Damian Salas Becomes Latin America’s First WSOP Main Event Champion, Scores $2.55 Million

Damian Salas at the table in the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event.

South America now has its own World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event champion. On Sunday, Argentina’s Damian Salas finished off his second deep run in the biggest tournament in poker with a championship bracelet.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Main Event featured a split series with online play and live final tables. The international half played out at GGPoker and the US half played out at WSOP.com.

Salas was the international winner, claiming $1.55 million after topping the final table in the Czech Republic. On Sunday, he faced US champion Joseph Hebert at the Rio in Las Vegas for the title of Main Event champion and an added $1 million

After finishing seventh in the same event in 2017, Salas found some redemption on Sunday. The 45-year-old from Buenos Aires now claims the biggest title in poker as the game’s world champion.

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Argentina’s new WSOP champion

Winning any tournament isn’t easy, but the main event is an even bigger accomplishment. The 2020 Main Event attracted big numbers online at a time when online poker is booming.

At the international final table, Salas defeated Brazil’s Brunno Botteon at King’s Casino to earn his shot in Las Vegas. Defeating Hebert for the ultimate victory didn’t come easily.

Argentina’s Damian Salas shows off his World Series of Poker Main Event championship bracelet. (all photos courtesy WSOP/Melissa Haereiti)

The two players fought it out for 173 hands and over nearly six hours with the lead swinging back and forth. Eventually, Salas vanquished his foe after Hebert moved all in with Ace-Queen.

Salas called with King-Jack and flopped a pair of Kings. The turn card brought no help to Hebert and another King on the river gave Salas the championship.

“Joseph was a very hard opponent, and he played really well,” Salas said. “In a few instances, he was about to win, it was a real fight and he never slowed down. Going into the championship, I felt all the energy and support from my family and friends in Argentina tonight, and that helped me.”

Fulfilling a dream

Back in Argentina, Salas works as an attorney and doesn’t plan on leaving his job. He’s a regular player online and now has more than $3 million in live tournament winnings as well.

Before the event, the two competitors complimented each other and spoke about this year’s unique Main Event. Salas said it would be a dream come true to win a bracelet. 

“I always try to be better and that’s my motivation,” he said about his mindset going into the match.

A family man, Salas credited his wife, children, and friends with his success. He also thanked the Latin American poker community for their support.

Main Event champion Damian Salas and runner-up Joseph Hebert after the final hands plays out in the Rio.

“I feel like they’re here with me,” he said. “I feel like they make me better as a person.”

The new champion now has first bracelet, encrusted with plenty of diamonds. However, the post-match bracelet photos included two pieces of hardware. An additional bracelet crafted by Salas’ daughter was also included.

Big numbers for a big event

Getting to a champion wasn’t easy and there some unique circumstances came with the event. That included one player from China not attending the international final table.

In the US, another player was disqualified and paid ninth-place money after testing COVID-19 positive. In the end, the tournament indeed produced a 2020 champion no matter the obstacles.

How Salas’ championship is remembered remains to be seen. At the very least, his title stands out as an interesting footnote in the event’s 51-year history.

The tournament produced big numbers at GGPoker and WSOP.com. Between the two final tables, four players received payouts of more than $1 million.

Two of those became the first to win seven figures in the regulated US online poker market. Here’s a complete look ta the Main Event numbers:

  • Entries – 1,379
  • Prize pool – $13.2 million plus an extra $1 million for the heads-up match
  • Entries at WSOP.com – 705
  • Prize pool at WSOP.com – $6.8 million
  • Entries at GGPoker – 674
  • Prize pool at GGPoker – $6.5 million

RING IN THE NEW YEAR: WSOP Winter Online Circuit Kicks Off at GGPoker with Plenty of Gold

The GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit offers players 18 championship ring events.

The World Series of Poker Main Event may have reached its conclusion at GGPoker, but the WSOP action continues into January. The site has once again teamed up with the series for the WSOP Winter Online Circuit.

The series features 18 championship ring events and runs through Jan. 10 with a massive $100 million guarantee. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, however, and there are numerous other side events as well.

The temperature may be dropping this winter, but the prize pools remain high at GGPoker.

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A look at the WSOP Winter Circuit at GGPoker

Players looking for some holiday Hold’em will be in luck with a tournament for every bankroll. Buy-ins range from $30 to $10,000 and that includes several “mini” events.

Players will also find numerous starting flights in many events. The series is highlighted by the $1,700 Main Event, which features a $10 million guarantee.

Starting flights for that event begin Jan. 4 with the final table set for Jan. 16A few other championship ring events to watch out for include:

  • $800 Monster Stack (Event 4) – $2 million guarantee
  • $315 Bounty Giant NLHE (Event 9) – $1 million guarantee
  • $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS (Event 10) – $1.225 million
  • $10,000 Heads Up NLHE (Event 13) – $1 million guarantee
  • $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS (Event 15) –  $2.021 million guarantee
  • $252 Deepstack Bounty Hunters NLHE (Event 17) – $500,000 guarantee

Those with smaller bankrolls may also want to check out Event 6. This $170 Mini Main Event has several starting flights and comes with a $2 million guarantee.

The Mini also awards a championship ring along with a nice payout. The series wraps up on Dec. 26 live on the GGPoker Twitch stream.

Some other nice low baller options dot the schedule as well. The $30 Mini Marathon on Dec. 19 features a $50,000 guarantee.

Here’s a look at the remainder of the series.

GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit

DateEventBuy-inGuarantee
Dec 16WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $200 Monster Stack$200$50,000
Dec 16WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $300 Marathon$300$100,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $30 Mini Marathon$30$50,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $500 Fifty Stack$500$100,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $105 Bounty 6-Handed$105$75,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $400 Forty Stack$400$100,000
Dec 16WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Opener$2,500$100,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $52.50 Bounty Hunters Daily Main$52.50$100,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $1,500 Deepstack$1,500$150,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $80 Deepstack Pot Limit Omaha$80$20,000
Dec 16WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 16WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Prime$2,500$150,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Circuit$315$150,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Omaha$315$40,000
Dec 16WSOPC High Rollers: $3,150 Blade Bounty King$3,150$100,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $55 Fifty Stack$55$50,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $300 Triple Chance$300$75,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $30 Mini Triple Chance$30$25,000
Dec 16WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Mulligan$2,500$150,000
Dec 16WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade PLO$2,500$50,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $126 Deepstack Bounty Turbo$126$60,000
Dec 16WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $80 The Closer$80$25,000
Dec 16WSOPC Series: $80 The PLOser$80$15,000
Dec 16WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Closer$2,500$100,000
Dec 17WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $200 Monster Stack$200$50,000
Dec 17WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $300 Marathon$300$100,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $30 Mini Marathon$30$50,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $500 Fifty Stack$500$100,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $105 Bounty 6-Handed$105$75,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $400 Forty Stack$400$100,000
Dec 17WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Opener$2,500$100,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $52.50 Bounty Hunters Daily Main$52.50$100,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $1,500 Deepstack$1,500$150,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $80 Deepstack Pot Limit Omaha$80$20,000
Dec 17WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 17WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Prime$2,500$150,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Circuit$315$150,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Omaha$315$40,000
Dec 17WSOPC High Rollers: $3,150 Blade Bounty King$3,150$100,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $55 Fifty Stack$55$50,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $300 Triple Chance$300$75,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $30 Mini Triple Chance$30$25,000
Dec 17WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Mulligan$2,500$150,000
Dec 17WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade PLO$2,500$50,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $126 Deepstack Bounty Turbo$126$60,000
Dec 17WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $80 The Closer$80$25,000
Dec 17WSOPC Series: $80 The PLOser$80$15,000
Dec 17WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Closer$2,500$100,000
Dec 18WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $200 Monster Stack$200$50,000
Dec 18WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $300 Marathon$300$100,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $30 Mini Marathon$30$50,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $500 Fifty Stack$500$100,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $105 Bounty 6-Handed$105$75,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $400 Forty Stack$400$100,000
Dec 18WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Opener$2,500$100,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $52.50 Bounty Hunters Daily Main$52.50$100,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $1,500 Deepstack$1,500$150,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $80 Deepstack Pot Limit Omaha$80$20,000
Dec 18WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 18WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Prime$2,500$150,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Circuit$315$150,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Omaha$315$40,000
Dec 18WSOPC High Rollers: $3,150 Blade Bounty King$3,150$100,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $55 Fifty Stack$55$50,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $300 Triple Chance$300$75,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $30 Mini Triple Chance$30$25,000
Dec 18WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Mulligan$2,500$150,000
Dec 18WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade PLO$2,500$50,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $126 Deepstack Bounty Turbo$126$60,000
Dec 18WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $80 The Closer$80$25,000
Dec 18WSOPC Series: $80 The PLOser$80$15,000
Dec 18WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Closer$2,500$100,000
Dec 19WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 19WSOPC #4: $800 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em$800$1,000,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $200 Monster Stack$200$50,000
Dec 19WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $300 Marathon$300$100,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $30 Mini Marathon$30$50,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $500 Fifty Stack$500$100,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $105 Bounty 6-Handed$105$75,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $400 Forty Stack$400$100,000
Dec 19WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Opener$2,500$100,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $52.50 Bounty Hunters Daily Main$52.50$100,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $1,500 Deepstack$1,500$150,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $80 Deepstack Pot Limit Omaha$80$20,000
Dec 19WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 19WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Prime$2,500$150,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Circuit$315$150,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $315 Bounty King Omaha$315$40,000
Dec 19WSOPC High Rollers: $3,150 Blade Bounty King$3,150$100,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $55 Fifty Stack$55$50,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $300 Triple Chance$300$75,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $30 Mini Triple Chance$30$25,000
Dec 19WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Mulligan$2,500$150,000
Dec 19WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade PLO$2,500$50,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $126 Deepstack Bounty Turbo$126$60,000
Dec 19WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 1]$170$2,000,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $80 The Closer$80$25,000
Dec 19WSOPC Series: $80 The PLOser$80$15,000
Dec 19WSOPC High Rollers: $2,500 Blade Closer$2,500$100,000
Dec 20WSOPC #5: $600 Pot Limit Omaha$600$500,000
Dec 20WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD [Day 2]$170$2,000,000
Dec 21WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 21WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 21WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 21WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$1,225,000
Dec 22WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 22WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 22WSOPC #7: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship$1,500$1,000,000
Dec 22WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 22WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$1,225,000
Dec 23WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 23WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 23WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 23WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$1,225,000
Dec 24WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 24WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 24WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 24WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$1,225,000
Dec 25WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 25WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 25WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 25WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$1,225,000
Dec 26WSOPC #8: $600 Marathon No Limit Hold’em$600$500,000
Dec 26WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 26WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 26WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1]$400$1,225,000
Dec 26WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$1,225,000
Dec 27WSOPC #9: $315 BOUNTY GIANT No Limit Hold’em$315$1,000,000
Dec 27WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD [Day 2]$400$1,225,000
Dec 28WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 28WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 28WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 28WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$2,021,000
Dec 29WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 29WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 29WSOPC #11: $1,050 Bounty Hunters Championship$1,050$1,000,000
Dec 29WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 29WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$2,021,000
Dec 30WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 30WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 30WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 30WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$2,021,000
Dec 31WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 31WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 31WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Dec 31WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$2,021,000
Jan 1WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Jan 1WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Jan 1WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Jan 1WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$2,021,000
Jan 2WSOPC #12: $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em$500$500,000
Jan 2WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Jan 2WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Jan 2WSOPC #13: $10,000 Heads Up NLHE [No Late Reg, 128 Cap]$10,000$1,000,000
Jan 2WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1]$400$2,021,000
Jan 2WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Day 1, Turbo]$400$2,021,000
Jan 3WSOPC #14: $800 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em$800$1,000,000
Jan 3WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, $2.021M GTD [Final Day]$400$2,021,000
Jan 4WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 4WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 5WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 5WSOPC #16: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship$3,000$500,000
Jan 5WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 6WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 6WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 7WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 7WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 8WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 8WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 9WSOPC #17: $252 Deepstack Bounty Hunters No Limit Hold’em$252$500,000
Jan 9WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 9WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 1]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 10WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD [Day 2]$1,700$10,000,000
Jan 16WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD – Final Table$1,700$10,000,000

