The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "mraink" Scores $37K from Sunday Million
Every Sunday, millions of dollars are paid out to poker players around the world when sites like 888poker and PokerStars 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, November 11, 2018, “mraink” had the best Canadian result after coming fifth in the Sunday Million for a score of $37,308.40. Honourable mention this week goes to Jimmy "jays94" Molloy who took third in the inaugural running of the High Roller Club: Bounty Builder HR, worth more than $30,000 in prizes and bounties. 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 352 entries with 166 rebuys creating a total prize pool of $103,600.
This week two Canadians made it all the way to the final table. Montreal's “alexos888” managed to get fourth place, worth $8,029, but Alex "Dynoalot" Difelice from Toronto took down the top prize of $19,943.
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 43 entries with 17 rebuys to create a total prize pool of $60,000.
Canada failed to find a spot in the money or at the final table of this one. Sweden's "Svengate" was the last player standing after cutting a heads-up deal, and they collected $19,425.85 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 2,818 entries creating a prize pool worth $140,900.
Three Canadians managed to make the final nine this week. That was as far as Edmonton's "Cbart_05" got, collecting $1,142.19 for a ninth place finish. Windsor, Ontario's "Barksdale111" pushed their way into third place for a prize of $9,562.71 while Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich made it all the way to heads-up play, but had to settle for second place money of $13,626.60. Dietrich surrendered the title and the $19,419.92 top prize to Romanian Antonescu Ionut "HASFy`" Alexandru.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $175,000 guarantee. After late registration there were a total of 1,048 who bought into the tournament to create a total prize pool of $209,600.
Of the final nine players, two players sporting the maple leaf were at the final table. “slarki1” ended up in seventh to collect $4,698.89 while Kyle "ChedrStack" Chang from Toronto made it to fifth place for a prize of $9,089.22 “5pathic” from the United Kingdom took the victory, collecting $34,009.98.
High Roller Club: Sunday Warm-Up
The introduction of the High Roller Club (HRC) this week brings new Sunday action as well. The HRC version of the Sunday Warm-Up was a $1.050 8-max format with $100,000 guaranteed. With 190 entries, the total prize pool for this one was $190,000.
Canada was shut out of the final table on this one. "kimokh" from Lebanon was the player with all the virtual chips at the end for a score of $27,692.13.
The Double Deuce is a $22 turbo tournament with 22,000 chips to start, and $125,000 guaranteed in prizes. This week, 7,845 entries brought the total prize pool to $156,900.
No Canadians made the final table this week. Brazilian Flavio "flavioreis88" Reis took down first place money worth $18,873.92 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 $200,000. The tournament this week saw 22,592 players enter, creating a prize pool of $221,401.60.
Canada was shut out of the final table Storm this week. The last player standing after the Storm was Mexican player "Knightsgeee", who pocketed $20,471.62.
High Roller Club: Sunday HR
The highest-priced regular Sunday major on PokerStars is the High Roller Club: Sunday HR with a hefty buy-in of $2,100 and guaranteeing $150,000 in prizes. With 102 entries this week, the total prize pool ended up at $204,000.
No Canadians broke through to the final table this week. The winner was Anton “anteen” Bertilsson from Sweden who outlasted them all to collect $47,008.72 after a heads-up duel with fellow Swede Viktor "Isildur1" Blom.
High Roller Club: Bounty Builder HR
The Bounty Builder HR was another new addition to the Sunday schedule thanks to the HRC. For $530, players got a chance to $300,000 guaranteed in a progressive knockout format. With 1,025 entries this week, the total prize pool swelled to $512,500.
Just a single Canadian made the final table this week. Jimmy "jays94" Molloy made it to third place with the maple leaf beside his name and collected more than $30,000 with $22,402.29 from the main pool as well as $8,384.75 more in bounties. The winner was "Xungazz" from Switzerland who pocketed $41,695.88 for the win from the main pool, as well as an additional $20,220.87 in bounties.
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 5,695 to create a total prize pool of $1,139,000.
Canadians found two spots at this final table. "blazinchron" from Oshawa finished seventh for a $18,373.66 addition to their bankroll, while "mraink" made it to fifth place wearing the maple leaf for a score of $37,308.40. The win, worth $153,830.39 went to Ivan "ivanvilchez8" Vilchez from the Argentina.
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 $125,000 guaranteed. Additionally, all players who make the Mini final table win a ticket to the full Sunday Million. This time around there were a total of 9,217 entries to create a total of $184,340 up for grabs.
Canada drew a blank for this final table. The winner was Daniele Q. "igor oficial" Lima from Brazil who pocketed $22,712.28 for the victory.
High Roller Club: Sunday 500
With a buy-in of $530, the Sunday 500 got an HRC remake for a total guarantee of $100,000. A total of 301 entries beat the guarantee, coming in at $150,500 to play for.
Just a single Canadian made the final nine in this one. "hneves182" took down eighth place for a score of $3,715.13 sporting the maple leaf while the winner was Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer from the United Kingdom for $28,313.15.
High Roller Club: Sunday Cooldown
The High Roller Club bumped the Sunday Cooldown up to a guarantee of $100,000 for a $2,100 buy in with the 8-max format playing as a progressive knockout. With 113 entries this week, that guarantee was blown away with $226,000 to play for.
Canada was blanked on the final table of this one, but Brazilian player Kelvin "Kelvin_FP:AR" Kerber took down the first place prize of $26,039.17 plus an additional $43,500 in bounty bonus.
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 730 entries pressed their luck to create a total prize pool of $149,474.80.
No Canadians made the final table this week. The winner was “DeZauZeR” from Russia, collecting $25,454.03.
High Roller Club: Sunday Supersonic
The arrival of the HRC brought a bigger version of a 6-max, hyper-turbo Supersonic. For $1,050, players battle for $100,000 in guaranteed prizes. This week, 204 entries created a total prize pool more than double the guarantee at $207,235.44.
Canada was shut out of this final table. The last player sitting was Sweden's "IAmSoSo" for a score of $40,665.47.
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!