The GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Series recently concluded with 54 gold bracelets awarded, along with nearly $150 million in cash prizes. Some impressive online and World Series of Poker records were broken during the two-month long series. And a handful of big name pros became bracelet winners.
Connor Drinan, one of the top pros in the game, shipped one of the final bracelets of the summer. He took down the $10,000 Super Millions No-Limit Hold’em event for $1.4 million. In the process, he squeaked out a $100,000 bracelet side bet against Daniel Negreanu.
Drinan was among the 53 players who won gold bracelets during the GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Series. Another 31 individuals took down some hardware during the 31-event WSOP.com series in July. Alex Stasiak, a Canadian, was the only player this summer to win a pair of bracelets. He took down Events #33 and #52, both on GGPoker, for a combined $616,000.
Among the other 53 bracelets awarded on GGPoker, pros such as Drinan, Fedor Holz, and Juha Helppi became WSOP champions.
GGPoker WSOP Online Series a Rousing Success
In total, nearly $150 million in cash prizes were awarded during the GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Series. Of the 54 events, 45 (83.3%) had a prize pool that exceed $1 million, and seven exceeded $5 million.
Records were broken during the first ever internet version of the World Series of Poker, starting with the $5,000 buy-in Main Event, which generated a record-setting $27.5 million prize pool, most in online poker history, surpassing the 2018 Partypoker Millions tournament ($21.8 million).
Stoyan Madanzhiev won the Main Event for $3.9, also an online poker tournament record. Two World Series of Poker records were set in the $50 Big 50, won by Huahuan Feng for $211,282. First, the tournament was the cheapest in WSOP history, and no previous WSOP event had as many entries (44,576). The 2019 $500 Big 50 in Las Vegas held the previous record with 28,371 entries.
Women had some great success during the series. Three female pros won bracelets this summer — Kristen Bicknell (Event #44), Thi Truong (Event #74), and Melika Razavi (Event #82). The record for most bracelets won by women in the same summer is four, set in 2004.
Interesting stats from the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Series
- Total entries: 239,754
- Number of events with a prize pool reaching $10 million: 2
- Multiple final tables played: 39 players
- Number of players who cashed more than 10 times: 54
- Number of players who won at least $100,000: 203
Caesars Cares, a non-profit organization created by Caesars Entertainment, raised over $354,000 for charity during the series, of which $97,000 came from GGPoker donations. That includes the $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief charity event, won by Alex Stasiak for $343,204. The event attracted 2,323 players, all donating $111 to the cause.