The Canadian Sunday Briefing: A Couple of $20K Scores
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, August 26, 2018, “jknack10” from Saskatchewan had the best Canadian result after taking second place in the Sunday Warm-Up at PokerStars for a score of $22,384.62, adding to his already-impressive $3.6 million in PokerStars earnings. Honourable mention this week goes to Windsor's Matt "shadytime11" Raffoul who brought his lifetime PokerStars cashes over $136,000 with a win in the Double Deuce worth $21,474.89. Here’s the full report on major Canadian results from this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $75,000 Sunday Mega Deep
The usual premier Sunday tournament on 888poker boasts a guarantee of $75,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week saw 273 entries with 114 rebuys creating a total prize pool of $77,400.
No Canadians made the final table this week, and it was Swedish Player “Namlleh” who took home $15.093 for the victory.
The $50,000 Whale
The Whale is 888poker’s high-roller tournament of the day with a buy-in of $1,050 along with a $50,000 guarantee. This tournament saw a total of 40 entries with 17 rebuys to create a total prize pool of $57,000.
Two Canadians were among the final nine in this one, but both "DosPoochies and "guydeet39" finished just outside the five paying spots. The winner of the tournament was “SpitOnGraves” of the United Kingdom after cutting a heads up deal that saw them take $20,815.50 for the win.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
The biggest tournaments of the day get started on PokerStars every week with the $55 Sunday Marathon featuring a $100,000 prize pool guarantee. This week’s edition had 2,618 entries creating a prize pool worth $130,900.
There were two players from our nation who managed to make the final table. “WalmartCNXN” from Waterloo won $4,406.51 for fifth place while London, Ontario's Mike "pipedream17" Dietrich finished eighth for $1,522.90. Yordan "YordanPetrov" Petrov from Bulgaria managed to outlast the field though to win $18,171.02.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $150,000 guarantee. After late registration there were a total of 941 who bought into the tournament to create a total prize pool of $188,200.
Of the final nine players, there was just one sporting the maple leaf. “jknack10” from Saskatchewan ended up going all the way to heads up, but had to settle on second place worth $22,384.62. “ImSivvis” from Germany was the one who knocked off the Canadian, collecting $30,846.56 for the win.
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 $150,000. The tournament this week saw 23,269 players enter, creating a prize pool of $228,036.20.
Two Canadians found a spot at this week's final table. "Wildone42oh" grabbed fifth place for $4,692.25 while "NicGusChico8" went one spot farther, collecting $6,823.57 for fourth place. Russia's “[email protected]” took down first place worth $21,010.50.
The Double Deuce is a $22 tournament that gives player 22,000 chips to play a turbo format for a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. This week, 7,596 entries swelled the prize pool to $151,920.
Only one Canadian managed to make the final nine in this one, but Windsor's Matt "shadytime11" Raffoul didn't falter and ended up with all the chips at the end. The $21,474.89 first place prize brings his PokerStars earnings over $136,000.
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 $100,000 in prizes. With 79 entries this week, the total prize pool ended up at $158,000.
Canada sat two players at this week's high roller final table, but they were the first two players to exit as well. Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski finished in ninth for a prize of $5,190.56 while Australian import James "Cmon_Gasquet" Hopkins took eighth place worth $5,735.63 while sporting the maple leaf. The winner was “Bigfish112392” from the Philippines who outlasted them all to collect $38,537.29.
This is the most coveted online poker tournament in the world with a buy-in of just $215 but a $1,000,000 guarantee. This time around, entries came to 5,517 to create a total prize pool of $1,103,400.
No Canadians made the final nine of this one. The win, worth $77,070.23, went to Virgil "vidi.pkr" Marculescu from Romania after a five-way deal.
Mini Sunday Million
Giving the Sunday Million feel for a tenth of the buy-in is the weekly Mini Sunday Million where the buy-in is $22 with a $175,000 guaranteed. Additionally, all players who make the final table in the Mini Sunday Million win a ticket to the Sunday Million. This time around there were a total of 9,976 entries to create a total of $199,520 up for grabs.
Canada failed to seat any players at this final table. The player with all the chips at the end was “MAE9690” from Germany, for a score of $21,641.70 after making a deal heads up.