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Leaderboard cash, streaming plans for the latest WSOP Online Circuit

GGPoker offers players plenty of ways to win during the series. That includes some free money for those who are regulars throughout the series.

GG has put $100,000 up for grabs for the player of the series. The player in the top spot takes home an extra $10,000.

The GGPoker Twitch channel will also be shown live streaming several events with cards-up coverage. That culminates with the $1,700 Main Event final table on Jan. 16 with Jeff Platt and Brent Hanks calling the action.

Fans can also look for streaming action from the $170 Mini Main Event and $10,000 Heads Up as well. Here’s a look at the entire streaming schedule.

WSOP Winter Online Circuit Streaming Schedule

DateEventCommentators
Dec 15WSOPC #2: $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Roller, $5M GTD – Final TableNanonoko & Rotterdam
Dec 19WSOPC #1: BIG $50, $1M GTD – Final TableJeff Platt & Brent Hanks
Dec 22Super MILLION$ High Rollers $10,300, $1.5M GTD – Final TableNanonoko & Rotterdam
Dec 26WSOPC #6: $170 Mini Main Event, $2M GTD – Final TableJeff Platt & Brent Hanks
Dec 29Super MILLION$ High Rollers $10,300, $1.5M GTD – Final TableNanonoko & Rotterdam
Jan 2WSOPC #10: $400 CHRISTMAS PLOSSUS, $1.225M GTD – Final TableJeff Platt & Brent Hanks
Jan 5Super MILLION$ High Rollers $10,300, $1.5M GTD – Final TableNanonoko & Rotterdam
Jan 9WSOPC #13: $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em – Semi Final TableJeff Platt & Brent Hanks
Jan 12Super MILLION$ High Rollers $10,300, $1.5M GTD – Final TableNanonoko & Rotterdam
Jan 16WSOPC #18: $1,700 MAIN EVENT, $10M GTD – Final TableJeff Platt & Brent Hanks

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WSOP $10,000 Main Event Reaches Final Table at GGPoker, Winner Scores $1.55 Million

After four days of play that included three starting flights, the final table is now set on the international side of the World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event.

Play wrapped up on Monday at GGPoker and Brazil’s Brunno Botteon leads those returning. He’ll be looking for a first-place payout of $1.55 million

The series announced in November that there would be two final tables with play held initially online. The WSOP.com half for US players follows on Dec. 13.

With the GGPoker side out of the way, poker fans now know what to expect at the final table.

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Analyzing the WSOP GGPoker final table 

The GGPoker Main Event tournament produced a field of 674 players and a $6.5 million prize pool. Chip leader Botteon is no stranger to poker success, especially at GG.

While he may have only $78,000 in live tournament winnings, Botteon’s scored significant cash online. He was a regular in this summer’s WSOP Online, which brought some huge scores including:

  • $500 Limit Hold’em – runner-up for $41,855
  • $25,000 Poker Players Championship – sixth for $388,837
  • $25,000 NLHE Heads-Up – runner-up for $622,300

After those big runs, Botteon will be looking to add a win in the biggest tournament around. It won’t be easy and he faces some tough competition.

Portugal’s Manuel Ruivo in second and Argentina’s Damian Salas sit just behind Botteon. Ruivo has $745,000 in live tournament winnings and also significant online scores.

In 2018, he won the $5,300 partypoker MILLIONS Online for $2.3 million. Salas has $2.7 million in live tournament winnings, including a huge bullet point point on his resumé. In 2017, Salas took seventh in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event for $1.4 million.

The first player eliminated from the final table in ninth will earn $75,360. Blinds will be at 100,000/200,000 with a 20,000 ante when play resumes. Here’s a look at the complete final table:

2020 WSOP Main Event GGPoker Final Table

Position PlayerCountryChips
1stBrunno BotteonBrazil10,317,743
2ndManuel RuivoPortugal6,213,759
3rdDamian SalasArgentina5,653,528
4th“fullbabyfull”Liechtenstein4,232,560
5thHannes SpeiserAustria3,515,744
6thDominykas MikolaitisLithuania3,165,440
7thRamon Miquel MunozSpain3,035,940
8thPeiyuan SunChina2,185,676
9thStoyan ObreshkovBulgaria2,119,610

What’s next for the WSOP Main Event?

GG paused the action with the first final table set. The action shifts to live play at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic on Dec. 15.

The US final table will be played on Dec. 28 at the Rio in Las Vegas. The American side of the event will play out over three days in the states of Nevada and New Jersey.

Each property will pay out winners separately and the two final players will meet at the Rio. Caesars and GGPoker are putting up $1 million for the winner-take-all heads-up battle.

Both final tables will be filmed for broadcast on ESPN as well as the heads-up duel.

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WSOP Main Event Shifts Online with Live Final Tables on Two Continents, $1M Heads-Up Battle

Most of this year's WSOP Main Event moves online at GGPoker.

There will be a World Series of Poker Main Event this year after all. Series officials announced on Friday the $10,000 championship will begin online with players around the world able to take part.

That’s not all. The specifics offer a completely revamped event because of the Coronavirus pandemic. That includes two separate live final tables at the Rio in Las Vegas and King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.

Winners of those events will play for the bracelet and an extra $1 million in a winner-take-all battle in Vegas. For international players, the Main Event begins Nov. 29 at GGPoker. US-based players get their half of the tournament started on Dec. 13 at WSOP.com.

“There must be a world champion in 2020,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said in a news release. “Poker’s history is too important. It’s a unique format for the Main Event, but this is a unique year. We want to keep players’ health and safety top of mind and still deliver a great televised showcase for the game we love.”

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WSOP Main Event – 2 continents, 2 final tables, 1 heads-up champion

This year’s tournament may be the Main Event, but it certainly comes with some changes. How does it all work? Play globally and in the US begins online on WSOP.com or GGPoker.com. 

Players can expect the event’s usual freezeout format and players can enter once at either site. WSOP.com and GGPoker promise “the longest levels and deepest stacks ever offered on the online platform.”

Once play reaches nine players, the action moves to a live table and both sites will pay out winners independently. When one player is left at each, those two will head to Las Vegas to play in a heads-up duel.

Most of this year's WSOP Main Event moves online at GGPoker.

Additionally, Caesars and GGPoker are putting up $1 million in prize money but with no second place in this showdown. The two players will compete in a winner-take-all format for seven figures.

WSOP officials have promised play at live tables will be subject to special COVID rules and procedures. Players will also undergo health screenings prior to live play.

ESPN will once again air the 2020 Main Event with Lon McEachern and Norman Chad calling the action.

GGPoker adds to growing WSOP presence

For GGPoker, the event comes after a record-setting WSOP Online series this summer. The site now expands its relationship with the series, allowing players around the world to compete in the Main Event.

“We’re very happy to continue to deepen our relationship with WSOP,” GGPoker head of poker operations Steve Preiss said. “It was a huge summer of record-setting action on GGPoker and we’re excited to offer players access to the biggest tournament of all.”

For GG players, there will be three starting flights to take advantage of. Play will be paused each day after about 12 hours of play and when the final nine players are left.

That final table is then set to play out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and filmed for TV. Here’s how the complete international schedule looks: 

WSOP Main Event – international schedule

  • Day 1A – Sunday, Nov. 29
  • Day 1B – Saturday, Dec. 5
  • Day 1C – Sunday, Dec. 6
  • Day 2 – Play down to nine players on Monday, Dec. 7
  • Final table – Play continues to a winner on Tuesday, Dec.15 at King’s Casino in Czech Republic

American players in the legal states of New Jersey and Nevada can get in the action on WSOP.com. Play follows a similar schedule as in the international half of the tournament but with only a single starting flight.

WSOP Main Event – US schedule

  • Day 1 – Sunday, Dec. 13
  • Day 2 – Play down to nine players on Monday, Dec. 14
  • Final table – Play continues to a winner on Monday, Dec. 28, at the Rio in Las Vegas

Heads-up in Las Vegas for a million bucks

With US and international winners named, the action shifts to heads-up play at the Rio in Las Vegas. That duel is set for Dec. 30 with ESPN filming the event.

While everything looks firmed up now, COVID-19 has a way of changing that. Those types of issues could alter the live schedule. WSOP officials reserve the right to continue the event online or reschedule live play as needed.

