The Canadian Sunday Briefing: "pisky16" Wins $100K in Sunday Million
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 30, 2018, “pisky16” had the best Canadian result after coming oh-so-close in the Sunday Million on PokerStars. The Canadian took down the second place spot for a score of $106,092.36. 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 boasts a guarantee of $125,000 for a $215 buy-in. This week saw 385 entries with 169 rebuys creating a total prize pool of $125,000.
This week two Canadians made it all the way to the final table. Edmonton's “popsnpoker” managed to get eighth place, worth $2,500, and “PBD03” got one spot better, collecting $3,125 for seventh. The winner of the tournament was “KimberSlice” of Costa Rica who won $23,750 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 33 entries with 15 rebuys to create a total prize pool of $50,000.
This week two Canucks found a spot at the final table. “PBD03” grabbed their second 888poker cash of the day with $5,000 for fourth place while “kaycrusher” collected $7,500 for finishing third. The winner of the tournament was “MisterN411” who won $20,000 for the victory.
Sunday Majors on PokerStars
Winter Series 27 - Medium: Sunday Kickoff SE
The biggest tournaments of the day got started on PokerStars this week with with a special edition of the Sunday Kickoff as part of the Winter Series. For $109, players got chance at a piece of $125,000 in guaranteed prizes. With 1,706 entries, the actual prize pool topped out at $170,600.
Canada found one chair at the final table. Quebec's "cedrick89" pocketed $3,566.20 for seventh place. The winner was Hungary's "Wazaahun" for a nice score of $25,812.50.
The $55 Sunday Marathon features a $100,000 prize pool guarantee. This week’s edition had 2,326 entries creating a prize pool worth $116,300.
Canada was shut out of the final nine. Brazilian Flavio "flavioreis88" Reis managed to outlast the field to win $13,000.04 after a heads-up deal.
Winter Series 28 - Medium: Sunday Warm-Up SE
The Sunday Warm-Up is an eight-max progressive knockout tournament. This week, as part of the Winter Series, the Medium version of event 28 guaranteed $400,000 in prizes for $215. With 3,682 entries, the prize pool nearly doubled the guarantee to $736,400.
No Canadians managed to get through to the final nine. The win went to Stuart "guitey" Guite from the UK, who cut a three-way deal to take home $40,114.03 from the main prize pool, as well as $28,652.04 in extra bounty cash.
Winter Series 28 - High: Sunday Warm-Up SE
The Winter Series 28 - High heats up the Sunday Warm-Up action with a $2,100 buy-in and a $500,000 guarantee. After late registration there were a total of 382 who bought into the tournament to create a total prize pool of $764,000.
No Canadians made the final eight but the winner was Connor "blanconegro" Drinan. Playing from Mexico, Drinan won $69,830.41 from the main pool and $60,199.20 in bounties.
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 22,418 players enter, creating a prize pool of $219,696.40.
Three Canadians stormed the final table this week. Aaron "ASoul3381" Soulliere from Windsor took down fifth place for a score of $4,538.59 just before the final four players cut a deal. That left Patrick "aprilsfool" Carron to take third place money worth $12,110.74 while "thenewme32" held on for the first place prize of $15,910.37.
High Roller Club: Sunday HR
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 98 entries this week, the total prize pool ended up at $196,000.
No Canadians made the High Roller final table this week. The winner was Patrick "pads1161" Leonard from the United Kingdom who outlasted them all to collect $46,837.42.
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 5,597 to create a total prize pool of $1,119,400.
Three Canadians made this coveted final table. The first player to bust from the from the final nine was "RPILON" who took home $8,893.07 for ninth place, but "Gossimer007" was able to survive till third spot for $74,452.30. The best Canadian result in this one went to "pisky16" who made it to heads up before falling in second place for a prize of $106,092.36. The win, worth $151,184.82 went to “erickie” from the Netherlands.
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 $150,000 guaranteed. This time around there were a total of 8,898 entries to create a total of $177,960 up for grabs.
Canada found one spot at the final table, but it was a good one. Vancouver's "nutty_hamish" made it all the way to second place, for the score of $10,557.34. The player with all the chips at the end was “rabbitthot” from Romania, worth $20,867.00.
High Roller Club: Sunday 500
With a buy-in of $530, the High Roller Club: Sunday 500 guarantees $100,000. A total of 237 entries beat the guarantee, coming in at $118,500 to play for.
No players with the maple leaf made the final table. The winner was “Black88” from Russia who pocketed $22,768.18 for the victory.
