WSOP 2020 Sets Main Event Final Table on GGPoker

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 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 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

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.

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


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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