GOLD GLUTTONY: US, Canadian Players Find Success in WSOP Online at GGPoker

Sean Chaffin August 26, 2020
Americans and Canadians have scored big in the gold bracelet count at the WSOP Online at GGPoker.

With three weeks remaining in the World Series of Poker Online at GGPoker, American and Canadian players have performed well in the bracelet hunting.

That includes 10 bracelets between the two countries. The US has the most of any country with six total and Canada is tied for second with four.

With 14 events remaining, there’s still time for both countries to grab even more gold.

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Americans jump in the WSOP Online action

It’s been a nice run for American players so far. Lev Gottlieb scored the first US bracelet on July 26 when he won Event 43: $10,000 Short Deck NLHE Championship. 

The win brought his first bracelet and $276,393. Next up was Frank Crivello, who won Event 53: $800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha for $94,253. This became the first bracelet for this player from San Diego, California.

Plenty of big names turned up for the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship. Longtime pro David Peters took the title for $360,480.

This marked the second bracelet for this player from Toledo, Ohio. He’s one of the most successful players in the world and seventh on the all-time money list.

WSOP Weekly takes a look at the second week of action.

Seth Fischer of Atlanta, Georgia, scored a bracelet in Event 56: $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition. The $1 million guaranteed event paid out $444,869.

On Aug. 16, Florida’s Bradley Ruben scored his first bracelet and $220,160 in Event 62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha. The most recent American winner is Nick Maimone, who won the $1,500 Marathon for his first bracelet and $302,472.

Maimone, from Charlotte, North Carolina, has $2.2 million in live tournament winnings. This isn’t Maimone’s first major WSOP finish. In 2009, he took 15th in the WSOP Main Event for $633,022.

Canadians also score big in WSOP

For players north of the border, Alex Stasiak got the winning started on July 19. Actually, he won Event 33: $1,111 Every 1 for COVID Relief on July 26.

A server glitch forced most of the tournament to be moved. Despite that snafu, Stasiak won his first bracelet for $343,204. If that weren’t enough, Stasiak added a second bracelet. On Aug. 6, he won Event 52: $1,000 NLHE for $273,505 – quite a run.

Kristen Bicknell added her name to the winner’s circle on July 29. She won the $2,500 NLHE Six-Handed event for $356,412.

The event brought her third WSOP bracelet after winning the Global Poker Index Female Player of the Year for the last three years.

Kristen Bicknell has now won titles this summer in the WSOP Online at GGPoker and WPT World Online Championships at partypoker.

One of the hottest players in poker at the moment, Bicknell also scored in the WPT World Online Championships. In that series, she won the $5,200 High Roller for $79,275 and also finished runner-up in another event.

In the $1,500 Millionaire Maker, Daniel Dvoress topped a field of 6,299 for $1.5 million. He also currently leads the Online Bracelet Leaderboard with Stasiak in second.

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Big numbers, close calls

While Americans can’t legally play on GGPoker, it appears many have headed to Canada or Mexico for the action. The chance to play a packed schedule and possibly win a bracelet lured many players across the borders.

The prize pools have been huge. The $500 Mini Main Event attracted 15,205 entries and a $7.2 million prize pool.

The $50 Big 50 attracted the greatest number of entries in the series – 44,576. Several major events remain including the $5,000 Main Event, with a $25 million guarantee.

The American and Canadian win totals could have been even better. Five US and one Canadian have finished runner-up.

The US had a chance at another addition to the win column on Wednesday. The $25,000 Poker Players Championship final table was set to finish.

That tournament featured a $10 million guarantee and three Americans at the final table. Jason Koon sits first in chips, Shankar Pillai in second, and Aram Zobian in fourth.

Here’s a look at all the winners so far followed by a schedule of remaining events.

