The WSOP is hosting the Main Event in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. WSOP.com is hosting a US online version while GGPoker is taking care of international players. Both will feature an online competition with a live final table and the winners of each final table will go head to head to see who the 2020 champion is. The GGPoker Main Event online has already whittled down to the final table while the WSOP side will start this weekend online.
GGPoker Final Table
Just a few days ago, GGPoker began the online leg of the WSOP Main Event. There were three starting flights and a total of 674 players took part. On Monday, the field was narrowed down to the final nine. These players will head to King’s Casino in the Czech Republic to play it down to the final winner on December 15.
Each player who made the final table come from a different country. It will most likely be a difficult task to get each player to Rozvadov to play in the final table. The chip leader of the event is Brunno Botteon, a player from Brazil. Brunno holds just over 10 million in chips. He is a familiar face to the WSOP, having cashed out in two summer series during the online series.
Players will be competing for just over $6.4 million in total prize money. The first-place finisher will take home $1.5 million! Even the first player to go out earns a big pay day with a $75,000 prize!
The US leg will start this weekend, on December 13. Players located in New Jersey as well as Nevada can take part. It is a first for players in the Garden State to be able to compete in a Main Event online. In the past, only traditional events were online and of course, the Main Event took place in person at the Rio in Nevada.
This time around, players will pay $10,000 or use a satellite seat to take part. There is still time now to earn a spot via a satellite before the big event. The tournament will then play down to the final table which will consist of nine players.
Once the final nine is determined, those players will travel to the Rio All Suite Hotel in Las Vegas. They will be tested and basically put in a bubble until it is all said and done. The live event will be televised by ESPN to see who comes out on top.
After the US final table is finished, the winner will face off against the winner of the GGPoker event. These two will be considered the best of the best in poker and will compete to see who gains the title of WSOP Main Event champion 2020.
It is truly exciting to see the poker event take place this year. While it looked as though COVID-19 might take all of poker away this year, the WSOP was able to find a way to at least make this event happen and carry on the Main Event tradition, even during crazy times!