Peters Prevails Heads-Up in Past Week of WSOP 2020 Online

Peters Prevails Heads-Up in Past Week of WSOP 2020 Online

In the past week, the WSOP 2020 Online crossed the halfway mark of the international portion of its summer series on GGPoker and its sister sites.

The 2020 World Series of Poker put its first 31 of 85 tournaments on its American site, and the next 54 events have been playing out on the international stage. As players competed in Events 58 and 59 last week, they crossed the halfway point of GGPoker’s part of the series, and only about two dozen events remain.

One of those events is the 2020 WSOP Main Event. It will require a $5K buy-in and a $25 million guarantee. Players can reenter two times, giving them a total of three chances to take a stack of chips into Day 2. There are 22 flights, the first of which got underway on Sunday, August 16. All surviving players from these flights will return for Day 2 of the action on Sunday, August 30.

First, however, let’s cover what happened until now. This is how the entirety of the WSOP 2020 Online has played out thus far:

End of 31-event series on in US market

WSOP Events 32-40 on GGPoker

WSOP Events 41-46 on GGPoker

WSOP Events 47-53 on GGPoker

Using the live updates and detailed tournament information from PokerNews, here are the basics of the past week’s WSOP action.

GG Event 54: $10K NLHE Heads-Up Championship

One of the most watched events (online) of the 2020 WSOP thus far was this heads-up championship-level event, one that capped at 128 players, highlighted some key match-ups, and postponed the final four playoffs until this past weekend. People did turn up online to watch, and the winner claimed his second career bracelet.

Buy-in: $10K

Total entries: 128

Prize pool: $1,241,600

Paid players: 16

Minimum payout: $24,832

Winner:  David Peters (US) $360,480

2nd place:  Michael Addamo (Australia) $223,488

3rd place:  Alyssa MacDonald (Canada) $124,160

4th place:  Chi Zhang (UK) $124,160

GG Event 55: HK$8K NLHE Asia Championship

Though this tournament’s starting time was aimed to attract more players from the Asia-Pacific region, it was someone from South America who won it. It also attracted a much larger crowd than expected to more than triple the guarantee.

Buy-in: HK$8K (approximately $1K)

Total entries: 3,247

Prize pool: HK$24,677,200 (approximately $3,208,036) (well past HK$8M GTD)

Paid players: 404

Minimum payout: HK$19,255.61 (approximately $2,503)

Winner:  Luis “Xapilskinha” Assuncao Garla (Brazil) HK$3,551,611 (about $461,709)

2nd place:  Alexandros Theologis (Greece) HK$2,531,708 (about $329,122)

3rd place:  Kunal Bhatia (India) HK$1,804,691 (about $234,610)

4th place:  Alan Schein (US) HK$1,286,442 (about $167,237)

5th place:  Wenhao Peng (China) HK$917,020 (about $119,213)

6th place:  Divanshu Khurana (India) HK$653,684 (about $84,979)

7th place:  Eduards Kudrjavcevs (Latvia) HK$465,967 (about $60,576)

8th place:  Vladas Tamasauskas (Lithuania) HK$332,158 (about $43,180)

9th place:  Ignacio Moron (Spain) HK$236,773 (about $30,780)

GG Event 56: $1,500 NLHE GGMasters High Roller WSOP Edition  

This was the high buy-in version of one of GGPoker’s signature tournaments, revamped a bit to be a part of the World Series of Poker. It is considered a high roller for some players, a regular buy-in for others.

Buy-in: $1,500

Total entries: 2,153

Prize pool: $3,068,025 (surpassing $2.5M GTD)

Paid players: 314

Minimum payout: $3,145

Winner:  Seth “AbeFroman” Fischer (US) $444,869

2nd place:  Arsenii Karmatckii (Russia) $328,491

3rd place:  Sebastien Grax (France) $236,188

4th place:  Michael Nugent (Canada) $169,821

5th place:  Evaldas Aniulis (Lithuania) $122,102

6th place:  Dominykas Mikolaitis (Lithuania) $87,793

7th place:  Lukas Parednis (Lithuania) $63,124

8th place:  Clement Tripodi (France) $45,386

9th place:  Yonatan Basin (Israel) $32,633

GG Event 57: $150 NLHE GGMasters WSOP Edition

The most affordable tournament in the international WSOP allowed a chance at a bracelet for just $150. And nearly 10,000 players joined in the freezeout tournament.