Another issue could arise if a player under 21 won on the international side.  Players must be 21 to gamble in Nevada. The WSOP could alter the date and location for the heads-up final if needed.

GGPoker, WSOP ramp up satellite and promotional power

Players with lighter bankrolls aren’t going to be shut out of the WSOP Main Event at GG and WSOP.com. Both sites promise plenty of satellites starting at just $1 as well as weekly freerolls awarding $10,000 seats.

The new series adds to an already packed lineup of recent events for GG. The Battle of Malta has shifted online and runs through Nov. 22 with $30 million guaranteed.

The High Rollers Week series is also underway with $22 million guaranteed and runs through Nov. 15. The WSOP Main Event certainly becomes another nice online poker option for GG players.

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GGPoker Unveils $30 Million Battle Of Malta Schedule, New WSOP Guinness World Record

The Battle of Malta shifts online at GGPoker for 2020.

GGPoker and Casino Malta recently announced that the Battle of Malta would be moving online this year. The two companies have now unveiled the full schedule for the popular European festival.

The series runs Nov. 1-22 with an overall guaranteed prize pool of $30 million. Players will find 15 championship events also awarding unique Battle of Malta winner’s rings.

A trip to the Mediterranean may not be in order this year. However, players will find plenty of championship online poker at GG.

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A look at the Battle of Malta series at GGPoker 

The live Battle of Malta was postponed this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Designed for low- to mid-stakes poker players, the series is one of Europe’s biggest and most-anticipated poker events.

A trip to Malta has become synonymous with fun and the lighter side of poker. That includes some unique names for tournaments during the series.

A look at the championship rings awarded this year to Battle of Malta winners at GGPoker.

Names like Crusader’s Cup, King’s Landing, and Bounty for the Queen reflect the island’s unique culture and history.

“Due to the current situation, Casino Malta was ecstatic to be able to find a solution for this year’s Battle of Malta by partnering with such a prestigious brand as GGPoker,” Casino Malta general manager Slawomir Switalski said.

“With the help of this grand festival, our tiny, beautiful island of Malta will be showcased to a broader audience all around the world and we will be excited to invite everyone to our next live event in October 2021.”

The ring events are headlined by the $550 Main Event with $3 million guaranteed. That event features multiple starting flights beginning Nov. 8. Other highlights include:

  • $5,250 High Roller Championship (Nov. 8) – $2 million guaranteed
  • $215 Siege of Malta (multiple Day 1 flights beginning Nov, 8) – $2 million guaranteed
  • $55 Mini Main Event (multiple Day 1 flights beginning Nov. 15) – $1 million guaranteed

Here’s a look at the complete ring event schedule:

2020 GGPoker Battle of Malta

EventDateTournamentBuy-inGuarantee
1Nov. 1King's Landing Opener$110$200,000
2Nov. 1Gaming Employees Championship$100
3Nov. 1Kings of Tallinn Main Event$215$500,000
4Nov. 5Bounty for the Knight$210$200,000
5Nov. 7Grandmaster High Roller$1,200$250,000
6Nov. 8High Roller Championship$5,250$2,000,000
7Nov. 8Siege of Malta$215$2,000,000
8Nov. 12Bounty for the Queen$315$300,000
9Nov. 14Bounty Poker Tour Special$105$200,000
10Nov. 15Bounty for the King Royal Championship$525$500,000
11Nov. 15Mini Main Event$55$1,000,000
12Nov. 19St. Julian's Bounty Feast$105$200,000
13Nov. 1Crusader's Cup$215$250,000
14Nov. 22Main Event$550$3,000,000
15Nov. 22The Revenge$315$500,000

Satellites, side events underway; leaderboards award 2021 Battle of Malta packages

Qualifying tournaments for ring events are already underway for those looking to get in the action for a bargain price. Buy-ins start for only $0.55.

Battle of Malta organizers hope the series returns to a live venue on the island in October 2021. The GGPoker version of the festival’s Player of the Series leaderboard includes some live packages for next year.

The leaderboard will award more than €50,000 for the 2021 series. Those in the top 50 will receive prizes.

“With over $30 million to play for, this year’s Battle of Malta will be just as attractive to poker players as previous year’s live festivals,” said John Scanlon, GGPoker director of live events and sponsorships.

“We hope that everyone who planned to play poker in Malta this year will be able to take part, and can’t wait to see who will be crowned this year’s Main Event champion.”

Along with the championship ring events, players will find a stacked schedule of side events. These tournaments feature a broad range of buy-ins and tournament types. Here’s a look at the remaining side events.

2020 GGPoker Battle of Malta Side Events

Nov-4Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-4Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-4Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-4Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-4Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-4Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-4PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-4PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-4Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$150,000
Nov-4Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-4Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-4PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-4Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-4Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-4Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-4The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-5Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-5Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-5Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-5Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-5Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-5Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-5PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-5PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-5Battle of Malta #4: Bounty for the Knight$210.00$200,000
Nov-5Bounty Grand Master HR $3,150$3,150.00$100,000
Nov-5Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$150,000
Nov-5Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-5Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-5PLO Crusaders HR $2,100$2,100.00$40,000
Nov-5PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-5Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-5Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR $1,050 [Turbo]$1,050.00$40,000
Nov-5Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-5Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-5The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-6Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-6Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$30,000
Nov-6Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$60,000
Nov-6Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$30,000
Nov-6Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$60,000
Nov-6Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$75,000
Nov-6PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$15,000
Nov-6PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$10,000
Nov-6Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$100,000
Nov-6Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$50,000
Nov-6Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-6PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$25,000
Nov-6Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$20,000
Nov-6Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$30,000
Nov-6Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-6The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$25,000
Nov-7Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-7Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-7Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-7Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-7Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-7Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-7PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-7PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-7Battle of Malta #5: Grandmaster High Roller$1,200.00$250,000
Nov-7Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$125,000
Nov-7Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-7Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-7PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-7Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-7Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-7Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-7The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-7Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1, Turbo]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-8Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$150,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1, Last Chance]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-8Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$300,000
Nov-8Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$200,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 1, Last Minute]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-8PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$75,000
Nov-8PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$25,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #6: High Roller Championship$5,250.00$2,000,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #7: Siege of Malta [Day 2]$215.00$2,000,000
Nov-8Bounty Grand Master HR $3,150$3,150.00$250,000
Nov-8Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$400,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-8PLO Crusaders HR $2,100$2,100.00$150,000
Nov-8PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$75,000
Nov-8Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$50,000
Nov-8Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR $1,050 [Turbo]$1,050.00$100,000
Nov-8Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$100,000
Nov-8Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$20,000
Nov-8The Last Stand $1,050 [Hyper]$1,050.00$60,000
Nov-8The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$75,000
Nov-8Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-9Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-9Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-9Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-9Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-9Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-9PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-9PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-9Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$125,000
Nov-9Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-9PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-9Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-9Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-9Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-9The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-9Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-10Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-10Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-10Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-10Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-10Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-10PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-10PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-10Bounty Grand Master HR $3,150$3,150.00$100,000
Nov-10Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$150,000
Nov-10Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-10PLO Crusaders HR $2,100$2,100.00$40,000
Nov-10PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-10Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-10Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR $1,050 [Turbo]$1,050.00$40,000
Nov-10Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-10Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-10The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-10Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-11Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-11Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-11Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-11Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-11Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-11PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-11PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-11Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$150,000
Nov-11Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-11PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-11Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-11Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-11Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-11The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-11Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-12Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-12Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-12Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-12Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-12Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-12PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-12PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #8: Bounty for the Queen$315.00$300,000
Nov-12Bounty Grand Master HR $3,150$3,150.00$100,000
Nov-12Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$150,000
Nov-12Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-12PLO Crusaders HR $2,100$2,100.00$40,000
Nov-12PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-12Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-12Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR $1,050 [Turbo]$1,050.00$40,000
Nov-12Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-12Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-12The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-12Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-13Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$30,000
Nov-13Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$60,000
Nov-13Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$30,000
Nov-13Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$60,000
Nov-13Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$75,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-13PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$15,000
Nov-13PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$10,000
Nov-13Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$100,000
Nov-13Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$50,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-13PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$25,000
Nov-13Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$20,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-13Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$30,000
Nov-13Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-13The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$25,000
Nov-13Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-14Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-14Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-14Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-14Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-14Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-14PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-14PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #9: Bounty Poker Tour Special$105.00$200,000
Nov-14Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$125,000
Nov-14Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-14PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-14Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-14Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-14Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-14The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-14Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$150,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1, Last Chance]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$300,000
Nov-15Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$200,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 1, Last Minute]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$75,000
Nov-15PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$25,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #10: Bounty for the King Royal Championship$525.00$500,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #11: Mini Main Event [Day 2]$55.00$1,000,000
Nov-15Bounty Grand Master HR $3,150$3,150.00$250,000
Nov-15Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$400,000
Nov-15Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-15PLO Crusaders HR $2,100$2,100.00$150,000
Nov-15PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$75,000
Nov-15Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$50,000
Nov-15Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR $1,050 [Turbo]$1,050.00$100,000
Nov-15Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$100,000
Nov-15Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$20,000
Nov-15The Last Stand $1,050 [Hyper]$1,050.00$60,000
Nov-15The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$75,000
Nov-16Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-16Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-16Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-16Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-16Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-16Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-16PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-16PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-16Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$125,000
Nov-16Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-16Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-16PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-16Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-16Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-16Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-16The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-17Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-17Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-17Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-17Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-17Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-17Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-17PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-17PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-17Bounty Grand Master HR $3,150$3,150.00$100,000
Nov-17Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$150,000
Nov-17Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-17Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-17PLO Crusaders HR $2,100$2,100.00$40,000
Nov-17PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-17Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-17Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR $1,050 [Turbo]$1,050.00$40,000
Nov-17Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-17Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-17The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-18Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-18Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-18Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-18Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-18Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-18Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-18PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-18PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-18Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$150,000
Nov-18Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-18Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-18PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-18Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-18Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-18Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-18The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-19Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-19Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-19Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-19Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-19Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-19Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-19PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-19PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-19Battle of Malta #12: St. Julian’s Bounty Feast$105.00$200,000
Nov-19Bounty Grand Master HR $3,150$3,150.00$100,000
Nov-19Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$150,000
Nov-19Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-19Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-19PLO Crusaders HR $2,100$2,100.00$40,000
Nov-19PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-19Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-19Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR $1,050 [Turbo]$1,050.00$40,000
Nov-19Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-19Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-19The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-20Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-20Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$30,000
Nov-20Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$60,000
Nov-20Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$30,000
Nov-20Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$60,000
Nov-20Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$75,000
Nov-20PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$15,000
Nov-20PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$10,000
Nov-20Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$100,000
Nov-20Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$50,000
Nov-20Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-20PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$25,000
Nov-20Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$20,000
Nov-20Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$30,000
Nov-20Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-20The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$25,000
Nov-21Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-21Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$50,000
Nov-21Bounty Hunters Malta $252 [6-Max]$252.00$75,000
Nov-21Bounty Hunters Malta $25.20 [6-Max]$25.20$40,000
Nov-21Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$100,000
Nov-21Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$100,000
Nov-21PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$20,000
Nov-21PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$15,000
Nov-21Battle of Malta #13: Crusader’s Cup$215.00$250,000
Nov-21Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$125,000
Nov-21Bounty Grand Master $31.50$31.50$60,000
Nov-21Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-21PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$30,000
Nov-21Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$25,000
Nov-21Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$40,000
Nov-21Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$10,000
Nov-21The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$30,000
Nov-21Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1, Turbo]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-22Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-22Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-22Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-22Let the Battle Begin $100$100.00$150,000
Nov-22Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1, Last Chance]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-22Bounty Hunters Malta HR $525$525.00$300,000
Nov-22Bounty Hunters Malta $52.50$52.50$200,000
Nov-22Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 1, Last Minute]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-22PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $525$525.00$75,000
Nov-22PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest $52.50$52.50$25,000
Nov-22Battle of Malta #14: Main Event [Day 2]$550.00$3,000,000
Nov-22Bounty Grand Master HR $3,150$3,150.00$250,000
Nov-22Bounty Grand Master $315$315.00$400,000
Nov-22PLO Crusaders HR $2,100$2,100.00$150,000
Nov-22PLO Crusaders $250$250.00$75,000
Nov-22Battle of Malta #15: THE REVENGE$315.00$500,000
Nov-22Charge to Glory $60 [Faster Levels]$60.00$50,000
Nov-22Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR $1,050 [Turbo]$1,050.00$100,000
Nov-22Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $105 [Turbo]$105.00$100,000
Nov-22Bounty Hunters Castle Siege $10.50 [Turbo]$10.50$20,000
Nov-22The Last Stand $1,050 [Hyper]$1,050.00$60,000
Nov-22The Last Stand $100 [Hyper]$100.00$75,000

