Ship it to Bulgaria! The big day finally arrived and Stoyan Madanzhiev is now nearly $4 million richer than when he woke up. The 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event finally concluded at GGPoker. The affair had a $25 million guaranteed prize pool and over 23 initial flights. It looked like there might be an overlay alert, but the final flight was packed with players taking their shot at the mega-payout in the richest online poker tournament in history.
When the dust settled, Stoyan Madanzhiev emerged as the victor defeating China's Wenling Gao and denying Gao the chance to be the first female Main Event winner. Stoyan added his names to the record books and will become a part of WSOP and poker history as the player who shipped $3.9 million and a bracelet during a pandemic.
With the 2020 WSOP at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas postponed, the folks at the WSOP pivoted to a virtual version of the greatest and most prestigious poker tournament on the planet. The first leg of the WSOP Online played out for Americans during the month of July. The second leg for international players (sans Americanos) began in mid-July and is still running its final events.
2020 WSOP Online Event #77 $5,000 Main Event attracted 5,802 runners took a shot at the Online Main Event glory, cash, and bling. The top 728 places earned a cut of the $27,559,500 prize pool. The top four places paid out at least $1.3 million. The champ would walk away with $3.9 million and even the runner-up had a sick score worth $2.75 million. Third place would bank over $1.93 million.
At the end of Day 2, Bryan 'smbdySUCKme' Piccioli bagged the lead with 18.4 million, followed by Michael 'All Love' Kane (15.9M), and Stoyan 'Nirvana76' Madanzhiev (15.2M). Craig Timmis bagged 12.8M, which was good for a spot in the Top 5 of chips.
Other notables who were still alive at the start of Day 3 included Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt, Benjamin Rolle, Stefan Schillhabel, Jonas Lauck (6,118,751), and Mike Lech.
End of Day 2 chipleader, Bryan Piccioli, did not last long on Day 3. He hit the bricks in 23rd place.
With 16 to go Timmis held a slight chip lead, before Tyler Rueger started cleaning house. Tyler Rueger surged over 50M in chips. Short-stacked Timmis busted in 13th place when he made a final stand with pocket sevens and ran into Stoyan Madanzhiev's pocket Kings.
The final nine at the Online Main Event final table featured Thomas Ward, Joao Santos, Wenling Gao, Stefan Schillhabel, Samuel Taylor, Stoyan Madanzhiev, Tyler Rueger, Tyler Cornell, and Satoshi Isomae. Mariano Martiradonna bubbled the final table in tenth place.
Italy's Rueger led with 69M, while Thomas Ward was the shorty with 9.4M.
Sam Taylor, one of the trio of Americans at the final table, was the first to exit when he hit the bricks in ninth place. Wenling Gao picked off Taylor and surged to the lead.
Stoyan Madanzhiev took a turn at the top spot with 76M with 8 to go.
With six to go, Stoyan Madanzhiev led 91.7M to 79.7M. Rueger was third with 57.7M, while Joao Santos treaded water with a 9M short stack.
After a brief break, Brazil's Joao Santos bounced in sixth place and banked a devilish $666K.
Satoshi Isomae followed next in fifth place. Satoshi earned just short of a cool million with a payday worth $950K. With four to go, Stoyan Madanzhiev surged to over 131M.
Short-stacked Thomas Ward from New Zealnd ran pocket sixes into Wenling Goa's pocket sevens. Ward came into the final two tables as one of the shortstacks but he laddered up significantly and survived all the way into fourth place to secure a juicy seven-figure payout. The Kiwi eanred over $1.3 million. Yowza, mate.
Tyler Rueger, one of three Americans at the final table, busted in third place when his were no match against Wnling Gao's . Ruiger banked almost $2 million, with a $1.92 million third-place score. Not too shabby, eh?
Wenling Gao closed the gap between herself and Stoyan Madanzhlev. She trailed 147.1M to 141.7M once it got heads-up.
And yes, Bulgaria and China played heads up for the title, glory, bracelet, and.... $3.9 million in cash.
Gao got it all in with pocket Aces, which were crushed by Stoyan's Seven-six. Yup, ^h outflopped Goa's . Stoyan flopped a seven-high straight and took the lead. The turn was an eight and Stoyan improved to a higher straight to seal the win.
For a runner-up finish Wenling Goa took home $2,748,605. That's an impressive score any way you look at it. Well done, WG.
Madanzhiev from Bulgaria became the newest WSOP bracelet winner. He also banked $3,904,686 for the first-place finish in Event #77 Main Event at GGPoker.
Notable players who went deep and finished in the top 99 of the Online Main Event included... Dinesh Alt, Kelly Wong, Ricky Tang, Bryan Piccioli, Mike Lech, Jonas Lauck, Arkadiy Tsinis, Kahle Burns, Chi Zhang, Guillaume Diaz, Sam Greenwood, Bruno Volkmann, Arthur Conan, Rui Ferreira, Conor Beresford, Matas Cimbolas, Jeffrey Dobrin, and Shankar Pillai.
Familiar faces who cashed in the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event included... Ali Imsirovic, Antoine Saout, Mike Leah, Allen Chang, Sylvain Loosli, Brian Green, Daniel Alaei, Noah Boeken, Tyler Patterson, Nick Maimone, Peter Jetten, Dan Shak, Fabian Gunz, Charlie Carrel, Duff Charette, Adrian Mateos, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Anson Tsang, Julien Martini, Alex Rocha, Grayson Rampage, Harry Lodge, Molly Katzenberg, Erwann Pecheux, Niklas Ehrenholz, Ryan Riess, Guoliang Wei, Vanessa Kade, , Chris Moorman, Manig Loeser, John Walker, Farid Jattin, Juan Pardo, Porter Lamber, Playit Leo, Suzanne Greenberg, Rutherford T. Brave, Peter Carini, Marco Esquondoles, and Pierre Merlin.
2020 WSOP Online Event #77 - Main Event Championship
Prize Pool: $27,559,500
Final Table Results:
1. Stoyan Madanzhiev (Bulgaria) $3,904,686
2. Wenling Gao (China) $2,748,605
3. Tyler Rueger (USA) $1,928,887
4. Thomas Ward (New Zealand) $1,353,634
5. Satoshi Isomae (Japan) $949,937
6. Joao Santos (Brazil) $666,637
7. Stefan Schillhabel (Germany) $467,825
8. Tyler Cornell (USA) $328,305
9. Sam Taylor (USA) $230,395