The World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event continued over the weekend with the long-awaited Day 2 on Sunday, which saw the surviving players from the first 23 flights meet for the first time. Day 2 began with 1,171 players but was whittled down to just 38 by the end of play on Sunday night. The top 728 players were paid a minimum of $11,834.
Although there were some doubts about whether the ambitious $25 million guarantee would be met in the days leading up to Day 2, the tournament’s liberal use of Day 1 flights ultimately lead to 5802 entrants joining the $5,000 buy-in event, enough to yield a $27,559,500 prize pool, an all-time record for an online tournament. It eclipses the $21.8 million prize pool achieved during the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS event.
The 2020 WSOP Main Event final day
Bryan Picciloi goes into the day as the chip leader when the action picks up on this Saturday at 11:30 PT. Players making the final table will receive at least $230,395 with four millionaires crowned including $3.9 million going to first place. Notables that remain include Benjamin Rolle, Stephan Schillhabel and Samuel Vousden. Here’s where the chips currently stand heading into this weekend’s play:
Day 2 of the @WSOP Main Event ends with 38 players returning Saturday, September 5 at 1430 ET
Bryan Piccioli (@theczar19) starts Day 3 as chip leader.
— GGPoker – HOME OF WSOP 2020 ONLINE BRACELET SERIES (@GGPokerOfficial) August 31, 2020
GG Poker WSOP Main Event prizes
The 38 players that are left are guaranteed at least $39,214 in prizes with prize tiers gradually increasing before the prizes grow exponentially at the final table:
|2020 WSOP Main Event On GG Poker Prizes For Final Day|
Is this the “real” Main Event?
The 2020 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was postponed in April with the hope that it could be played in the fall. With COVID-19 still very much a part of daily life in the United States, it is looking increasingly unlikely that an official live WSOP tournament series will be held.
World Series of Poker Europe at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic is still slated to held sometime this fall. King’s Casino is currently open and is scheduled to hold tournaments such as the German Poker Days, Dutch Classics 2020 and EuroPokerMillion events during September. However, final dates have not been announced for the World Series of Poker Europe.
With the Las Vegas WSOP very much in doubt and a lack of clarity on WSOP Europe, the $5,000 Main Event on GG Poker is the closest WSOP tournament to a Main Event so far this year. The player winning the event could effectively be called the champion of 2020 even though they may not be recognized as such, notably because of the lack of Americans able to play the series without leaving the country for a period of time.
With the WSOP on GG Poker winding down over the next week or so, hopefully, we will get some clarity on the WSOP and WSOP Europe soon.
Watching the $5,000 GG Poker Main Event
Looking to catch the final day action live and watch a handful of new millionaires be crowned? You’re in luck. At 2 PM ET/18:00 GMT, GG Poker is scheduled stream the final day of the Main Event. Poker fans will be able to tune in from the official GG Poker Twitch channel. The final table won’t have cheering sections and “real” head to head drama, but for now it will have to do. Check it all out this Saturday?