The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "thx4urm0n3y" Chops Sunday Million a Third Time
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, August 6, 2017, there were some great Canadian results, but none better than “thx4urm0n3y” who chopped the Sunday Million for the third time in his career. Here’s a full report on major Canadian results this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $100,000 Mega Deep
The premier Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $100,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, the guarantee was just beat by the 516 players, putting up 103,200 in prize money.
One Canadian made the final table of eight players. “AAorKK403” made it as far as fourth place before being eliminated for $7,740. The winner was Sweden’s “1LevelAbove”” for $17,226.34 after a heads-up deal.
The $120,000 Whale
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $1,050 along with a $120,000 guarantee. There were 117 players this week and 60 rebuys, creating a prize pool of $177,000.
Nobody from Canada made the final table. The win went to Belgian Kenny “SpaceyFCB” Hallaert for $44,250.
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 1,180 entries, the guarantee was beat by more than $40,000.
It came to an end with one player from Canada at the final table, and that player was the last one standing when the final table concluded. Collecting $18,648.36, American expat Brian “bfizz11” Fizz got things off to a good start with a win right out of the gate under the Canadian flag.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $275,000 guarantee. With 1,562 players, there was nearly $40,000 more than the guarantee to play for.
Of the final nine players, a full one-third were from Canada. However, two of them were the first two eliminated. Scott “D_DIGGLER99” Hill finished in ninth for $3,406, followed by “sauce3000” in eighth for $4,737.07. However, Canadian “ALISP94” went all the way to heads-up play before being eliminated, collecting $34,285.27 for the runner-up finish. The winner was Brazilian “boladegude” for $47,685.16.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 645 entries beat the $300,000 guarantee by nearly $130,000.
There were no Canadians at this final table. The winner was “piet33” from the Netherlands for about $80,000 with prize pool winnings 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 25,413 entries, the guarantee was beat by nearly $30,000.
No players from Canada were among the final nine. From Germany, “fer_cru” was the winner, collecting $22,972.17 after a three-way deal.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes every week. This time around, 6,104 entries created a guarantee-beating prize pool of $1,220,800.
After a Canada-based American won this tournament last week, the Canadian flag waved for the second week in the row as “thx4urm0n3y” won $168,000.23 after a three-way deal. Incredibly, this it the third time “thx4urm0n3y” has chopped the Sunday Million. Yes, third! This was their largest cash yet, narrowly beating their first chop in 2014 which was worth about $500 less. They won the Sunday Million again this past February for $145K.
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 228 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $78,000.
The final table saw two Canadians holding chips. Finishing in eighth, “n3xD” collected $5,768.65 while “djleet1337” collected $13,833.48 for fifth. The winner was the U.K.’s “Mad4it4life” for $44,402.86.
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, 134 entries beat the guarantee by $59,000.
Of the final six players, none were Canadian. The win went to Swede “pkrbt” for $25,191.25 after a three-way 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 1,412 entries smashed the guarantee by more than $40,000.
At the final table, two Americans in Canada still had chips to contend for the title. But Nick “FU_15” Maimone finished third for $11,411.84 while Doug “dlanger610” Lang collected $17,505.71 for second in a heads-up chop after winning the Sunday Million last week.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $125,000 guarantee. In under two and a half hours, 991 players were reduced to one.
One Canadian made the final table this week. Finishing in eighth place, “johnnyknock” earned $2,816.02. The winner was Malta-based “SvZff” for $33,158.82.
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 655 entries this week, the prize pool settled at $131,000.
Sweden’s “mateee” was the winner, collecting $22,281.02. Nobody from Canada 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 1,362 entries, the total purse came to $272,400.
The winner was Germany’s “SophieMoone”, collecting $22,855. No Canadians made this final table either.
Heavyweight: The Main Event
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed. This week, entries totalled 1,579 to beat the guarantee by nearly $8,000.
The win went a player flying the Canadian flag. “AntiReapCity” earned $23,500.88 for the win after a heads-up deal. Finishing in eighth was Canadian Twitch streamer “QueenBee902” for $1,879.01.
High Roller: $150K Gtd
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $150,000. With 335 players taking part, the guarantee was beat by $17,500.
The winner was “HellmuthTheGr8” from Sweden for $31,272.51 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 59 entrants created a prize pool of $147,500.
From the U.K., “ManniUndMats” won first place for $52,604.42 and Canada-based “DeanMalenko” finished fourth for $12,837.22. Canadian Troy “good player” Quenneville also collected a cash, earning $5,810.76 for sixth.
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!