The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Bicknell and "Nolet20" Share Top Canadian Honours
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 23, 2018, the top Canadian honours were split between two players who both earned more than $50,000. Team partypoker ambassador Kristen "Krissyb24" Bicknell took down the Super Sunday High Roller on partypoker for a score of $54,137.50, while "Nolet20" knocked everyone out of the Winter Series 04 - High: Sunday Cooldown SE on Pokerstars to win a combined total of $59,076.04 in prizes and bounties. Here’s the full report on major Canadian results from this Sunday:
Sunday Majors on 888poker
The $125,000 Sunday Mega Deep BONANZA
The usual premier Sunday tournament on 888poker got a holiday boost this week with a guarantee of $125,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week saw 338 entries with 162 rebuys creating a total prize pool of $125,000.
This week one Canadian made it all the way to the final table. “Nordynordbrg” managed to get seventh place, worth $3,437.50. The winner of the tournament was Lithuania's “Sinatra48” who won $24,062.50 for the victory.
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 2,520 entries creating a prize pool worth $126,000.
No Canadians managed to make the final nine this week. “OMGRubCasco” from Uruguay managed to outlast the field though to win $16,358.88.
High Roller Club: Sunday Warm-Up
The High Roller Club version of the Sunday Warm-Up puts $150,000 guaranteed into the middle for a buy-in of $1,050. With 216 runners showing up this week, the actual prize pool topped out at $216,000.
No Canadians survived till the final table this week. The winner this week was China's "pidi jiang" for a top prize of $42,152.97.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $175,000 guarantee. After late registration there were a total of 967 who bought into the tournament to create a total prize pool of $193,400.
Just one player sporting the maple leaf was at the final table. “remigio20” ended up in eighth to collect $3,359.89. “Pendos90” from the United Kingdom took the victory, collecting $31,698.69.
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 22,796 players enter, creating a prize pool of $223,400.80.
Two Canadians managed to Storm this final table. "101hack" took down eighth place for $1,497.70 while "mike130612" made it two spots farther to sixth place, for a score of $3,167.28. Brazil's “sr_vendra” took down first place worth $20,618.15.
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 89 entries this week, the total prize pool ended up at $178,000.
Two players with the maple leaf cracked the final table of this one. US Import Alex "bigfox86" Foxen managed sixth place for $11,429.21 but "4rebmun" made it all the way to heads up, settling for second place and a prize of $32,704.58. The winner was “silentm0de” from the Moldova who outlasted them all to collect $42,536.04.
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 5,471 to create a total prize pool of $1,094,200.
No Canadians managed to crack the final nine in this one. The win, worth $141,123.79 after a heads-up deal went to Renan Carlos "internett93o" Bruschi from Brazil.
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. This time around there were a total of 9,001 entries to create a total of $180,020 up for grabs.
At the final table, two players were from Canada. "Teddygram902" managed to find seventh place and add $1,866.27 to their bankroll, but "Brockbadgerr" made it all the way to heads-up play, settling for second place money worth $10,680.89. The player with all the chips at the end was “KKing James” from Brazil, for a win worth $21,112.15.
Winter Series 03 - High: Sunday 500 SE
With a buy-in of $530, the Winter Series 03 - High: Sunday 500 SE guarantees $250,000. A total of 685 entries crushed the guarantee, coming in at $342,500 to play for.
One player with the maple leaf made the final table. The seventh place finisher was Canadian "jimsweats" for a score of $8,169.31. The winner was “NEWFlat” from Russia who pocketed $25,330.55 for the victory.
Winter Series 04 - Medium: Sunday Cooldown SE
The Sunday Cooldown is an eight-max turbo progressive knockout. This week, as part of the Winter Series, the medium version cost $109 to enter with $250,000 guaranteed. A total of 2,949 entries this week meant they were actually playing for $294,400.
Canada couldn't crack the top eight of this one. "BetForNympho" from the United Kingdom won all the chips, as well as $21,297.66 from the main pool and $13,508.26 in bounties.
Winter Series 04 - High: Sunday Cooldown SE
The eight-max turbo progressive knockout event guaranteed $350,000 for the $1,050 high version. With 425 entries, the actual prize pool was $425,000.
Canada only found one spot at the this final table, but it was the best one. "Nolet20" went all the way to take down first place, picking up $30,919.89 in bounties on their way to the $28,156.15 top prize.
High Roller Club: Sunday Supersonic
The High Roller Club version of the Supersonic is a hyper-turbo six-max event that costs $1,050 to enter and guarantees $150,000. A total of 176 entries brought this week's prizes to $178,791.36.
