GGPoker just finished up the international WSOP Online Series for 2020 and boy was it a successful series! The online poker platform provided 54 gold bracelet events with many records set throughout the tournaments offered. In total, almost $150 million in cash prizes were awarded, with every player earning a gold bracelet for the winning finish.
The WSOP is known for breaking records and reaching new milestones. The GGPoker WSOP Online Series was no exception. The series hit several records, including hosting the largest online poker tournament to ever take place. This was Event #77, the $5K Main Event. The total prize pool for this event came in at a whopping $27,559,500!
The series was also marked as the largest online poker tournament prize ever won by a player. The record goes to Stoyan Madanzhiev, who earned $3,904,685 in the $5K Main Event. Event #71 set a record for the most entries for a WSOP event, at 44,576.
The series was truly amazing. A total of 45 events had at least $1 million up for grabs while five pushed past the $5 million mark. Over 200 players managed to win a minimum of $100,000 each.
Making Up for the Live Series Postponement
The WSOP decided to host the online series after its flagship live poker tournament series in Las Vegas was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The online series took its place, running from July 19 through September 6.
Ty Steward, the WSOP Executive Director, spoke about the year and how the events have been unprecedented. It was not in their plans to host an online series at GGPoker. However, going online has been a wonderful experience and tens of thousands of new poker players were able to take part in the WSOP when they otherwise would not have been able to.