The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Imports Win Biggest Prizes for Canada
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, May 6, 2018, transplanted American Aaron “aaronmermel” Mermelstein was the top player sporting the maple leaf, scoring $127,873.03 and the win in SCOOP-04-H. Here’s the full report on major Canadian results from this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep
The usual premier Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $100,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week saw 311 entries with 107 rebuys creating a total prize pool of $100,000.
This week two Canadians made it all the way to the final table. “DosPoochies” took down seventh place for $3,000, while “alexos888” managed to get sixth place, worth $4,000 The winner of the tournament was “GangstaGo” of Ukraine who won $19,500 for the victory.
The $100,000 Whale
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $1,050 along with a $100,000 guarantee. This tournament saw a total of 86 entries with 42 rebuys to create a total prize pool of $128,000.
This week just one Canuck found a spot at the final table but it was a great spot. “AceSpade11” made it through the entire field to scoop the first place money of $35,200.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
This Sunday marked the beginning of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which means PokerStars’ servers were groaning under the weight of all the cash to be won. This Sunday featured five different SCOOP tournaments at three buy-in levels.
SCOOP-02-L: $11 8-Max Mini Sunday Kickoff SE $100K Gtd
With many of the low series guaranteeing $100,000 or more, the SCOOP-L series is some of the best value in online poker. The 8-Max Mini Sunday Kickoff SE guaranteed players $100,000 in prizes for just $11. It drew 12,758 runners to hit a prize pool of $125,028.40.
No Canadians managed to make the final eight in this one. The win went to “DedOnTheTurn” from the United Kingdom for a score of $15,861.42.
SCOOP-02-M: $109 8-Max Sunday Kickoff SE $250K Gtd
With a $109 buy in, the SCOOP version of the Sunday Kickoff SE guaranteed players $250,000. A total of 3,840 entries swelled the prize pool to $384,000.
Two Canadians cracked the top eight. “papa poolong” nabbed a fourth place finish for $19,882.52 but Ontario’s “newguy89” made it all the way to heads up, finishing second for $39,128.64. “chemigue2” from Ecuador was the one to knock off the Canadian, collecting $54,893.93 for the win.
SCOOP-02-H: $1,050 8-Max $500K Gtd
Up in the High range, SCOOP-02 offered a $500,000 guarantee for a $1,050 buy in. With 728 entries, the actual prize pool was $728,000.
Two players flying the maple leaf were in the final eight this week. Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo grabbed fourth place cash worth $48,672.33 while “jwall888” made it to third for $66,463.92. The winner was “RomeOpro” from Ukraine for $123,935.44.
SCOOP-03-L: $22 Progressive KO $250K Gtd
For a buy in of just $22, SCOOP-03-L offered guarantee of $250,000 for the progressive knockout event. A total of 16,286 entries built a prize pool of 325,720, half of which went to the bounties.
One Canadian managed to wade through the field to get to the final table. “shermdog50” grabbed fourth place for a prize of $6,495.36 with an extra $926.52 in bounties. The winner of the whole thing was Ukraine’s “Allmightry” for a tidy score of $17,943.40, plus $4,788.82 in bounties.
SCOOP-03-M: $215 Progressive KO Sunday Warm-Up SE $750K Gtd
At the medium level, SCOOP-03-M was the Sunday Warm-up SE this week, with $750,000 guaranteed in the pot. With 4,574 entries, the prize pool was $914,800.
There were two maple leafs in the top nine of this event. Ryan “I need sheet” Yu from Toronto grabbed sixth place $11,089.61 while import Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo took fifth for $15,802.39. “Br1ngCabbage” from Ukraine was the winner, for a prize of $65,159.16 plus over $30,000 in bounties.
SCOOP-03-H: $2,100 Progressive KO $1,000,000 Gtd
SCOOP-03-H cost $2,100 to enter with a cool million dollars guaranteed in prizes. A total of 577 players made the prize pool 1,154,000.
Canada failed fly a flag at the final table of this one, but the win went to Niall “firaldo87” Farrell, a player who is no stranger to poker players on the live felt in western Canada. The prize pool win was worth $101,854.96, but he actually did better in bounties, raking in $118,054.66 from kncokouts.
SCOOP-04-L: $22 Mini Sunday Million SE $200K Gtd
The Mini Sunday Million this week was also SCOOP-04-L, a $22 buy in with $200,000 guaranteed in the prize pool. There were 17,265 players willing to pay the fee, bringing the actual prize pool to $345,300.
Two Canadians made it to the final table of this one. “poker lance” exited in ninth, for a score of $2,633.32, while “whiskeyman25” was part of a six-way deal at the end. The Canadian took third place money for $18,156.86, while Romanian “pora adrian” took the best end of the deal with $36,906.
SCOOP-04-M: $215 Sunday Million SE $1,000,000 Gtd
This week’s Sunday Million was SCOOP-04-M with a $215 buy in and a $1,000,000 guarantee. This edition got 6,916 entries to put the prize pool at $1,383,200.