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GGPoker lands Guinness online poker record

In other GGPoker news, the site recently announced its inclusion in Guinness World Records. The site’s World Series of Poker Online $5,000 Main Event earned the record for “largest prize pool for an online poker tournament.”

That event produced a prize pool of $27,559,500 on Sept. 6, 2020. Guinness official adjudicator Michael Empric informed GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu when the record was verified.

 

The event lasted 150 hours, 9 minutes, 13 seconds from the first starting flight to the last hand. Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev topped the 5,802-player field to earn the $3.9 million and his first WSOP bracelet.

This became the largest individual prize ever awarded in an online poker tournament. A total of 728 finishers shared a record $27.6 million prize pool. 

“This Guinness World Records title was on our radar from the very beginning,” said Steve Preiss, GGPoker head of poker operations. “Players and fans of poker expect nothing less than record-breaking prizes when it comes to the World Series of Poker, and GGPoker delivered.”

Players vying for a bracelet internationally certainly helped the series number. That has now broken records and adds to the series’ cachet.

“Breaking a Guinness World Records title shows what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said. “This will be a tough record to beat.”

WSOP ROUNDUP: Series Smashes Online Poker Records; Fedor Holz Scores Bracelet & $1 Million

The WSOP Online smashed online poker records at GGPoker.

After more than two months of action at WSOP.com and GGPoker, the World Series of Poker Online wrapped up over the weekend. The series produced record-breaking numbers.

“I’m personally very proud to be part of the effort that brought such a special WSOP series to the entire world,” GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu said in a news release. “The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we even got to break a lot of poker records along the way.”

Those numbers were big indeed and delivered nice results in a series that didn’t include an overall guarantee. Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev took down the series highlight, the $5,000 Main Event

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WSOP Online Main Event breaks online records

For winning the Main Event, Madanzhiev collected the first bracelet of his career and took home $3.9 million. The event attracted 5,802 entries, which created a $27.6 million prize pool.

That was quite a result for Madanzhiev, whose Hendon Mob page lists only $31,000 in live tournament winnings. ESPN cameras may not have been there, but a video posted on Twitter captured his excitement and disbelief.

 

These numbers made the Main Event the largest online poker tournament in history. The payout also became the largest online tournament prize ever.

The WSOP Online wasn’t exactly the traditional WSOP in Las Vegas. However, organizers were happy players could battle for a bracelet both in the US and abroad.

“Obviously the events of 2020 have been unprecedented, and hosting the WSOP Online series at GGPoker wasn’t in our plans at the start of the year,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said.

“But going online has been a wonderful experience, with tens of thousands of new players all over the world able to experience some of WSOP magic that they might have been otherwise unable to. We’re delighted that the series has been such a resounding success.”

Here’s a look at the complete list of winners and event details.

2020 WSOP Online GGPoker

EventBuy-inTotal entriesPrize poolWinner payoutWinnerCountry
#32: The Opener NLHE$10029,306$2,696,152$265,880Marcelo Jakovljevic PudlaBrazil
#33: Every 1 for Covid Relief$1,1112,323$2,580,853$343,204Alek StasiakCanada
#34: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5252,214$1,107,000$117,650Shoma IshikawaJapan
#35 Pot Limit Omaha Championship$5,000328$1,558,000$306,622Juha HelppiFinland
#36 FIFTY STACK NLHE$1,5001,342$1,912,350$297,496Michael ClacherSouth Africa
#37 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha$1,050971$971,000$161,887Hun Wei LeeAustralia
#38 Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed [Asia Time Zone]$6002,007$1,143,990$171,389Aaron WijayaChina
#39: NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$1,500922$1,313,850$216,213Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom
#40: Pot Limit Omaha$2,500532$1,263,500$224,493Klas LofbergSweden
#41: COLOSSUS$40012,757$4,796,632$595,930Ranno SootlaEstonia
#42: PLOSSUS$4004,356$1,637,856$221,557Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil
#43: Short Deck NLHE Championship$10,000301$812,700$276,393Lev "LevMeAlone" GottliebUnited States
#44: NLHE 6-Handed$2,500892$2,118,500$356,412Kristen BicknellCanada
#45: Bounty NLHE$8402,382$1,906,500$245,448Patrick "Muddington" KennedyUnited Kingdom
#46: Deepstack NLHE$5002,307$1,095,825$189,098Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" HyunSouth Korea
#47: Short Deck NLHE$1,000487$462,560$88,202Paul TeohMalaysia
#48 MILLIONAIRE MAKER$1,5006,299$8,976,075$1,489,289Daniel DvoressCanada
#49 Turbo Deepstack$5002,978$1,414,550$192,523Vladas "apuokos" BurneikisLithuania
#50: Bounty Championship$2,1001,168$2,336,000$327,319Enrico "GTOExploiter" CamosciItaly
#51: Pot Limit Omaha$4002,005$753,880$100,945Eoghan "DrRoche" O'DeaIreland
#52: NLHE$1,0002,006$1,905,700$273,505Alek StasiakCanada
#53: Double Stack PLO [Asia Time Zone]$800831$631,560$94,253Frank CrivelloUnited States
#54: Heads-Up Championship$10,000128$1,241,600$360,480David PetersUnited States
#55: NLHE Asia Time Zone ChampionshipHK$8,0003,247$3,184,074$458,261Luis Eduardo Assuncao GarlaBrazil
#56: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1502,153$3,068,025$444,869Seth FischerUnited States
#57: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1509,835$1,357,230$183,526Anatoly "Pohitrusha" SuvarovRussia
#58: NLHE 6-Handed Championship$5,000672$3,192,000$531,513Ravid "jerbi9999" GarbiIsrael
#59: NLHE Double Stack$2,5001,061$2,519,875$399,047Leonardo "Babaehduro" MattosBrazil
#60: $525 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5253,170$1,585,000$180,177Orhan "yirtil" AtesTurkey
#61: Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed$3003,491$973,989$127,660Alexander "MightyWarior" StaceyUnited Kingdom
#62: Pot Limit Omaha$1,500990$1,410,750$220,160Bradley "DrStrange7" RubenUnited States
#63: Mini Main Event$50015,205$7,222,375$843,460Ivan "zufo16" ZuficCroatia
#64: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE$8402,207$1,765,600$131,461Kartik "Mandovi" VedIndia
#65: NLHE Deepstack$6002,911$1,659,270$227,906Dmytro "Too Bad" BystrovzorovUkraine
#66: Pot Limit Omaha$8001,281$973,560$139,453Toby JoyceIreland
#67: NLHE$500706$335,350$45,101Gregor "soulsntfaces" MullerAustria
#68: Deepstack NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$5002,315$1,099,625$150,460Yan Shing TsangHong Kong
#69: Marathon NLHE$1,5001,438$2,049,150$302,472Nick "rdcrsn" MaimoneUnited States
#70: NLHE Poker Players Championship$25,000407$10,000,000$1,800,290Christian RudolphGermany
#71: BIG 50 NLHE$5044,576$2,050,496$211,282Huahuan "F7588" FengChina
#72: Limit Hold'em Championship$1,500337$480,225$77,475Ajay "Ross_Geller" ChabraUnited States
#73: NLHE 6-Handed$1,0002,202$2,091,900$299,511Jim 'grousegrind" LefterukCanada
#74: Pot Limit Omaha$1,500972$1,385,100$215,938Thi "HoneyandTHI" TruongVietnam
#75: Double Stack NLHE$3003,552$991,008$130,100Trygve "FullSendWig" LeiteItaly
#76: FORTY STACK NLHE$4004,4611,667,366$227,186Gediminas "NeverGambol" UselisLithuania
#77: NLHE Main Event$5,0005,802$27,559,500$3,904,686Stoyan MadanzhievBulgaria
#78: Turbo 8-Handed$1,0001,910$1,314,500$259,842Adnan "Bolazar" HacialiogluFinland
#79: Heads Up NLHE [People's Choice, Most Popular]$25,000127$3,111,500$1,077,025Fedor HolzGermany
#80: NLHE Six-Max [People's Choice, Pros Vote]$6002,408$1,372,560$189,666Jeffrey DobrinUnited States
#81: Bounty Six-Handed [People's Choice, Spin the Wheel]$1,0501,925$1,925,000$243,415Nicolo "Paquitooo" MolinelliItaly
#82: Beat the Pros (Bounty)$1,0502,024$2,024,000$239,180Melika "Melirazavii" RazaviIran
#83: WSOP Super MILLION$$10,000899$8,720,300$1,423,049Connor DrinanUnited States
#84: NLHE WSOP MILLION$$10034,787$3,200,000$296,403Alexander "Kobbajun" KobbeltvedtNorway
#85: The Closer$5004,012$1,905,700$272,504Michael "Hneves" GathyUnited States

A look at WSOP Online numbers overall

The flagship WSOP live poker series in Las Vegas was postponed this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The series became an attempt to give players some big online action with a chance to win a bracelet.

