2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship Held Online On September 13th

By Ryan White Updated: May 2023

The World Series of Poker Circuit Season concluded successfully with the yearly Global Casino Championship on 13th September 2020. Several huge records were broken throughout this 54-event exciting series. The tournament, which was earlier scheduled to be at Harrah’s Cherokee, was held online. The prize pool, qualification rules, and invitation remain the same for this event.

Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it was the first time that the series was conducted on an online platform. The players who participated in this event were awarded one-million dollars either as a casino champ or by winning the main event. The players who earned a ring during the event or made their space in the best 100 of last year’s WSOP race had the choice to buy-in directly for $10,000. At least 7 players did this and so there were 130 players in total competing for a massive reward of more than a million dollars.

The WSOP Online 2020 series was largely broadcasted on the media to make it more sensational. The winner of the main event was the Bulgarian Stoyan Madanzhiev, who earned a huge reward of $3.9 million.

The Key points of WSOP Online 2020

  • It was the largest online poker tournament ever held in the history of poker. WSOP 2020 witnessed the participation of a maximum number players, around 44,576 from different nationalities.
  • In all the 54 WSOP tournaments, the amount of total cash rewarded was $147,789,550. The tournament collected the amount of $354,756 for the Caesars Cares Charity.
  • Up to 39 final tables were played with five players making their way to the last three tables. These five players were Ajay Chabra, Bruno Albuquerque Michael Watson, Connor Drinan, and Paul Teoh.
  • The event rewarded Stoyan Madanzhiev with a massive reward of $3,904,685.
  • The player who won multiple times during the course of 54 tournaments was Alex Stasiak. There were three female winners, Thi Truong, Melika Razavi, and Kristen Bicknell. About 281 players crashed  more than ten times during the series.
  • Other event winners are Roberto Romanello, Christian Rudolph, Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, David Peters, Eoghan O’Dea, Juha Helppi, and Daniel Dvoresss.
  • Distinguished players who took part in WSOP events were tennis star Boris Becker, soccer superstar Neymar, Australian cricket player Shane Warne, world champion boxers Riddick Bowe & Amir Khan, martial artists Elias Theodorou & Patrick Côté, and soccer player Andriy Shevchenko. 

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament was initially scheduled to be held in Las Vegas but due to pandemic, the series was held at an online platform. It was the first time that players outside the United States were able to take part in the series.

The Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart, stated that the WSOP event of 2020 was extraordinary and special. Even though they had not planned to conduct the series online, they changed their plans later, considering the current pandemic situation of the world.

Nonetheless, the online WSOP series experience was fantastic as it offered the chance to players from across the world to enjoy the thrill of WSOP magic, and this would have not been possible otherwise. Ty Stewart even stated that they were pleased with the grand success of the event.  

About World Series Of Poker (WSOP)

WSOP Global Championship 2020The World Series of Poker is well-known and one of the elite events across the world. It offers a huge reward of $3.29 billion and the esteemed Gold Bracelet, which is internationally accepted as the sport’s highest award.

Started decades back in 1970, WSOP is one of the longest-running poker events that feature a series of tournaments in every poker variation. In 1970, the first-ever WSOP series was held at the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. It was an only-invite event where Benny Binion invited the six top poker players to compete. The winner of the first WSOP series in 1970 was declared by the votes of the peers.

Initially, the WSOP was an event that ran for about two months in Las Vegas during the summer. At that time, the event was not as huge as it is today. After 1980, things gradually changed with the introduction of satellite tournaments. From then on, the WSOP exhibited tremendous development.

The winner of the 2003 WSOP event was Chris Moneymaker. His winning journey was even shown across the world on ESPN. This event motivated a lot of players and they started to play poker online. This abrupt growth of the online poker industry is referred to as the Moneymaker effect.

According to  previous data, WSOP of 2019  witnessed more than 18,000 players from more than 100 countries. The event of 2019 rewarded players with about $293 in prize money.

WSOP has teamed with digital media and sponsorships and has gradually expanded its brand to various parts of the world. They organized WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015, WSOP Europe in 2007, and WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013.

World Series Of Poker (WSOP): The World’s Most Iconic Poker Festival 

Currently, the WSOP is the biggest and most popular poker event in the world. It attracts thousands of poker players to Las Vegas who take part in this event to become the winner of an ESOP Gold Bracelet. Well-known personalities such as Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, and Doyle Brunson have already been a part of this elite WSOP event.

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