The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Ryan "HITTHEPANDA" Franklin Wins the Milly
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, December 3, 2017, Canada’s own Ryan “HITTHEPANDA” Franklin won PokerStars’ Sunday Million for $160,000. Here’s a full report on major Canadian results this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $100,000 Mega Deep
The usual premier Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $100,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week, the guarantee was narrowly beat by the 389 players and 114 rebuys.
No Canadians made the final table this time around. The win was earned by “RakDoll” of Belarus for $19,114.
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. But the tournament was absent from the calendar this week and should return this coming Sunday.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $109 Sunday Kickoff. The guarantee of $100,000 was beat when 1,113 entries created a prize pool of $111,300.
It came to an end with one Canadian at the final table. “Jaydog321” was runner-up from within our borders for $12,984.60. The only player who finished better was Argentina’s “gabi_igna” for $18,060.12.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $250,000 guarantee. With 1,479 players, the guarantee was beat by more than $45,000.
Of the final nine players, none were from Canada. From Ireland, “anti-VGKC” was the winner, collecting $42,180.32 after a heads-up deal.
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 26,998 entries, the prize pool came to $269,980.
There were two Canadians at the final table this week. The first was eliminated in ninth place, with $1,227.19 going to “mrmacc63”. The other, “jobrazeau”, took the runner-up spot for $13,740.01 after a four-way deal. The winner was Russian “NoTilt33” for $18,587.77.
Sunday High Roller
The highest-priced regular Sunday major is the Sunday High Roller with a hefty buy-in of $2,100 and guaranteeing $200,000 in prizes. With 155 entries, the guarantee was easily beat with the total purse coming to $310,000.
The winner this week was Latvia-based “fish2013” for $59,662.21 after a heads-up deal. Canadian Chris “Apotheosis92” Kruk took fifth for $21,678.08.
The most jaw-dropping tournament in online poker is the only one that guarantees a million dollars in prizes every week. This time around, a total of 5,914 entries created a prize pool of $1,182,800.
The winner was Canadian Ryan “HITTHEPANDA” Franklin who pocketed $159,701.07 for the victory.
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 10,230 entries this week, the prize pool came to $204,600.
Two Canadians made the final table. In eighth place, “yayalamlorde” collected $1,795.61. In fourth, the other Canadian was “MrMo19” who pocketed $5,521.99. The win went to Germany’s “CiTral6077” for $22,346.75 after a three-way deal.
With a buy-in of $530, the Sunday 500 guarantees $150,000. A total of 412 entries beat the guarantee, coming in at $206,000 to play for.
At the final table, Canada had a representative in American poker refugee Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet who finished sixth for $8,010.04. The winner was Peru’s “Die Ventura” for a prize of $37,333.38.
The buy-in drops to $109 for the Sunday Cooldown and the pace increases with a turbo structure. With the guarantee set at $100,000, this week’s 1,180 entries beat that by $18,000.
The final nine included two Canadians. “Mikeydeg” took eighth place for $1,976.60. The runner-up was “n3xD” waving the maple leaf and earning $13,532.46. The win went to German “ferris69” for $18,648.36.
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, 895 players were reduced to one.
There was one player within our borders among the final table of six. “BobbyW519” finished fifth for $7,767.41. The winner was “dennysramos2” for $30,263.33 from Brazil.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Heavyweight: The Title Fight Warm Up
Getting the majors started on partypoker each week is the Warm Up edition of their signature major. If features the same $215 buy-in and a prize pool guarantee of $200,000. With 937 entrants this week, the prize pool had an overlay.
The win went to Russian “NEW_Flat” for $34,960. Canadian “Thirst4First” didn’t have their thirst quenched, falling in fourth for $11,200.
Heavyweight: The Main Event Warm Up
Starting at the same time, partypoker also has a Warm Up version of their lower-priced major. It has the same $109 buy-in with $100,000 guaranteed, and 1,188 entrants this week made for a prize pool of $118,800.
The win went to “Coulduchkplease”, earning $20,255.40. Canadian “SetKat74” took sixth place for $3,183.84. Ninth-place finisher “StandardBaiting” also hailed from Canada, earning $1,164.24.
High Roller Warm Up
For those with deeper pockets, a third Warm Up starts at the same time as the other two. The $530 High Roller Warm Up guarantees a prize pool of $150,000. With 289 players taking part, the guarantee was missed.
The winner was “MentulaMagna” of the Netherlands for $25,226.27. No Canadians made the final table.
Heavyweight: The Title Fight
The headlining Sunday major in partypoker’s weekly lineup is the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight with $500,000 guaranteed. As it has become a multi-day event, it has not yet come to a conclusion.
Heavyweight: The Main Event
The lower-priced major is the $109 Heavyweight: The Main Event with $200,000 guaranteed. As it has become a multi-day event, it has not yet come to a conclusion.
With a higher buy-in of $530, the High Roller guarantees $200,000 and that was missed by the 372 entries this week.
Slovakian “SentimenTODO23” was the winner this week for $31,848.12. Canada was absent from the final table.
Super High Roller
The price goes way up for the $2,600 Super High Roller with $150,000 guarantee this week. A total of 77 entrants created a prize pool of $192,500.
From Austria, “Chelsea72” won first place for $46,856.85. Canada was present in fourth-place finisher “JeanClaude1970” who collected $18,921.59.
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!