Online operators have seen massive fields in recent months and the WSOP Online was a perfect example of that trend.

“For 50 years, the WSOP has been the gold standard in the industry,” GGPoker head of poker operations Steve Preiss said. “By introducing features like SnapCam and Day 2 staking, GGPoker’s entire team worked tirelessly to bring our players a fun, unique experience just like they’d expect at the live WSOP.”

The entire schedule came up just short of awarding $150 million in prize money, topping out at $147.8 million. That created an average prize pool of $2.7 million.

The series produced 239,754 entries. Here are some other numbers that stand out.

  • Largest online tournament ever – $27,559,500 prize pool in $5,000 Main Event
  • Largest online tournament prize ever awarded –  $3,904,685 in $5,000 Main Event
  • Most entries ever for WSOP tournament – 44,576 in Event 71: BIG 50
  • Nationalities across entire WSOP Online – 166
  • Tournaments with a prize pool of at least:
    • $1 million – 45
    • $5 million – 5
    • $10 million – 2
  • Tournaments with more than 10,000 entries – 5

Fedor Holz does it again

No stranger to notching huge paydays, GGPoker ambassador Fedor Holz did it again during the WSOP Online. On Sept. 6, the German superstar took down Event 79: $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE (People’s Choice, Most Popular) for $1.1 million.

The win secures the second bracelet of his career and moves his WSOP earnings to $12 million. Brazil’s Brunno Botteon de Albuquerque took runner-up for $622,300 – his second finish as runner-up in the series.

The same day as his heads-up win, Holz finished runner-up in a $10,000 side event for $202,162. That’s not a bad day of work.

Fedor Holz (courtesy Poker Central)

Holz’s first bracelet came in 2016 when he won the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for $5 million. In 2018, he also finished runner-up in the $1 million Big One for One Drop and took home $6 million.

Along with his role as ambassador at GGPoker, Holz also runs the Pokercode training site. He also recently became part of the PepTalk  live video coaching and speaking platform.

It’s been a busy time for Holz, but it certainly seems to be paying off.

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International competition wraps with US on top

The final WSOP week proved rewarding for American players. That included bracelets from Jeffrey Dobrin, Connor Drinan, and Michael Gathy.

All three earned their first WSOP wins and extended the lead of the US. With the action complete, the US takes the title in this informal competition.

In total, the Americans brought home 10 bracelets, followed by Canada with five. Here’s a look at the complete final standings:

Bracelets by County

  • US – 10
  • Canada – 5
  • Brazil – 4
  • United Kingdom – 3
  • Italy – 3
  • Lithuania – 2
  • Finland – 2

GGPoker Final Leaderboard standings

The race to top the bracelet leaderboard came to a close with Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev taking the title. Along with that win, he produced three other cashes to launch him into the top spot.GGPoker Final Leaderboard standings

The sheer size of his win helped him leapfrog other contenders. Drinan’s win and 14 other cashes gave him the runner-up slot.

The winner receives a solid gold computer mouse trophy. Ssecond through fifth earn a solid gold playing card. Here’s a look at the complete leaderboard:

  • 1st – Stoyan Madanzhiev (Bulgaria), 10,790.66
  • 2nd – Connor Drinan (United States), 9,519.35
  • 3rd – Christian Rudolph (Austria), 7,566.31
  • 4th – Daniel Dvoress (Canada), 6,513.57
  • 5th – Brunno Botteon de Albuquerque (Brazil), 6,345.54

A golden dragon is also awarded to the player winning the WSOP Asia Time Zone Leaderboard. Brazil’s Luis Assuncao captured that crown.

Will there be a live WSOP at all this year?

While players around the world may be ready to head back to the tables, there still isn’t a timetable for major events like the WSOP and World Poker Tour.

WSOP officials are remaining tight-lipped after postponing the series to the fall. That move came in April and there hasn’t been much discussion regarding possible live series events.

In the meantime, WSOP.com has already started its 50th Anniversary Series in the US. Until more live poker tournaments return, players will have to jump in the action online.

FOND FAREWELL: Poker Community Remembers, Pays Tribute to Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton after winnning

The poker world learned last week that longtime World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton had been battling prostate cancer. After a month of hospice care, he passed away on Saturday at age 72.

Remembered as one of the game’s key ambassadors and visionaries, Sexton leaves a long legacy in poker. Beyond his 15 years with the WPT, Sexton was also a cofounder of partypoker and has numerous other accomplishments in the game.

“It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my friend and the greatest ambassador in poker, Mike Sexton,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska announced on Saturday. “Mike served as a WPT commentator for 15 seasons and spent a lifetime growing the game of poker around the globe.

“His glowing presence resonated with players and fans of poker alike, who will all miss him onscreen and at the table. Mike’s legacy will forever be a part of poker’s history. The WPT Family joins the entire poker community in sending our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Sexton family, including his young son Ty.”

Poker players stunned by news

Players and fans only learned last week of Sexton’s cancer battle. Poker player and friend Linda Johnson was in contact with Sexton and was authorized to release the news via Twitter on Sept. 1.

Johnson noted that the cancer recently spread to other organs.

Many players expressed support and affection for the “ambassador of poker.” That ranged from big-name players to fans of his work on the WPT television show.

Mike Sexton was honored for lifetime achievement at the American Poker Awards in 2016.
Mike Sexton was honored for lifetime achievement at the American Poker Awards in 2016.

“Jan Fisher and I read your tweets to Mike Sexton today and he asked me to thank you all so much for your love and support,” Fisher noted later.

“He is too tired to personally answer emails, texts, and Tweets but he wants you to know he is touched by them.”

A tribute to a poker legend

Just two days after the announcement, Mike Matusow produced a live stream honoring the poker player that meant so much to the industry. Pliska and Sexton’s longtime WPT commentating partner Vince Van Patten appeared on the tribute.

Others offering some words of support included Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Harman, Jonathan Little, Erik Seidel, Norman Chad, Jennifer Tilly, and numerous others. Hellmuth also penned an article on what Sexton meant to him and the industry.

“Mike’s vision led to where the poker world is today,” Matusow said during the opening of the stream. “I know this from the bottom of my heart, that everyone out there that’s made money in poker would never have made money in poker if it wasn’t for Mike Sexton’s vision of bringing poker mainstream. It means so much to me what Mike has done and how he has touched my heart.”

Harman said Sexton reached so many on a personal level. She described him as a great family man and father.

“He’s always been a complete gentleman and was a wonderful person for the community,” she said. “He has put poker on the map at a different level. Poker wouldn’t be where it is because of Mike Sexton.”

A lifetime of growing poker

While he may have started out as a poker pro in the 1980s, other ventures would come along to help grow the game. Many players remember his effort in the late 1990s with the Tournament of Champions of Poker.

Mike Sexton attends the Eighth Annual World Poker Tour Invitational at Commerce Casino in 2010.

The event almost doubled the number of entries to the WSOP Main Event in its first year in 1998. While it only lasted three years, many consider it a forerunner of today’s big-field events. The tournament attracted some of the biggest names in poker from around the world.

In 2000, partypoker came calling. The company needed a poker expert to help in developing its software. Sexton accepted the offer and retained a 6% ownership stake for his services.

The company remains one of the largest online poker operators in the world. Sexton served as the chairman of the company until his death.

Success for Sexton also came behind a keyboard. His work as a writer began with a monthly column in Card Player magazine in 1996. That lasted a decade and he also wrote two books.

Those included a strategy book and  his popular autobiography, Life’s a Gamble, released in 2016. He went on to add partypoker blogging to his literary resumé as well.

Behind the WPT microphone

In 2002, Sexton landed his biggest role in propelling poker into the mainstream. Along with Van Patten, he broke down the action on the table weekly as part of the WPT television show.

The tour featured some of the biggest poker tournaments in the world.  Seeing hole cards for the first time, and how players played them, fascinated viewers. The massive prize pools also kept fans coming back for more.

Ratings soared and so did poker’s popularity, including the game of No Limit Texas Hold’em. Suddenly everyone from accountants to mechanics to celebrity actors were heading to the tables.

Sexton’s everyman approach to the game made him a favorite. A generation of poker players grew up watching the action with Sexton and Van Patten. The poker visionary served as inspiration for many of poker’s new generation.

Life at the tables

While his commentating duties and other roles occupied much of his time, Sexton also starred at the tables. No stranger to the WSOP, Sexton had $2.7 million in series winnings in a poker career stretching back to the 1980s.

He won a bracelet in 1989, a WPT title in 2016, and accumulated $6.7 million in live tournament winnings. In 2006, he won the WSOP Tournament of Champions for $1 million.

After beating Daniel Negreanu heads-up for the title, he went on to donate half of that to charity. 

 

In 2009, Sexton was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame. When he left the WPT broadcast booth in 2017, Tony Dunst stepped in to take his spot.

They were big shoes to fill and Dunst reflected on how Sexton always looked out for players. Like others, Dunst said Sexton always greeted others with kindness and kept a positive attitude.

Very sad to hear about Mike’s passing,” Dunst noted on Twitter. “He wasn’t just a champ for winning poker tournaments, but because he always championed for the players. Most of all I’ll miss his incredible stories, and I hate knowing how much of poker history left with him.

Friends and family were able to watch the streaming tribute with Sexton and reported he had a smile on his face. That’s something friends and poker fans had come to expect.

Van Patten experienced Sexton’s smile and friendliness first-hand for almost two decades.