Buy-in: $150

Total players:  9,835

Prize pool:  $1,357,230

Paid players: 1,232

Minimum payout: $343

Winner:  Anatoly “Pohitrusha” Suvarov (Russia) $183,526

2nd place:  David Edelstein (Chile) $127,872

3rd place:  Tom Hoseth (Norway) $89,098

4th place:  Amine Hamza (Dominica) $62,081

5th place:  Jean-Francois Alexandre (Canada) $43,256

6th place:  Hector Caldero (Andorra) $30,140

7th place:  Adam Cader (Canada) $21,000

8th place:  Andre Grohnert (Germany) $14,632

9th place:  William Overmire (Japan) $10,195

GG Event 58: $5K NLHE 6-Handed Championship

A solid field of players turned out for some short-handed poker, and an Israeli player captured his first bracelet in the end.

Buy-in: $5K

Total entries:  672

Prize pool: $3,192,000

Paid players: 98

Minimum payout: $10,721

Winner:  Ravid “jerbi9999” Garbi (Israel) $531,513

2nd place:  Chris Moorman (UK) $398,393

3rd place:  Preben Stokkan (Norway) $292,021

4th place:  Urmo Velvelt (Estonia) $214,051

5th place:  Ludovic Geilich (UK) $156,898

6th place:  Shyngis Satubayev (Kazakhstan) $115,006

GG Event 59: $2,500 NLHE Double Stack

Deep stacks and a $2,500 buy-in was a good mix for a mid-week poker tournament, and the fourth Brazilian in this international series took down a bracelet for it.

Buy-in: $2,500

Total entries:  1,061

Prize pool: $2,519,875

Paid players: 152

Minimum payout: $5,478

Winner:  Leonardo “Babaehduro” Mattos (Brazil) $399,047

2nd place:  Christopher Putz (Austria) $298,296

3rd place:  Pedro Madeira (Brazil) $216,473

4th place:  Nethanel Klein (Israel) $157,095

5th place:  Antonio Pedro (Croatia) $114,004

6th place:  Kevin Gibson (Canada) $82,733

7th place:  Fabiano Kovalski (Brazil) $60,039

8th place:  Yiannis Liperis (UK) $43,570

9th place:  Manuel Saavedra (unknown) $31,619

GG Event 60: $525 NLHE Bounty

Everyone seems to love bounty tournaments. The eventual winner sure did, taking down a tremendous amount in bounties and claiming the first-ever WSOP gold bracelet for his country of Turkey.

Buy-in: $525

Total entries:  3,170

Prize pool: $1,585,000

Paid players: 368

Minimum payout: $680

Winner:  Orhan “yirtil” Ates (Turkey) $180,177 ($114,584 + $65,593 bounties)

2nd place:  Tobias Schwecht (Austria) $98,015 ($72,386 + $15,629 bounties)

3rd place:  Tomas Jozonis (Lithuania) $61,410 ($59,236 + $2,174 bounties)

4th place:  Alexandre Reard (France) $56,475 ($42,591 + $13,884 bounties)

5th place:  Caique Sanches (Brazil) $51,300 ($30,624 + $20,676 bounties)

6th place:  Gaurav Sood (India) $28,540 ($22,019 + $6,521 bounties)

7th place:  Augusto Hagen (Argentina) $27,686 ($15,832 + $11,854 bounties)

8th place:  Jeff Hakim (Lebanon) $17,715 ($11,383 + $6,332 bounties)

9th place:  Arsens Sakanjans (Latvia) $14,855 ($8,185 + $6,670 bounties)

GG Event 61: $300 NLHE Monster Stack  

A smaller of the buy-ins and a time preferential to Asia-Pacific payers drew a few thousand people. It wasn’t a person from that region who won it, though, as the UK took it down.

Buy-in: $300

Total entries:  3,491

Prize pool:  $973,989

Paid players: 440

Minimum payout: $697

Winner:  Alexander “MightyWarior” Stacey (UK) $127,660

2nd place:  Craig Lecompte (US) $99,552

3rd place:  Sami Koivuneva (Finland) $70,964

4th place:  Arnaud Enselme (France) $50,586

5th place:  Michael Schwartz (France) $36,059

6th place:  Hui Wang (China) $25,704

7th place:  Steve O’Dwyer (Ireland) $18,323

8th place:  Wai Ching Cheang (China) $13,061

9th place:  Tal Herzog (Israel) $9,311

GG Event 62: $1,500 PLO

Omaha fans gathered ‘round for this PLO event with reentries on a Sunday.

