The World Poker Tour released its final table schedule for four total events, including three from last season that were postponed due to the pandemic. Starting March 10, the PokerGo Studios at the Aria will host the filming of final tables for the conclusion of the 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship, 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, 2020 WPT LA Poker Classic, and 2021 WPT SHR Poker Showdown.
Get ready for the return of the World Series of Poker on ESPN. The WSOP returns with the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event to be aired on ESPN 2 starting at 8pm ET, or 5pm Vegas time. The broadcast includes action from the Rio Casino in Las Vega from both the WSOP Main Event final table and the ensuing heads-up match between the winner of the domestic final table and international final table. ESPN's audience will get to see how Argentina's Damien Salas won the 2020 WSOP Main Event bracelet.
Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu played the longest session to date in an effort to finish off this battle later this week. After a 7-plus hour session in Round 35, Kid Poker dropped $209K after nearly 2,000 hands. He was stuck early on and stormed back to dig himself out of a $200K hole, but Polk won two huge hands late in the session to post a big win. They have approximately 1,700 hands to go and Polk is up $946K.
The 2021 WPT Montreal Online played out at partypoker due to the pandemic forcing the event to the virtual tables. The $3,200 buy-in WPT Montreal Online attracted 888 players and the top 133 places paid out. Dan Shak was the chip leader heading into the final table but he busted in third place. Jack Hardcastle knocked out Rayan Chamas heads-up for the WPT title, $447,859 in cash, and the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup Event.
Down at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, the World Poker Tour finished out a live tournament. Ilyas Muradi outlasted a field of 1,573 players to take down the $3,500 buy-in 2021 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. When the dust settled, Ilyas Muradi edged out Robel Andemichael heads-up to win the first place prize worth over $809,515. Ronnie Bardah busted in third place. The final table also included Francis Margaglione, Jesse Lonis, Tsz Shing, and Andy Hwang.
The World Poker Tour will have a new owner and news of the WPT sale broke today. Allied eSports Entertainment sold the World Poker Tour to a private group called Element Partners, LLC for $78,250,000. The deal will finalize in the upcoming weeks. Lyle Berman and Steve Lipscomb started the WPT 2002 and it's amazing to see the company grow into a multi-million dollar and global entity.
The 2020 WSOP Winter Online Circuit at GGPoker featured 18 ring events that began in mid-December and concluded this weekend with the Main Event championship. The Main Event attracted 6,395 runners to the $1,700 buy-in championships affair and the pool topped over $10.3 million. American pro Joe Cheong finished in third place, while Lithuania's Paulius Plausinaitis defeated 'turkey1' heads-up for the WSOP Circuit ring and a first-place prize worth over $1.2 million.
The Poker Hall of Fame will only be inducting one person this year and former WSOP Main Evet world champion Huckleberry Seed earned a nod into the HOF as the lone member of the class of 2020. Seed won the voting round with 76 votes to edge out tournament director Matt Savage, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow, Patrik Antonius, Jesus Ferguson, and broadcasters Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.
The 2020 World Series of Poker finally crowned its champion, albeit a few days into 2021. Damian Salas defeated Joseph Herbert heads-up at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas to win the 2020 WSOP Main Event Championship. The hybrid heads-up battle featured the winner of an international final table (starting on GG Poker and ending at the King's Casino in RozVegas) and a domestic final table (starting at WSOP.com and ending at the Rio Casino). Salas earns an additional $1 million in cash and the champion bracelet.
The domestic version of the 2020 WSOP Main Event began on WSOP.com with 706 runners taking a shot at the title and bracelet. The final eight gathered to play the final table live at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Three-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva took a bad beat before the final table even began when he tested positive for COVID-19. He was awarded ninth place and the final eight slugged it out for the title. Joseph Herbert from Metairie, Louisiana was the last player standing and he banked $1.5 million during a 98-hand final table. Herbert now awaits a heads-up bout against Damian Salas on Sunday, January 3 to determine the 2020 Main Event bracelet winner.