Winter Series 31 - Medium: Sunday Cooldown SE
The Sunday Cooldown is an eight-max turbo progressive knockout tournament, and this week it got a couple boosts from the Winter Series. The Medium version of the Cooldown cost $55 to enter and promised at least $175,000 in prizes. A total of 4,993 entries brought that total to $249,650.
Canada failed to make the final eight here. The winner of it all was Ben "gs08bjohnson" Jenkins from the United Kingdom for a score of $17,768.60 in prizes as well as $7,156.36 more in bounties.
Winter Series 31 - High: Sunday Cooldown SE
The High version of the Cooldown put $250,000 guaranteed into the pool for a buy-in of $530. With 837 entries this week, the prize pool topped out at $418,500.
Canada found a single spot at the final table, but "phenom11218" was the first player to leave the final table, collecting $2,843.75 in bounties on their way to the eighth place prize money of $3,252.05. The top dog in this one was "thehushpuppy" from the UK who won $34,773.11 from the main pool and $29,007.09 in bounties.
High Roller Club: Sunday Supersonic
The High Roller Club version of the six-max hyper-speed Supersonic costs $1.050 to enter and guarantees $150,000 in prizes. This week, 223 entries meant they were playing for $226,536.78.
"L1VeYRdrEamS" was the only Canadian to make the final six, finishing fifth for $13,373.71. The last player sitting was "Manjelleg" of Hungary, who pocketed $43,773.34 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 605 entries pressed their luck to create a total prize pool of $123,879.80.
Canada failed to make the final six of this one, but the winner was "Kashmir_uzi" from the United Kingdom for a score of $21,593.01.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Christmas Freeze #23-HR
Sunday got underway on partypoker with the Christmas Freeze #23-HR, a $1,050 buy-in that guarantees $200,000. This week's edition had 205 entreis, which brought the prize pool to $205,000.
Canada was shut out of the final table for this one. The winner of this one was "lluvia71" from the Netherlands who grabbed $41,799.50 for the win.
Christmas Freeze #23-H
The high version of Christmas Freeze #23 cost just $215 to enter but still put $200,000 into the prize pool. With 857 entries this week, the prize pool never grew beyond the $200,000 guarantee.
Canada found two spots in the final eight of this event. "Sebatava" managed to grab seventh place money worth $4,000, but "XxXMLGPROXxX" from London, Ontario managed third place for $16,620. The player who took it all down was "DamianLillard" of the United Kingdom, with the win netting the player $34,960.
Christmas Freeze #24-HR
Christmas Freeze #24-HR was a progressive knockout event that cost $525 to enter and guaranteed $300,000 in prizes. With just 567 entries, $300,000 was all they were playing for this week.
Just a single player with the maple leaf made the final eight on this one, but it was the best spot. "VictorVazquez" ended up winning all the chips and won $28,177.02 from the main pool as well as $22,63.43 extra in bounties.
Christmas Freeze #24-H
The high version of Christmas Freeze #24 cost just $109 to enter, but guaranteed $250,000 in total prizes. When registration closed, 2093 entries meant the prize pool never grew beyond $250,000. That put $113,022 in the bounty pool, with $136,978 reserved for main prizes.
The only maple leaf on the final table ended up pretty high up the list. "Griffertins" made it all the way to heads-up play and cut a deal for second place money worth $19,839.36 from the main pool as well as $8,332.36 in knockout bonus. The Canadian lost out the top prize to "Bryan Paris" from the Netherlands, who won $19,939.36 from the main pool deal, plus $7,811,97 in bounties.
Sunday Super High Roller
The $2,600 Sunday Super High Roller is the highest priced Sunday major on partypoker, and it guaranteed $150,000 in prizes. A total of 57 entries meant that the prize pool stayed at $150,000.
Just one Canadian managed to make the final eight players as "pockjack0" scored $10,500 for fifth place. The winner was "TheBlack_sheep" from Austria who won $42,665.74 after cutting a deal two ways.
Sunday Main Event
The Sunday Main Event cost $215 to enter, and put $100,000 guaranteed in to the kitty. When the dust settled, 441 entries wasn't quite enough to beat the guarantee.
Canada couldn't find a seat at this final table. The winner of it all was Argentinian player Rodrigo "sonmonedas" Perez for a top prize of $19,100.
Christmas Freeze #26-HR
The final chance for Sunday glory at partypoker was Christmas Freeze #26-HR, which put $200,000 guaranteed into the PKO pot for a buy-in of $1,050. A total of 198 entries put the total pot at $201,960.
The only Canadian to crack the final eight was "KERRMODE" who collected $3,069 from the prize pool for a seventh place finish plus $650 extra in bounties. The top dog in this one was "Hevostelija" from Finland The Finn won $20,186.10 from the main pool, as well as $21,714.07 in kill tax.
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!