“The great Mike Sexton is gone,” Van Patten noted in a special WPT tribute video. “My buddy, my partner, what an exceptional human being you were and are.

“The world will not be the same without you. We love you Mike. Rest in peace.”

Montreal championship photo courtesy of WPT

WSOP ROUNDUP: Main Event Underway, Numbers Remain Strong, Players Support Mike Sexton

Play has reached the final week in the WSOP Online at GGPoker.

The Main Event is underway in the World Series of Poker Online and the entire festival wraps up on Sunday. It’s been a big two months for the series at WSOP.com and GGPoker, and just a few day remain.

Over the last week, there have been some nice scores including the $25,000 Poker Players Championship. The numbers remain strong and a Canadian also made headlines – breaking through for his first major cash and a bracelet.

Along with the game on the virtual felt, many players expressed support for poker legend Mike Sexton. The poker world learned he’s been battling prostate cancer. 

Here’s a look at some of the WSOP news over the last week.

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Entry numbers dip, but prize pools and payouts vault higher after Main Event

While the number of entries dipped by about 400 on average, prize pools remain strong. A nice turnout for the $5,000 Main Event helped that situation.

The series has seen an average of 3,999 entries over the last week with a $2.7 million prize pool. That’s an increase of more than $600,000.

The average winner payout has moved to about $392,000. A pair of $1,000 events added to those totals with some small buy-in events also mixed in.

Here’s a look at averages from the series as well as a complete list of winners and statistics:

Tournament averages

  • Entries – 3,999
  • Prize pool – $2.7 million
  • Winner payout – $392,000

Series totals

  • Entries – 193,743
  • Prize pool – $124,572,601
  • Winner payout – $18,428,024

* Figures as of Sept. 2. For complete facts and information about the WSOP Online, including Twitch streams, click here.

EventBuy-inTotal entriesPrize poolWinner payoutWinnerCountry
#32: The Opener NLHE$10029,306$2,696,152$265,880Marcelo Jakovljevic PudlaBrazil
#33: Every 1 for Covid Relief$1,1112,323$2,580,853$343,204Alek StasiakCanada
#34: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5252,214$1,107,000$117,650Shoma IshikawaJapan
#35 Pot Limit Omaha Championship$5,000328$1,558,000$306,622Juha HelppiFinland
#36 FIFTY STACK NLHE$1,5001,342$1,912,350$297,496Michael ClacherSouth Africa
#37 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha$1,050971$971,000$161,887Hun Wei LeeAustralia
#38 Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed [Asia Time Zone]$6002,007$1,143,990$171,389Aaron WijayaChina
#39: NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$1,500922$1,313,850$216,213Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom
#40: Pot Limit Omaha$2,500532$1,263,500$224,493Klas LofbergSweden
#41: COLOSSUS$40012,757$4,796,632$595,930Ranno SootlaEstonia
#42: PLOSSUS$4004,356$1,637,856$221,557Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil
#43: Short Deck NLHE Championship$10,000301$812,700$276,393Lev "LevMeAlone" GottliebUnited States
#44: NLHE 6-Handed$2,500892$2,118,500$356,412Kristen BicknellCanada
#45: Bounty NLHE$8402,382$1,906,500$245,448Patrick "Muddington" KennedyUnited Kingdom
#46: Deepstack NLHE$5002,307$1,095,825$189,098Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" HyunSouth Korea
#47: Short Deck NLHE$1,000487$462,560$88,202Paul TeohMalaysia
#48 MILLIONAIRE MAKER$1,5006,299$8,976,075$1,489,289Daniel DvoressCanada
#49 Turbo Deepstack$5002,978$1,414,550$192,523Vladas "apuokos" BurneikisLithuania
#50: Bounty Championship$2,1001,168$2,336,000$327,319Enrico "GTOExploiter" CamosciItaly
#51: Pot Limit Omaha$4002,005$753,880$100,945Eoghan "DrRoche" O'DeaIreland
#52: NLHE$1,0002,006$1,905,700$273,505Alek StasiakCanada
#53: Double Stack PLO [Asia Time Zone]$800831$631,560$94,253Frank CrivelloUnited States
#54: Heads-Up Championship$10,000128$1,241,600$360,480David PetersUnited States
#55: NLHE Asia Time Zone ChampionshipHK$8,0003,247$3,184,074$458,261Luis Eduardo Assuncao GarlaBrazil
#56: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1502,153$3,068,025$444,869Seth FischerUnited States
#57: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1509,835$1,357,230$183,526Anatoly "Pohitrusha" SuvarovRussia
#58: NLHE 6-Handed Championship$5,000672$3,192,000$531,513Ravid "jerbi9999" GarbiIsrael
#59: NLHE Double Stack$2,5001,061$2,519,875$399,047Leonardo "Babaehduro" MattosBrazil
#60: $525 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5253,170$1,585,000$180,177Orhan "yirtil" AtesTurkey
#61: Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed$3003,491$973,989$127,660Alexander "MightyWarior" StaceyUnited Kingdom
#62: Pot Limit Omaha$1,500990$1,410,750$220,160Bradley "DrStrange7" RubenUnited States
#63: Mini Main Event$50015,205$7,222,375$843,460Ivan "zufo16" ZuficCroatia
#64: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE$8402,207$1,765,600$131,461Kartik "Mandovi" VedIndia
#65: NLHE Deepstack$6002,911$1,659,270$227,906Dmytro "Too Bad" BystrovzorovUkraine
#66: Pot Limit Omaha$8001,281$973,560$139,453Toby JoyceIreland
#67: NLHE$500706$335,350$45,101Gregor "soulsntfaces" MullerAustria
#68: Deepstack NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$5002,315$1,099,625$150,460Yan Shing TsangHong Kong
#69: Marathon NLHE$1,5001,438$2,049,150$302,472Nick "rdcrsn" MaimoneUnited States
#70: NLHE Poker Players Championship$25,000407$10,000,000$1,800,290Christian RudolphGermany
#71: BIG 50 NLHE$5044,576$2,050,496$211,282Huahuan "F7588" FengChina
#72: Limit Hold'em Championship$1,500337$480,225$77,475Ajay "Ross_Geller" ChabraUnited States
#73: NLHE 6-Handed$1,0002,202$2,091,900$299,511Jim 'grousegrind" LefterukCanada
#74: Pot Limit Omaha$1,500972$1,385,100$215,938Thi "HoneyandTHI" TruongVietnam
#75: Double Stack NLHE$3003,552$991,008$130,100Trygve "FullSendWig" LeiteItaly
#76: FORTY STACK NLHE$4004,4611,667,366$227,186Gediminas "NeverGambol" UselisLithuania
#77: NLHE Main Event$5,0005,802$27,559,500$3,904,686* event not yet finishedNA
#78: Turbo 8-Handed$1,0001,910$1,314,500$259,842Adnan "Bolazar" HacialiogluFinland
TOTALS193,743$124,572,601$18,428,024
Average (9/2/20)3,999$2,650,481$392,086
Average (8/26/20)4,363$2,026,475$295,205
Average (8/19)3,641$2,134,553$313,654.00
Averages (8/11)3,830$1,997,347$299,896

$50,000 Poker Players Championship draws poker elite with American winning $3.9 million

The $50,000 Poker Players Championship is one of the biggest events each summer at the WSOP in Las Vegas. This summer the $25,000 Poker Players Championship has taken its place, although with a NLHE format rather than mixed games.

The event came with a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million. Austria’s Christian Rudolph took the title for $1.8 million and his first bracelet.

Last year, Rudolph finished runner-up in the €25,500 NLHE Super High Roller at the WSOP Europe for $596,703. He now has some vindication in another big buy-in event and more than $4 million in tournament winnings.

Other big finishers included: Chris Hunichen (runner-up, $1.3 million); Shankar Pillai (third, $979,138); and Jason Koon (seventh, $285,808).

Canadian conquers with first major cash – and wins a bracelet in the process

No Hendon Mob cashes, no GGPoker cashes – no problem. At least that was the case for Jim Lefteruk. He took down the $1,000 NLHE Six Handed event for $299,511.

Not much is known about this player but he now has a massive score and a WSOP bracelet. His victory proves that just about anything can happen in the world of poker.

Lefteruk also adds another win for his home country. That now stands at five as the Canadians try to close the gap on the Americans.

GGPoker Main Event becomes a smash hit

Only 38 players remain in the field in the $5,000 Main Event and battle today in the final day of play. Beyond a bracelet, there’s quite a bit to play for.

The event already came with a $25 million guarantee but attracted 5,802 entries for almost a $28 million prize pool. The winner hauls in $3.9 million.

When action resumes, Bryan Piccioli leads the field. Poker fans probably recognize that name. He finished sixth in the 2017 Main Event in Las Vegas for $1.7 million.

Piccioli is now seeking his second bracelet after winning a WSOP Asia Pacific event in 2013. Adding this title and another massive score would certainly be nice for his poker resumé.

Players express support for Mike Sexton

Many in the poker world turned their attention to longtime World Poker Tour analyst Mike Sexton on Tuesday. The poker player has been battling prostate cancer, according to poker player Linda Johnson.

She’s been in contact with Sexton and was authorized to release the news via Twitter. The cancer recently spread to other organs, she said, and he began in-home hospice care a month ago.

Many players expressed their support and affection for the popular “ambassador of poker.”

“Jan Fisher and I read your tweets to Mike Sexton today and he asked me to thank you all so much for your love and support,” Fisher noted on Tuesday. “He is too tired to personally answer emails, texts, and tweets but he wants you to know he is touched by them. Mike has requested privacy at this rough time.”

No stranger to success at the WSOP, Sexton has $2.7 million in series winnings in a poker career stretching back to the 1980s. He won a bracelet in 1989 and also added a WPT title in 2016.

Beyond his work with the WPT, Sexton worked as a partypoker founder and serves as chairman of the company. Players expressed their appreciation and support for Sexton throughout Tuesday.

“It’s hard to overstate the impact Mike has had on our world,” Erik Seidel Tweeted on Tuesday. “His enthusiasm and love for poker has been so infectious and pure, he  changed the game forever. I hope he feels our love and appreciation.”

In 2009, Sexton was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame and released his autobiography Life’s a Gamble in 2016. His impact on poker has been much bigger than the game on the felt.

