Today, GGPoker has announced that it has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest prize pool for an online poker tournament. The event in question was the $5,000 Main Event at the 2020 World Series of Poker, which generated the record-breaking prize pool of $27,559,500.
“Breaking a Guinness World Records title shows what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand. This will be a tough record to beat,” Ty Stewart, WSOP Director.
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Guinness Confirms the Record Via Webcam
In the video below, Daniel Negreanu chats with Guinness World Records adjudicator Michael Empric, who confirms that GGPoker has broken the record. Watch the moment that Kid Poker finds out the great news.
Negreanu was beaming as the announcement was made, praising the players, the event and the brand:
“Thanks to all of you who played in the World Series of Poker this year. I’m so proud of GGPoker and the WSOP, and that we crushed this record”.
About the WSOP 2020 $5K Main Event
Over 5,800 players entered the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker, with Stoyan Madanzhiev taking home the $3.9 million grand prize. 728 places were paid, with the lowest payout being just over $11,000.
The entire Main Event lasted 150 hours from start to finish. It was played out over the course of a week, with 23 starting flights and 1,171 making it through to Day 2. By the end of Day 2, just 38 players were left. While the final day lasted 7 hours, Madanzhiev made relatively quick work of the final table by taking down his opponents in just under 2 hours.
The Biggest Online Poker Tournaments
Over the course of the past decade, we’ve seen huge prize pools in the online poker world. These are just some of the most lucrative tournaments that have taken place recently:
- Partypoker MILLIONS Online 2018: $21,780,000
- Partypoker MILLIONS Online 2019: $21,090,000
- PokerStars Sunday Million 2020: $18,603,200
- PokerStars Sunday Million 2011: $12,423,200
- GGPoker WSOP Super Circuit Online High Roller: $12,372,500
If you’re eager to go down the Guinness World Records rabbit hole, I’ll save you some time. Here are some other interesting online poker records that have been set:
- The largest online poker tournament took place in 2015 on PokerStars with 253,692 runners
- The most players in an online poker room at once was 307,016 at 42,814 tables at PokerStars in 2009
- Tom Maasinkel played the longest online poker marathon 2019, when he played for 24 hours straight
- Randy Lew broke the record for the most online poker hands played in 8 hours in 2012, when he played 14,548 hands in that time fram
- ElkY played at the most poker tables in one hour in 2009, when he played at 62 tables
Now that GGPoker has established the Guinness World Record, there is no doubt that online poker operators across the web will be battling it out to top the $27 million prize pool. So, keep your eye peeled for some impressive online poker tournament guarantees in the near future.