Sunday August 30, 2020 at 1:11 am

The 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #70 $25,000 Players Championship finally played down to a champion. A total of 407 runners took a shot at the high-stakes bracelet and coveted title. Germany's Christian Rudolph defeated American pro Chris Hunichen heads up for the title and $1.8 million in cash. Rudolph outlasted a final table that also included Jason Koon.


Ship it to Germany! At the 2018 WSOP Europe at King's Casino in RozVegas, Christian Rudolph narrowly missed winning his first gold bracelet when he took second place in a High Roller. It took two years, but he finally broke through to the winner's circle.

The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued at GG Poker with the 25K Players Championship. The high-tag event attracted 407 runners and a prize pool worth a super-heady $10 million. Only the top 55 places paid out which the majority of the cheesecake set aside to the top three. At least two players would walk away with a seven-figure payout with $1.8 million set aside to the champion.

British pro Jack Salter bubbled the final table in tenth place.

The Players Championship final table included... Christian Rudolph, Chris Hunichen, Shankar "Saquon" Pillai, Aleksejs Ponakovs, Aram "Pusha T" Zobian, Brunno Botteon, Jason Koon, Paulius "ChickenBBQ" Plausinaitis, Aliaksei "BladeRunner1" Boika.

Jason Koon came into the final table as the chip leader with 7.8M. Saquon was not far behind in second. Rudolph headed into the final table third overall in chips with a 5.5M stack.

Koon came in as the favorite, but he was one of the first players to hit the road. Koon busted in seventh place, which paid out $275K.

Shankar 'Saquon' Pillai hit the bricks in third place and earned just shy of a cool million. Saquon's bust out set up the heavyweight fight for the championship.

It was Germany and the USA heads-up for the bracelet. Christian Rudolph picked off Hunichen to win his first bracelet.

Hunichen earned a second-lace payout worth $1.3 million. Not too shabby, eh? He was a bridesmaid once again. Hunichen banked over $8 million over his career, but never won any WSOP bling. He was a runner up at the 2017 WSOP $5K NL, but that's the closest he came to slapping bling around his wrist.

Rudolph banked $1.8 million for the Players Championship victory.

Rudolph's previously largest score to date was a runner-up finish at the 2018 WSOP Europe €25K Super High Roller in RozVegas. He lost heads up to Aussie pro Michael Addamo, but banked over €525K.

Notable players who went deep and cashed included... Scott Seiver, Thomas Muehloecker, Dan Shak, David Peters, Sami Kelopuro, James Park, Brock WIlson, Rui Ferraira, Jesus Ferguson, Stevie Chidwick, Jake Schindlet, Francesco Favia, Elio FOx, Sorel Mizzo, Tim Adams, Chris Frank, Michell Shah, Joe Liberta, Seth Davies, Thiago Crema, Pascal Lefrancois, James Chen, and Davidi Kitai.

2020 WSOP Online $25K Players Championship

Entrants: 407

Prize Pool: $10,000,000

Payouts: 55

Final Table Results:

1. Christian Rudolph (Germany) $1,800,290

2. Chris Hunichen (USA) $1,332,097

3. Shankar 'Saquon' Pillai (USA) $979,138

4. Aleksejs Ponakovs (Latvia) $719,700

5. Aram "Pusha T" Zobian (USA) $529,005

6. Brunno Botteon (Brazil) $388,837

7. Jason Koon (USA) $285,808

8. Paulius "ChickenBBQ" Plausinaitis (Lithuania) $210,079

9. Aliaksei "BladeRunner1" Boika (Belarus) $154,416

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The 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #70 $25,000 Players Championship finally played down to a champion. A total of 407 runners took a shot at the high-stakes bracelet and coveted title. Germany's Christian Rudolph defeated American pro Chris Hunichen heads up for the title and $1.8 million in cash. Rudolph outlasted a final table that also included Jason Koon.

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The 2020 WSOP schedule will be revisited as a result of the postponement, and changes are anticipated. When this year's edition does run, it will include poker's world championship, the $10,000 buy-in Main Event championship, the richest prize pool on the poker calendar each year. Anyone who is in Las Vegas or visiting Las Vegas between now and the start of the 2019 WSOP may register in person at the Rio Casino Main Cage and buy into any event they choose and receive their starting seat assignment and receipt. This guarantees your entry into the event.

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