The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "Chemicl_Mind" Wins a Powerfest Title
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, September 17, 2017, the usual Sunday majors got a big boost with PokerStars running their World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and partypoker still going strong with Powerfest. 888poker also have a lot of action going on with their XL Eclipse series. Here’s a full report on major Canadian results this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
XL Eclipse #94 - $150,000 Mega Deep
The usual premier Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $100,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, it became part of the XL Eclipse series and the guarantee got bumped up to $150,000. That was beat by more than $85,000 with 725 players taking part and 451 rebuys being added to the total.
No Canadians made the final table of eight players. The winner was “PokerMogo” from Romania for $43,982.40.
XL Eclipse #100 - $250,000 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. As part of XL Eclipse, the guarantee saw a boost to $250,000. There were 214 players this week and 88 rebuys, creating a prize pool of $302,000.
Of the final nine players, one of them was from Canada. “AriGold17” finished in fourth place for $26,425 while “Graftekkel” found the win from the Netherlands for $64,930.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 Sunday Kickoff. This week it was WCOOP-48-H with the guarantee boosted to $300,000 and the buy-in increased to $215. With 2,672 entries, the guarantee was nearly doubled, settling at $534,400.
It came to an end with one Canadian at the final table. Finishing in sixth place, “CrAcky_Marty” earned $14,403.57. The winner was the Ukraine’s “Spacey-Space” for nearly $72,000 after two days of play.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $275,000 guarantee. As WCOOP-49-H, the guarantee got a huge boost to $1 million for the same $215 buy-in. With 6,156 players, the guarantee was beat by over $230,000.
Of the final nine players, one was from Canada. After returning for a second day on Monday, “blue1084” collected fourth place and over $40,000 with bounties and prize money combined. The winner was Brazil’s “Thiago Wks” for about $135,000.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 816 entries beat the $350,000 guarantee by nearly $200,000.
Two players in Canada made the final table this week, but both are Americans playing within our borders. In fifth place, John “68ioweyou1” Andress earned a little under $15,000. Third place went to Anthony “wwwBTHEREcom” Gregg for just about $30,000. The winner was Norway’s “anrquist” for almost $80,000.
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 24,286 entries, the prize pool came to $242,860.
There was one Canadian at the final table, and that player, “V.IV.MMXVI”, went all the way to the finish line, earning first-place money of $22,273.41.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes every week. This time around, as WCOOP-50-H, the buy-in went up to $2,100 and the guarantee rose to $2 million. A total of 1,236 entries created a prize pool of $2,472,000.
The victory went to “power2prut” from the U.K. for $373.744.14 after a heads-up deal. But Canada-based “molda79” was also at the final table, earning $29,780.92 for ninth place.
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 8,885 entries this week, the prize pool came to $177,700.
A Brazilian going by “Rarquino” won the event for $22,362.69. There were no Canadians on the final table this week.
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 Canadian flag waved by American Doug “dlanger610” Lang, enjoying Canada’s freedom to play online poker from within our borders. Lang finished seventh for $7,890.66. The winner was Brazil’s “heyalisson” for $45,376.59.
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, 202 entries more than doubled the guarantee.
The final six included Canadian Alex “dynoalot” Difelice who finished third for $21,896.84. The winner was Sweden-based “C. Darwin2” for $39,638.10.
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 1,645 entries beat the guarantee by over $60,000.
At the final table, Canada’s “flushtr8ed” finished runner-up for $17,919.59 while Poland’s “gardze_wami” found the win and collected $24,923.98.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $150,000 guarantee. In just over two and a half hours, 1,248 players were reduced to one.
There was one player within our borders among the final table of six. A runner-up finish earned “subiime” $26,101.90 to bring home to Canada. The winner was Greek “Velouxiotis” for $39,932.25.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Powerfest #215: $250K Gtd High Roller
Replacing the Warm Up this week, this $530 tournament received 599 entries and the prize pool settled at just a hair under $300,000 as part of the ongoing Powerfest tournament series.
Poland’s “pokergrl1012” was the winner, collecting $47,967.68. Canada’s Mike “mgentili” Gentili finished eighth for $4,762.05.
Powerfest #223: $500K Gtd
The headlining Sunday major in partypoker’s lineup is the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight with $200,000 guaranteed. This week, it became a two-day Powerfest event with a boosted guarantee of $500,000. With 2,624 entries, the prize pool beat the guarantee by about $25,000.
The winner was Canada’s own “Chemicl_Mind”, collecting $73,247.21. Also from within our borders, “coco60k” finished fifth for $17,843.20.
Powerfest #222: $250K Gtd
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $100,000 guaranteed. This week, it became a Powerfest event with more than twice the guarantee. Entries totalled 2,387 to fall a little short of the guarantee.
The win went a player from Brazil going by “rafaelmoraesgm” who earned $37,210.54 for the victory after a heads-up deal. No Canadians made this final table.
Powerfest #224: $300K Gtd High Roller
For those with deeper pockets, the $530 High Roller guarantees a prize pool of $100,000. But the guarantee bumped up to $300,000 as it became a Powerfest event. With 690 players taking part, the guarantee was beat by $45,000.
The winner was “ILOVEBOOBISS” from the U.K. for $62,893.50. Nobody from Canada made the final table.
Powerfest #225: $500K Gtd High Roller
Usually, this tournament would be the $2,600 Super High Roller with a $100,000 guarantee. But it became a Powerfest event with twice the buy-in and five times the guarantee. A total of 105 entrants created a prize pool of $525,000.
From Germany, “Chelsea72” won first place for $128,625, and no Canadians were among the final-tablists.
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!