Next stop: King’s Casino
The final table of the “International Bracket” of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker has been determined, with nine of the original 674 players still standing. Leading the way is Brazil’s Brunno Botteon with 10,317,743 chips. Nobody is within 4,000,000 of him.
So ends the online portion of the Main Event on the international side (I apologize to those who don’t live in the United States for such US-centric terminology, but that’s what the WSOP and GGPoker are using). From here, the final table moves to King’s Casino in Rozvadvov, Czech Republic on the German border on December 15.
The WSOP and the players are going to have to scramble to make travel arrangements, as all nine players are from different countries, a few of which are not remotely close to the Czech Republic. Two players live in South America and one lives in China. Fortunately, the Czech Repubic is centrally located in Europe, but even the players from Spain and Portugal have a bit of a trek coming up.
All remaining players must also take COVID-19 tests before the live final table. If a player tests positive, he is not permitted to play and will receive the minimum payout still available (so if one out of the nine tests positive, that player will receive ninth place money).
Still aiming for Vegas
The winner of the King’s Casino final table will travel to Las Vegas and take on the winner of the U.S. Bracket at the Rio – the normal home of the World Series of Poker – on December 28. The winner of that heads-up match will receive an additional $1 million and be declared the 2020 WSOP Main Event champ.
Almost every at the International Bracket final table is known to some extent in the poker world. Of note is Damian Salas, currently in third place, who finished seventh in the 2017 Main Event.
The tournament had three starting flights, with Day 1A taking place last Sunday, November 29. Participants in Day 1B and Day 1C had to wait until this past weekend to give it a go. Day 1A attracted 246 players, Day 1B drew 171 entries and Day 1C just edged out the first flight, bringing in 257 players. Normally at the World Series of Poker, Day 1C blows the other two starting flights away, because of the scheduling, but since this is online, players didn’t really need to worry about timing, just which day was most convenient for them. And since this is the WSOP Main Event, it is a freezeout, just like always.
2020 WSOP Main Event “International Bracket” – Final Table Chip Counts
- Brunno Botteon – 10,317,743
- Manuel “robocup” Ruivo – 6,213,759
- Damian Salas – 5,653,528
- Fullbabyfull – 4,232,560
- Hannes “BlackFortuna” Speiser – 3,515,744
- Dominykas “MickeyMouse” Mikolaitis – 3,165,440
- Ramon “Ritza” Miquel Munoz – 3,035,940
- Peiyuan “fish3098” Sun – 2,185,676
- Stoyan “UncleToni” Obreshkov – 2,119,610