The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Online Tournament Series Wrap Up
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 24, 2017, the usual Sunday majors got a big boost with PokerStars coming to the tail end of their World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), and 888poker also had 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 #184 - $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 $50,000 with 794 players taking part and 237 rebuys being added to the total.
One Canadian made the final table of eight players. Finishing in seventh place from our nation was “chedrstack”, earning $4,680.74, while Germany’s “neverfoldQ5” was the winner for $38,559.40.
XL Eclipse #189 - $1,500,000 Main Event
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $1,050 along with a $120,000 guarantee. But this week it became the Main Event of XL Eclipse, boosting the guarantee to a staggering $1,500,000. There were 1,149 players this week and 413 rebuys, creating a prize pool of $1,562,000.
Of the final nine players, one of them was from Canada. “Poirierfrncs” finished in fourth place for $110,902 while “CllsDntMttr” found the win from Germany for $273,037.60.
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-77-H with the guarantee boosted to $500,000 and the buy-in increased to $1,050. With 1,238 entries, the prize pool was well over double the guarantee, settling at $1,238,000.
It came to an end with no Canadians at the final table. After two days of play, “OverTheTop43” from Austria won $193,318.63 in first place.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $275,000 guarantee. As WCOOP-78-H, the guarantee got a huge boost to $1 million with an increased buy-in to $530. With 3,024 players, the guarantee was beat by over $500,000.
Of the final nine players, none were from Canada. After returning for a second day on Monday, “Erikajax1” collected the win from Malta for $219,090.38.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 980 entries beat the $350,000 guarantee by over $300,000.
Two players in Canada made the final table this week, and they bookended the results with one finishing in ninth (“APowers1968” for $7,098.04) and one claiming the win (“Woodstock37” for $82,095.53).
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 25,395 entries, the prize pool came to $253,950.
There were no Canadians at the final table. The winner was Brazilian “cristiane666” for $18,703.06.
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 was replaced by WCOOP-79-H — the WCOOP Main Event. The buy-in went up to $5,200 and the guarantee rose to $10 million with a promise of at least $1.5 million for the winner. A total of 2,183 entries created a prize pool of $10,915,000.
It took three days to settle the result and the winner was Steven “SvZff” van Zadelhoff from the Netherlands for over $1.6 million. But the runner-up was Canadian Joshua “joshuah333” Herman for just under $1.2 million.
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 9,288 entries this week, the prize pool came to $185,760.
Two Canadians made the final table. The first to bow out was “BigDaddy5561” in seventh place for $2,444.91, but the other was Team PokerStars Online pro Jaime “jaimestaples” Staples who found a runner-up result worth $15,900.70, falling to winner “TheWesss” from the Netherlands who earned $23,133.64.
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 250 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $100,000.
The final table saw three Canadian flags filling seats. One was by American Joe “jcada99” Cada playing from within our borders. He finished in ninth for $4,580.95. He was followed by Canadian “roo_400” in eighth for $6,145.95. The third maple leaf belonged to Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood who finished in fourth place for $19,912.35. The win went to German “lissi stinkt” for $48,086.62.
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, 235 entries more than tripled the guarantee.
The final six included no Canadians. After a heads-up chop, Denmark’s “AlexKP” found the win and received $39,035.
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 1,568 entries beat the guarantee by over $50,000.
At the final table, Canada’s “birddy420” finished sixth for $4,806.15 while fellow Canadian “Benfica10” went on to collect fourth-place money of $9,126.07. The winner was “jackziyang” from the U.K. for $21,805.24 after a heads-up deal.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $150,000 guarantee. In just under three hours, 1,345 players were reduced to one.
There was one player within our borders among the final table of six. A fourth-place finish earned “wirtue” $11,912.57 while Switzerland’s “igrekstone” was the winner for $42,651.65.
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!