The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Bicknell and "BCbones" Share 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, March 24, 2019, the top Canadian prize was shared between "BCbones", who made a deep run in the Sunday Million, and Kristen "krissyb24" Bicknell, who managed two decent scores, with both players having a Sunday worth nearly $60,000. 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 313 entries with 128 rebuys creating a total prize pool of $100,000.
This week one Canadian made it all the way to the final table as sixth place went to "wheelguy00" for a score of $4,400. The winner of the tournament was “SkallePer58” of Sweden who won $19,350 for the victory.
Rake or Break Main Event
888poker changed things up this weekend with a Main Event in the new Rake or Break format. With a target prize pool of $100,000, the Rake or Break format refunds players' rake if the target isn't reached. If it is reached, then the target is increased for the following week. The inaugural running of the $320 buy-in this week saw 227 entries with 55 rebuys which meant players got their rake back and played for $84,600 in prizes.
Quebec's "alexos888" wore the only Canadian flag at the final table, and pocketed $4,906.80 for fifth place. The winner was "mrsmith78" from the UK for a prize of $17,300.70.
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 2,396 entries creating a prize pool worth $119,800.
Just one maple leaf was spotted at the final table as Brian "bfizz11" Fite took sixth place for $2,673.00 wearing the Canadian colours. Brazilian "bcpgamer" was the last player standing for a score of $15,553.76.
High Roller Club: Sunday Warm-Up
High roller action heats up with the High Roller Club: Sunday Warm-Up where players compete for $175,000 in guaranteed prizes for a cost of $1,050. A total of 260 entries when the bell sounded brought the actual pool to $260,000.
Canada found the seventh place spot in this one, with "AceSpades11" grabbing $8,729.42. The win went to Swedish player "Lena900" for a score of just under $50,000.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $175,000 guarantee. After late registration there were a total of 890 who bought into the tournament to create a total prize pool of $178,000.
Of the final nine players, one was sporting the maple leaf. Fourth place went to “hneves182” wearing a Canadian flag for a score of $11,048.67. The victory went to “solanj” of Norway for $29,724.90.
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 $200,000 in prizes. With 116 entries this week, the total prize pool ended up at $232,000.
The only maple leaf at the final table belonged to Australian poker refugee James "Cmon_Gasquet" Hopkins who grabbed $23,183.01 for fourth place. Malta's "WhaTisL0v3" took the win for more than $50,000.
This is the most coveted online poker tournament in the world with a buy-in of just $109 but a $1,000,000 guarantee. This time around, entries came to 10,805 to create a total prize pool of $1,080,500.
The only maple leaf spotted at the final table this week belonged to "BCbones" who pocketed $58,397.35 for third place. The win, worth $110,898.06 went to “MoTTaGeNiaL” from Malta.
Mini Sunday Million
Giving the Sunday Million feel for a fifth of the buy-in is the weekly Mini Sunday Million where the buy-in is $22 with a $175,000 guaranteed. This time around there were a total of 10,288 entries to create a total of $205,760 up for grabs.
Just one Canadian flag was spotted at the final table, but "AJSuited16" was part of a three-way deal at the end to secure second place money worth $12,314.88. The player with all the chips at the end was “cloehill” from the Czech Republic, worth $16,670.39.
High Roller Club: Sunday Cooldown
The High Roller Club: Sunday Cooldown is a turbo progressive knockout that guarantees $200,000 in the middle for players able to find $2,100 in loose change for the buy-in. When entries capped out at 113, there ended up being $226,000 in the prize pool.
Two Canadians found a spot at the eight-handed final table, and "jayjayme" just barely missed it with a ninth place finish worth almost $4,500 combined. BC's Jonathan "apestyles" Van Fleet took sixth place for $6,973.69 plus $500 in bounties while Kristen "krissyb24" Bicknell made it to third for a score of $15,373.08 and $7,562.50 more in bounties. The winner was "x_zola25" from Denmark for a tidy combined prize of more than $62,000.
The Sunday Cooldown is an eight-handed turbo progressive knockout that guarantees $125,000 for a buy-in of $109. A total of 1,654 entries meant they were playing for $165,400 in total.
Two Canadians found spots in the final eight with "Tom_022309" grabbing more than $3,500 for seventh place and "ppmaster"
collecting more than $9,000 for third. The winner was "DimitaG" from Greece for a combined score of more than $18,000.
