Canadians Lead WSOP 2020 Online as Main Event Grows

The World Series of Poker has never been more different than it is this year.

The famous summer series became the WSOP 2020 Online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it was split into two parts. The first offered 31 tournaments for players in the American states of New Jersey and Nevada via a WSOP-branded online poker site. That happened throughout the month of July. The other 54 tournaments began in mid-July and will continue through the first weekend in September on GGPoker and all other affiliate skins.

This international portion of the series presented a rare opportunity for players to compete from all parts of the world, independent of their ability to travel to the live tournaments. Canadians have always done well as the Las Vegas live series, but more of them have the opportunity to compete this year online.

Thus, it’s not surprising to see Canadian players doing well and making their mark on the 2020 WSOP.

Top Leaderboard Spots

This year’s leaderboard is very different from usual Player of the Year rankings. There was one leaderboard for the tournaments in the US market, and GGPoker is tracking players in its tournaments for a separate leaderboard.

The WSOP website tracks actual statistics, while GGPoker tracks points, presumably for the Player of the Year…though only for the events on GGPoker network-affiliated sites.

What that means, though, is that there are two types of leaderboards. Both, however, show Canadians in top spots.

WSOP Leaderboard for GGPoker Events

The WSOP 2020 Online statistics listed on the WSOP website track three categories: bracelets, earnings, and cashes.

As of Sunday, August 23, Alek Stasiak of Canada was still the only player with two bracelets in this year’s series, putting him on the top of the list.

Stasiak is ranked sixth, however, for earnings, while Canadian Daniel Dvoress takes the top spot:

  • Daniel Dvoress (Canada) $1,492,053
  • Ciao De Almeida (Brazil) $1,086,739
  • Ivan Zufic (Croatia) $860,749
  • Anatoly Filatov (Russia) $779,353
  • Michael Nugent (Canada) $733,223
  • Alek Stasiak (Canada) $618,622
  • Ranno Sootla (Estonia) $610,762
  • Suraj Mishra (India) $590,085
  • Ravid Garbi (Israel) $552,089
  • Belarmino De Souza (Brazil) $523,282

In the category that reflects the number of cashes in this series on GGPoker, Ami Barer tops the list with 16 cashes thus far. No other Canadians made it into the top 10 yet. Behind Barer, several players each boast of 14 cashes: Belarmino De Souza and Bernardo Da Silveira Dias of Brazil, Shyngis Satubayev of Kazakhstan, Kazuki Ikeuchi of Japan, Wei Zhao of China, and David Mzareulov of the United States.

Canadians down the list include Daniel Negreanu, Michael Leah, Christine Do, Peter Chien, and Justin Ouimette, each with 12 cashes.

GGPoker Points-Driven Leaderboard

The GGPoker leaderboard for the WSOP 2020 Online shows one list by points. However, there will be several prizes awarded. The person with the most points overall will win a pure gold mouse trophy, and those in second through fifth places will win a pure gold card trophy.

A pure gold dragon trophy will go to the player who won the most points only in tournaments designated for the Asia-Pacific time zone.

As of Sunday night, August 23, Canadians hold the top two spots.

  • Daniel Dvoress (Canada) 6,326.03 points
  • Alek “astazz” Stasiak (Canada) 6,063.43 points
  • “zufo16” (Mexico) 5,719.69 points
  • “RukKuRuku” (Estonia) 5,021.13 points
  • Belarmino De Souza (Brazil) 4,912.17
  • “jerbi9999” (Israel) 4,841.65 points
  • Yuri Szivielevski (Brazil) 4,675.56 points
  • Bradley “DrStrange7” Ruben (Canada on GGPoker, US on WSOP) 4,506.07 points
  • “somebodyelse” (Kazakhstan) 4,419.42 points
  • “BaccaratKing” (Mexico) 4,287.48

WSOP 2020 Main Event Underway

The highlight of this – and every other WSOP – series is the Main Event. And like everything else in 2020, the WSOP Main Event is different than any one in previous years.

The buy-in is $5,000 ($4,750 + $250), half the price of a typical WSOP Main Event. But for the first time ever, players can reenter, though there is a maximum of three entries per player. There are nearly two dozen starting flights already in progress that allow players to take their chances.

Did we mention that the tournament has a $25 million guarantee on the prize pool?

The schedule of starting days has changed to add more to the original count of 22. At this point, it seems that ten of them – Days 1A through 1J – are done as of Sunday night, August 23. The results of those, per PokerNews updates, are:

  • 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 1L: 349 players, 66 survived, Christopher Putz leads with 757,963 chips

So far, there are 1,857 entries and 342 surviving players to move on to Day 2 on Sunday, August 30. The prize pool now sits at $8,820,750, but the $25K guarantee remains in place in case the forthcoming flights don’t bring in enough entries.


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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