WSOP Online Bracelet Series

WSOP Online Series 2020

In the summer of 2020, GGPoker and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) joined forces to offer international online poker players a chance to win WSOP gold bracelets. The record-breaking online tournament series awarded 54 bracelets and nearly $150 million in prize money.

The online festival not only attracted some of the biggest names from the poker world, but also its fair share of athletes and celebrities such as soccer superstar Neymar, former world champion boxers Riddick Bowe & Amir Khan, tennis legend Boris Becker, Australian cricket player Shane Warne, mixed martial artists Elias Theodorou & Patrick Côté, and former elite soccer player Andriy Shevchenko.

“Obviously the events of 2020 have been unprecedented, and hosting the WSOP Online series at GGPoker wasn’t in our plans at the start of the year,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “But going online has been a wonderful experience, with tens of thousands of new players all over the world able to experience some of WSOP magic that they might have been otherwise unable to – we’re delighted that the series has been such a resounding success!”

Among those to win gold bracelets during the GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020 were GGPoker ambassador Fedor Holz, Juha Helppi, Roberto Romanello, Kristen Bicknell, Eoghan O’Dea, David Peters, Daniel Dvoress, and Christian Rudolph.

For Dvoress and Rudolph, they both captured seven-figure scores for their wins. The former took down Event #48: $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $1,482,289, while the latter was victorious in Event #70: $25,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,800,290.

Speaking of those two events, they offered the biggest prize pools of the series outside the Main Event. The Poker Players Championship featured a $10 million prize pool, and the Millionaire Maker wasn’t far behind with a $8,976,075 prize pool.

As for attendance, Event #71: BIG 50, $1M GTD was the biggest with 44,576 entries followed by Event #84: $100 WSOP MILLION$ (34,787 entries), Event #32: $100 The Opener (29,306 entries), Event #63: $500 Mini Main Event (15,205 entries), and Event #41: COLOSSUS (12,757 entries).

A Guinness World Record







Perhaps the biggest indicator of just how successful GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020 turned out to be was the $5,000 Main Event, which broke the Guinness World Record for largest prize pool for an online poker tournament with a $27,559,500 prize pool. That’s because the marquee tournament from the 54-bracelet schedule attracted 5802 entries, ultimately awarding Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev the bracelet and $3,904,685, the largest individual prize ever awarded in an online poker tournament.

The GGPoker WSOP Online 2020 Main Event lasted 150 hours, 9 minutes and 13 seconds from the start of the first starting flight to the end of the last hand. Just 1,171 returned for Day 2, and of those just 38 made it through to Day 3. That is when Madanzhiev closed it out by defeating China’s Wenling Gao in heads-up play.

The final hand took place in Level 25 (400K/800K/100K) when Gao raised to 1.6 million and Madanzhiev called to see a flop of 3♠4♥5♣. Madanzhiev led out for 1.7 million and then called when Gao raised to 3.944 million. On the 8 ♥ turn, Madanzhiev checked and Gao bet 5.644 million.

Madanzhiev woke up with a check-raise to 15.04 million and then called when Gao shoved for 81 million. Gao had the A♦A♣ but was drawing dead as Madanzhiev had flopped the nuts with the 7♦6♥. Gao earned $2,748,605 for her runner-up finish. That instantly made her the WSOP’s all-time female money winner surpassing Vanessa Selbst ($2,201,877).

“Breaking a Guinness World Records title shows what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Director. “This will be a tough record to beat.”

Leaderboard Winners

Throughout the GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020, two separate leaderboards were kept – one for overall player of the series and one for Asian Time Zone player of the series.

Stoyan “Nirvana76" Madanzhiev topped the overall leaderboard with 10,790.66 points, well ahead of Connor Drinan (second with 9,519.35 points) and Christian Rudolph (third with 7,566.31 points).

As for the Asian Time Zone player of the series, Brazil’s Luis “Xapilskinha" Assuncao Garla won after amassing 3,568.84 points, just edging out runner-up Nick “rdcrsn” Maimone (3,227.21 points).

Highlights of WSOP Online 2020

The largest online poker tournament ever

$27,559,500 in Event #77: WSOP Online $5K Main Event

The biggest online poker tournament prize ever awarded

$3,904,685 to Stoyan Madanzhiev, winner of Event 77: WSOP Online $5K Main Event

The most entries ever for a WSOP tournament

44,576 in Event #71: BIG 50

Total prizes paid across all 54 tournaments

$147,789,550 (average prize pool: $2,736,844)

Total number of WSOP Online 2020 tournament entries


Number of nationalities represented across the entire WSOP Online player base


The largest online poker tournament ever

$27,559,500 in Event #77: WSOP Online $5K Main Event

Amount raised for Caesars Cares charity

$27,559,500 in Event #77: WSOP Online $5K Main Event

The largest online poker tournament ever

$354,756 ($257,853 raised by the worldwide poker community, $96,903 donated by GGPoker)

The largest online poker tournament ever

$27,559,500 in Event #77: WSOP Online $5K Main Event

Number of tournaments with a prize pool of at least $1,000,000


Number of tournaments with a prize pool of at least $5,000,000


Number of tournaments with a prize pool of at least $10,000,000


Number of tournaments with more than 10,000 entries


Multiple event winners

Alex Stasiak (winner of Events #33 and #52)

