WSOP 2020 Sets Main Event Final Table on GGPoker
The World Series of Poker Main Event final table is set.
Well, the final table is one of two taking place this month and one of several WSOP Main Event tournaments in 2020. But the one set on GGPoker is the first step to finding the international champion that will head to Las Vegas (hopefully, Covid-permitting) at the end of December to play a heads-up match for the grand finale title.
It is confusing, especially for poker fans who don’t follow the ins and outs of the poker business.
The REAL Main Event
This summer, the World Series of Poker offered 85 events that seemed to take the place of the traditional Las Vegas summer WSOP because…well…there was a pandemic.
That series ran partially on WSOP.com in the United States and GGPoker internationally. And the culmination of the 54 events on GGPoker was a 2020 WSOP Main Event. It had a $5K buy-in instead of $10K, offered an unprecedented 23 starting flights, and carried a $25 million guarantee. It wasn’t exactly the traditional WSOP Main Event, but it seemed as close as the pandemic would allow in 2020.
Evidently, that was the WSOP Online Main Event for 2020, not the real one, the big one, the main Main.
The World Series of Poker announced the actual, real, main 2020 Main Event in mid-November. The format for the $10K buy-in tournament with no reentries is:
GGPoker for International Players
–November 29: Day 1A online
–December 5: Day 1B online
–December 6: Day 1C online
–December 7: Day 2 online
–December 15: Final table live at King’s Casino in Czech Republic
WSOP.com for US Players
–December 13: Day 1 online
–December 14: Day 2 online
–December 28: Final table live at Rio in Las Vegas
Final Heads-Up Match
–Winner of each final table to meet in Las Vegas
–Heads-up match to play for $1 million (donated by GGPoker) and official WSOP Main Event championship title and bracelet
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— WSOP.com (@WSOPcom) November 27, 2020
First Final Table Set
The initial action on GGPoker resulted in a final table set this week.
Per PokerNews live reporting, the first of the three starting flights delivered 246 players to the virtual tables. It ended with just 62 players remaining and Julian “VWgunther” Menhardt of Austria as the chip leader.
The second starting day brought in another 171 players, of which 42 remained at the end of the December 5th action. Blaz Zerjav of Slovenia held the chip lead.
Day 1C brought in another 257 players, though only 75 of them survived the night with chips. Senthuran “Prodigal Sen” Vijayaratnam of Canada had the flight’s lead when play stopped and sat atop the overall leaderboard going into Day 2.
The final numbers for the tournament were recorded as:
–Total players: 674
–Total prize pool: $6,470,400
–Total players paid: 80
–Minimum payout: $15,277
–Winner payout: $1,550,969
Day 2 began with 179 players back at the online poker tables. After the money bubble burst, players like Ronit Chamani, Antoine Saout, and Sergio Aido hit the virtual rail. Day 1B leader Zerjav busted in 25th place, followed by Day 1A leader Menhardt in 24th place, each collecting $30,404. Vijayaratnam just missed the final table when he busted in 11th place for $50,131. And Thomas “ggmbn” Macdonald busted in 10th place.
That set the final table as follows:
Brunno Botteon (Brazil) 10,317,743 chips
Manuel “robocup” Ruivo (Portugal) 6,213,759 chips
Damian Salas (Argentina) 5,653,528 chips
“fullbabyfull” (Liechtenstein) 4,232,560 chips
Hannes “BlackFortuna” Speiser (Austria) 3,515,744 chips
Dominykas “MickeyMouse” Mikolaitis (Lithuania) 3,165,440 chips
Ramon “Ritza” Miquel Munoz (Spain) 3,035,940 chips
Peiyuan “fish3098” Sun (China) 2,185,676 chips
Stoyan “UncleToni” Obreshkov (Bulgaria) 2,119,610
According to the WSOP’s press release about the live final tables, players who choose not to travel and play live poker will forfeit their seat and accept ninth place money. The word is that one player will not attend, though there is no word yet on that player’s name.
According to @pokerfirma, one final table player of the @GGPoker @WSOP Main Event FT at @PokerroomKings will not show up, while the other eight have confirmed. This also explains why final table betting is suspended at the moment.https://t.co/EpGYJODNPE
— Yori Epskamp (@YoriEpskamp) December 9, 2020
The payouts awaiting the final table players are:
1st place: $1,550,959
2nd place: $1,062,723
3rd place: $728,177
4th place: $498,947
5th place: $341,879
6th place: $234,255
7th place: $160,512
8th place: $109,982
9th place: $75,360
— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) December 8, 2020