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Bryan Piccioli Leads Final 38 In 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event

The $5,000 Buy-In Event Drew 5,802 Entries To Create A $27,559,500 Prize Pool, Winner To Receive $3.9 Million

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The 2020 World Series of Poker Online $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event attracted a field of 5,802 entries across its 23 starting flights, easily surpassing the $25 million guarantee to create the largest prize pool in online poker tournament history: $27,559,500. This year’s main event champion is set to walk away with the championship bracelet and a first-place prize of $3,904,686, which would be the largest ever awarded in an online poker event.

The previous record for the biggest prize pool in an online tournament belonged to the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online, a $5,300 buy-in event that created a $21,780,000 prize pool. The huge turnout for this tournament resulted in the top 728 finishers making the money, with a min-cash earning $11,834. The top 17 finishers will cash for six figures, with the final four players set to all earn seven-figure paydays.

Day 2 began with 1,171 players remaining, which meant that roughly 400 players were eliminated outside of the money during early action, including all-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth and high stakes superstar Fedor Holz.

Plenty of big names cashed in this event but were eliminated during the course of day 2 action. Among those who made the money were two-time bracelet winner Kahle Burns (52nd – $39,214), Sam Greenwood (75th – $30,776), Conor Beresford (85th – $27,675), two-time bracelet winner Shankar Pillai (99th – $27,675), Isaac Haxton (121st – $24,886), and bracelet winner Mike Leah (128th – $24,886).

After roughly 12 hours of action, the field was narrowed until just 38 players remained, each of whom had locked up at least a $39,214 payday in this event. Bryan Piccioli ended the day as the chip leader, with his 18,417,494 representing just shy of 74 big blinds when play resumes at 125,000/250,000 blinds with an ante of 30,000. Piccioli is no stranger to WSOP success, having made the final table of the 2017 main event in Las Vegas. He finished sixth for $1,675,000. The American poker pro has also won a bracelet, having taken down the 2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific $1,100 ‘Accumulator’ event for $221,419.

Benjamin RolleOther big names still in contention include online tournament regular Benjamin Rolle (10,789,181), who will be known to many by his screen name ‘bencb789’, high-stakes regular Stefan Schillhabel, and Samuel Vousden (4,241,694), who is one of the top-rated online players best known as ‘€urop€an’.

Recent WSOPO bracelet winner Michael Lech bagged up 4,129,636 as he looks to continue his impressive run in 2020. Fellow bracelet winner Arkadyi Tsinis also survived the day, ending with 2,394,386. As of the end of play, there are still a handful of players whose real names have not yet been identified.

The final 38 will have nearly a week of rest before returning on Saturday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. UTC (11:30 a.m. PT) to play down to a champion. Here is a look at the chip counts for the remaining players:

Player Chip Count
Bryan Piccioli 18,417,494
Michael “All Love” Kane 15,907,969
Stoyan “Nirvana76” Madanzhiev 15,299,783
kellyyy 13,108,575
Craig Timmis 12,809,181
Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt 11,681,173
TiroGiro 11,116,489
Benjamin Rolle 10,789,181
HappyDX 10,553,281
Joao “Petronio” Santos 10,433,786
Tyler “TheRayGuy” Cornell 10,152,249
Dingxiang “dydgg66” Ong 9,320,927
Xuming “scplayer” Qi 8,842,916
WhyEsEl 8,635,342
Stefan “Schilli33” Schillhabel 8,412,841
Satoshi “Tamito” Isomae 8,359,674
Maicon “21_Pirlo” Gasperin 8,171,017
Joshua “thefreshest” Mccully 7,906,110
BeatMeater 7,692,938
Tzai Wei “ahboy8888” Phua 7,338,038
Martin “colinchow” Arce 6,131,772
Jonas “rddkpp1” Lauck 6,118,751
Avidan “Snakedoc” Cohen 5,880,731
Manuel “JOhn Mcclean” Saavedra 5,847,283
Lucas “GreenFrogX” Tabarin 5,695,282
Phachara Wongwichit 5,153,525
Chris Brewer 4,908,096
Julien “GiuseppeL” Perouse 4,866,548
Samuel Vousden 4,241,694
Michael “MiguelFiesta” Lech 4,192,636
Thomas “readytoship” Ward 4,083,422
Mateusz “GobsBob” Rypulak 4,079,246
Toilet_Water 3,397,845
Arkadiy “Kamsky” Tsinis 2,394,386
Freek “Jeff Pesos” Scholten 2,248,788
Julian “DanBiz” Stuer 2,111,979
Aleksandr “John Marston” Trofimov 1,602,207
Evgeny “AntreVolt” Galakhov 958,516

Here is a look at the payouts set to be awarded at the final table:

Place Payout
1st $3,904,686
2nd $2,748,605
3rd $1,928,887
4th $1,353,634
5th $949,937
6th $666,637
7th $467,825
8th $328,305
9th $230,395

Rolle photo credit: Neil Stoddart / PokerStars.