There were two Canadian flags among the final nine players. Toronto’s “EndlessJ” took eighth place for $14,940.91 while “johhnnyknock” went one spot farther for $21,588.57. Finnish player “XD89lol<3” won it all to collect $198,472.69.
SCOOP-04-H: $2,100 $1,000,000 Gtd
SCOOP-04-H guarantees players $1,000,000 in the pot for a buy in of $2,100. There were 675 entries, which brought the prize pool to $1,350,000.
One Canadian flag was at the final table, flown by transplanted American Aaron “aaronmermel” Mermelstein. He came third for a score of $127,873.03.
SCOOP-05-L: $22 PLO 6-Max $100K Gtd
SCOOP-05 is all about pot limit Omaha, and the low version guarantees $100,000 for a $22 buy in. A total of 6,448 entries made for a prize pool of $128,960.
There were no maple leafs at the final table of this one. Russia’s “kokosant” got the win, worth $16,903.85 after a heads up deal.
SCOOP-05-M: $215 PLO 6-Max $250K Gtd
The medium version of the PLO guarantees $250,000 in the pool for $215 buy in. Total entries came to 1,570 which built a prize pool of $314,000.
Canadians were blanked at the final table of this one. The win went to “charlie280” if Brazil for $47,735.89.
SCOOP-05-H: $2,100 PLO 6-Max $500K Gtd
At $2,100, the priciest PLO was SCOOP-05-H. The $500,000 guarantee drew 355 entries swelling the prize pool to $710,000.
No Canadians cracked the final six of this one. The win went to Mexico’s “BongBob” for a total of $130,329.24.
SCOOP-06-M: $109 6-Max $200K Gtd
The first Sunday of SCOOP finished off with a 6-Max tournament. The medium version was $109 to buy in with a $200,000 guarantee. It drew 3,104 entries for a total prize pool of $310,400.
The only Canadian to make the final six didn’t get any farther. “mirrorrrrrrr” pocketed $7,343.72 for sixth. Lithuanian “Deividas k” got the best of a four way deal at the end with a score of $38,710.64 for the win.
SCOOP-06-H: $1,050 6-Max $400K Gtd
The high version guaranteed $400,000 for a $1,050 prize pool. A total of 578 entries bought into the 6-Max format, creating a prize pool of $86,825.67.
There were no Canadian flags in the final six this week. German player “Sintoras” took down the win in a three way deal, collecting $86,825.67.
The $55 Sunday Marathon features a $100,000 prize pool guarantee. This week’s edition had 3,178 entries creating a prize pool worth $158,000.
There were no Canadians who managed to make the final table. “Sitiolibre29” from Malta managed to outlast the field though to win $21,729.
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 $250,000. The tournament this week saw 24,188 players enter, creating a prize pool of $250,000.
Just one Canadian made the final table this week. “CHIEFNOTELL” was sixth for $3,530.42. Germany’s “oOwl” took first after a four-way deal, raking in $15,976.09.
Sunday High Roller
The highest-priced regular Sunday major on PokerStars is the Sunday High Roller with a hefty buy-in of $2,100 and guaranteeing $150,000 in prizes. With 124 entries this week, the total prize pool ended up at $248,000.
Two players were flying the maple leaf at the High Roller final table this week, and both were imports. Isaac “philivey2694” Haxton took ninth place for $6,094.10, while Ben “Ben86” Tollerene took down the whole thing, for a prize of $54,358.15.
With a buy-in of $530, the Sunday 500 guarantees $150,000. A total of 409 entries beat the guarantee, coming in at $204,500 to play for.
Canada missed out on the final table of the 500 this week. The winner was “gnetaren” from Sweden who pocketed $37,061.63 for the victory.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $125,000 guarantee. This week a total of 1,030 entries pressed their luck to create a total prize pool of $210,902.80.
No Canadians made the final table this week. The winner was “Hymn2Ninkasi” from Estonia, collecting $34,458.50.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Powerfest #01-H: $100K Gtd
It’s Powerfest time at partypoker and Sunday kicked off with the $215 PowerFest #01-H $100K Gtd. The opening tournament drew 850 entries to create a prize pool of $170,000.
“WWWpartyCOM” was the only Canadian to make the final table, finishing fifth for $6,715. The winner of the whole thing was “OreoMilkshake” from the United Kingdom for a score of $29,716.
Powerfest #02-HR: $500K Gtd 6-Max PKO Smooth
The Powerfest #02-HR $500K Gtd 6-Max PKO Smooth cost players $1,050 to buy in, with half going to the bounty pool. A total of 561 players tried their hand, which put the total prize pool at $572,220.
Just a single Canadian made the final nine of this one. “TIMEXCNT” was fifth for $14,025. The winner of the tournament was Germany’s “sk2ll_m0dr” who bagged a nice score of $52,593.82.
Powerfest #02-H: $500K Gtd 6-Max PKO Smooth
The high version of Powerfest #02 had a $215 buy in with a $500,000 guarantee. A total of 2,104 players entered, which didn’t quit hit the guarantee. The bounty put $223,024 into the bounty pool, with $276,976 left over for the prize pool.
