Two Canadians Among 38 Players Remaining in WSOP 2020 Main Event

The World Series of Poker Main Event is on a break.

The last half-dozen tournaments are playing out on GGPoker right now, with only a few opportunities left for players to grab the remaining WSOP 2020 Online gold bracelets.

There were 85 bracelet events at the start, thirty-one of which went to players in the United States market, and the other 54 reserved for international players. For the first time, players in Canada could – and did – complete for WSOP glory from their own homes.

As with the past WSOP summer series, all of the bracelets are prestigious, but there is only one Main Event.

This year, it was a bit different. Okay, it was very different. It was online and not easily accessible to players in the United States and other countries that don’t approve of global online poker. The tournament required only $5K to buy-in instead of the traditional $10K. For the first time, the WSOP put a guarantee on the prize pool, and it was $25 million. And players could play in up to three starting flights to find a stack to bring to Day 2.

It’s 2020. Everything is different this year.

So, let’s see how this new WSOP Main Event is playing out.

Starting Day after Starting Day

Players had ample opportunities to get into the WSOP 2020 Online Main Event. There were satellites running for months at many different price points. And for those with the bankrolls to do it, there were three chances per player to make Day 2.

As for the Day 1 flights, there were 23 of them. And per PokerNews updates, this is how those starting flights progressed:

  • Day 1A: 464 players, 99 survived, Samuel Vousden leads with 717,497 chips
  • Day 1B: 114 players, 25 survived, Xuming Qi leads with 620,372 chips
  • Day 1C: 110 players, 19 survived, Karim Khayat leads with 656,260 chips
  • Day 1D: 68 players, 7 survived, Stuart Wallensteen leads with 625,267 chips
  • Day 1E: 83 players, 16 survived, Vlad Martynenko leads with 819,099 chips
  • Day 1F: 129 players, 19 survived, Milakai Vaskaboinikau leads with 796,176 chips
  • Day 1G: 194 players, 32 survived, Armol Srivats leads with 649,699 chips
  • Day 1H: 113 players, 18 survived, Jonathan Dokler leads with 1,021,967 chips
  • Day 1I: 233 players, 41 survived, Freez112 leads with 749,186 chips
  • Day 1J: 349 players, 66 survived, Christopher Putz leads with 757,963 chips
  • Day 1K: 72 players, 9 survived, Mateusz Chrobak leads with 735,959 chips
  • Day 1L: 88 players, 8 survived, Kahle Burns with 1,387,282 chips
  • Day 1M: 98 players, 18 survived, james5388 leads with 849,104 chips
  • Day 1N: 159 players, 36 survived, Martin Ilavsky with 689,711 chips
  • Day 1O: 118 players, 21 survived, Thomas Eychenne leads with 791,634 chips
  • Day 1P: 239 players, 44 survived, stamina22 leads with 994,190 chips
  • Day 1Q: 126 players, 23 survived, Francis Anderson leads with 724,747 chips
  • Day 1R: 247 players, 54 survived, Anant Purohit leads with 577,772 chips
  • Day 1S: 237 players, 44 survived, TILTTTT1999 leads with 908,569 chips
  • Day 1T: 437 players, 83 survived, Warley Galvao leads with 931,221 chips
  • Day 1U: 506 players, 101 survived, Ruslan234 leads with 718,427 chips
  • Day 1V: 760 players, 155 survived, Bruno Souza leads with 871,335 chips
  • Day 1W: 858 players, 242 survived, mrdemidov leads with 668,033 chips

And they did it. The WSOP and GGPoker surpassed the guarantee to create a $27,559,500 prize pool via 5,802 entries.

Working Hard for the Money

Day 2 welcomed a total of 1,171 players from their starting days on Sunday, August 30. Aussie Kahle Burns was the incoming chip leader.

However, only 728 of them would leave with any type of payout. But players like GGPoker Ambassador Felipe Ramos busted not long after play began. The list of eliminated players also included Mike Watson, Ole Schemion, Brandon Adams, Daniel Smyth, Jens Kyllonen, Steven van Zadelhoff, Andrew Neeme, and Erik Seidel.

Burns maintained the overall lead by nearly two-to-one for quite a while into the action on Day 2. Not all players were so lucky, though. More bustouts included GGPoker Ambassador Fedor Holz and Phil Hellmuth just a few places from the money.

After the third break of the day, 732 players started hand-for-hand action. It didn’t take long for those four players to bust, including Joao Vieira in 730th place and Vitaliy Pankov in 729th.

Kahle Burns took the lead into the money, but he lost ground after a bit of play. He busted in 52nd place for $39,214.

As for Canadians in the top 100 players, only a few made it that far. Some of them busted before the end of that night, such as Kliment Tarmakov (81st place for $27,675), Sam Greenwood in 75th place for $30,776, and Evan Parkes in 53rd place for $39,214.

After the 39th place finish of Allison Eleres of Brazil for $39,214, play stopped.

Who Will Return?

For the finale of the WSOP Main Event, the 38 survivors will meet again at the virtual tables next weekend to play for the win.

Two Canadians remain on the leaderboard:

  • Chris Brewer (4,908,096 chips) 27th of 38 players
  • Ricky Tang (3,397,845 chips) 33rd of 38 players

Meanwhile, American player Bryan Piccioli leads the pack with a massive stack of 18,417,494 chips. Michael Kane of the UK is next with 15,907,969, followed by Stoyan Madanzhiev of Bulgaria and then two players from the UK.

The payouts awaiting Day 3 players are as follows:

  • 1st place: $3,904,686
  • 2nd place: $2,748,605
  • 3rd place: $1,928,887
  • 4th place: $1,353,634
  • 5th place: $949,937
  • 6th place: $666,637
  • 7th place: $467,825
  • 8th place: $328,305
  • 9th place: $230,395
  • 10th – 13th places: $161,686
  • 14th – 17th places: $113,465
  • 18th – 26th places: $79,625
  • 27th – 35th places: $55,880
  • 36th – 37th places: $39,214


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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