The recently concluded 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit did better than expected. The Winter Online Circuit featured a buy-in of $1,700 and offered participants $10 million in guarantees. Up-and-coming 24-year-old Tal Herzog garnered the 2nd position and close to $1 million in prize money in this year’s World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit.
The 24-year Israeli, who was playing under the moniker ‘Turkey1,’ put up a good fight to emerge in second place at the WSOPC #18: $1,700 Main. However, it was Lithuania’s very own, Paulius Plausinaitis, that walked away with the crown. Paulius Plausinaitis beat all others to walk away with the WSOPC gold ring, as well as the coveted first-place prize of $1,236,361. The Lithuanian managed to beat a total of 6,395 participants to emerge victoriously.
The GGPoker World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em main attracted more entries than anticipated which surpassed the initial $10 million guarantee to reach a final prize pool of $10,327,925 thus effectively making it the largest event in WSOP’s Winter Circuit series.
The 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit featured an array of starting flights for participants to choose from with 1,112 participants managing to make it to the second day of the competition. The top 700 participants walked away with winning worth $4,107.
The final table, however, only consisted of 9 competitors. Plausinaitis secured the pot and the title with aces and threes, while 24-year-old Tal Herzog earned $923,165 as the runner-up finisher. Other notable participants on the 9 handed final table included WSOP bracelet winner Alexandru Papazian, Finnish professional Joni Jouhkimainen, and Artem “Amsterq” Prostak. The WSOP Circuit Online Main Event was GGPoker’s flagship tournament of the 2020 WSOP Winter Online Circuit.
GGPoker has done an excellent job of filling up the live event void that’s been left by the persisting contagion. That’s why it will likely continue to grow to become the largest poker site in the world. GGPoker is currently ranked as the 5th largest online poker site; a position it is looking to improve this year.
What does the World Series of Poker Circuit look like for 2021?
Even though the $100m Gtd. WSOP Winter Online Circuit may already have come to an end, poker lovers have a lot more poker action to look forward to in GGPoker. The 2021 online WSOP schedule is as packed as ever so there will never be a moment of boredom for GGPoker fans. Because of the uncertain conditions that persist thanks to the pandemic we have on our hands, the status of live poker is still very cloudy at the moment.
As a result, most of the World Series of Poker Circuit will be held online for understandable reasons. The great news is that WSOP has plans to hold monthly online circuit events throughout the year, which should keep poker lovers occupied and happy.
This year, more than 180 gold rings will be awarded at these WSOP.com events. Some events will feature as many as 12 sometimes 18 gold rings up for grabs. There is even an event that’s already been planned tentatively for a soon to be legalized online poker market later on in the year.
These smaller events will build-up to the end-of-year championship event that will be similar to the Global Casino Championship. There will also be smaller event-specific freerolls that will reward players immediately, thus increasing the final value of the championship event. The series will be open to poker players in both New Jersey, as well as Nevada, as well as the mystery market that’s yet to be legalized.
To encourage players that are not from New Jersey or Nevada to take part, the WSOP has partnered up with Caesars properties. These properties will offer participants coming in from outside these 2 states special rates. That’s why the series will be hosted by Caesars Atlantic City in May and Rio Las Vegas in August.
Arriving poker players that choose to stay at these properties during the series’ will be able to buy-in and cash out their winnings at the cashier’s station. The end of year championship is scheduled for December 28th. Every participant that walks away with a ring will automatically earn a ticket to battle it out at the Championship.
The monthly leaderboard winners will also earn points, which will result in seats. Any participants taking part in a minimum of 4 events during a specific series will earn a ticket to the Second Chance. The winners of Second Chance Fast Forward tournaments will then automatically earn seats.
The top 50 points earners that are not as lucky to get a seat during the season will also be invited to take part in the Championship. Overall, WSOP hopes to seat 256 poker players during the end year Championship, which is a pretty impressive number despite the looming pandemic.
This year’s winter online circuit seems to indicate that live poker tables will not be a fixed feature in the lineup anytime soon. However, this doesn’t seem to worry poker players as there are plenty of monthly events to keep punters engaged. These monthly tournaments promise to offer customers humongous prize pools, something that was sort of a rarity before the anemic struck.
These online circuits were a huge hit in 2020 and they should be no different this year. The 2021 WSOP Online Circuit Series promises to be the biggest one yet, which is excellent news for GGPoker and poker customers in regulated markets alike. If the events don’t spoil GGPoker customers for choice, then the huge selection of poker games on the website will.