With a buy-in of $530, the Sunday 500 guarantees $75,000. A total of 257 entries beat the guarantee, coming in at $128,500 to play for.
Just one player with the maple leaf made the final table. "ameliaroy007" was part of a four-way deal at the end that saw the Canadian take $17,038.21 for a fourth place finish while Cardiff's "LAP1293" pocketed $16,027.02 for the win.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $100,000 guarantee. This week a total of 634 entries pressed their luck to create a total prize pool of $129,817.84.
There were no Canadians among the final six in this one. The winner was “Kükenmuser” from Germany, collecting $22,628.08.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Sunday Warm-Up-H (Deepstack)
partypoker got the Sunday action rolling with the Sunday Warm-Up-H (Deepstack), a $215 buy in that guaranteed $100,000 in prizes. When registration closed, 493 entries meant the prize pool never climbed above $100,000.
"smilethenclick" was the only Canadian to make the final nine, but they were also the player with all the chips at the end, winning $18,850.
Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR
The Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR gives the bounty hunt feel for the highest rollers. For $1,050, players are guaranteed a $150,000 prize pool, including bounties. This week 143 entries left the prize pool with just $150,000, $74,360 of which was devoted to bounties.
Two Canadians managed to hunt up a spot on this final table. "AussieOsbourne" took sixth place for a score of $3,673.91, as well as $780 extra for three knockouts while "TIMEXCNT" made it as far as fourth place, collecting $6,577.73 plus six bounties for $5,663.12 more. The winner was “bor4eto" from the Bulgaria, who bested the field to take home $14,217.28 plus another $4,355 for three bounties.
Sunday Bounty Hunter-H
The Sunday Bounty Hunter-H offers a cheaper option for the Bounty Hunt. For $215, players were guaranteed $100,00 in prizes. With 473 entries this week, they all played for $100,000, $50,138 of which went to the bounty pool.
Canada was shut out of the final nine in this one. The best Hunter this week was "pioMYASS" from Malta, who grabbed the $9,339.17 first prize, as well as another $9,393.90 for knocking off 13 other players.
Sunday Main Event-HR
The top end of the Main Event action kicked off with the Sunday Main Event-HR at 11am. The $530 buy in guaranteed players a shot at $125,000 in prizes. This week, 243 entries were recorded before registration closed, meaning the prize pool never grew beyond $125,000.
Canada had 3 players at the final table in this one. "i remember" just squeaked in with a ninth place finish for $2,726.75 while "Ewokwat" made it a bit farther to finish fifth and won $6,923.75. Canadian Hugh "bigbluffzinc" Drummond had to settle for second place and $17,580.50 while Latvian player "rudiqa1" took down the top prize of $23,984.60.
Sunday Main Event-H
For a cheaper entry into the Main Event action, the Sunday Main Event-H still offers $125,000 in guaranteed prizes, but for a cost of only $109. This week's total entries were 1,153. not quite enough to bump the prize pool higher than $125,000.
No Canadians managed to get to this final table, but the winner this week was British player "Wilmeras" who collected $21,312.50 for the win.
Sunday Bounty Hunter-HR
The Sunday Bounty Hunter-HR offers a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool for $525 buy in. This week, 290 entries generated a total pool of $150,000.
Two Canadians managed to make this final table. "TIMEXCNT" took fourth place for $5,429.81 from the main pool, plus $2,493.74 for collecting 11 bounties while "IAmNotARobot" made it all the way to second for $10,638, plus another $5,635.59 for five bounties. The win went to German player "PendulumSwing" who added $14,701.30 to their bankroll, as well as four bounties worth $11,068.16.
Sunday Bounty Hunter-H
The lower end of the final Bounty Hunt of the week is the Sunday Bounty Hunter-H. For $109, players were guaranteed a prize pool of $150,000. This week, 1,222 players came out which meant the prize pool stayed at $150,000, with $65,988 set aside for the bounties.
One Canadian managed to squeak out a final table appearence in this one as "The1n0nlyJonG" took ninth place for $798.11 plus $919.69 for ten bounties. The player with all the chips at the end was “TD0808” from Poland, winning $14,257 from the main pool plus an additional $6,747.42 for 11 knockouts.
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!