Stoyan Madanzhiev Wins 2020 WSOP Online Main Event

Stoyan Madanzhiev won the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event for more than $3.9 million!

Bulgaria has a World Series of Poker Main Event champion! Stoyan Madanzhiev is the man crowned 2020 WSOP Online Main Event champion, an accolade that comes with $3,904,686.

Very little was known about Madanzhiev going into the final day of the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event but that will change. The Bulgarian only had $10,000 in tournament winnings prior to this even. Madanzhiev now has a $3,904,686 score to his name, which is the largest-ever online poker prize.

The final day’s action began with 38 players in the hunt for the title. Madanzhiev started the day third in chips with a 15,299,783 stack. All eyes, however, were on much more established names who were vying for the title.

It was a day to forget for Bryan Piccioli and Michael Kane. These players started first and second in chips but it all went horribly wrong. Picciloi fell in 23rd place for $79,625 and Kane crashed out in 17th for $113,465.

Madanzhiev found himself as a dominant chip leader when Piccioli busted. He held almost twice as many chips as anyone else in the field at that point.

Final Table Set: Madanzhiev in Second-Place

Everyone at the nine-handed final table locked up $230,395 but Madanzhiev was gunning for glory. The Bulgarian had 65,883,013 chips with only Tyler Rueger (69,761,090) holding more.

Samuel Taylor crashed out in ninth-place at the hands of Wenling Gao. Taylor flopped a set of nines and looked set to crack Gao’s aces, but Gao turned a set of her own. Game over for Taylor.

Tyler Cornell fell in eighth-place after three-betting all-in with Qd-Jc when Rueger min-raised. Rueger called with Ad-Js and his ace-kicker played to reduce the player count by one.

The waters grew slightly less shark-infested with the elimination of Stefan Schillhabel. Gao min-raised to 1,400,000 with Ac-Kh. Schillhabel three-bet to 7,988,052 with Tc-Ts and the German called off his last 2,100,000 when Gao set him all-in. The seven-high flop was all clubs. The Kc turn locked up the hand for Gao and rendered the 5s river meaningless.

Madanzhiev continued accumulating chips despite not sending any of his opponents to the rail. Rueger kept tabs on Madanzhiev by busting Joao Santos. Santos three-bet shoved with Ah-2s after Rueger opened the betting. Rueger called with Ad-Kh and that ace-king held to leave only five players in the Main Event.

Japan’s Satoshi Isomae fell in fifth-place and collected $949,937, the last six-figure prize of the event. Isomae ran an ill-timed bluff with Ac-Qd. He re-raised preflop, bet the Js-9s-5c flop, checked the 7h turn and jammed on the 6s river. Madanzhiev called with Jd-9d and became the first player to enjoy a 12-figure stack!

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New Zealand’s Thomas Ward saw his tournament end in fourth-place for $1,353,634. Ward was down to 14 big blinds and he shoved these into the middle with 6c-6s. Gao called with 7c-7s in the small blind and she claimed another victim.

Third-place and $1,928,887 went to Rueger who can be delighted with his performance. All the chips went into the middle preflop with Rueger eventually five-bet shoving with Ah-Qs. Gao snap-called with Kd-Kh and created a 98 million pot! A final board reading 8d-7s-6c-8c-2c busted Rueger and sent the tournament heads-up.

The stacks of the heads-up players were almost exactly even but that soon changed.

Madanzhiev got the better of the early confrontations and soared into the lead. The final hand took place during the 400,000/800,000/100,000a level. Gao opened to 1,600,000 and Madanzhiev called. Madanzhiev led out for 1,700,000 on the 3s-4h-5c flop, Gao raised to 3,944,000 and was called.

Gao bet 5,644.000 on the 8h turn when she was checked to, only for Madanzhiev to check-raise to 15,040,000. Gao responded with a near 81 million shove and Madanzhiev called.

It was Ad-Ac for Gao but 7d-6h and a straight for Madanzhiev. No sweat for Madanzhiev who took down the final pot of the tournament and won $3,904,686. Congratulations to Gao who collected $2,748,605 for her amazing runner-up finish. She won a $500 satellite to this $5,000 buy-in event, what an amazing ROI!

2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Stoyan Madanzhiev Bulgaria $3,904,686
2 Wenling Gao China $2,748,605
3 Tyler Rueger United States $1,928,887
4 Thomas Ward New Zealand $1,353,634
5 Satoshu Isomae Japan $949,937
6 Joao Santos Brazil $666,637
7 Stefan Schillhabel Germany $467,825
8 Tyler Cornell United States $328,305
9 Samuel Taylor United States $230,395
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