The numbers are in for the ‘Internation Tournament’ segment of the 2020 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in main event. A total of 674 entries were made across three starting flights, creating a prize pool of $6,470,400.
The 2020 WSOP $10,000 main event features an unprecedented live-and-online hybrid model, and will essentially play out as two separate events that each begin online and will play until two separate live final tables are set. The two eventual champions determined at those final tables will then square off to determine which will win the championship WSOP gold bracelet and an added bonus prize of $1,000,000 to go along with whatever they won at their initial final table.
The top 80 finishers will make the money in the ‘International Tournament’, with a min-cash being worth $15,277. The final nine players will all earn at least $75,360, with the eventual champion set to take home $1,550,969 along with their chance at the title and the bonus million that is up for grabs.
A total of 179 players survived the three starting flights to make Day 2, which resumes at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, December 7. Play will continue until the nine-handed final table is set. Those players will then reconvene in person to play down to a winner at King’s Casino in Rosvadov, the site of the WSOP Europe for several years now.
The overall chip leader heading into day 2 is Senthuran Vijayaratnam, who bagged up 966,714 at the end of the third and largest starting flight. Day 1C drew 257 entries, with 1A adding 246 and 1B another 171.
Plenty of accomplished players have made it through to day 2 with healthy stacks, including day 1B leader Blaz Zerjav (639,394), Viacheslav Buldygin (480,671), Preben Stokkan (446,677), Christopher Puetz (394,051), Laurynas Levinskas (389,628), Damian Salas (266,036), and Toby Joyce (243,195).
2020 WSOP Online main event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev was eliminated from this event on Day 1C. Madanzhiev voiced his frustration with this tournament being marketed as the ‘main event’ after he had already won a tournament that was described as such earlier this year. In a Twitter post he said, “Looking back, If I had known I wasn’t playing the ‘actual’ world series of poker, I probably wouldn’t have reentered. Or maybe even played.”
The counterpart to the ‘International Tournament’ segment of this hybrid event is the ‘Domestic Tournament’. That will begin on Dec. 13 with a single starting flight. The final table will be set the following day, with the in-person finale taking place on Dec. 28. The winners of the two tournaments will then meet on Dec. 30 for a final battle for the bracelet and the added $1,000,000 in prize money.