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

Sean Chaffin August 26, 2020
GOLD GLUTTONY: US, Canadian Players Find Success in 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

EventBuy-inTotal entriesPrize poolWinner payoutWinnerCountry
#32: The Opener NLHE$10029,306$2,696,152$265,880Marcelo Jakovljevic PudlaBrazil
#33: Every 1 for Covid Relief$1,1112,323$2,580,853$343,204Alek StasiakCanada
#34: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5252,214$1,107,000$117,650Shoma IshikawaJapan
#35 Pot Limit Omaha Championship$5,000328$1,558,000$306,622Juha HelppiFinland
#36 FIFTY STACK NLHE$1,5001,342$1,912,350$297,496Michael ClacherSouth Africa
#37 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha$1,050971$971,000$161,887Hun Wei LeeAustralia
#38 Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed [Asia Time Zone]$6002,007$1,143,990$171,389Aaron WijayaChina
#39: NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$1,500922$1,313,850$216,213Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom
#40: Pot Limit Omaha$2,500532$1,263,500$224,493Klas LofbergSweden
#41: COLOSSUS$40012,757$4,796,632$595,930Ranno SootlaEstonia
#42: PLOSSUS$4004,356$1,637,856$221,557Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil
#43: Short Deck NLHE Championship$10,000301$812,700$276,393Lev "LevMeAlone" GottliebUnited States
#44: NLHE 6-Handed$2,500892$2,118,500$356,412Kristen BicknellCanada
#45: Bounty NLHE$8402,382$1,906,500$245,448Patrick "Muddington" KennedyUnited Kingdom
#46: Deepstack NLHE$5002,307$1,095,825$189,098Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" HyunSouth Korea
#47: Short Deck NLHE$1,000487$462,560$88,202Paul TeohMalaysia
#48 MILLIONAIRE MAKER$1,5006,299$8,976,075$1,489,289Daniel DvoressCanada
#49 Turbo Deepstack$5002,978$1,414,550$192,523Vladas "apuokos" BurneikisLithuania
#50: Bounty Championship$2,1001,168$2,336,000$327,319Enrico "GTOExploiter" CamosciItaly
#51: Pot Limit Omaha$4002,005$753,880$100,945Eoghan "DrRoche" O'DeaIreland
#52: NLHE$1,0002,006$1,905,700$273,505Alek StasiakCanada
#53: Double Stack PLO [Asia Time Zone]$800831$631,560$94,253Frank CrivelloUnited States
#54: Heads-Up Championship$10,000128$1,241,600$360,480David PetersUnited States
#55: NLHE Asia Time Zone ChampionshipHK$8,0003,247$3,184,074$458,261Luis Eduardo Assuncao GarlaBrazil
#56: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1502,153$3,068,025$444,869Seth FischerUnited States
#57: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1509,835$1,357,230$183,526Anatoly "Pohitrusha" SuvarovRussia
#58: NLHE 6-Handed Championship$5,000672$3,192,000$531,513Ravid "jerbi9999" GarbiIsrael
#59: NLHE Double Stack$2,5001,061$2,519,875$399,047Leonardo "Babaehduro" MattosBrazil
#60: $525 Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5253,170$1,585,000$180,177Orhan "yirtil" AtesTurkey
#61: Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed$3003,491$973,989$127,660Alexander "MightyWarior" StaceyUnited Kingdom
#62: Pot Limit Omaha$1,500990$1,410,750$220,160Bradley "DrStrange7" RubenUnited States
#63: Mini Main Event$50015,205$7,222,375$843,460Ivan "zufo16" ZuficCroatia
#64: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE$8402,207$1,765,600$131,461Kartik "Mandovi" VedIndia
#65: NLHE Deepstack$6002,911$1,659,270$227,906Dmytro "Too Bad" BystrovzorovUkraine
#66: Pot Limit Omaha$8001,281$973,560$139,453Toby JoyceIreland
#67: NLHE$500706$335,350$45,101Gregor "soulsntfaces" MullerAustria
#68: Deepstack NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$5002,315$1,099,625$150,460Yan Shing TsangHong Kong
#69: Marathon NLHE$1,5001,438$2,049,150$302,472Nick "rdcrsn" MaimoneUnited States
#70: NLHE Poker Players Championship$25,000407NANA* event not yet completedNA
#71: BIG 50 NLHE$5044,576$2,050,496$211,282Huahuan "F7588" FengChina
TOTALS174,507$79,083,002$11,512,996
Bracelets by County
Average (8/26/20)4,363$2,026,475$295,205US – 6
Average (8/19)3,641$2,134,553$313,654.00Canada – 4
Averages (8/11)3,830$1,997,347$299,896Brazil – 4
United Kingdom – 3

2020 WSOP Online GGPoker

DateEvent NumberTournamentBuy-inPrize GuaranteeNotes
Thursday, August 27, 202042$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha$1,500
Saturday, August 29, 202043$300 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em$300Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 30, 202044$400 FORTY STACK No Limit Hold'em$400
Sunday, August 30, 202045$5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event [Day 2], $25M GTD$5,000$25,000,0003-Day Event, Feezeout Flights
Sunday, August 30, 202046$1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$1,000
Tuesday, September 01, 202047People's Choice Event [Most Popular]TBATBATBA by Vote
Wednesday, September 02, 202048People's Choice Event [Pros Vote]TBATBATBA by Vote
Thursday, September 03, 202049People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel]TBATBATBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202050People's Choice Event [Most Popular]TBATBAAsia Time Zone, TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202051$1,050 Beat the Pros [Bounty]$1,050
Sunday, September 06, 202052$10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD$10,000$5,000,0002-Day Event
Sunday, September 06, 202053$100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD$100$2,000,0002-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, September 06, 202054$500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE]$500

Kristen Bicknell photo courtesy WPT/Joe Giron

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