GGPoker Sets World Record With 2020 WSOP
It’s official. The World Series of Poker Online Event 77: $5,000 Main Event hosted by GGPoker on September 6, 2020, has emerged the holder of a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Prize Pool for an Online Poker Tournament. The super-sized event saw 5,802 entrants generate an incredible $27,559,500 prize pool.
The official adjudicator for the Guinness World Records, Michael Empric, last week informed Canadian Poker pro and GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu that the record had been verified and that the WSOP Main Event at GGPoker was now considered the new holder of the title.
The 2020 Online World Series of Poker was the first of its kind and created as an alternative to the cancelled WSOP held each year in Vegas.
GGPoker And WSOP A Great Match
A fantastic 54 WSOP bracelets were handed out on GGPoker over the course of the bracelet events. And then there was also the winner of the $5,000 buy-in Main Event, Bulgarian Poker player Stoyan Mandanzhiev, who ended up walking away with a phenomenal $3,904,685 in winnings.
A man absolutely delighted with the outcome and new world record is Steve Preiss, Head of Poker Operations at GGPoker. According to Preiss, a new Guinness World Record had been on GGPoker’s radar since the very beginning. Since players and supporters of Poker expect nothing less than record-smashing prize money from the WSOP and GGPoker, said Preiss in response to the news of the award from Negreanu, nothing less than an actual world record would have been regarded good enough.
Equally impressed with the new record had been World Series of Poker Director Ty Stewart. Smashing a Guinness World Record is what you get when combining an incredible Poker platform such as the one created by GGPoker with the brand-recognition of the WSOP, said Stewart, adding that the latest world record recognised by Guinness will be a tall order to beat.
The Sky Is The Limit
But even though there certainly isn’t any guarantee that the WSOP and GGPoker will ever again manage to pull off an online event quite like the record-smashing Main Event of 2020, it doesn’t necessarily imply that once live Poker returns to the Rio in Las Vegas there can never again be a smashing online Main Event.
Since this year’s online Main Event has created the enormous hype that it did, chances are there may very well be well enough interest to justify a live as well as a virtual World Series of Poker. Time will reveal all.