Buy-in: $1,500

Total entries:  990

Prize pool: $1,410,750

Paid players: 134

Minimum payout: $3,476

Winner:  Bradley “DrStrange7” Ruben (US) $220,160

2nd place:  Dorel Eldabach (Israel) $168,478

3rd place:  Jens Lakemeier (Austria) $122,264

4th place:  Naman Madan (India) $88,727

5th place:  Blaz Zerjav (Slovenia) $64,389

6th place:  Sami Kelopuro (Finland) $46,727

7th place:  Patrick Serda (Canada) $33,910

8th place:  Tal Peretz (Israel) $24,608

9th place:  Adam Hendrix (US) $17,858

GG Event 63: $500 NLHE Mini Main Event

This event is a mini version of the WSOP Main Event, one with a buy-in of $500, one-tenth of the actual Main Event. And this one boasted of a $5M guarantee, which was easily surpassed with a massive turnout and numerous reentries.

Buy-in: $500

Total entries:  15,205

Prize pool: $7,222,375 (well beyond $5M GTD)

Paid players: 1,600

Minimum payout: $1,356

Winner:  Ivan “zufo16” Zufic (Croatia) $843,460

2nd place:  Suraj Mishra (India) $586,157

3rd place:  Daniel Neilson (Australia) $401,635

4th place:  Daniel Saugspier (Germany) $275,200

5th place:  Oleksii Kravchuk (Ukraine) $188,567

6th place:  Derek Miller (UK) $129,206

7th place:  Troy Mclean (Australia) $88,532

8th place:  Royal Pek (Singapore) $60,662

9th place:  Fedor Kruse (Austria) $41,566

GG Event 64: $840 NLHE Bounty

Another bounty event rounded out the weekend, but this one offered a turbo structure. The entire tournament finished in approximately six hours, and a player from India was the last one standing.

Buy-in: $840

Total entries:  2,207

Prize pool: $1,740,800

Paid players: 314

Minimum payout: $905

Winner:  Kartik “Mandovi” Ved (India) $234,433 ($131,461 + $102,972 bounties)

2nd place:  Konstantin Maslak (Russia) $118,791 ($94,521 + $24,270 bounties)

3rd place:  Javier Fernandez (Spain) $79,495 ($67,961 + $11,534 bounties)

4th place:  Tim West (US) $56,958 ($48,865 + $8,094 bounties)

5th place:  Dan Borlan (Moldova) $57,982 ($35,134 + $22,848 bounties)

6th place:  Jon Clark (UK) $36,793 ($25,262 + $11,531 bounties)

7th place:  Felipe Ramos (Brazil) $24,176 ($18,163 + $6,013 bounties)

8th place:  Ricardo Da Silva (Brazil) $29,944 ($13,060 + $16,884 bounties)

9th place:  Gueorgui Gantchev (US) $20,659 ($9,390 + $11,269 bounties)

Just 21 Events Left

That sounds somewhat ominous, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get in on the WSOP action and play for a bracelet…and potentially life-changing money. The rest of the schedule is as follows:

Event 65 on August 18 / 14:00 ET: $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship

Event 66 on August 19 / 14:00 ET: $800 PLO

Event 67 on August 20 / 14:00 ET: $500 LHE

Event 68 on August 22 / 8:00 ET: $500 NLHE Deepstack (Asia time zone)

Event 69 on August 23 / 8:00 ET: $1,500 NLHE Marathon (Asia time zone)

Event 70 on August 23 / 14:00 ET: $25K NLHE Poker Players Championship ($10M GTD)

Event 71 on August 23 / 14:30 ET: $50 NLHE Big 50 (final day, 1 reentry/flight, $1M GTD)

Event 72 on August 25 / 14:00 ET: $1,500 LHE Championship

Event 73 on August 26 / 14:00 ET: $1K NLHE 6-Handed

Event 74 on August 27 / 14:00 ET: $1,500 PLO

Event 75 on August 29 / 8:00 ET: $300 NLHE Double Stack (Asia time zone)

Event 76 on August 30 / 14:00 ET: $400 NLHE Forty Stack

Event 77 on August 30 / 14:30 ET: $5K NLHE Main Event (2nd of 3 days, freezeout flights, $25M GTD)

Event 78 on August 30 / 16:00 ET: $1K NLHE Turbo 6-Handed

Event 79 on September 1 / 14:00 ET: People’s Choice – Most popular

Event 80 on September 2 / 14:00 ET: People’s Choice – Pros vote

Event 81 on September 3 / 14:00 ET: People’s Choice – Spin the wheel

Event 82 on September 5 / 14:00 ET: $1,050 NLHE Beat the Pros Bounty

Event 83 on September 6 / 14:00 ET: $10K NLHE WSOP Super Millions ($5M GTD)

Event 84 on September 6 / 14:30 ET: $100 NLHE WSOP Millions (final day, 1 reentry/flight, $2M GTD)

Event 85 on September 6 / 16:00 ET: $500 NLHE Closer (unlimited reentries)


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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