The American leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker has come to an end, with all 31 bracelets available to US residents having been awarded. The series has attracted thousands of players to the WSOP.com website, generating prize pools totaling nearly $30 million.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this was the first World Series of Poker to be held entirely online. Players in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware were able to compete on WSOP.com, with some players crossing state lines and playing in unusual locations for their chance to bag a bracelet.
The Final Event of the WSOP USA Leg
The 2020 WSOP’s American series came to a close on Friday, July 31st with the $1,000 NHLE Championship. With 1,455 unique entries, the NHLE Championship saw players vying for their share of a prize pool worth over $2 million.
The winner of the event was Nahrain “2Rivers” Tamero. Many big names ran deep in the tournament, including previously bracelet winners Phil Hellmuth, Ryan Laplante and Upeshka De Silva – but Tamero bested these veterans to take down the tournament and win his first-ever WSOP bracelet.
Figures from the 2020 WSOP American Series
31 events were held in the American leg of the WSOP this year, most of which were NLHE tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $3200. A few PLO events were held, as well, but there wasn’t the usual diverse mix of formats.
Across the series, there were more than 44,000 entries, generating an overall prize pool of $26.9 million. The bracelet winners took home a total of $4.7 million, with the largest grand prize being awarded to Joe McKeehan who won $352,985 in the $3,200 High Roller.
When you compare these numbers to last year’s WSOP, it pales in comparison – but, there are still over 50 bracelets left to be awarded over the course of the international leg which will run until September 6.
What To Look Forward to Next
Now that GGPoker has taken over running the international events for the 2020 World Series of Poker, there’s even more excitement in store for players. Several momentous events are coming up, including:
- $1,500 Millionaire Maker: The winner will receive a minimum $1 million prize.
- $5,000 NHLE Main Event: Its $25 million guarantee is the biggest that’s ever been offered from an online poker tournament.
- $25,000 NLH Poker Players Championship: This high roller event will see some of the best players in the world compete.
If you’re an American player and can’t take part in the action, you can watch it all unfold online. Both GGPoker and Poker Central will be providing coverage of the events on Twitch.