2020 WSOP Online GGPoker Statistics

Event Buy-in Total entries Prize pool Winner payout Winner Country
#32: The Opener NLHE $100 29,306 $2,696,152 $265,880 Marcelo Jakovljevic Pudla Brazil
#33: Every 1 for Covid Relief $1,111 2,323 $2,580,853 $343,204 Alek Stasiak Canada
#34: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE 6-Handed $525 2,214 $1,107,000 $117,650 Shoma Ishikawa Japan
#35 Pot Limit Omaha Championship $5,000 328 $1,558,000 $306,622 Juha Helppi Finland
#36 FIFTY STACK NLHE $1,500 1,342 $1,912,350 $297,496 Michael Clacher South Africa
#37 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha $1,050 971 $971,000 $161,887 Hun Wei Lee Australia
#38 Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed [Asia Time Zone] $600 2,007 $1,143,990 $171,389 Aaron Wijaya China
#39: NLHE [Asia Time Zone] $1,500 922 $1,313,850 $216,213 Roberto Romanello United Kingdom
#40: Pot Limit Omaha $2,500 532 $1,263,500 $224,493 Klas Lofberg Sweden
#41: COLOSSUS $400 12,757 $4,796,632 $595,930 Ranno Sootla Estonia
#42: PLOSSUS $400 4,356 $1,637,856 $221,557 Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil
#43: Short Deck NLHE Championship $10,000 301 $812,700 $276,393 Lev "LevMeAlone" Gottlieb United States
#44: NLHE 6-Handed $2,500 892 $2,118,500 $356,412 Kristen Bicknell Canada
#45: Bounty NLHE $840 2,382 $1,906,500 $245,448 Patrick "Muddington" Kennedy United Kingdom
#46: Deepstack NLHE $500 2,307 $1,095,825 $189,098 Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" Hyun South Korea
#47: Short Deck NLHE $1,000 487 $462,560 $88,202 Paul Teoh Malaysia
#48 MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 6,299 $8,976,075 $1,489,289 Daniel Dvoress Canada
#49 Turbo Deepstack $500 2,978 $1,414,550 $192,523 Vladas "apuokos" Burneikis Lithuania
#50: Bounty Championship $2,100 1,168 $2,336,000 $327,319 Enrico "GTOExploiter" Camosci Italy
#51: Pot Limit Omaha $400 2,005 $753,880 $100,945 Eoghan "DrRoche" O'Dea Ireland
#52: NLHE $1,000 2,006 $1,905,700 $273,505 Alek Stasiak Canada
#53: Double Stack PLO [Asia Time Zone] $800 831 $631,560 $94,253 Frank Crivello United States
#54: Heads-Up Championship $10,000 128 $1,241,600 $360,480 David Peters United States
#55: NLHE Asia Time Zone Championship HK$8,000 3,247 $3,184,074 $458,261 Luis Eduardo Assuncao Garla Brazil
#56: GGMasters WSOP Edition $150 2,153 $3,068,025 $444,869 Seth Fischer United States
#57: GGMasters WSOP Edition $150 9,835 $1,357,230 $183,526 Anatoly "Pohitrusha" Suvarov Russia
#58: NLHE 6-Handed Championship $5,000 672 $3,192,000 $531,513 Ravid "jerbi9999" Garbi Israel
#59: NLHE Double Stack $2,500 1,061 $2,519,875 $399,047 Leonardo "Babaehduro" Mattos Brazil
#60: $525 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed $525 3,170 $1,585,000 $180,177 Orhan "yirtil" Ates Turkey
#61: Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed $300 3,491 $973,989 $127,660 Alexander "MightyWarior" Stacey United Kingdom
#62: Pot Limit Omaha $1,500 990 $1,410,750 $220,160 Bradley "DrStrange7" Ruben United States
#63: Mini Main Event $500 15,205 $7,222,375 $843,460 Ivan "zufo16" Zufic Croatia
#64: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE $840 2,207 $1,765,600 $131,461 Kartik "Mandovi" Ved India
#65: NLHE Deepstack $600 2,911 $1,659,270 $227,906 Dmytro "Too Bad" Bystrovzorov Ukraine
#66: Pot Limit Omaha $800 1,281 $973,560 $139,453 Toby Joyce Ireland
#67: NLHE $500 706 $335,350 $45,101 Gregor "soulsntfaces" Muller Austria
#68: Deepstack NLHE [Asia Time Zone] $500 2,315 $1,099,625 $150,460 Yan Shing Tsang Hong Kong
#69: Marathon NLHE $1,500 1,438 $2,049,150 $302,472 Nick "rdcrsn" Maimone United States
#70: NLHE Poker Players Championship $25,000 407 NA NA * event not yet completed NA
#71: BIG 50 NLHE $50 44,576 $2,050,496 $211,282 Huahuan "F7588" Feng China
TOTALS 174,507 $79,083,002 $11,512,996
Bracelets by County
Average (8/26/20) 4,363 $2,026,475 $295,205 US – 6
Average (8/19) 3,641 $2,134,553 $313,654.00 Canada – 4
Averages (8/11) 3,830 $1,997,347 $299,896 Brazil – 4
United Kingdom – 3

2020 WSOP Online GGPoker

Date Event Number Tournament Buy-in Prize Guarantee Notes
Thursday, August 27, 2020 42 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha $1,500
Saturday, August 29, 2020 43 $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em $300 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 30, 2020 44 $400 FORTY STACK No Limit Hold'em $400
Sunday, August 30, 2020 45 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event [Day 2], $25M GTD $5,000 $25,000,000 3-Day Event, Feezeout Flights
Sunday, August 30, 2020 46 $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $1,000
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 47 People's Choice Event [Most Popular] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 48 People's Choice Event [Pros Vote] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Thursday, September 03, 2020 49 People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 2020 50 People's Choice Event [Most Popular] TBA TBA Asia Time Zone, TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 2020 51 $1,050 Beat the Pros [Bounty] $1,050
Sunday, September 06, 2020 52 $10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD $10,000 $5,000,000 2-Day Event
Sunday, September 06, 2020 53 $100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD $100 $2,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, September 06, 2020 54 $500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE] $500

Kristen Bicknell photo courtesy WPT/Joe Giron

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