Ship it to Lithuania! GGPoker ran a "winter is coming" promo with a special series with 18 various events with $100 million in guaranteed prize pools. The 18 events also awarded coveted WSOP Circuit rings, which were one of the reasons why the WSOP Circuit was one of the most popular regional series on the tournament circuit in America. But during the pandemic, the WSOP Circuit headed online and expanded overseas to provide global poker players a shot at some big-time cash and a cool piece of bling to signify your awesomeness as a poker player.
The 2020 WSOP Winter Online Circuit began on GGPoker on December 13 with Event #1 Big $50, which was exactly what you think it is... a modest $50 buy-in event with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. Russia's Aleksey 'ImLuckPads' Savenkov banked $168,800 and the WSOP Circuit ring for winning the first event.
Joaquin Melogno from Uruguay won WSCOP Circuit Event #2 $10K Super Millions High Roller for a heady score worth $636K. Sweden's Christian Jeppsson shipped Event #3 $3,000 Deepstack for $214K. Sihao Zhang from Luxembourg tok down Event #4 $800 Monster Stack for $140K.
Pulkit Goyal from India won the #600 PLO affair in Event #5 for $82K. Event #6 Mini Main Event had a $170 price tag and 'CallMeBatya' took it down for $277K. Brazil's Carlos 'WTFisthis' Henrique chopped Event #7 $1,500 6-Max Championship for $153K with Eduardo1957. South Korea's Seungmook '7high' Jung won Event #8 $600 Marathon. Estonia's Urmo Velvelt binked Event #9 $315 Bounty.
Anson Tsang took down Anson Tsang Event #10 ChristmasPLOSSUS for $178K and outlasted a final table that also included Chris Moorman.
Oleg 'Ad Astra' Vasylchenko from Ukraine binked Event #11 $1,050 Bounty Hunters Championship for a score worth $145K plys $91K in bounties. Fabian 'lordof0513' Schmidt won Event #12 $500 Deepstack for $145K. Sweden's Niklas Astedt knocked off Mirza Muhovic to win Event #13 $10K Heads-up NL for $348K. Yuri Dzivielevski secured a ring and $178K with a victory in Event #14 $800 Fifty Stack.
Australian pro Michael Addamo shipped Event #15 $400 New Year Colossus for $374K. In the $3K PLO Championship, Samuli 'BeastsSag_A' Sipila binked Event #16 for $185K. David Cameron secured a ring in the penultimate event with a win in Event #17 $252 Deepstack Bounty Hunters.
The Main Event, aka Event #18, attracted 6,395 entrants which boosted the prize pool to over $10.3 milion. Only the top 700 places paid out in the Main Event, with most of the cheesecake set aside from the top two. The champ would walk away with over $1.2K, while the runner up snagged $923K.
The final table included Joe Cheong, Alexandru Papazian, Paulius Plausinaitis, Joni Jouhkimainen, Artem 'Amsterq' Prostak, turkey1, likeboy, DaiMing141319, and BetAddict.
Joe Cheong went deep but missed out on the bling when he busted in third place. Cheong banked $692K for his efforts. Not too shabby, eh?
Israel and Lithuania were battling heads-up for the Main Event title, cash, and WSOP Circuit ring. Paulius Plausinaitis edged out turkey1 for the cash and glory. Alas, turkey1 banked $923,165 for a runner-up. Plausinaitis took home $1.2 million for first place.
2020 GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit $1,700 Main Event
Prize Pool: $10.2 million
Final Table Results:
1. Paulius Plausinaitis (Lithuania) $1,236,361
2. turkey1 (Israel) $923,165
3. Joseph Cheong (USA) $692,276
4. likeboy (China) $519,134
5. Joni Jouhkimainen (Finland) $389,295
6. Artem 'Amsterq' Prostak (Belarus) $291,931
7. Alexandru Papazian (Romania) $218,917
8. DaiMing141319 (China) $164,165
9. BetAddict (Israel) $123,106