At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Damian Salas survived the final table of the 2020 WSOP Main Event International leg and won $1.55 million. Salas faded a field of 674 runners in the hybrid Main Event that began on GGPoker. He will now play the winner of the WSOP domestic final table at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas at the end of the month to determine the bracelet winner. Salas final tabled the 2017 WSOP Main Event with a seventh-place finish.
The 2020 WSOP Main Event Domestic leg at WSOP.com attracted 706 runners to the $10,000 buy-in championship event. Only the top 107 places paid out with $1.55 million set aside to the champion. The final table is set and Joseph 'kolebear' Herbert bagged up the chip lead with 13M.The final table also includes 3-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva, Ryan Hagerty, Ye Yuan, Michael Cannon, Gershon 'jets613' Distenfeld, Ron Jenkins, Shawn Stroke, and Harrison Dobin. The WSOP Main Event domestic final table resumes on December 28 in Las Vegas at the Rio Casino. The champion will play a heads-up match against the winner of the WSOP Main Event International final table.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event (International) at GGPoker attracted 674 runners for the $10,000 buy-in championship. Only nine remain and those lucky nine will play down to a champion at the King's Casino in RozVegas, which will host the Final Table on December 15. First place pays out $1.55 million, plus a heads-up seat for the finale in Vegas at the end of the month. Damian Salas is still alive, while Bruno Botteon holds the chip lead.
Here's your chance to try to get your favorite poker pro into the Poker Hall of Fame. The WSOP opened up nominations to the public and you have until December 11 to submit your pick(s) on which players should be inducted into the next Hall of Fame class. WSOP HOF panelists will vote on the top 10 nominees. The new class, the class of 2020, will be inducted on December 30 before the WSOP Main Event final table.
The World Series of Poker will host a Main Event Championship with a hybrid format that starts online with two brackets (domestic at WSOP.com and international at GGPoker) and then it moves to a live casino to play out a final table (Rio in Las Vegas for US, and King's Casino in RozVegas for international), before a $1 million heads-up finale featuring the winners of each final table that will be played at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas on December 28. The heads-up winner also earns the bracelet.
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to fester, organizers at the World Poker Tour decided to still host their WPT Montreal event, but they migrated it online at partypoker instead of playing it out at the Playground. The new 2021 WPT Montreal Online has a $3,200 buy-in with two opening flight, with a single re-entry per flight, starting on Sunday 10 January 2021 for Day 1A and Sunday 17 January 2021 for Day 1B. This event has a $2 million guarantee prize pool. Satellites begin this weekend at partypoker for as low as a penny.
Darvin Moon, the Luddite Logger from Maryland, made poker history when the amateur went all the way to the second-installment of the November Nine and reached the final table of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. Moon lost heads-up to Joe Cada but he cashed nearly $5.2 million off a modest $130 investment. Moon stepped out of the spotlight have his brief brush with fame. He passed away over the weekend at age 56 after complications from surgery.
The 2020 World Poker Tour Online Championship at PartyPoker continued with the Main Event. The $10,300 buy-in Main Event attracted 1,011 to the $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The UK's Phillip Mighall defeated Holland's Teun Mulder heads-up to win the Main Event for $1.7 million. Mulder earned $1.2 million for second place. PartyPoker Ambassador Dzmitry Urbanovich made the final table but finished in sixth place. Damian Salas busted in third place.
Ever since Mike Sexton passed away last weekend, the tributes poured in all over the poker community including two good one from Houston Curtis and Padraig Parkinson. It's very rare when the community is unified by something and in this moment of tragedy, the poker world collectively mourned the passing of Mike Sexton as one of the true legends and one of the greatest ambassadors of the game.
The 2020 WSOP Online came to a close at GGPoker with its final bracelet events. Iran's Melika 'Melirazavii' Razavi snagged her first bracelet with a victory in Event #82 $1,050 Beat the Pros. Connor Drinan faded 899 players to win Event #83 $10K WSOP Super MILLION$ for a $1.4 million score. For the final bracelet event on the docket, Belgian pro Michael Gathy banked $272,504 for shipping Event #85 $500 Closer (Last Chance) and won his fourth-career bracelet.