The last player standing was Brazil’s Pedro “tchaubrigado” Fernandes for a first prize of $32,079.71 after a deal with the last player from Canada standing, “RandyB0bandy”. The player with the maple leaf took $31,626.27 for second.
Powerfest #02-M: $100K Gtd 6-Max PKO Smooth
The medium version of Powerfest #02 guaranteed $100,000 in prizes for just $55 buy in. A total of 2,327 players hit the virtual felt for this one, building a prize pool of $122,167.50, $63,992.50 of which was bounties.
“hotsauceSWAG” was the only Canadian to make the final table, taking $1,108.91 for sixth place. The winner of the event was Elvio “netinho82” Rodrigues from Brazil, for a score of $7,416.40.
The Monster series is running alongside the Powerfest series at partypoker this week, and #37-High featured a $100,000 guarantee for just $27 buy in. With 4,210 entries this week, the total prize pool hit $103,355.50.
Canada didn’t manage to make the final table. The winner of this Monster event was “omariojunior” of Brazil, winning $15,900.93.
Powerfest #03-SHR: $1M Gtd Championship Event - PKO
The Powerfest #03-SHR $1M Gtd Championship Event – PKO was a massive $5,200 buy in with a guarantee of a cool million dollars. With 196 entries, the progressive knockout didn’t quite manage to hit the guarantee, so played this week at $1,000,000.
The only Canuck to make the final table made it all the way to heads up play. “tortor2012” couldn’t quite finish it out though, taking second for $72,579.20. “alex2pairs” from Russia took the event down for a score of $99,992.56
Powerfest #04-HR: $1M Gtd Championship Event
Powerfest #04-HR: $1M Gtd Championship Event
had a $1,000,000 guarantee attached for just $530 buy in. This week, the 1,703 entries didn’t make the guarantee.
Canadians were blanked on this final table. Oliver “sk2ll_m0dr” Weis from Germany was the last player standing, collecting $144,874.93 after a heads up deal.
Powerfest #04-H: $200K Gtd
The high version of event #04 offered a $200,000 guarantee for just $109 entry fee. With 2,601 entries recorded this week, the prize pool was $260,100.
A single Canadian, Ontario’s “TriggerWord”, was seventh for $4,161.60 The eventual winner was “omar091365” from Switzerland who pocketed $42,038.63.
Powerfest #04-M: $100K Gtd
The medium version of event #04 cost just $27.50 to enter, but guaranteed players $100,000. With 3,438 entries this week, the prize pool was set at $100,000.
The only player flying the maple leaf at this final table was “omnomnomnomnom”, who came fifth for $3,210 The player with all the virtual chips at the end was “osoj2299” from Macedonia, who bagged a nice prize of $13,875.52 after a heads up deal.
Monster #38-High: $300K Gtd Championship Event
With just a $33 buy in and a guarantee of $300,000, the Championship event for the Monster series drew 8,100 entries. That set the prize pool at the $300,000 guarantee.
Two Canadians made the final nine of this one. “Bergylicious” from Montreal grabbed seventh place and $4,257 while Toronto’s “I_Felt_U” made it all the way to third for a score of $20,343. The win went to Diogo Vieira “Diogo37” da Silva from Brazil, worth $45,375.
Powerfest #05-HR: $1M Gtd Championship Event – PKO
Powerfest #05-HR cost players $1,050 to enter, and guaranteed $1,000,000 in prizes. With 999 entries this week, that gurantee was surpassed with a prize pool of $1,018,980. As a bounty event, half that pool was devoted to bounty payment.
No Canadians managed to last to the final nine in this one. “MonkMode” from Ukraine amassed all the chips, grabbing $85,914 for the win.
Powerfest #05-H: $500K Gtd PKO
For players with a smaller bankroll, the High version of #05 offers a $500,000 guarantee for $215. With 2,541 paid entries, there was a total prize pool of $523,446 this week.
No Canadian found the final nine in this one. Russia’s “LuckyAlex47” was the last player still with chips, winning $41,068.91.
Powerfest #05-M: $200K Gtd PKO
For just $55, the Powerfest #05-M offered players a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000. This week, 3,454 entries couldn’t quite make the guarantee.
There were no Canadians left standing when the final table convened in this one. Lithuanian player “RobYouEasy” took down the top prize, winning $16,373.19.
Powerfest #07-HR: $200K Gtd Fast
With $200,000 guaranteed, this $530 tournament saw a total of 433 players this week. That built a total prize pool of $216,500.
Only a single Canadian made the final table, but “KERRMODE” took down the big prize in this one, grabbing $41,351.50.
Powerfest #07-H: $100K Gtd Fast
For a fifth the price, at $109, but just half the guarantee at $100,000, Powerfest #07-H offered a lot of value. A total of 1,299 players put down their buy in, creating a prize pool of $129,900.
The only Canadian to make the final nine fell in ninth. “smilethanclick” collected $1,234.05. The winner was Guilherme “fulgencio1962” Cheveau from Brazil, who bagged $22,044.03.
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!