The 2020 WSOP Main Event starts today (again)

It is not a normal World Series of Poker Main Event because 2020 has not been a normal year.

Stoyan Madanzhiev
Is Stoyan Madanzhiev the reigning champion?

Today we see the start of a unique and controversial hybrid of live and online poker to crown the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. 

Today is Day 1A of the international online leg of the $10,000 freezeout which takes place on GGPoker. Day 1B happens on Saturday December 5 and Day 1B on Sunday December 6. The final table pauses on December 9 and reconvenes on December 15 at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. 

In America an equivalent online event will take place from Sunday December 13 at, with a live final table on December 28 at the Rio in Las Vegas. After which the winner of that event will face the winner of the King’s Casino final table for $1 million added and the title of World Series of Poker Main Event champion on December 30 in Vegas. 

A controversial event

A champion will be crowned at the Rio

This has been a controversial event for two reasons. One of which is the sheer logistics and risk associated with trying to host two live final tables during the peak of a pandemic and global lockdowns.

The other is that many, including the man himself, believe that Stoyan Madanzhiev is already the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion after winning the $5,000 Main Event on GGPoker earlier this year. 

This will probably be debated forever with nobody coming to an agreement. It seems fair to say that right now we will only have this issue once in the history of the World Series of Poker as all signs point to 2021 being back to business as usual at the Rio.

There is still time to qualify for Day 1B and Day 1C at GGPoker. Stay tuned to for all the latest from this unique event.

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