US, Canada pulling away in battle of nations

The battle for the country with the most bracelets remains basically a two-country race. The United States is still at the top spot with seven with Canada two spots behind with five. 

Both countries collected another win over the last week. American Ajay Chabra won the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event for $77,475. Canada’s Jim Lefteruk won the $1,000 NLHE Six Handed for $299,511.

A couple other countries entered the standings with wins over the last week as well. Italy, Finland, and Lithuania all now have two bracelets and here are the complete standings.

Bracelets by country

  • US – 7
  • Canada – 5
  • Brazil – 4
  • United Kingdom – 3
  • China – 2
  • Italy – 2
  • Lithuania – 2
  • Finland – 2

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GGPoker leaderboard standings

There has been a change at the top of the bracelet leaderboard. After winning the $25,000 Poker Players Championship, Christian Rudolph has overtaken Canada’s Daniel Dvoress, who slides to second.

Here’s a look at the complete leaderboard:

  • 1st – Christian Rudolph (Austria), 7,566.31
  • 2nd – Daniel Dvoress (Canada), 6,513.57
  • 3rd – Alek Stasiak (Canada), 6,174.40
  • 4th – Ivan Zufic (Croatia), 5,719.69
  • 5th – Ravid Garbi (Israel), 5,450.71

The winner receives a solid gold computer mouse trophy, and second through fifth earn a solid gold playing card.

A golden dragon is awarded to the player winning the WSOP Asia Time Zone leaderboard. Brazil’s Luis Assuncao still leads that race.

Bracelet hunting wraps up this weekend

Just a few days remain in the WSOP Online with events finishing up on Sunday, Sept. 6. The $5,000 Main Event finishes up Saturday, but a few other events also stand out.

Players will find two people’s choice events this week and GGPoker has announced what those will be. Look for a $600 NLHE Six-Handed on Wednesday and a $1,050 NLHE Bounty Six-Handed on Thursday.

Also, the $1,050 Beat the Pros bounty event on Saturday should attract a nice field. The pros-as-bounties angle adds to the fun.

Sunday brings a wrap to a few events with big guarantees. The $10,000 Super MILLION$ with a $5 million guarantee and the $100 MILLION$ ($2 million guaranteed) will both crown a winner.

Lastly, the $500 Closer aptly puts a bow on the series. Players will have one more shot at a bracelet and should attract a nice player pool. here’s the complete schedule of remaining events:

DateEvent NumberTournamentBuy-inPrize GuaranteeNotes
Wednesday, September 02, 202048People's Choice Event [Pros Vote]TBATBATBA by Vote
Thursday, September 03, 202049People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel]TBATBATBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202050People's Choice Event [Most Popular]TBATBAAsia Time Zone, TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202051$1,050 Beat the Pros [Bounty]$1,050
Sunday, September 06, 202052$10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD$10,000$5,000,0002-Day Event
Sunday, September 06, 202053$100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD$100$2,000,0002-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, September 06, 202054$500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE]$500

* Mike Sexton photo courtesy WPT/Joe Giron

* WSOp Las Vegas photo courtesy WSOP/Joe Giron

WSOP ROUNDUP: Big 50 Turns Huge, Ireland’s Toby Joyce Wins Bracelet, Main Event Starts, & More

Plenty of action remains in the WSOP Online at GGPoker.

With three weeks left in the World Series of Poker Online at GGPoker, there’s still plenty of action in store for international players. The last week saw plenty of headlines including a big score for a World Poker Tour regular, another five-figure player pool, and much more.

Players will also be looking forward to Day 2 of the Main Event on Sunday. That event comes with a monster $25 million guarantee. The WSOP in Las Vegas may not be on, but there is plenty of betting and bluffing online.

Here’s a look at the news over the last week.

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Entry field average ticks up; prize pool, payouts drop slightly

With the Big 50 bringing in massive numbers, the average field size saw a hefty increase over the last week. That moved up about 700 entries to an average of 4,363 per event.

Despite that, prize pools and winner payouts fell a bit over the week. The average prize pool dropped about $100,000 and winner payout fell by about $18,000.

Here’s a quick look at the current averages from the series overall as well as complete winners and statistics:

Tournament averages

  • Entries – 4,363
  • Prize pool – $2 million
  • Winner payout – $295,205

Series totals

  • Entries – 174,507
  • Prize pool – $79.1 million
  • Winner payout – $11.5 million

* Figures as of Aug. 26. For complete facts and information about the WSOP Online, including Twitch streams, click here.

EventBuy-inTotal entriesPrize poolWinner payoutWinnerCountry
#32: The Opener NLHE$10029,306$2,696,152$265,880Marcelo Jakovljevic PudlaBrazil
#33: Every 1 for Covid Relief$1,1112,323$2,580,853$343,204Alek StasiakCanada
#34: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5252,214$1,107,000$117,650Shoma IshikawaJapan
#35 Pot Limit Omaha Championship$5,000328$1,558,000$306,622Juha HelppiFinland
#36 FIFTY STACK NLHE$1,5001,342$1,912,350$297,496Michael ClacherSouth Africa
#37 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha$1,050971$971,000$161,887Hun Wei LeeAustralia
#38 Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed [Asia Time Zone]$6002,007$1,143,990$171,389Aaron WijayaChina
#39: NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$1,500922$1,313,850$216,213Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom
#40: Pot Limit Omaha$2,500532$1,263,500$224,493Klas LofbergSweden
#41: COLOSSUS$40012,757$4,796,632$595,930Ranno SootlaEstonia
#42: PLOSSUS$4004,356$1,637,856$221,557Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil
#43: Short Deck NLHE Championship$10,000301$812,700$276,393Lev "LevMeAlone" GottliebUnited States
#44: NLHE 6-Handed$2,500892$2,118,500$356,412Kristen BicknellCanada
#45: Bounty NLHE$8402,382$1,906,500$245,448Patrick "Muddington" KennedyUnited Kingdom
#46: Deepstack NLHE$5002,307$1,095,825$189,098Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" HyunSouth Korea
#47: Short Deck NLHE$1,000487$462,560$88,202Paul TeohMalaysia
#48 MILLIONAIRE MAKER$1,5006,299$8,976,075$1,489,289Daniel DvoressCanada
#49 Turbo Deepstack$5002,978$1,414,550$192,523Vladas "apuokos" BurneikisLithuania
#50: Bounty Championship$2,1001,168$2,336,000$327,319Enrico "GTOExploiter" CamosciItaly
#51: Pot Limit Omaha$4002,005$753,880$100,945Eoghan "DrRoche" O'DeaIreland
#52: NLHE$1,0002,006$1,905,700$273,505Alek StasiakCanada
#53: Double Stack PLO [Asia Time Zone]$800831$631,560$94,253Frank CrivelloUnited States
#54: Heads-Up Championship$10,000128$1,241,600$360,480David PetersUnited States
#55: NLHE Asia Time Zone ChampionshipHK$8,0003,247$3,184,074$458,261Luis Eduardo Assuncao GarlaBrazil
#56: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1502,153$3,068,025$444,869Seth FischerUnited States
#57: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1509,835$1,357,230$183,526Anatoly "Pohitrusha" SuvarovRussia
#58: NLHE 6-Handed Championship$5,000672$3,192,000$531,513Ravid "jerbi9999" GarbiIsrael
#59: NLHE Double Stack$2,5001,061$2,519,875$399,047Leonardo "Babaehduro" MattosBrazil
#60: $525 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5253,170$1,585,000$180,177Orhan "yirtil" AtesTurkey
#61: Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed$3003,491$973,989$127,660Alexander "MightyWarior" StaceyUnited Kingdom
#62: Pot Limit Omaha$1,500990$1,410,750$220,160Bradley "DrStrange7" RubenUnited States
#63: Mini Main Event$50015,205$7,222,375$843,460Ivan "zufo16" ZuficCroatia
#64: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE$8402,207$1,765,600$131,461Kartik "Mandovi" VedIndia
#65: NLHE Deepstack$6002,911$1,659,270$227,906Dmytro "Too Bad" BystrovzorovUkraine
#66: Pot Limit Omaha$8001,281$973,560$139,453Toby JoyceIreland
#67: NLHE$500706$335,350$45,101Gregor "soulsntfaces" MullerAustria
#68: Deepstack NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$5002,315$1,099,625$150,460Yan Shing TsangHong Kong
#69: Marathon NLHE$1,5001,438$2,049,150$302,472Nick "rdcrsn" MaimoneUnited States
#70: NLHE Poker Players Championship$25,000407NANA* event not yet completedNA
#71: BIG 50 NLHE$5044,576$2,050,496$211,282Huahuan "F7588" FengChina
TOTALS174,507$79,083,002$11,512,996
Average (8/26/20)4,363$2,026,475$295,205
Average (8/19/20)3,641$2,134,553$313,654.00
Averages (8/11/203,830$1,997,347$299,896

WSOP Big 50 goes gargantuan at GGPoker

Another week, another huge-field event at the GGPoker WSOP Online. This week it was the Big 50, with a fitting $50 buy-in and $2 million guarantee.

The event produced a Herculean 44,576 entries, the biggest number of the series. The tournament beat the guarantee and ultimately paid out $2.1 million.

The WSOP and GGPoker have announced a new summer online bracelet series.

When the dust settled, it was China’s Huahuan Feng coming out on top of the fifty-buck bonanza. For his efforts Feng took home a bracelet and $211,282

Feng has just over $391,000 in live tournament winnings. The biggest of that was an event in Korea, where he finished runner-up for $176,985.

The Big 50 became the fourth event with a player pool reaching five figures. The others were the Opener, Colossus, and Mini Main Event. Here’s a quick look at all these events.

  • $100 Opener – 29,306 entries, $2.7 million prize pool
  • $400 Colossus – 12,757 entries, $4.8 million prize pool
  • $500 Mini Main Event – 15,205 entries, $7.3 million
  • $50 Big 50 – 44,576 entries, $2,050,496 guarantee

Massive run continues for Toby Joyce

It’s been quite a year for Toby Joyce. He now has 12 cashes in the series on GG and the 11th was quite special.

In the $800 Pot Limit Omaha, Joyce won his first bracelet for $139,453. He also scored a 13th-place finish in the $5,000 PLO Championship for $20,872.

