The Sunday Briefing: Sunday Million Won in Canada for Quarter-Million Dollars
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 10, 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 kicked off their XL Eclipse series. Here’s a full report on major Canadian results this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
XL Eclipse #7 - $300,000 Opening Event
The usual premier Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $100,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, it became the kickoff event of the XL Eclipse series and the buy-in was reduced to $160 while the guarantee tripled to $300,000. The guarantee was beat by $45,000 with 1,700 players taking part.
One Canadian made the final table of eight players. But that player, “GetLuckyAK”, was the first eliminated, collecting $6,555 for eighth place. The winner was “ImTriggered” from Thailand.
XL Eclipse #10 - $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 218 players this week and 99 rebuys, creating a prize pool of $317,000.
Of the final nine players, none of them were from Canada. The winner was Germany’s “CllsDntMttr” for $64,826.50.
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-25-H with the guarantee boosted to $300,000 and the buy-in increased to $215. With 3,544 entries, the guarantee was more than doubled, settling at $708,800.
It came to an end with no Canadians at the final table, which isn’t uncommon given the early start time in Canadian time zones (8 a.m. ET). The winner was the Poland’s “OMGACEACEACE” for more than $78,000 after two days of play.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $275,000 guarantee. As WCOOP-26-H, the guarantee got a huge boost to $1 million to go along with the increased $1,050 buy-in. With 1,442 players, the guarantee was beat by over $440,000.
Of the final nine players, one was from Canada. After returning for a second day on Monday, “wazawskiHH” collected third-place money of $113,068.95 to bring home to our nation. The winner was “wiciu777” from Poland for $222,246.70.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 842 entries beat the $300,000 guarantee by over $250,000.
A player in Canada was the winner this week. American expat Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet took down more than $82,000 from within our borders for the victory.
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 25,887 entries, the prize pool came to $258,870.
There was one Canadian at the final table. Finishing seventh, “Macflyy69” earned $3,359.77 for their $11 investment. The winner was “rodrigue1010” from Brazil for $23,517.33 after a four-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, as WCOOP-27-H, the buy-in went up to $530 and the guarantee rose to $1.5 million. A total of 3,574 entries created a prize pool of $1,787,000.
The victory went to an American under the Canadian banner. Nick “PureCash25” Rampone found the win from Canada for $256,502.18.
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 9,517 entries this week, the prize pool came to $190,340.
A Mexican going by “mcnallyville” won the event for $24,937.28. 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 210 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $60,000.
The final table saw no Canadian flags waving. The winner was Sweden’s “anteen” for $40,897.34.
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, 174 entries more than doubled the guarantee.
No Canadians were among the final table of six players. The U.K.’s “Ahhh Is It?” was the winner, collecting $34,705.25.
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 1,553 entries beat the guarantee by over $55,000.
At the final table, Canada’s “GriffGolf13” finished seventh for $3,454.46 while Austria’s “neeno1990” found the win and collected $23,651.27 after a heads-up deal.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $125,000 guarantee. In just over two and a half hours, 1,225 players were reduced to one.
There were two players within our borders among the final table of six. The first player eliminated from the final table was Canada-based “T-BE-rad” for $4,677.69, but the other Canadian was Jonas “donut604” Mackoff who went on to claim the win, pocketing $33,160.51.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Powerfest #108: $250K Gtd High Roller
Replacing the Warm Up this week, this $530 tournament received 568 entries and the prize pool settled at $284,000 as part of the ongoing Powerfest tournament series.
Russia’s “BenRichards1” was the winner, collecting $52,937.60. Canada’s “DeanMalenko” finished fourth for $17,750 and “OldManInTheSea” earned $12,496 for fifth.
Powerfest #116: $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 2,358 entries, the prize pool came shy of the guarantee by about $30,000.
The winner was Argentina’s “SrMed”, collecting $82,010. From Canada, “Donovan117” finished fifth to pocket $17,350.
Powerfest #115: $200K Gtd
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $100,000 guaranteed. This week, it became a Powerfest event with twice the guarantee. Entries totalled 2,172 to beat the guarantee by over $17,000.
The win went a player from the U.K. going by “pur3decided” who earned $27,855.38 for the victory. No Canadians made this final table.
Powerfest #117: $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 655 players taking part, the guarantee was beat by $27,500.
The winner was “PureBaadi” from Finland for $59,703.25. Nobody from Canada made the final table.
Powerfest #118: $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 101 entrants created a prize pool of $505,000.
From Brazil, “joaosimaobh” won first place for $123,725, and Canadian Troy “good player” Quenneville finished third for $63,125. Also from within our borders, “sordykrd” collected fourth-place money of $44,187.50.
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!