The U.S. portion of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event is underway with players from Nevada and New Jersey flocking to WSOP.com for their chance at poker immortality.
Day 1 kicked off on Sunday, some two weeks after the international portion had been whittled down to the final table. A total of 705 players entered the $10,000 buy-in event, bringing the total participation to 1,379.
However, this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event is much different than in previous years. In addition to the tournament being held almost exclusively online (except for the respective final tables), the prize pools will be paid independently.
Only once the winner for both the international and U.S. tournaments are determined, will we have a heads-up showdown for the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion.
Day 1 of the US portion of 2020 WSOP Main Event
But before the victors play, we need a winner from both sides of the Atlantic.
Action for the U.S. portion got underway on Sunday with 71 players of the 705 that entered making it to the second day. Of those, Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva finds himself ahead of the pack with 1,930,067 in chips, but it’s still very much anybody game with many players closely behind him.
De Silva is an accomplished player who has won $3 million in live tournament earnings, including 3 WSOP bracelets: 2019 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty, 2017 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em, and the 2015 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em.
Here is where the top 10 stands after Day 1:
|1||Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva||United States||1,930,067|
|4||Taylor "zeroto100" Von Kriegenbergh||United States||1,518,393|
|5||Michael "vagab0nd" Youngman||United States||1,421,443|
|6||Gerson "jets613" Distenfeld||United States||1,409,061|
|7||Galen "turkmalloy" Hall||United States||1,271,362|
|8||Keith "T1mB3y_B33F" Donovan||United States||1,255,452|
The top 107 players in the tournament are guaranteed at least $14,890 and those that remain heading into Day 2 are guaranteed $18,274. Players making the final table will be guaranteed at least $98,813 with that number increasing significantly as players move up in spots:
In addition to De Silva, there are many players that poker fans will recognize including Jason Somerville, Darren Elias, Nick Schulman, Ryan Laplante, Maria Ho, Freddy Deeb and Ryan Riess are among the notable players who will go into Day 2 on Monday with chips.
Big names who entered but got knocked out include Daniel Negreanu (92nd – $14,890), Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, Chris Moorman and Mike Matusow.
Day 2 and beyond
The 71 surviving players will return on Monday for Day 2 at WSOP.com to play down to a final table. From there it gets a bit confusing.
During Monday’s Day 2 play, players will continue to be paid out according to the prize pool schedule of the tournament. The tournament will then freeze once the action is down to a final table and resume play on December 28th from the Rio in Las Vegas, where it will be filmed for broadcast on ESPN.
Before that happens, however, the final table of the International portion of the WSOP Main Event will be held at the King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.
The winner of the December 15th and December 28th tournaments will then meet up for a Heads-Up Championship on December 30th from the Rio for a $1 million “winner take all prize” and the 2020 WSOP Main Event bracelet.