WSOP 2020 Online Main Event Down to 38 Players

WSOP 2020 Online Main Event Down to 38 Players

At this point of a typical World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, players are winding up their WSOP schedules. The last of the tournaments draw some players, but many are on their way home after busting the Main Event. Only a few tables remain in that finale.

The poker media is exhausted. Local poker players are trying to milk the last bits of money at cash game tables from the titled players who busted the Main Event. Staff members at the Rio are dismantling tables and shutting down ballrooms. The poker kitchen options are minimal.

And a couple dozen poker players are studying strategy, seeking advice from pro players, and trying to stay relaxed. They are also calling friends and family to stay on alert should a final table be in the near future. Last-minute flights to Vegas may be necessary.

This is 2020, though.

Everything has happened online. The final week will play out online. Players may have traveled to another country to play on GGPoker, but they are still likely playing in their pajamas or sweatpants, as are those who remained home during the series. Members of the live updates crew are busy but comfortable in their own homes.

Only a few days remain in the WSOP 2020 Online, this unique and adaptive poker experience.

To sum up the results so far:

Back to the completed events, we already covered quite a lot of the WSOP 2020 Online tournaments, which are accessible through these links:

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

WSOP Events 54-64 on GGPoker

WSOP Events 65-69 on GGPoker

Let’s see what happened in the last week, with help from live updates by PokerNews, and the few events that remain on the schedule.

Main Event Down to 38 Players

As most know by now, this year’s Main Event offered a half-price buy-in of $5K, an unprecedented guarantee on the prize pool, and up to three entries allowed per player.

That guarantee was $25 million, and as the first dozen or so flights ran their course, it looked as if there could have been an overlay. But leave it up to those with extra money for reentries and those who waited to the last minute, as they catapulted that prize pool into the history books…in a good way.

This was the info from all of the starting days:

–1A: 464 players, 99 survived, Samuel Vousden leads (717,497 chips)

–1B: 114 players, 25 survived, Xuming Qi leads (620,372 chips)

–1C: 110 players, 19 survived, Karim Khayat leads (656,260 chips)

–1D: 68 players, 7 survived, Stuart Wallensteen leads (625,267 chips)

–1E: 83 players, 16 survived, Vlad Martynenko leads (819,099 chips)

–1F: 129 players, 19 survived, Milakai Vaskaboinikau leads (796,176 chips)

–1G: 194 players, 32 survived, Armol Srivats leads (649,699 chips)

–1H: 113 players, 18 survived, Jonathan Dokler leads (1,021,967 chips)

–1I: 233 players, 41 survived, Freez112 leads (749,186 chips)

–Day 1J: 349 players, 66 survived, Christopher Putz leads with 757,963 chips

–Day 1K: 72 players, 9 survived, Mateusz Chrobak leads with 735,959 chips

–Day 1L: 88 players, 8 survived, Kahle Burns with 1,387,282 chips

–Day 1M: 98 players, 18 survived, james5388 leads with 849,104 chips

–Day 1N: 159 players, 36 survived, Martin Ilavsky with 689,711 chips

–Day 1O: 118 players, 21 survived, Thomas Eychenne leads with 791,634 chips

–Day 1P: 239 players, 44 survived, stamina22 leads with 994,190 chips

–Day 1Q: 126 players, 23 survived, Francis Anderson leads with 724,747 chips

–Day 1R: 247 players, 54 survived, Anant Purohit leads with 577,772 chips

–Day 1S: 237 players, 44 survived, TILTTTT1999 leads with 908,569 chips

–Day 1T: 437 players, 83 survived, Warley Galvao leads with 931,221 chips

–Day 1U:  506 players, 101 survived, Ruslan234 leads with 718,427 chips

–Day 1V:  760 players, 155 survived, Bruno Souza leads with 871,335 chips

–Day 1W:  858 players, 242 survived, mrdemidov leads with 668,033 chips


The final tally for the 2020 WSOP Main Event was:

Total entries:  5,802

Total prize pool:  $27,559,500

Day 2 of the event took place on Sunday, August 30. It began with 1,171 players holding chips, though only 728 were going to get paid. When that money bubble burst, players were guaranteed at least $11,834 for their play.

