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GGPoker sets new Guinness World Record for largest online poker tournament prize pool

  • GGPoker sets new Guinness World Record 
  • The largest ever online poker tournament prize pool was set in September
  • The WSOP $5,000 Main Event reached a record $27,559,500
Freetips staff 29 Oct 2020
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GGPoker has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest online poker tournament prize pool with the World Series of Poker Online $5,000 Main Event reaching a record $27,559,500.

GGPoker is one of the world's leading online poker sites and it was the World Series of Poker Online Event 77: $5,000 Main Event at GGPoker on September 6, 2020 that set a new record for the total prize pool. 

The $27,559,500 on offer across the WSOP event was the largest ever for an online poker tournament and earned the accolade.

The GGPoker promo code NEWBONUS was used by some of those taking part in the event, which was the marquee tournament of the 54-gold bracelet event World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online 2020 Series at GGPoker. 

Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev defeated the 5,802-player field to earn the $3,904,685 top payout and his first World Series of Poker bracelet. Madanzhiev’s prize was the largest individual prize ever awarded in an online poker tournament.

The record $27,559,500 prize pool was shared among the top 728 finishers in the tournament. Each prize winner earned a minimum $11,834 payout.

“This Guinness World Records title was on our radar from the very beginning,” said Steve Preiss, Head of Poker Operations at GGPoker. “Players and fans of poker expect nothing less than record-breaking prizes when it comes to the World Series of Poker, and GGPoker delivered.”

The Main Event lasted 150 hours, 9 minutes and 13 seconds from the start of the first starting flight to the end of the last hand. 

Surviving players from all Day 1 starting flights combined for Day 2 of the tournament on August 30, during which the field shrunk from 1,171 players to just 38. 

A week later, the final 38 players battled it out over a long Day 3 until Madanzhiev won the final hand of the tournament and claimed the winner’s share of the record-breaking prize pool.

“Breaking a Guinness World Records title shows what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Director. “This will be a tough record to beat.”

In November 2020, GGPoker hosts the Battle of Malta, a $30M guaranteed tournament series. You can enter the Battle of Malta series by joining GGPoker here.

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