One Canadian flag managed to squeak into the final table of this one when American import Paul "sublime" Wellman finished in sixth place for $8,800.46. The top dog in this one was "Pendos90" from the United Kingdom, adding $35,660.91 to their bankroll.
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 699 entries pressed their luck to create a total prize pool of $143,127.24.
One Canadian made the final table this week, and "torscotr06" won $9,356.09 for fourth place. The winner was “harlydavidson77” from Austria, collecting $24,373.02.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Sunday High Roller Deepstack
Sunday action got started on partypoker this week with the $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack and a guarantee of $100,000. With 108 entries, the prize pool topped out at $108,000.
Two Canadians made it as far as the final nine. Mike "dietz17" Dietrich had to settle for sixth place with a prize of $5,400 but "KryptoKing420" got the fourth place prize worth $9,450. The top prize went to Sweden's "Drulitooo" who picked up $26,460 for the win.
Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter
Bounty action got underway with the Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter. For $1,050 players competed for $150,000 in guaranteed prizes in the bounty format event. This week, 144 entries meant they were playing for the guarantee, which put $75,120 in the main pool and $74,880 into the bounty pool.
Canada failed to find a spot on this final table. The win went to German player "Gl4diat0r" who pocketed $17,270.11 from the main pool as well as an additional $18,386.88 in bounties.
Sunday Bounty Hunter
For $215, the Sunday Bounty Hunter guarantees $100,000 in the prize pool. With 5459 entries this week, that pool hit $113,094.
Canada managed to find one spot in the final eight. Vancouver's "ImSeriously" grabbed seventh place money worth $1,257.21 plus $238.50 extra in bounties. The winner of the whole thing was Russian "I_Am_Groot" who won a combined total of more than $20,000 in prizes and bounties.
Christmas Freeze #01-HR
To celebrate the season, the Christmas Freeze #01-HR put $200,000 guaranteed into the prize pool for $1,050. With only 197 entries, this week's prize pool stayed at $200,000.
A single Canadian found their way to the final eight. "RajonRando" collected $8,400 for sixth place, but the win, worth $40,780, went to Rafael "rafaelmoraesgm" Moraes from Brazil.
Christmas Freeze #01-H
For a lower priced shot at the Christmas cheer, the high version of Christmas Freeze #01 guaranteed $200,000 for an entry fee of just $215. When registration closed however, 881 entries meant the prize pool stayed at $200,000.
No Canadians managed to crack the final eight this week. The player with all the chips at the end was "Doyle_B" from Sweden, who took $34,960 for the win.
Christmas Freeze #02-HR
The second event in the Christmas Freeze series was a progressive knockout, and the high roller version put $300,000 guaranteed into the pot for a buy-in of just $525. A total of 577 entries turned out which meant the $300,000 guarantee was all that was in the pool, with $148,537.50 devoted to main prizes.
Canada was shut out of the final eight for this one. Russian player "andstar555" was the last player standing for a main prize worth $27,360.88 as well $19,989.15 more in bounties.
Christmas Freeze #02-H
The high version of the Christmas Freeze #02 cost just $109 to enter but guaranteed $250,000 in total prizes. When registration closed, 2,154 players showed some interest, but that meant the prize pool never grew beyond the $250,000 guarantee. With $116,316 in the bounty pool, that meant there was $133,684 in main prizes to play for.
Canada had a single entry at the final table. Ryan "nevak" Nevak from British Columbia made it to the fourth place spot for $6,751.04 from the main pool and $1,036.03 in bounties. The last player with chips was "z-boooo" from Malta who collected $10,922.52 in bounties as well as $22,326.49 from the main pool.
Super Sunday High Roller
The Super Sunday High Roller cost $2,600 to enter and guaranteed $150,000 in prizes. With 71 players interested this week, the total pool ended up at $177,500.
Canada had only one player make the final eight, but Kristen "Krissyb24" Bicknell did Canada and Team partypoker proud. She survived through the entire field to take down the top prize of $54,137.50.
Christmas Freeze #04-HR
The fourth event in the Christmas Freeze series was a progressive knockout where the high roller version put $200,000 guaranteed into the middle for a buy-in of $1,050. A total of 206 entries brought that prize pool to $210,120, with $103,000 devoted to the main prize pool and the rest waiting to be collected in bounties.
The only Canadian to crack the final eight was "ellis204" who made it all the way to third place for a score of $10,866.50 from the main pool and $4,635.31 more from the bounty pool. Playing from Costa Rica, the winner was "JimyTransaction" for $27,082.66 in bounties as well as $21,001.70 in main prizes.
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!