The Sunday Briefing: WCOOP and Powerfest Boost Sunday Majors
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 3, 2017, the usual Sunday majors got a big boost with PokerStars launching their World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and partypoker getting Powerfest underway. 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 beat by over $15,000 with 588 players taking part.
One Canadian made the final table of eight players. And that player, “S.Janowski”, went on to find the win, starting the day off strong for Canada with a $21,991.20 victory.
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 146 players this week and 57 rebuys, creating a prize pool of $203,000.
Of the final nine players, one of them was from Canada. Jonas “T3amEdward” Mackoff finished in fifth place for $12,180 while Costa Rica-based “JBA888” collected $34,146.96 for the win after a three-way deal.
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 also the kickoff of WCOOP, becoming WCOOP-01-H with the guarantee boosted to $300,000. With 4,034 entries, the guarantee was nearly tripled, settling at $806,800.
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 U.K.’s “carpediem200” for $115,278 after two days of play.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $275,000 guarantee. As WCOOP-02-H, the guarantee got a huge boost to $1 million. With 2,943 players, the guarantee was beat by over $470,000.
Of the final nine players, none were from Canada. After returning for a second day on Monday, Czech Republic’s “serevsini” earned a little under $190,000 with prize pool winnings and bounties combined.
The $700 Super-Sized Sunday is a progressive knockout tournament with half the buy-in going to the player’s bounty. A total of 776 entries beat the $300,000 guarantee by over $200,000.
A player in Canada finished runner-up in this event. With bounties and prize pool earnings combined, “Zackattak13” pocketed about $45,000 under our red and white banner. The winner was Brazil’s “stackhousew” for over $80,000. Canada-based “torscotr06” was also at the final table, collecting about $14,500 with bounties and prize winnings combined in seventh place.
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 26,991 entries, the prize pool came to $269,910.
There was one Canadians at the final table. Finishing fifth, “eightndeuce” earned $6,862.59 for their $11 investment. The winner was “recochi” from Peru for $26,600.69.
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-03-H, the buy-in went up to $1,050 and the guarantee rose to $1.5 million. A total of 2,074 entries created a prize pool of $2,074,000.
The win went to Russia this week. “KumariOy” pocketed $310,289.83 for the win, and Canada was absent from the final table.
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 10,096 entries this week, the prize pool came to $201,920.
A Brazilian going by “fauzika1” won the event for $25,830.52. 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 221 entries this week, the guarantee was beat by $71,000.
The final table saw no Canadian flags waving. The winner was Germany’s “Fresh_oO_D” for $37,922.78.
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, 168 entries more than doubled the guarantee.
Two players from Canada were still in contention with three players left, but they were the next two eliminated. Chris “Apotheosis92” Kruk finished third for $18,972.03 while Alex “dynoalot” Difelice earned $25,416.68 for second. The winner was Germany’s “WATnlos” for $34,050.65.
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 1,652 entries beat the guarantee by over $65,000.
At the final table, Canada’s “Drento18” finished seventh for $3,458.14 while the U.K.’s “[email protected]@” found the win and collected $20,700.08 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 exactly two and a half hours, 1,131 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 Jerry “hummylun” Wong for $4,449.18, followed by “teckidtq” in third for $15,929.52. The winner was Romanian “Narcisus90” for $32,830.01 after a heads-up deal.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Powerfest #006: $250K Gtd High Roller
Replacing the Warm Up this week, this $530 tournament received 638 entries and the prize pool settled at $319,000 as part of the ongoing Powerfest tournament series.
Greece’s “DrMiKee” was the winner, collecting $58,759.80. Canada’s “tomcemm” finished seventh for $7,145.60, and “OMGpistons” finished eighth for $5,072.10.
Powerfest #010: $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 2,401 entries, the prize pool came shy of the guarantee by about $20,000.
The winner was Lithuania’s “AlGiNho”, collecting $82,010. No Canadian’s made the final table.
Powerfest #009: $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 2,277to beat the guarantee by nearly $30,000.
The win went another player from Lithuania going by “Aneriss” who earned $37,348.34 for the victory. No Canadians made the final table here either.
Powerfest #011: $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 712 players taking part, the guarantee was beat by $56,000.
The winner was “Ciao_Polacco” from Poland for $63,546. From Canada, “rnbetterfish” finished seventh for $7,476.
Powerfest #012: $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 117 entrants created a prize pool of $585,000.
From Costa Rica, “thebattler33” won first place for $143,325, and Canada-based “Ad_Finem” finished sixth for $29,250.
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!