PokerStars Closes 2020 WCOOP, Players Win Almost $100M

For those playing in the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars in the last few weeks, there is likely a sigh of relief that they can take a break from the action.

While they do that, we can provide a rundown of the 75 events, their winners, and the leaderboards.

Big Numbers Overall

The summer of 2020 delivered a plethora of online poker tournaments and series. From the World Poker Tour on PartyPoker to the World Series of Poker on GGPoker, the schedules were mind-blowing. PokerStars had its share of action as well, starting with the inaugural Stadium Series in July and then the annual WCOOP in September.

WCOOP has been the favorite series online for tournaments players around the world since its inception. This year, PokerStars hosted the 19th annual WCOOP, and players responded as they always have…by registering in vast numbers.

PokerStars provided the final overall statistics:

  • $99,939,230 in prize money awarded ($80 million was guaranteed)
  • 1,148,057 entries in the 225 tournaments
  • 158,851 players cashed
  • $14,333,228.19 paid to tournament winners
  • 223 countries represented

Speaking of countries and their representation in WCOOP, nine of the 225 winners were Canadian, but several other countries dominated.

  • Brazil = 35 wins
  • UK = 33 wins
  • Russia = 33 wins
  • Germany = 18 wins
  • Netherlands = 12 wins
  • Canada = 9 wins
  • Norway = 8 wins
  • Finland = 7 wins
  • Bulgaria = 6 wins

Leaderboard Winners

There were several leaderboard competitions to heighten the competition during the 2020 WCOOP. While one overall leaderboard offered the largest prize ($25K and a trophy), players also competed in the low buy-in, mediums, and high buy-in leaderboards.

Canada didn’t show up in the top five on the overall leaderboard. Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin of Russia took that honor to win the top prize, and Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins of Brazil just missed by 65 points.

Aleksandrs10 of Latvia won the low buy-in leaderboard prize of $5K, and Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna of Finland took the $8,500 prize for winning the medium buy-in leaderboard race. As for the high buy-ins, Joao “Naza114” Vieira of the Netherlands finished on top to win $12,500, with Mike “SirWatts” Watson of Canada missing it by only 20 points, though he did win $10K for that finish.

There were three versions of the Main Event (Event 72) offering various buy-ins and prize pool guarantees. They all played No Limit Hold’em with 8-max tables When the virtual dealer put out the final card, the PokerStars blog delivered the results.

  • $55 NLHE Main Event: 38,660 entries, including 24,408 unique players / $1,933,000 prize pool ($1.25M guaranteed) paid 5,463 players / klimono of Poland won for $186,841.09
  • $530 NLHE Main Event: 7,105 entries, including 4,821 unique players / $3,552,500 prize pool ($2M guaranteed) paid 863 players / 1mSoWeeeaK of Thailand won for $504,583.85
  • $5,200 NLHE Main Event: 1,977 entries, including 1,436 unique players / $10,000,000 prize pool ($115K overlay) paid 239 players / Andre “PTFisherman23” Marques of Netherlands won $1,147,270.86 after three-way deal at final table with Tonio “prrrak4783” Roder of Austria and Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder of Netherlands

PokerStars also hosted three Pot Limit Omaha Main Event (Event 73) tournaments, all played at 6-max tables. Two of them didn’t hit their guarantees.

  • $109 PLO Main Event: 3,066 entries, including 1,920 unique players / $306,600 prize pool ($300K guaranteed) paid 416 players / nilsef of Germany won $40,224.38
  • $1,050 PLO Main Event: 739 entries, including 428 unique players / $750,000 prize pool ($11K overlay) paid 95 players / Kahle “ROFLshove” Burns of UK won $133,757.00
  • $10,300 PLO Main Event: 123 entries, including 80 unique players / $1,250,000 prize pool ($20K overlay) paid 14 players / jedimaster82 of Sweden won $283,368.15

Representing for Canada

Earlier, we mentioned that nine Canadians won titles in this year’s WCOOP. We only know their screen names for some of them, but this is the list of those winners:

  • Event 7-H: $2,100 PLO-8 6-Max (109 entries, $218K prize pool) = Tyler “Juicy_J_93” Jardine won it for $50,910.06
  • Event 8-H: $31,050 NLHE 8-Max (314 entries, $314K prize pool) = ilir3 won it for $59,071.69
  • Event 12-H: $530 NLHE Heads-Up PKO (526 entries, $263K prize pool) = Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia won it for $40,792.90
  • Event 19-M: $55 NLHE Deepstack (4,829 entries, $241,450 prize pool) = armadajp won it for $34,367.24
  • Event 21-M: $530 NLHE 6-Max PKO (1,424 entries, $712K prize pool) = va1umart won it for $79,767.33
  • Event 36-M: $215 NLHE (1,628 entries, $325,600 prize pool) = Samuel Peace won it for $44,19.16
  • Event 56-H: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max (386 entries, $772K prize pool) = Stevan “random_chu” Chew won it for $140,594.83
  • Event 58-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max PKO (842 entries, $421K prize pool) = Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot won it for $51,168.46
  • Event 63-H: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO (494 entries, $988K prize pool) = luelue399 won it for $171,300.02

Interestingly, no Canadian player won a low-level buy-in event.


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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