The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) on GGPoker has ended with a bang! The massive online festival which ran from July 19 – September 8, attracted a mammoth field of 239,754 entries to generate $147,787,511 in total prize money, the largest prize pool ever created in an individual online tournament series.
As many as 54 players walked away with the highly-coveted gold bracelet, and 11 players became millionaires! The international leg of the festival drew 166 different nationalities, majority of them coming from the US, Canada, UK, and Brazil. The series was moved online as a result of the covid-19 pandemic which caused a global economic shutdown in mid-march. The online festival marks the first time that the competition has been opened to players outside the US.
Record-Breaking Main Event
Among the highlights of the series was the $5,000 buy-in main event, which ended up awarding $27.5 million in total prize pool, the biggest ever generated in a single  tournament. Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev emerged victorious after topping a huge field of 5,802 entries. He took home his maiden gold bracelet, alongside a first-place prize of $3.9 million, the largest top prize in a single tournament. Madanzhiev also becomes the first ever online main event winner.
Interesting Facts & Figures
Apart from the main event, the festival’s other key events such as the big 50 also set a new record. The 50 buy-in event drew the biggest field ever in the history of online poker, with more than 44,000 entries.
The COVID-19 relief charity event managed to raise $354,756 for Caesars Cares, $257,853 of that came from the global poker community, while $96,903 came from GGPoker. A total of 45 out of the 54 events on the schedule were able to produce prize pools of at least 1 million, the most number of seven-figure prize pools generated in a single series. The festival also created a new record for the largest average prize pool in online poker history at $2.7 million per tournament.
The GGPoker WSOP Main Event now ranks 19th on the list of the world’s the biggest single online poker tournaments. It generated a prize pool bigger than the PokerStars’ PSPC event in the Bahamas. Over half (55%) of the main event field were players who won their tickets via satellites. All in all, GGPoker was able to collect $7.4 million in tournament fees.
The festival produced three female bracelet winners. They are: Kristen Bicknell – winner of event #44; Thi Truong – winner of event #74, and Melika Razavi – winner of event #82.
This summer is also something Canadian Alex Stasiak will remember for the rest of his life as he’s the sole player who managed to win multiple WSOP gold bracelets. The Canadian poker pro was able to book two bracelets less than two weeks apart.
Out of the hundreds of thousands participating in the festival, 39 players were able to make multiple final tables, including Ajay Chabra, Michael Watson, Paul Teoh, Connor Drinan and Bruno Albuquerque who each scored three final tables.
Events that featured multiple starting flights accounted for the majority of the turnout (65%). Players representing 30 different nations each walked away with a bracelet. Of them, the US won the most number of bracelets, Canada comes in second, followed by Brazil.
French player Arnaud Enselme cashed in 21 events, the most made by any player in any series. A total of 203 players took home at least $100,000 in cash, while the first-place finishers walked away with more than $22 million between them.
WSOP Happy With Online Edition
The 2020 WSOP online series was never on the management’s plans when the year started. But the coronavirus pandemic forced a lot of changes, especially as businesses had been shut down and people went on home quarantine.
With major festivals cancelled and postponed due to the crisis, the WSOP found a way to continue the action. The competition was then moved to the virtual felts, in partnership with two of the leading online poker platforms,, and GGPoker. Officials are targeting a fall schedule for the live festival.

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