When GGPoker stopped the clock on Day 2, Allison Eleres of Brazil was the last player at the virtual cashier cage to collect $39,214 for 39th place.

Amidst the tables of players, two starting flight chip leaders remain (Days 1A and 1B), as do two previous bracelet winners – Michael Lech and Arkadiy Tsinis.

Probably the most well-known player of those remaining, as well as the overall chip leader at the end of Day 2, is American player Bryan Piccioli. Michael Kane of the UK is second in chips, followed by Stoyan Madanzhiev of Bulgaria.

GG Event 70: $25K NLHE Poker Players Championship

This was one of the tournaments that attracted a sizeable online poker rail, especially for the final table. Many of the best names in poker participated. In addition, a rare WSOP 2020 event that didn’t hit its guarantee, which gave the high-stakes players an overlay.

Buy-in: $25K

Total entries: 407

Prize pool: $10 million ($28,500 overlay)

Paid players: 55

Minimum payout: 57,592

Winner:  Christian Rudolph (Germany) $1,800,290

2nd place:  Chris Hunichen (US) $1,332,097

3rd place:  Shankar Pillai (US) $979,138

4th place:  Aleksejs Ponakovs (Latvia) $719,700

5th place:  Aram Zobian (US) $529,005

6th place:  Brunno Botteon (Brazil) $388,837

7th place:  Jason Koon (US) $285,808

8th place:  Paulius Plausinaitis (Lithuania) $210,079

9th place:  Aliaksei Boika (Belarus) $154,416

GG Event 71: $50 NLHE Big 50

A second two-day event in a row, this one was the opposite of the high-roller before it, offering a chance at a bracelet for just $50. Many players participated in the starting flights to get through to Day 2, and it paid off for one competitor in the largest WSOP field ever.

Buy-in: $50

Total entries: 44,576

Prize pool: $2,050,496 (more than double the guarantee of $1M)

Paid players: 2,300

Minimum payout: $203

Winner:  Huahuan “F7588” Feng (China) $211,282

2nd place:  Xue Qiao Zhao (China) $159,705

3rd place:  Ronald Haverkamp (Netherlands) $114,237

4th place:  Daniel Montagnolli (Austria) $81,714

5th place:  Max Veyga (Argentina) $58,450

6th place:  Di Lu (China) $41,809

7th place:  Xiong Huang (China) $29,906

8th place:  Dean Lipscombe (UK) $21,392

9th place:  Wade Gillett (Thailand) $15,302

GG Event 72: $1,500 LHE Championship   

Limit Hold’em fans rejoiced and got into action for this LHE event, and the small crowd produced a relatively small prize pool but more than a few well-known players at the final table.

Buy-in: $1,500

Total entries: 337

Prize pool: $480,225

Paid players: 47

Minimum payout: $3,312

Winner:  Ajay “Ross_Geller” Chabra (US) $77,475

2nd place:  Carter Swidler (Canada) $65,737

3rd place:  Apti Dzhabrailov (Russia) $48,296

4th place:  Kosei Ichinose (Japan) $35,483

5th place:  Mike Watson (Canada) $26,069

6th place:  Dzmitry Yasiukevich (Ukraine) $19,153

7th place:  Kevin Liu (Luxembourg) $14,071

8th place:  Rich Dixon (US) $10,338

9th place:  Shannon Shorr (US) $7,595

GG Event 73: $1K NLHE 6-Handed

Some six-handed action brought players to the GGNetwork tables. And the winner appeared to have been a player with no previous entries live or on GGPoker.

Buy-in: $1K

Total players:  2,202

Prize pool:  $2,091,900

Paid players: 314

Minimum payout: $2,145

Winner:  Jim “grousegrind” Lefteruk (Canada) $299,511

2nd place:  Endrit Geci (UK) $223,978

3rd place:  Jorge Abreu (Portugal) $161,042

4th place:  Ivan Luca (Argentina) $115,791

5th place:  Andrii Derzhpilskyi (Ukraine) $83,254

6th place:  Markku Koplimaa (Estonia) $59,861

GG Event 74: $1,500 PLO

Another Canadian took down this event, making it two in a row for the Northern part of North America.

