2020 has been a strange year and the World Series of Poker is no exception. A 2020 WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned by the end of the year, yes, despite that some of us thought that the Main Event had already been held over the summer (granted, online).
But that’s beside the point. Over the last week, GGPoker has played host to the international portion of the event. A total of 674 players entered the $10,000 buy-in tournament over three days on GGPoker, with 179 of those players making Day 2 and the top 80 guaranteed at least $15,277 in cash prizes.
WSOP Main Event (international) down to a final table
Yesterday, those players returned for day 2 on GGPoker, where the event was whittled down to a final table, but not before the chip leaders of each of the first day flights were eliminated: Blaz Zerjaaz (25th for $30,404), Julian Menhardt (24th for $30,404) and Day 1c chip leader Senthuran Vijayaratnam narrowly missing the final table with a $50,131 cash.
Brunno Botteon finished the day as the chip leader, where he will go into the final table with a healthy chip lead.
In “November 9” like fashion, the remaining 9 players will pick up the play live from King’s Casino in the Czech Republic on December 15th, where they will be guaranteed at least $75,360 in prizes. First place will receive $1,550,969 but will not receive the WSOP Main Event bracelet. More on that later.
For now, here are the nine players that will be returning to King’s Casino and the chip stack that they will be playing with:
|7th||Ramon Miquel Munoz||3,035,940|
These prizes are up for grabs:
- 1st – $1,550,969
- 2nd – $1,062,723
- 3rd – $728,177
- 4th – $498,947
- 5th – $341,879
- 6th – $234,255
- 7th – $160,512
- 8th – $109,982
- 9th – $75,360
As we mentioned, the 2020 WSOP Main Event is anything but conventional this year.
Just before the final nine finalists from the international portion of the WSOP Main Event go to the King’s Casino, WSOP.com will start up the U.S. portion. Day 1 and 2 will be held on December 13th and December 14th on WSOP.com for players that are located in Nevada and New Jersey on the day of the events. On December 14th (Day 2), the event will play down to a final table, just as the international portion did yesterday.
Chronologically, the final table of the international portion of the WSOP Main Event will then play down to a winner on December 15th and award its regular prize pool (including $1.55 million for first!). This will be followed by the final table of the US portion of the WSOP Main Event on December 28th set to be held at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It will also play down to a winner and award its own prizes.
At this point, the two winners from each tournament will meet on December 30th for an epic heads-up battle at the Rio Hotel and Casino in what is being called a “Heads-Up Championship.” The winner will be crowned the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion and also receive $1 million in added money (this is in addition to the money that was received through the standard prize pool of each of the tournaments).
So rest easy, poker fans, a WSOP Main Event champion will be determined by the end of the year.