Female event winners

3 (Kristen Bicknell – Event # 44, Thi Truong – Event #74 and Melika Razavi – Event #82)

Number of players that cashed more than 10 times across all 54 events


 Number of players that won at least $100,000 in cash


2020 GGPoker WSOP Bracelet Winners

Here’s a look at all those who captured gold bracelets during GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020:

Event Name Entrants Winner Prize Runner Up
1 $100 The Opener 29,306 Marcelo Jakovljevic $265,879 Ronit Chamani
2 $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief 2,323 Alek Stasiak $343,203 Martin Ilobera
3 $525 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty 6-Handed 2,214 Shoma Ishikawa $82,425 Diego Ostrovich
4 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship 328 Juha Helppi $290,286 Jesús Cortés
5 $1,500 Fifty Stack No Limit Hold’em 1,342 Michael Clacher $297,496 Rodrigo Caprioli
6 $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha 971 Hun Wei Lee $79,896 Janne Peltoniemi
7 $600 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 2,007 Aaron Wijaya $171,389 Toni Bosch
8 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 922 Roberto Romanello $216,213 Niklas Astedt
9 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha 532 Simon Lofberg $224,493 Andreas Torbergsen
10 $400 Colossus 12,757 Ranno Sootla $595,930 Paraskevas Tsokaridis
11 $400 Plossus 4,356 Yuri Dzivielevski $221,557 Matthew Vengrin
12 $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship 130 Lev Gottlieb $276,393 Mikita Badziakouski
13 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 892 Kristen Bicknell $356,411 Belarmino De Souza
14 $840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 2,382 Patrick Kennedy $140,768 Josh Pollock
15 $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em 2,307 Sung Joo Hyun $161,898 Yiduo Yu
16 $1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em 487 Paul Teoh $82,202 Michelle Shah
17 $1,500 Millionaire Maker 6,299 Daniel Dvoress $1,489,289 Caio De Almeida
18 $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em 2,978 Vladas Burneikis $192,523 Pierre Merlin
19 $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Bounty Championship 1,168 Enrico Camosci $184,579 Omer Ozsirkinti
20 $400 Pot Limit Omaha 2,005 Eoghan O’Dea $100,945 Nital Jethalal
21 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 2,006 Alek Stasiak $273,505 Kunal Bhatia
22 $800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha 831 Frank Crivello $94,253 Craig Timmis
23 $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship 128 David Peters $360,480 Michael Addamo
24 HK$8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship 3,247 Luis Assunção $458,246 Alexandros Theologis
25 $1,500 GGMasters WSOP Edition 2,153 Seth Fischer $444,869 Arsenii Karmatckii
26 $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition 9,835 Anatoly Suvarov $183,526 David Edelstein
27 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship 672 Ravid Garbi $531,513 Chris Moorman
28 $2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em 1,061 Leonardo Mattos $399,047 Christopher Pütz
29 $525 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 3,170 Orhan Ateş $114,584 Tobias Schwecht
30 $300 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 3,491 Alexander Stacey $127,660 Craig Lecompte
31 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 990 Bradley Ruben $220,160 Dorel Eldabach
32 $500 Mini Main Event 15,205 Ivan Žufić $843,460 Suraj Mishra
33 $840 Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em 2,207 Kartik Ved $131,461 Konstantin Maslak
34 $600 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship 2,911 Dmytro Bystrovzorov $227,906 Florian Gaugusch
35 $800 Pot Limit Omaha 1,281 Toby Joyce $139,453 Mark Herm
36 $500 Limit Hold’em 706 Gregor Müller $45,102 Brunno Botteon
37 $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em 2,315 Anson Tsang $150,460 Mohaiman Ashrafee
38 $1,500 Marathon No Limit Hold’em 1,438 Nick Maimone $302,472 Diego Bittar
39 $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Poker Players Championship 407 Christian Rudolph $1,800,290 Chris Hunichen
40 $50 Big 50 44,576 Huahuan Feng $211,282 Xue Qiao Zhao
41 $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship 337 Ajay Chabra $77,475 Carter Swidler
42 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 2,202 Jim Lefteruk $299,511 Endrit Geci
43 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 972 Thi Truong $215,938 Enrico Camosci
44 $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em 3,552 Trygve Leite $130,100 Emanuele Monari
45 $400 Forty Stack No Limit Hold’em 4,461 Gediminas Uselis $227,186 Andrew Wilson
46 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event 5,802 Stoyan Madanzhiev $3,904,686 Wenling Gao
47 $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 1,910 Adnan Hacialioglu $259,842 Robin Berggren
48 $25,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em 127 Fedor Holz $1,077,025 Brunno Botteon
49 $600 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 2,408 Jeffrey Dobrin $189,667 Idris Ambraisse
50 $1,050 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 1,925 Nicolo Molinelli $144,199 Kyle Menard
51 $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty 2,024 Melika Razavi $151,127 Dylan Linde
52 $10,000 WSOP Super Million$ 899 Connor Drinan $1,423,049 Daniyar Aubakirov
53 $100 WSOP Million$ 34,787 Alexander Kobbeltvedt $284,403 Kostiantyn Vovhcenko
54 $500 The Closer 4,012 Michael Gathy $260,505 Yuan Li


Learn more about the GGPoker WSOP Online 2020 series here.