GGPoker WSOP $10,000 Main Event reaches final table

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Geoff Fisk
Posted on: December 08, 2020 14:00 PST

Brunno Botteon comes away with the chip lead as nine players remain

The final nine players on the GGPoker side of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event are set. The international component of the Main Event played to its online conclusion Monday,

The remaining nine contenders will now reconvene at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and finish the GGPoker side of the Main Event as a live tournament. That final table plays out Dec. 15, and from there the winner flies out to Las Vegas to await the U.S. winner from the side of the 2020 Main Event.

Brazilian player Bruno Botteon leads the pack among the final nine from the GGPoker event, bagging 10,317,743 (52 big blinds).

Following Botteon in the chip counts is Portugal’s Manel ‘robocup’ Ruivo (6,213,759 chips, 31 big blinds), Argentinan legend Damian Salas (5,653,528, 28 big blinds) and ‘fullbabyfull’ of Liechtenstein (4,232,560, 21 big blinds).

GGPoker 2020 WSOP Main Event final table chip counts

Pos. Player* Playing From Chip Count**
1 Brunno Botteon Brazil 10,317,743
2 Manuel ‘robocup’ Ruivo Portugal 6,213,759
3 Damian Salas Argentina 5,653,528
4 ‘fullbabyfull’ Liechtenstein 4,232,560
5 Hannes ‘BlackFortuna’ Speiser Austria 3,515,744
6 Dominkyas ‘MickeyMouse’ Mikolaitis Lithuania 3,165,440
7 Ramon ‘Ritza’ Miquel Munoz Spain 3,305,940
8 Peiyuan ‘fish3098’ Sun China 2,185,676
9 Stoyan ‘UncleToni’ Obreshkov Bulgaria 2,119,610

*Real player names courtesy of PokerNews.

**Day 2 ended with the blinds at 100,000/200,000/20,000

Day 2 action

Day 2 of the GGPoker 2020 WSOP Main Event played out Monday, with surviving players from Day 1a, 1b, and 1c coming back for a shot at a cash prize and a final table spot. A total of 179 players made it through to Day 2 from the original field of 674 players.

The 674 players, all unique entries in the freezout tournament, pushed the prize pool to $6,470,400. The eventual champion from the GGPoker side of the Main Event takes home $1,550,969, with the runner up claiming $1,062,723. Whoever wins from the GGPoker side will play the champion heads-up for an additional $1 million.

The money ladder awarded 80 money spots, with just under half of the 179 players that started Day 2 finishing with a payout.

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Notable names finishing in the money included Daniel Smiljkovic (64th - $16,928), former two-time WSOP final table finisher Antoine Saout (53rd - $18,421), Sergio Aido (41st - $22,876), Day 1b chip leader Blaz Zerjav (25th - $30,404), and Day 1a chip leader Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt (24th - $30,404).

Senthuran ‘Prodigal Sen’ Vijayaratnam (11th - $50,131) came into Day 2 as the overall tournament chip leader and finished two spots short of a final table appearance. Thomas ‘ggmbn’ Macdonald (10th - $50,131) was knocked out on the final table bubble, sending the remaining nine players to Rozvadov to determine a champion.

King’s Casino hosts the GGPoker WSOP Main Event final table Dec 15. The side of the Main Event sees its final table play out at the Rio in Las Vegas Dec. 28.

The two champions from the international and U.S. sides of the tournament then play each other in a heads-up match at the Rio Dec. 30, with $1 million extra going to the winner.

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