantee was beat by nearly $50,000.
One player from Canada was among the final nine. “LadysManQQ” finished in fifth place for $6,982.35 under the maple leaf. The winner was Bulgarian “iozeto” for $27,063.33.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes every week. This time around, 262 entries created a guarantee-beating prize pool of $1,252,400.
Two players from Canada made the final table. One was Canadian Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger who fell in ninth place for $9,877.05. The other player from within our borders took down the victory. It was American expat Doug “dlanger610” Lang who found the win after a three-way deal, pocketing $165,343.65.
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 a massive 11,229 entries this week, the prize pool came to $224,580.
The final table saw no Canadians with chips. A Brazilian going by “JUSTINO” won the event for $19,399.77 after a five-way 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 $150,000 and is a no-limit hold’em tournament. With 224 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $74,000.
The final table saw one Canadian holding chips, and they went all the way to claim the win. Michael “MikeyGG3” Gentili was the victor, earning $32,094.45 after a three-way deal, although they actually earned the least out of the three. Two Swedes earned a couple thousand more.
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, 116 entries beat the guarantee by $41,000.
Of the final six players, none were Canadian. The win went to Romanian “Tobi0513” for $22,673.68 after a heads-up deal.
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 1,420 entries smashed the guarantee by more than $40,000.
At the final table, two Canadians still had chips to content for the title. But “jelly beens” finished in sixth place for $4,386.13, leaving Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah to carry the flag. But Leah fell in third place for $11,476.49. The winner was Austrian “Kasnocken18” for $21,792.81.
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, 992 players were reduced to one.
No Canadians made the final table this week. The win went to “ikkedus” from the Netherlands for $20,209.18.
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 669 entries this week, the prize pool settled at $133,800.
Poland’s “TryToExploit” was the winner, collecting $18,419.75. From Canada, “SnipeDonkey” finished in seventh place for $2,943.60.
Heavyweight: The Title Fight
The headlining Sunday major in partypoker’s lineup is the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight with $200,000 guaranteed. This week, with 1,353 entries, the total purse came to $270,600.
The winner was Canada’s own Mike “mgentili” Gentili, collecting his second victory of the day after finding his first on PokerStars. Gentili earned $45,812.58 for this win.
Heavyweight: The Main Event
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,595 to beat the guarantee by nearly $10,000.
The win went to the U.K.’s “Darsez” for $24,595.50 after a heads-up deal with Canada’s “Bronathon” who collected the runner-up prize of $21,500.
High Roller: $150K Gtd
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $150,000. With 306 players taking part, the guarantee was beat by $3,000.
The winner was “Doyle_B” from Sweden for $29,116.44 and no Canadians made 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 52 entrants created a prize pool of $130,000.
From Belarus, “helicopterben82” won first place for $46,363.20 and Canada-based “skitzo793” finished third for $18,105.36, beating another player from within our borders by one peg; finishing fourth was “chadi6969” for $11,314.16. A third player within Canada finished seventh. “Ad_Finem” collected $4,641 for that result.
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!