The Canadian Sunday Briefing: Several Canadians Make $20K or More
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 17, 2019, quite a few Canadians had decent Sunday scores. Both partypoker and PokerStars had a Canadian using "Skitzo" in their name recording a big score. Assuming "skitzo333" on PokerStars and "skitzo793" on partypoker are the same person, they won more than $46,000 this Sunday with a win in the PokerStars High Roller Club: Sunday 500 as well as a $20K score in partypoker's Sunday High Roller Gladiator. American poker refugee Chance "ChanceSeeYou" Kornuth scored $66,000 with a win on partypoker wearing Canadian colours, and several other Canadians such as Tim "TTWIST" Kelly, Hugh "bigbluffzinc" Drummond and Patrick "Egption" Tardif made more than $20K in scores on various sites. 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 119 rebuys creating a total prize pool that never grew beyond $100,000.
Canada failed to crack the final nine in this one but "guydeet39" had the best Canadian result with 11th place for $1,500. The winner was Luis “paraRC” Faria from the U.K. for $19,350.
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 32 entries with 11 rebuys to create a total prize pool of $50,000.
This week two Canucks found spots at the final table but neither "bluffmagic" (sixth) or "DosPoochies" (eighth) were able to make it far enough to get paid. The winner of the tournament was “tinchoarce” of Argentina who won $22,500 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 2,358 entries creating a prize pool worth $117,900.
Just one Canadian made the final nine in this one, but "RedPantRed" could only make it that far, ending their day in ninth place for $909.30. Bulgarian player “milennial” managed to outlast the field though to win $12,397.66 after a deal between the final two.
The $215 Sunday Warm-Up heats up the action with a $175,000 guarantee. After late registration there were a total of 832 who bought into the tournament to create a total prize pool of $175,000.
The only Canadian to make the final nine in this one was Tim "TTWIST" Kelly, but he ran with it all the way to heads-up play. Ultimately Kelly had to settle for second place, and a prize of $21,011.65 while the top prize of $29,223.61 went to "Tobotheman" of Finland.
High Roller Club: Sunday Warm-Up
The High Roller Club version of the Sunday Warm-Up is an eight-max game with $200,000 guaranteed in prizes. This week, 219 entries brought the actual pool to $219,000.
Canada sat a single person at this final table as Hugh "bigbluffzinc" Drummond from B.C. made it to the final two players, ultimately falling in second place for a prize of $32,471.87. The win went to "kufungua" from Albania, who collected the first prize of $42,738.47.
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 23,684 players enter, creating a prize pool of $232,103.20.
One Canadian stormed their way to the final table, and all the way into heads-up play. Canadian "gwjw" couldn't quite finish it out though, ending their run in second place for a score of $14,687.46. Russian player Vitaliy "titor1001" Titorenko was the one to deny the Canadian their win, taking home the top prize of $21,374.92.
High Roller Club: Sunday 500
With a buy-in of $530, the High Roller Club: Sunday 500 guarantees $115,000. A total of 283 entries beat the guarantee, coming in at $141,500 to play for.
Two Canucks made it into the final nine, but Kristen "krissyb24" Bicknell was only able to make it as far as eighth and a prize of $3,555.81. The other maple leaf at the final table, however, belonged to "skitzo333" and ended up at the top of the list for a first place prize worth $26,942.59.
The Sunday Cooldown put $125,000 guaranteed into the prize pool for eight-max, turbo, progressive-knockout action that cost $109 to enter. A total of 1,724 entries stepped up to the plate which meant they were actually playing for $172,400.
One Canadian found a spot at the final table as "jnfpoker" won almost $4,000 in bounties and prizes for sixth place. The winner of the whole thing was Brazilian Gabriel "gabsdrogba" Schroeder for a combined win of more than $23,000.
The Sunday majors conclude on PokerStars with the $215 Sunday Supersonic — a six-max hyper-speed tournament with a $115,000 guarantee. This week a total of 718 entries pressed their luck to create a total prize pool of $147,017.68.
"BCbones" was the only Canadian to make it into the final six, finishing fifth for a prize of $6,984.56. The winner was Thauan Velasco "VelascoNoBad" Cunha from Brazil for a tidy score of $25,035.66.
Sunday Majors on partypoker
Sunday High Roller Deepstack
With $200,000 guaranteed, the $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack kicked off the big Sunday action on partypoker this week. When registration closed, 195 entries didn't quite make the guarantee.
There were two Canucks in the final eight. "KERRMODE" pocketed $8.400 for sixth place while Kyle “KPitts34” Julius went only one spot deeper with $11,000 for fifth. Austrian player "Chelsea72" was the one with all the chips at end and a nice prize of $40,870.
For $215, the Sunday Deepstack guaranteed $125,000 in the prize pool. When late registration closed, 604 entries meant $125,000 was all they were playing for.
Canadian player "RajonRando" just barely missed the final table, cashing out for $1,600 in ninth place, but partypoker Team Online player Patrick "Egption" Tardif made it all the way to heads up against Argentine "DieguiDekk15". The two discussed a deal while Tardif was at a chip deficit that would have given "DieguiDekk15" the most money and the win, but the Argentine wasn't interested. When heads-up play resumed, Tardif came back to take down the original top prize of $23,025.
Sunday Bounty Hunter
The Sunday Bounty Hunter put $125,000 guaranteed into the middle for $215 bounty action. With 611 entries, the prize pool capped out at $125,866.
Three Canadian flags found their way to the final table. Ontario's "youaremelon" took nearly $2,700 in prizes and bounties for seventh place, but two Canadians made it into the top three. Third place went to "aln52" for a combined win of more than $6,500 but "djleet1337" won more than $10,000 for second place. The win went to German player "smir9david" for a combined win for more than $22,000.
Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter
For $530, players in the Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter were guaranteed $275,000 to play for. With 475 entries when registration closed, the total pool was just $275,000.
The only Canadian to make the final eight was "ReQui3m4" who made it to fifth place and a total win of more than $8,800. Swedish player "ABCpoker911" was the top dog in this one with a combined win worth nearly $46,000.
Sunday High Roller Clásico
The Sunday High Roller Clásico guaranteed $100,000 up top for $530 entry fee. With 195 entries, the prize pool never exceeded the $100,000 guarantee.
Only one Canadian made the final eight, but "CanadianSanta" rode it all the way to the top with the win worth $20,390.
Sunday High Roller Gladiator
The final tournament of the day on partypoker with Canadians deep in the action was the $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator with $250,000 guaranteed. Just 119 entries meant the prize pool stayed at $250,000.
Two maple leafs were spotted in the final eight with "skitzo793" taking third place for more than $20,000. It was US poker refugee Chance "ChanceSeeYou" Kornuth who took down the main prize though, pocketing more than $66,000 for the win.
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!