A mega prize pool of over $27 million is recorded as the “Largest Prize Pool for an Online Poker Tournament” in the Guinness World Record. This mega prize pool was declared in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event tournament organized by GGPoker last month.
The tournament created history as the $27,559,500 won in the 2020 WSOP Main Event on GGPoker surpassed the earlier biggest online tournament prize pool by almost $6 million. This magnificent victory was delivered by Michael Empric, Official Adjudicator for Guinness, to GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu this week.
Three entries/player, 23 starting flights, one mega record-breaking event
The 2020 WSOP Main Event started in July opening with 31 events on WSOP.com. This special tournament was open for poker enthusiasts only from Nevada and New Jersey. Post this the tournament was catered for players from all across the world on the GGPoker’s international website. The only players restricted were those from the US.
This mega event was earlier scheduled as a 101-event series which meant 87 live bracelet events in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino along with 14 online events commencing on WSOP.com. But due to the COVID pandemic, the plans changed and the in-person series were cancelled leaving only online events.
The WSOP Main Event on GGPoker with a $5,000 buy-in was publicized with an attention gripping $25 million guarantee. As already stated by Steve Preiss, Head of Poker Operations at GGPoker “This Guinness World Records title was on our radar from the start,” and the numbers sure support the vision. The previous record that GGPoker aimed at breaking was $21,780,000, which was set by partypoker MILLIONS in 2018.
The suspenseful WSOP Main Event had 23 preliminary day flights and the capacity for poker players to go through up to a maximum of three times. However the question of whether or not it could hit its assurance remained a matter of suspense through the final group of initial flights.
It was a total of 5,802 total entries thattogether put together that new record-breaking prize pool. As it happens, in the end, the 728 last standing players cashed and divided that money amongst them. The title was won by Stoyan Madanzhiev of Bulgaria along with a whooping $3,904,685 first prize.
An exemplary record for WSOP?
To make it to the Guinness Book of World Records is in itself an achievement. But this is the first major victory and what remains a matter of concern is how far the organizers of WSOP will go to win such accolades. In the post pandemic era will online poker tournaments still stage such large prize pools which will truly decide the future of the online poker world?
The WSOP has formed many records over the past half a century and it is the ranking of the largest ever live tournament prize pools that is ruled by WSOP for long. It is the 2006 WSOP Main Event with a mega prize pool of $82,512,162 that tops the record.
As a matter of fact, the WSOP events have organized 17 amongst the top 19 largest prize pools yet. The current 2020 WSOP Main Event organized on GGPoker will rank 20th on a list with both online and live tournaments.
Based on the priority of WSOP, we may or may not witness such large scale online bracelet series in the post pandemic era. However, based on the popularity of the online events we do hope that there will be an amalgamation of live and online poker tournaments in the near future. This also means that GGPoker or another international partner would host such mega tournaments.