U.S Leg – Highlights From The 2020 WSOP Online Bracelet Series
The U.S. leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Bracelet Series took place on WSOP.com during the month of July. The festival ended up awarding $26,871,065 in total prize money after pulling in 44,179 entrants across 31 bracelet events.
The series on WSOP.com was made even more colorful with interesting fun narratives and inspiring success stories being told – such as Ryan Depaulo’s bracelet victory inside of a parked car, players making a name for themselves after finally becoming first-time WSOP champions, and elite pros like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth scoring deep runs despite not winning a bracelet.
Joe McKeehen won the largest top prize of the festival, with Tony Dunst, Nathan Gamble, Nick Binger and Kevin Gerhart also adding another WSOP gold bracelet to their poker resume; Alan “GladiusiIII” Goehring finally became a WSOP bracelet winner after coming close to victory back in 1999. Jonathan “SugarJ” Lessin outclassed James Moore in the $500 Senior’s Event, crushing the latter’s dream of winning a third bracelet.
The festival attracted an average of 1,425 players per event, paying out an average first-place prize of $151,885. Event #19 drew the biggest field with 2,545 participants, while the largest prize pool of $2,019,700 was generated in Event #31. The series did not have a multiple-bracelet winner, but both Ryan Torgersen and William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine came close after scoring runner-up finishes apart from winning their first bracelets.
Let’s take a look at how hugely successful the US leg of the series was and who became part of history, including some interesting facts and figures from the month-long festival.
WSOP.com Leaderboard Race
Throughout the series, WSOP.com ran a leaderboard race which awarded $100,000 extra cash to the top 50 players, among them were popular names including Negreanu himself who took the 19th spot for $950 after earning 2,212.67 points, Ryan Laplante who finished 15th with 2,259.02 points winning $1,000, and Anthony Zinno who made it to Top 25 with 2,136.89 points for $950.
The largest chunk of the prize went to Ian “APokerJoker2” Steinman who earned 3,186.94 points. He won $18,000 for topping the leaderboard, boosting his winnings across 15 cashes. Ryan “Im.Sorry” Torgersen (2nd, $12,000), Robert “bustinballs” Kuhn (3rd, $9,000), Philip “tomte” Yeh (4th, $7,000), and William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine (5th, $5,000), round out the Top 5.
When it comes to winning the most cashes, Ryan “protential” Laplante topped the list with 17 in-the-money finishes. That did not include any final table appearance, but going on a hot streak in a massive festival such as the WSOP is still a huge achievement. The Brainerd, Minnesota native, who has one WSOP bracelet to his name, was also named “Performance of the Week” for winning nine straight cashes.
Ben Yu scored 16 cashes, while Steinman and Negreanu both cashed in a total of 15 events. Roland Israelashvili also achieved great results, scoring 14 in-the-money finishes.
Joe McKeehen was the player who walked away with the biggest winnings during the US leg of the 2020 WSOP Online series on WSOP.com. The poker pro from North Wales Pennsylvania, who was the winner of the 2015 WSOP Main Event, triumphed in Event #14: $3,200 High Roller for a cool $352,985. With seven more cashes, he was able to amass a total of $369,632 in earnings from the entire festival.
Apart from McKeehen, three other players also won over $300K. They are: Ryan Torgersen who cashed in eight events for a total of $337,060 in winnings, Nahrain Tamero who won $310,832 and Nick Guagenti who earned $305,433, both winning the cash after taking down Events #31 and #29 respectively.