Plausinaitis Leads WSOPC $1,700 Main Event Final Table

The WSOPC $1,700 Main Event final table is set and more than $1.2 million awaits the eventual champion.

Paulis Plausinaitis is on course to bank more than $1.2 million in the WSOPC $1,700 Main Event. The tournament is running online at GGPoker and the final table is set. Lithuania’s Plausinaitis bagged up 76,004,224 chips at the end of Day 2 almost 22 million more than Artem “Amsterq” Prostak.

WSOPC $1,700 Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Paulis Plausinaitis Lithuania 76,004,224
2 Artem “Amsterq” Prostak Belarus 54,179,291
3 Joseph Cheong United States 50,700,582
4 likeboy China 47,269,129
5 Alexandru Papazian Romania 25,140,091
6 turkey1 China 21,939,160
7 BetAddict Israel 20,263,058
8 Joni Jouhkimainen Finland 13,814,882
9 DaiMing141319 China 8,992,305

GGPoker ran several flights in the WSOPC $1,700 Main Event resulting in a 6,395-strong field. All those entrants created a $10,327,925 prize pool and a $1,236,361 top prize. The winner also gets their hands on a coveted WSOP Circuit ring.

Only 1,112 players made it through to Day 2, which took place on January 10. The top 700 players received a slice of the massive prize pool, a min-cash weighing in at $4,107.

Plenty of big names cashes in the WSOPC $1,700 Main Event. Jans Arends was one of the first in-the-money casualties. As did such luminaries as Shawn Buchanan, Isaac Haxton, Shannon Shorr, and Sam Greenwood.

The Austrian known as “shetlef12” busted in 169th place and was the first player to bank a five-figure prize. Now everyone at the nine-handed final table is guaranteed at least $123,106.

WSOPC $1,700 Main Event Final Table Payouts

Place Prize
1 $1,236,361
2 $923,165
3 $692,276
4 $519,134
5 $389,295
6 $291,931
7 $218,917
8 $164,165
9 $123,106

The WSOPC $1,700 Main Event Final Table remains paused until January 16. Plausinaitis is the man to catch when play resume. The Lithuanian plays out of Macau and little is known about him. He collected $210,079 in August 2020 when he finished eighth in the $25,000 Poker Players Championship.

Belarusian Artem “Amsterq” Prostak is another relatively unknown quantity. Prostak bagged up more than 54 million chips at the close of play and reached the final table on merit.

Joseph Cheong returns to the action third in chips and is, without a doubt, the biggest name at the final table. Cheong has won almost $4 million in the online poker world and $14.6 million live. He has two seven-figure prize, $4,130,049 being the largest of the pair. This was Cheong’s reward for a third-place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

Big Names Among the Chasing Pack

The remaining finalists are a mixture of recreational players and seasoned pros. Romanian star Alexandru Papazian falls into the second category. Papazian has won more than $3.8 million online at PokerStars alone, where he’s known as “steakaddict.” He has another $3.5 million from live poker tournaments. Papazian won a bracelet in 2017 when he took down the $888 Crazy Eights event. The victory netted him $888,888.

Joni Jouhkimainen is another finalist considered a professional. The Finnish star has a lot of work ahead if he wants to win the WSOPC $1,700 Main Event because he has only 17 big blinds in his stack. Jouhkimainen is sponsored by partypoker and considered one of the best Pot-Limit Omaha players in the world. It looks like his No-Limit Hold’em game is sharp too.

Our money would be on a Cheong victory when play restarts on January 16. He’s got a nice, big stack of 67 big blinds and is vastly experienced. Cheong is fearless and isn’t bothered about finishing ninth by being aggressive and going for the win.

It is Plausinaitis’ tournament to lose because he’s in such a dominant position. You can’t write off Alexandru Papazian’s chances because he’s extremely talented. I’m sticking with Cheong, however, and we don’t have long to wait to see if he does it.

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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