WSOP Online Bracelet Series
WSOP Online Series 2020
In the summer of 2020, GGPoker and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) joined forces to offer international online poker players a chance to win WSOP gold bracelets. The record-breaking online tournament series awarded 54 bracelets and nearly $150 million in prize money.
The online festival not only attracted some of the biggest names from the poker world, but also its fair share of athletes and celebrities such as soccer superstar Neymar, former world champion boxers Riddick Bowe & Amir Khan, tennis legend Boris Becker, Australian cricket player Shane Warne, mixed martial artists Elias Theodorou & Patrick Côté, and former elite soccer player Andriy Shevchenko.
“Obviously the events of 2020 have been unprecedented, and hosting the WSOP Online series at GGPoker wasn’t in our plans at the start of the year,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “But going online has been a wonderful experience, with tens of thousands of new players all over the world able to experience some of WSOP magic that they might have been otherwise unable to – we’re delighted that the series has been such a resounding success!”
Among those to win gold bracelets during the GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020 were GGPoker ambassador Fedor Holz, Juha Helppi, Roberto Romanello, Kristen Bicknell, Eoghan O’Dea, David Peters, Daniel Dvoress, and Christian Rudolph.
For Dvoress and Rudolph, they both captured seven-figure scores for their wins. The former took down Event #48: $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $1,482,289, while the latter was victorious in Event #70: $25,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,800,290.
Speaking of those two events, they offered the biggest prize pools of the series outside the Main Event. The Poker Players Championship featured a $10 million prize pool, and the Millionaire Maker wasn’t far behind with a $8,976,075 prize pool.
As for attendance, Event #71: BIG 50, $1M GTD was the biggest with 44,576 entries followed by Event #84: $100 WSOP MILLION$ (34,787 entries), Event #32: $100 The Opener (29,306 entries), Event #63: $500 Mini Main Event (15,205 entries), and Event #41: COLOSSUS (12,757 entries).
A Guinness World Record
Perhaps the biggest indicator of just how successful GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020 turned out to be was the $5,000 Main Event, which broke the Guinness World Record for largest prize pool for an online poker tournament with a $27,559,500 prize pool. That’s because the marquee tournament from the 54-bracelet schedule attracted 5802 entries, ultimately awarding Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev the bracelet and $3,904,685, the largest individual prize ever awarded in an online poker tournament.
The GGPoker WSOP Online 2020 Main Event lasted 150 hours, 9 minutes and 13 seconds from the start of the first starting flight to the end of the last hand. Just 1,171 returned for Day 2, and of those just 38 made it through to Day 3. That is when Madanzhiev closed it out by defeating China’s Wenling Gao in heads-up play.
The final hand took place in Level 25 (400K/800K/100K) when Gao raised to 1.6 million and Madanzhiev called to see a flop of 3♠4♥5♣. Madanzhiev led out for 1.7 million and then called when Gao raised to 3.944 million. On the 8 ♥ turn, Madanzhiev checked and Gao bet 5.644 million.
Madanzhiev woke up with a check-raise to 15.04 million and then called when Gao shoved for 81 million. Gao had the A♦A♣ but was drawing dead as Madanzhiev had flopped the nuts with the 7♦6♥. Gao earned $2,748,605 for her runner-up finish. That instantly made her the WSOP’s all-time female money winner surpassing Vanessa Selbst ($2,201,877).
“Breaking a Guinness World Records title shows what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Director. “This will be a tough record to beat.”
Throughout the GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020, two separate leaderboards were kept – one for overall player of the series and one for Asian Time Zone player of the series.
Stoyan “Nirvana76" Madanzhiev topped the overall leaderboard with 10,790.66 points, well ahead of Connor Drinan (second with 9,519.35 points) and Christian Rudolph (third with 7,566.31 points).
As for the Asian Time Zone player of the series, Brazil’s Luis “Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla won after amassing 3,568.84 points, just edging out runner-up Nick “rdcrsn” Maimone (3,227.21 points).