High Roller Club: Sunday Supersonic
The High Roller Club: Sunday Supersonic is a hyper-turb six-max tournament with $175,000 guaranteed for $1.050. With 207 entries this week, the actual pool was $210,283.02 deep.
Canadian flags occupied fully one half the seats at this six-handed final table. Matt "OLD TIME GIN" Stone took fourth place for $18,673.53, but the top two spots were draped with Canadian flags. Kristen "krissyb24" Bicknell ended up making a deal with US poker immigrant Ryan "MrMaximize" Riess heads-up that gave Bicknell $36,408.58 for second while Riess pocketed $36,534.88 for the win.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Sunday High Roller Deepstack
The big Sunday action got started this week with the $2.050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack put $200,000 guaranteed into the middle. When 195 entries showed up to play, the prize pool never grew beyond $200,000.
Two maple leafs found their way into the final eight of this one. American poker import "TimeToPardy" managed to grab fifth place for $11,000, but another US refugee waving the Canadian flag, Alex "FkTheseGuysBro" Foxen, rode the wave to the top of the list and collected $40,780 for the win.
For $215, entries in the Sunday Deepstack got 100k chips to battle for $100,000 in guaranteed prizes. When registration closed, 615 entries brought the actual prize pool up to $123,000.
Just a single Canadian made the final eight as Toronto's Ryan "pokerwithriske" Riske made it to fifth place for a prize of $5,254,40. The win, worth $22,656.60, went to Ukranian player "SanityWaterline".
Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter
For $1,050, the Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter guaranteed at least $200,000 to play for. Once the gates came down, 221 entries dug that prize pool $225,420 deep.
The final eight in this one featured 3 Canadian flags. Seventh place went to "honker187" for more than $5,800 in bounty and prize money while familiar face "WWWpartyCOM" managed to make third place money worth more than $17,000 in combined prizes. The top dog in this one was also wearing a Canadian flag, as American pro Elio "donzledurbru" Fox came north to collect more than $42,000 for the win.
Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter
The Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter cost $530 to enter with $200,000 guaranteed. Once all the beans were counted, 461 entries put the total pool at $236,262.50.
Canada found a single seat at this final table. "KryptoKing420" managed a sixth place finish worth just over $5,300 in cash and bounties while the win, worth more than $40,000, went to Danish player Simon Rønnow "Beeeetelgeuse" Pedersen.
Sunday Bounty Hunter
For just $109, players in the Sunday Bounty Hunter were playing for $100,000 in guaranteed prizes. With 1,164 total entries, the pool was actually $121,056 deep.
Two seats in the final eight were filled by Canadians. "SernieBanders" battled their way to third place and a combined score of more than $6,000 but "WGretzky_9999" managed one spot better with more than $10,500 in prizes and bounties for second. The win went to "BanicIvan" from Croatia for nearly $16,000 total.
Sunday High Roller Clásico
The Sunday High Roller Clásico is a single re-entry event that puts $100,000 guaranteed into the middle for a buy-in of $530. When 192 entries were recorded by the end of Level 12, the prize pool stayed at $100,000.
Sixth place, worth $4,500, in this one went to Canadian "VamosAlaPlayaR" while all the chips ended up with Geraldo Cesar "BateBicoPLZ" Neto from Brazil for a prize of $22,130.
Sunday High Roller Gladiator
With $200,000 guaranteed, the $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator offered bounty action. When the bell sounded to close the gates, 118 entries meant they were playing for $241,900.
Two seats in the final eight were draped with Canadian flags. US poker refugee Elio "donzledurbru" Fox grabbed his second score of the day with seventh worth more than $7,300 combined but Christopher “Ad_Finem” Kruk found a third place finish for more than $29,000. Austrian player "onehundredeyes" was the last player sitting and raked in combined prizes of more than $55,000.
For just $55, the Sunday Gladiator offered up low-priced bounty action with $100,000 guaranteed. When the dust settled on registration, 2,414 entries swelled that prize pool to $126,735.
The only Canadian flag at the final table belonged to "Tiger111199" who finished seventh for more than $1,300 in combined prizes. The player with all the chips at the end was "Proximo45" from the UK, who won more than $15,000.
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!