For the first time in poker history, the WSOP Main Event was held strictly online and was hosted by GGPoker. The game happened on the 6th of September, 2020 and we all witnessed poker players spend over 150 hours from the opening flight to the end of the last hand. There was chatter of the first-ever WSOP making the Guinness World Records, but at the time, it was not verified. The institution has eventually come out to confirm reports and offered the title GGPoker.
World Record Title
GGPoker hosted the WSOP online Main Event and ended the competition with an overall prize pool of $27,559,500. The official Adjudicator for Guinness World Records reached out to Daniel Negreanu of GGPoker to confer the title. GGPoker is now the holder of the ‘Largest Prize Pool for an Online Poker Tournament’ title, which came following the WSOP Online Event 77: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Event.
The Head of Poker Operations at GGPoker, Steve Preiss, has come out to say that they set their eyes on the Guinness World Records from the get-go. He also stated that GGPoker delivered on what fans and players of poker expected from a WSOP event, which is record-breaking prizes. Ty Stewart, WSOP director has also expressed his satisfaction with GGPoker’s amazing platform and pointed out that breaking a world record is a clear indication of what can be achieved when both brands align.
Facts and Figures from the Event
WSOP Main Event was one of the 54 ring events offered by GGPoker, with a total of about $150 million in prize pools. However, the WSOP Main Event was the highlight as the winner went home with $3,904,685 in prize money. Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev, after a hard-fought contest, came out on top out of a field of 5,802 entrants. Stoyan is the first-ever online poker WSOP Main Event champion, and his winning also represents the largest single prize awarded in an online tournament.
A total of 238 players at the event finished the tournament with cash rewards, all of which amounted to the twenty-seven million prize pool. It seemed like a night for record-breaking numbers as an exceptional woman came in second at the event. Wengling Gao from China, who was the runner-up, finished with a total win of $2,748,605, which instantly made her become the biggest women all-time WSOP cash winner. The record was held by Vanessa Selbst, who, to date, has won $2,201,877 in WSOP events.
Tyler Rueger of the United States finished third and was rewarded with $1,928,887. Other big cash was recorded from a few out of the 54 ring events that were offered by GGPoker. Even as the WSOP did not have as much field size compared to other events, it recorded the highest prize pool, with the closest being the $10 million prize in the $25,000 Poker Players Championship Event.
As a poker player, if you have missed the WSOP, you can still try your hand at several other great events happening at GGPoker. One that is worth mentioning is the Battle of Malta set to run from the 1st to 22nd of November. There are a lot of exciting promotions and offers that will help boost your bankroll and give you a better chance of winning.