Buy-in: $1,500

Total entries:  972

Prize pool: $1,385,100

Paid players: 134

Minimum payout: $3,412

Winner:  Thi Truong (Canada) $215,938

2nd place:  Enrico Camosci (Italy) $165,414

3rd place:  Dante Goya (Brazil) $120,041

4th place:  Joao Simao (Brazil) $87,113

5th place:  Laurynas Levinskas (Lithuania) $63,218

6th place:  Kyle Bowker (US) $45,877

7th place:  Frank Crivello (US) $33,293

8th place:  Sean Winter (US) $24,160

9th place:  Johannes Toebbe (Germany) $17,533

GG Event 75: $300 NLHE Double Stack

Another No Limit Hold’em event, this time with double stacks for more play.

Buy-in: $300

Total entries:  3,552

Prize pool: $991,008

Paid players: 440

Minimum payout: $709

Winner:  Trygve “FullSendWig” Leite (Norway) $130,100

2nd place:  Emanuele Monari (Italy) $101,292

3rd place:  Anjali Agrawal (India) $72,204

4th place:  Eliyahu Elyshiv (Israel) $51,470

5th place:  Gregory Ronaldson (South Africa) $36,689

6th place:  Paul Lozano (Spain) $26,154

7th place:  Jiahuan He (China) $18,643

8th place:  David Mitchell (US) $13,290

9th place:  Connor Drinan (US) $9,473

GG Event 76: $400 NLHE Forty Stack

A Lithuanian won his first bracelet this weekend in the Forty Stack event.

Buy-in: $400

Total entries:  4,461

Prize pool: $1,677,336

Paid players: 548

Minimum payout: $960

Winner:  Gediminas “NeverGambol” Uselis (Lithuania) $211,282

2nd place:  Andrew Wilson (UK) $159,705

3rd place:  Yaniv Bohadana (Israel) $114,237

4th place:  Silviya Kaymakchieva (Serbia) $81,714

5th place:  Espen Jorstad (Norway) $58,450

6th place:  Yucheng Xiao (China) $41,809

7th place:  Michelle Roberts (Mexico) $29,906

8th place:  Guilherme Dos Santos (Brazil) $21,392

9th place:  Nicolau Villa Lobos (Brazil) $15,302

GG Event 78: $1K NHLE 8-Handed Turbo

To end the weekend, the WSOP offered some reasonably-priced NLHE but with a turbo edge. And when it was all over in about seven hours, a player from Finland claimed his first bracelet.

Buy-in: $1K

Total entries:  1,910

Prize pool:  $1,814,500

Paid players: 278

Minimum payout: $2,108

Winner:  Adnan “Bolazar” Hacialioglu (Finland) $259,842

2nd place:  Robin Berggren (Argentina) $197,274

3rd place:  Tim West (US) $143,162

4th place:  Niko Koop (Russia) $103,893

5th place:  Jargo Alavali (Estonia) $79,395

6th place:  Andriy Lyubovetskiy (Ukraine) $54,714

7th place:  Soo Jo Kim (South Korea) $39,706

8th place:  Tuen Bui (Canada) $28,814

One Week, Seven New Events Remaining

A few more bracelets remain up for grabs this week, including the Closer with its unlimited reentries. Action will be fast and furious as the 2020 WSOP comes to a close.

Event 79 on September 1 / 14:00 ET: $25K NLHE Heads-Up (People’s Choice)

Event 80 on September 2 / 14:00 ET: $600 NLHE 6-Handed (Pros’ Choice)

Event 81 on September 3 / 14:00 ET: $1,050 NLHE Bounty 6-Handed

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)

Of course, Event 77 – the aforementioned Main Event – will continue next weekend. Of the massive prize pool, there will be $12,578,911 awaiting the nine finalists. And it will be divvied up as follows, creating four millionaires:

1st place:  $3,904,686

2nd place:  $2,748,605

3rd place:  $1,928,887

4th place:  $1,353,634

5th place:  $949,937

6th place:  $666,637

7th place:  $467,825

8th place:  $328,305

9th place:  $230,395


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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