The PLO results show the versatility in this player originally from Galway, Ireland. In December, Joyce finished runner-up in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.1 million.

WSOP Online bracelet winner Toby Joyce

Joyce also scored 12th and 14th-place finishes on the tour this season. He now sits in fourth in the WPT Player of the Year standings. 

After several years devoted to online poker, Joyce transitioned to traveling the world playing poker over the last few years. He likes the travel and interactions with new people that go with life on the poker circuit.

“For the first few years I played kind of by myself in an isolated way and didn’t really know anybody else in poker,” he told WPT.com in December. “I then came a bit fed up with poker. I was kind of over it. I’d won a bunch of money and didn’t feel great. I didn’t get what I expected from it.

“I then started traveling more to play live and met a lot of friends in poker and traveled with them to different places. It would be great to get a big score live after putting in so much work.”

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Another bracelet adds to series-leading US total

As the WSOP Online marches on, the US added to its total lead among all countries in the series. Nick Maimone took down the $1,500 Marathon for his first bracelet and $302,472.

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Maimone has $2.2 million in live tournament winnings. That includes a deep run in the WSOP Main Event in 2009, finishing 15th for $633,022.

The Marathon win added to the American success in the competition for which country could win the most bracelets. The US has a total of six bracelets, now a two-tournament lead.

Huahuan Feng’s win in the Big 50 added a second bracelet to China’s total. Here’s a look at the standings as of Aug. 26.

Bracelets by Country

  • US – 6
  • Canada – 4
  • Brazil – 4
  • United Kingdom – 3
  • China – 2

Canadians score top spots on leaderboard

A pair of Canadians continue to dominate the top two places in the GGPoker WSOP Online leaderboard. Daniel Dvoress, winner of the Millionaire Maker, remains in the lead.

Canada’s Alek Stasiak also keeps his spot in second place. Mini Main Event winner Ivan Zufic moved to third last week but hasn’t added to that total since then.

Here’s a look at the complete leaderboard:

  • 1st – Daniel Dvoress (Canada), 6,326.03
  • 2nd – Alek Stasiak (Canada), 6,174.40
  • 3rd – Ivan Zufic (Croatia), 5,719.69
  • 4th – Ranno Sootla (Estonia), 5,021.13
  • 5th – Belarmino De Souza (Brazil), 4,962.18

The winner receives a solid gold mouse trophy (the computer type). Players finishing second through fifth earn a solid gold playing card.

A golden dragon is awarded to the player winning the WSOP Asia Time Zone leaderboard. Brazil’s Luis Assuncao currently leads that race.

WSOP Online week ahead at GGPoker

Plenty of interesting events remain on the schedule over the next week including the first People’s Choice events. GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu announced the first of these this week.

A $25,000 Head-Up tournament is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a field capped at 128. Two more People’s Choice events are planned for next Wednesday and Thursday, but those specifics haven’t yet been announced.

A few more smaller buy-in events dot the schedule this weekend. The $300 Double Stack is set for Saturday and the $400 Forty Stack on Sunday. These should produce some nice results for weekend warriors.

Sunday also brings Day 2 of the $5,000 Main Event after numerous starting flights and satellites. It may not be the real championship in Las Vegas, but plenty will be out for some online glory.

The $25 million guaranteed prize pool only adds to the prestige. Here’s a look at the remaining events on the schedule.

2020 GGPoker WSOP Online

DateEvent NumberTournamentBuy-inPrize GuaranteeNotes
Wednesday, September 02, 202048People's Choice Event [Pros Vote]TBATBATBA by Vote
Thursday, September 03, 202049People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel]TBATBATBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202050People's Choice Event [Most Popular]TBATBAAsia Time Zone, TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202051$1,050 Beat the Pros [Bounty]$1,050
Sunday, September 06, 202052$10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD$10,000$5,000,0002-Day Event
Sunday, September 06, 202053$100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD$100$2,000,0002-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, September 06, 202054$500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE]$500

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★★ TOTAL WSOP ONLINE: Schedule, Info, Twitch Streams, & More (Updated Aug. 26) ★★

The WSOP and GGPoker have announced a new summer online bracelet series.

The WSOP Online is now underway at GGPoker and runs through Sept. 16. PokerScout has all the details for the series right here – from stats and schedule to information and Twitch streams.

Here’s a look at what to expect as the bracelet hunting continues.

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Twitch streams to follow the WSOP Online action

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Daniel Negreanu (six-time bracelet winner)

Negreanu is streaming his WSOP Online action via his YouTube channel.

Felipe Mojave (GGPOker ambassador)

Jordan Cameron

Jeff Platt (poker commentator)


WSOP Online winners and statistics

With the WSOP Online action shifted to  GGPoker, here’s a look at the numbers and winners from the entire series as of Aug. 19.

EventBuy-inTotal entriesPrize poolWinner payoutWinnerCountry
#32: The Opener NLHE$10029,306$2,696,152$265,880Marcelo Jakovljevic PudlaBrazil
#33: Every 1 for Covid Relief$1,1112,323$2,580,853$343,204Alek StasiakCanada
#34: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5252,214$1,107,000$117,650Shoma IshikawaJapan
#35 Pot Limit Omaha Championship$5,000328$1,558,000$306,622Juha HelppiFinland
#36 FIFTY STACK NLHE$1,5001,342$1,912,350$297,496Michael ClacherSouth Africa
#37 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha$1,050971$971,000$161,887Hun Wei LeeAustralia
#38 Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed [Asia Time Zone]$6002,007$1,143,990$171,389Aaron WijayaChina
#39: NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$1,500922$1,313,850$216,213Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom
#40: Pot Limit Omaha$2,500532$1,263,500$224,493Klas LofbergSweden
#41: COLOSSUS$40012,757$4,796,632$595,930Ranno SootlaEstonia
#42: PLOSSUS$4004,356$1,637,856$221,557Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil
#43: Short Deck NLHE Championship$10,000301$812,700$276,393Lev "LevMeAlone" GottliebUnited States
#44: NLHE 6-Handed$2,500892$2,118,500$356,412Kristen BicknellCanada
#45: Bounty NLHE$8402,382$1,906,500$245,448Patrick "Muddington" KennedyUnited Kingdom
#46: Deepstack NLHE$5002,307$1,095,825$189,098Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" HyunSouth Korea
#47: Short Deck NLHE$1,000487$462,560$88,202Paul TeohMalaysia
#48 MILLIONAIRE MAKER$1,5006,299$8,976,075$1,489,289Daniel DvoressCanada
#49 Turbo Deepstack$5002,978$1,414,550$192,523Vladas "apuokos" BurneikisLithuania
#50: Bounty Championship$2,1001,168$2,336,000$327,319Enrico "GTOExploiter" CamosciItaly
#51: Pot Limit Omaha$4002,005$753,880$100,945Eoghan "DrRoche" O'DeaIreland
#52: NLHE$1,0002,006$1,905,700$273,505Alek StasiakCanada
#53: Double Stack PLO [Asia Time Zone]$800831$631,560$94,253Frank CrivelloUnited States
#54: Heads-Up Championship$10,000128$1,241,600$360,480David PetersUnited States
#55: NLHE Asia Time Zone ChampionshipHK$8,0003,247$3,184,074$458,261Luis Eduardo Assuncao GarlaBrazil
#56: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1502,153$3,068,025$444,869Seth FischerUnited States
#57: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1509,835$1,357,230$183,526Anatoly "Pohitrusha" SuvarovRussia
#58: NLHE 6-Handed Championship$5,000672$3,192,000$531,513Ravid "jerbi9999" GarbiIsrael
#59: NLHE Double Stack$2,5001,061$2,519,875$399,047Leonardo "Babaehduro" MattosBrazil
#60: $525 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5253,170$1,585,000$180,177Orhan "yirtil" AtesTurkey
#61: Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed$3003,491$973,989$127,660Alexander "MightyWarior" StaceyUnited Kingdom
#62: Pot Limit Omaha$1,500990$1,410,750$220,160Bradley "DrStrange7" RubenUnited States
#63: Mini Main Event$50015,205$7,222,375$843,460Ivan "zufo16" ZuficCroatia
#64: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE$8402,207$1,765,600$131,461Kartik "Mandovi" VedIndia
#65: NLHE Deepstack$6002,911$1,659,270$227,906Dmytro "Too Bad" BystrovzorovUkraine
#66: Pot Limit Omaha$8001,281$973,560$139,453Toby JoyceIreland
#67: NLHE$500706$335,350$45,101Gregor "soulsntfaces" MullerAustria
#68: Deepstack NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$5002,315$1,099,625$150,460Yan Shing TsangHong Kong
#69: Marathon NLHE$1,5001,438$2,049,150$302,472Nick "rdcrsn" MaimoneUnited States
#70: NLHE Poker Players Championship$25,000407NANA* event not yet completedNA
#71: BIG 50 NLHE$5044,576$2,050,496$211,282Huahuan "F7588" FengChina
TOTALS174,507$79,083,002$11,512,996
Average (8/26/20)4,363$2,026,475$295,205
Average (8/19/20)3,641$2,134,553$313,654.00
Averages (8/11/203,830$1,997,347$299,896
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Quick facts about the WSOP Online at GGPoker

  • Number of bracelet events – 54
  • DatesJuly 19 to Sept. 16
  • Locations available to players – Around the world including Canada and Mexico
  • Game formats – No Limit Hold’em, Omaha, Short Deck, Mixed Games, Bounty, Heads-up
  • Buy-in range$50 to $25,000
  • Main Event – The $5,000 championship features a $25 million guarantee with numerous starting flights beginning Aug. 16. Day 2 is set for Aug. 30.

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Complete GGPoker WSOP Online Schedule

DateEvent NumberTournamentBuy-inPrize GuaranteeNotes
Wednesday, September 02, 202048People's Choice Event [Pros Vote]TBATBATBA by Vote
Thursday, September 03, 202049People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel]TBATBATBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202050People's Choice Event [Most Popular]TBATBAAsia Time Zone, TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202051$1,050 Beat the Pros [Bounty]$1,050
Sunday, September 06, 202052$10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD$10,000$5,000,0002-Day Event
Sunday, September 06, 202053$100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD$100$2,000,0002-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, September 06, 202054$500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE]$500