Highlights of WSOP Online 2020
The largest online poker tournament ever
$27,559,500 in Event #77: WSOP Online $5K Main Event
The biggest online poker tournament prize ever awarded
$3,904,685 to Stoyan Madanzhiev, winner of Event 77: WSOP Online $5K Main Event
The most entries ever for a WSOP tournament
44,576 in Event #71: BIG 50
Total prizes paid across all 54 tournaments
$147,789,550 (average prize pool: $2,736,844)
Total number of WSOP Online 2020 tournament entries
Number of nationalities represented across the entire WSOP Online player base
Amount raised for Caesars Cares charity
$354,756 ($257,853 raised by the worldwide poker community, $96,903 donated by GGPoker)
Number of tournaments with a prize pool of at least $1,000,000
Number of tournaments with a prize pool of at least $5,000,000
Number of tournaments with a prize pool of at least $10,000,000
Number of tournaments with more than 10,000 entries
Multiple event winners
Alex Stasiak (winner of Events #33 and #52)
Female event winners
3 (Kristen Bicknell – Event # 44, Thi Truong – Event #74 and Melika Razavi – Event #82)
Number of players that cashed more than 10 times across all 54 events
Number of players that won at least $100,000 in cash
2020 GGPoker WSOP Bracelet Winners
Here’s a look at all those who captured gold bracelets during GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020:
|1||$100 The Opener||29,306||Marcelo Jakovljevic||$265,879||Ronit Chamani|
|2||$1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief||2,323||Alek Stasiak||$343,203||Martin Ilobera|
|3||$525 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty 6-Handed||2,214||Shoma Ishikawa||$82,425||Diego Ostrovich|
|4||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship||328||Juha Helppi||$290,286||Jesús Cortés|
|5||$1,500 Fifty Stack No Limit Hold’em||1,342||Michael Clacher||$297,496||Rodrigo Caprioli|
|6||$1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha||971||Hun Wei Lee||$79,896||Janne Peltoniemi|
|7||$600 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||2,007||Aaron Wijaya||$171,389||Toni Bosch|
|8||$1,500 No Limit Hold’em||922||Roberto Romanello||$216,213||Niklas Astedt|
|9||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha||532||Simon Lofberg||$224,493||Andreas Torbergsen|
|10||$400 Colossus||12,757||Ranno Sootla||$595,930||Paraskevas Tsokaridis|
|11||$400 Plossus||4,356||Yuri Dzivielevski||$221,557||Matthew Vengrin|
|12||$10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship||130||Lev Gottlieb||$276,393||Mikita Badziakouski|
|13||$2,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||892||Kristen Bicknell||$356,411||Belarmino De Souza|
|14||$840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em||2,382||Patrick Kennedy||$140,768||Josh Pollock|
|15||$500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em||2,307||Sung Joo Hyun||$161,898||Yiduo Yu|
|16||$1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em||487||Paul Teoh||$82,202||Michelle Shah|
|17||$1,500 Millionaire Maker||6,299||Daniel Dvoress||$1,489,289||Caio De Almeida|
|18||$500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em||2,978||Vladas Burneikis||$192,523||Pierre Merlin|
|19||$2,100 No Limit Hold’em Bounty Championship||1,168||Enrico Camosci||$184,579||Omer Ozsirkinti|
|20||$400 Pot Limit Omaha||2,005||Eoghan O’Dea||$100,945||Nital Jethalal|
|21||$1,000 No Limit Hold’em||2,006||Alek Stasiak||$273,505||Kunal Bhatia|
|22||$800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha||831||Frank Crivello||$94,253||Craig Timmis|
|23||$10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship||128||David Peters||$360,480||Michael Addamo|
|24||HK$8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship||3,247||Luis Assunção||$458,246||Alexandros Theologis|
|25||$1,500 GGMasters WSOP Edition||2,153||Seth Fischer||$444,869||Arsenii Karmatckii|
|26||$150 GGMasters WSOP Edition||9,835||Anatoly Suvarov||$183,526||David Edelstein|
|27||$5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship||672||Ravid Garbi||$531,513||Chris Moorman|
|28||$2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em||1,061||Leonardo Mattos||$399,047||Christopher Pütz|
|29||$525 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||3,170||Orhan Ateş||$114,584||Tobias Schwecht|
|30||$300 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||3,491||Alexander Stacey||$127,660||Craig Lecompte|
|31||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha||990||Bradley Ruben||$220,160||Dorel Eldabach|
|32||$500 Mini Main Event||15,205||Ivan Žufić||$843,460||Suraj Mishra|
|33||$840 Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em||2,207||Kartik Ved||$131,461||Konstantin Maslak|
|34||$600 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship||2,911||Dmytro Bystrovzorov||$227,906||Florian Gaugusch|
|35||$800 Pot Limit Omaha||1,281||Toby Joyce||$139,453||Mark Herm|
|36||$500 Limit Hold’em||706||Gregor Müller||$45,102||Brunno Botteon|
|37||$500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em||2,315||Anson Tsang||$150,460||Mohaiman Ashrafee|
|38||$1,500 Marathon No Limit Hold’em||1,438||Nick Maimone||$302,472||Diego Bittar|
|39||$25,000 No Limit Hold’em Poker Players Championship||407||Christian Rudolph||$1,800,290||Chris Hunichen|
|40||$50 Big 50||44,576||Huahuan Feng||$211,282||Xue Qiao Zhao|
|41||$1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship||337||Ajay Chabra||$77,475||Carter Swidler|
|42||$1,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||2,202||Jim Lefteruk||$299,511||Endrit Geci|
|43||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha||972||Thi Truong||$215,938||Enrico Camosci|
|44||$300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em||3,552||Trygve Leite||$130,100||Emanuele Monari|
|45||$400 Forty Stack No Limit Hold’em||4,461||Gediminas Uselis||$227,186||Andrew Wilson|
|46||$5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event||5,802||Stoyan Madanzhiev||$3,904,686||Wenling Gao|
|47||$1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||1,910||Adnan Hacialioglu||$259,842||Robin Berggren|
|48||$25,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em||127||Fedor Holz||$1,077,025||Brunno Botteon|
|49||$600 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||2,408||Jeffrey Dobrin||$189,667||Idris Ambraisse|
|50||$1,050 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||1,925||Nicolo Molinelli||$144,199||Kyle Menard|
|51||$1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty||2,024||Melika Razavi||$151,127||Dylan Linde|
|52||$10,000 WSOP Super Million$||899||Connor Drinan||$1,423,049||Daniyar Aubakirov|
|53||$100 WSOP Million$||34,787||Alexander Kobbeltvedt||$284,403||Kostiantyn Vovhcenko|
|54||$500 The Closer||4,012||Michael Gathy||$260,505||Yuan Li|
Learn more about the GGPoker WSOP Online 2020 series here.