2020 WSOP Main Event International Leg On GGPoker Witnesses Big Turnout
The international leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has finally kicked off on GGPoker. The first of three starting flights took place on November 29, pulling in a total of 246 entries. The huge turnout is expected to continue through to the two remaining Day 1s, which are scheduled to run on December 5 & 6 respectively.
So who among the Day 1A participants will return on Day 2? Let’s find out below.
The 246-entry field was reduced to just 62 upon the conclusion of Day 1A. When the dust settled, it was Austria’s Julian “VWgunther” Menhardt who held most of the chips. He’s the only player among the pack who will take more than half a million in chips, 534,490 to be exact, through to Day 2.
Behind him are Germany’s Paul “AsiaStylez” Esau (475,075), Dutch player Dirk Gerritse (457,197), Norway’s Preben Stokkan (446,677), and Chinese pro “sunnyzyang1982” (441,981).
Rounding out the top 10 are Ilya Anatsky of Belarus (407,356), Poland’s Michal “ml22322” Lubas (397,579), Sosia “Aunty_Ninja” Jiang of New Zealand (390,312), Lithuania’s Laurynas Levinskas (389,628), and the UK’s “WhatifPIOswrong” (386,050).
A number of familiar names in the international poker circuit also made it to Day 2, including in no particular order, World Poker Tour Russia champ Anatoly Filatov, Aliaksei Boika, Alexandros Theologis, Yuri Dzivielevski, Jari “Jarttu84” Lahtinen, Brunno Botteon, Arture Martirosian, WSOP bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos and 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events MILLIONAIRE MAKER winner Daniel Dvoress.
Poker Elites Miss Out on 2020 WSOP Main Event Title
As the event is adopting a freezeout format, players only have one shot at winning the title. Meaning those who ran out of chips on Day 1A, including poker’s big names such as Fedor Holz, Patrik Antonius and Ole Schemion, have completely lost their chance to become the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion.
Surviving players from the three starting flights will meet again on December 7 to reach a final table.
The finalists will then battle it out live at the King’s Resort in Czech Republic to determine a winner, who will then face his US counterpart in a special heads-up match hosted by The Rio All Suite & Casino in Las Vegas. Apart from the top prize, the ultimate winner will take home a gold bracelet plus $1,000,000 in cash, and will be declared the official 51st WSOP Main Event champion.
The US leg of the 2020 WSOP Main Event will kick off on December 13.