2020 GGPoker WSOP Main Event Reaches Final Table

Brunno Booteon is the man to catch at the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Main Event final table

The 2020 GGPoker WSOP Main Event is down to its final table with the 674-starters whittled to only nine players. All nine players hail from different counties, showing poker is a game for everyone.

Those players are on hiatus until December 15 which is when the final table takes place. That’s if the nine finalists can arrange travel to Rozvadov, Czech Republic at such short notice.

Day 2 of the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Main Event started with 179 players in contention for the title. Only 80 of those receive prize money, so the initial aim was to survive long enough to bag a payout.

The bursting of the bubble was something of an anti-climax. Zhiao “KingChips” He was sat out for a while and unable to play hands. He was down to a mere 765 chips and they went into the middle from the big blind. A raise from Rodrigo Valente claimed those chips and locked in a min-cash of $15,277 for the surviving players.

2020 GGPoker WSOP Main Event Reaches the Money

Plenty of household names were among the final 80 players who saw a return on their $10,000 investment.

Ronit Chamani and Javier Gomez were the first two players to bust inside the money. Matas Cimbolas, Antoine Saout, Sergio Aido, and the United Kingdom’s Tom Macdonald cashed too.

Macdonald fell in 10th place during the 100,000/200,000/20,000a level. Manuel Ruivo opened under the gun with Kh-3h and called the few extra chips Macdonald jammed in from the small blind with Ah-4h. The board ran 6d-3d-Qc-Jd-Qs to bust Macdonald in 10th and set the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Main Event final table.

Place Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Brunno Botteon Brazil 10,317,743 52
2 Manuel Ruivo Portugal 6,213,759 31
3 Damian Salas Argentina 5,653,528 28
4 fullbabyfull Liechenstein 4,232,560 21
5 Hannes Speiser Austria 3,515,744 18
6 Dominykas Mikolaitis Lithuania 3,165,440 16
7 Ramon Miquel Munoz Spain 3,035,940 15
8 Peiyuan Sun China 2,185,676 11
9 Stoyan Obreshkov Bulgaria 2,119,610 11

Who Are The Finalists?

Bruno Botteon (lead image) is the man to catch at the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Main Event final table with 10,317,743 chips. The Brazilian is the only player with an eight-figure start when play resumes.

Botteon is a superb poker tournament player, one with $6.5 million in winnings. He came close to winning a WSOP bracelet three times this summer. Botten finished sixth twice in bracelet-awarding events at GGPoker. He was the runner-up in the $25,000 NL Hold’em Heads-Up event for a career-best $622,300 too.

Manuel Ruivo once banked more than $2 million from an online poker tournament. He won the partypoker MILLIONS Online in 2018 for $2.33 million!

Damian Salas is in third-place currently and a significant threat to the other finalists. The Argentinian reached the 2017 WSOP Main Event and banked $1,425,000.

Unknown Lichtenstein grinder “fullbabyfull”, Austria’s Hannes Speiser, and Lithuanian Dominykas Mikolaitis are finalists. As are Ramon Miquel Munoz, Peiyuan Sun, and short stack Stoyan Obreshkov.

What Is Left To Play For

Place Prize
1 $1,550,969
2 $1,062,723
3 $728,177
4 $498,947
5 $341,879
6 $234,255
7 $160,512
8 $109,982
9 $75,360

$75,360 is the least any of the finalists can win, but one will reel in $1,550,969. The eventual 2020 GGPoker WSOP Main Event champion also receives entry to a live heads-up match in Las Vegas against the WSOP.com champion. That match has a $1 million winner-takes-all format.

Travelling to King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic will prove challenging for the finalists. Strict COVID-19 related travel restrictions are in place around the world. The Czech Republic is very strict when it comes to non-European visitors during these unprecedented times. Travellers are required to fill in a Public Health Passenger Locator Form and undergo a PCR test before being considered for entry. Those tests can take up to a week to process, leaving the finalists little time to arrange flights.

It’s difficult to see how the South American finalists and the Chinese national will sort this in time, leaving the WSOP with an issue for the live final table.

The whole thing is turning into something of a mess, just like many predicted it would.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.

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