The 2020 WSOP Online Event #77 $5,000 NL Main Event started with 5,802 runners and played down to a champion on Saturday evening. Bulgaria's Stoyan Madanzhiev and Wenling Gao from China were heads-up for the bracelet and $3.9 million for first place. Madanzhiev knocked out Wenling Gao to win the Main Event and small mountain of cash. The record-setting prize pool had over $27.5 million with multiple players earning seven-figure payouts. Wenling Gao earned $2.75 million for second place.
GGPoker hosted a couple of People's Choice events to determine the last batch of bracelet winners at the 2020 WSOP Online. American Jeffrey Dobrin outlasted 2,408 runners to emerge victorious in WSOP Online Event #80 People's Choice Pro's Pick that was a $600 NL tournament. Dobrin won his first bracelet and $189,666. In WSOP Online Event #81, Italy's Nicolo 'Paquitooo' Molinelli binked the People's Choice Spin the Wheel event that ended up a $1,050 NL Bounty 6-Handed affair. Molinelli earned over $243,420 including bounties.
Gediminas 'NeverGambol' Uselis is the latest player to etch their names in the history books. Uselis faded 4,461 runners and took down WSOP Online Event #78 $400 Forty Stack for $227,186 and the bracelet. Meanwhile, the big granddaddy of them all, the WSOP Online Main Event, is down to 38 players out of the original 5,802 runners. First place will pay out $3 million when it plays down to the champion this weekend. Oh, and Fedor Holz is two players away from a bracelet in the WSOP Online $25K Heads Up (People's Event). Holz is in the semifinals, which also will play out this weekend.
Over at GGPoker they're wrapping up the last few events of the international version of the 2020 WSOP Online. Norway's Trygve 'FullSendWig' Leite outlasted a field of 3,552 runners to win WSOP Online Event #75 $300 Double Stack NL. Leite faded a final table that included Connor Drinan to win his first bracelet and $130K. Over in WSOP Online Event #78 $1,000 Turbo NL 6-Handed, Adnan 'Bolazar' Hacialioglu outlasted 1,910 runners to win the bracelet and $259,842.
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.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online continued at GGPoker with two more players, both playing from Canada, earning their first bracelets. Jim 'grousegrind' Lefteruk faded 2,202 runners and shipped the WSOP Online Event #73 $1,000 NLHE 6-Handed. Lefteruk banked $299,511 for the victory. Over in WSOP Online Event #74 $1,500 PLO, Thi Truong won the bracelet and banked nearly $216K for the victory.
Three more players won WSOP Online bracelets this weekend. An American online exile, Nick Maimone, took down his first career-bracelet with a victory in WSOP Online Event #69 $1,500 NL Marathon. Meanwhile, Anson Tsang snagged his second bracelet with a victory in WSOP Online Event #68 $500 Deepstack. Over in the Big 50, Huahuan 'F7588' Feng outlasted a staggering 44576 runners to win the $50 buy-in WSOP Online Event #71. Feng banked $211,282 for his victory.
PokerStars released the schedule for the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), which runs August 30 through September 21. They added two more events to the schedule this year with 75 total events with three tiers of buy-ins for 225 WCOOP tournaments and over $82 million in guaranteed prize pools. The WCOOP Main Event begins on September 20.
Ireland's Toby 'shinerrr' Joyce won a bracelet with a victory in 2020 WSOP Online Event #66 $800 PLO. Joyce outlasted 1,281 runners and banked $139,420. Dmytro 'Too Bad' Bystrovzorov from the Ukraine stepped into the winner's circle with a bracelet win in #65 $600 NL Deepstack Championship. He faded a field of 2,911 runners to win nearly $278K. In an old-school Limit Hold'em affair, Gregor 'soulsntfaces' Muller from Austria, outlasted 706 players to win WSOP Online Event #67 $500 LHE.