WSOP Online Main Event Breaks $25M Guarantee; Rodriguez, Wilinofsky and Seiji Pick Up Bracelets

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The finish line for the 2023 WSOP Online is in sight, with just two more bracelets up for grabs before the series concludes on Tuesday, October 3. Still to play out is the $5,000 WSOP Main Event, which just passed its $25 million guarantee and looks to best its record-breaking prize pool from 2020. The $10 million guaranteed $10,000 GGMillion$ High Roller is also waiting to reach its conclusion, with Day 2 getting underway later today.

There have also been a trio of bracelets awarded over the last few days. Each of the latest winners picked up their first piece of WSOP hardware, with Enrique Rodriguez, Rodrigo Seiji and 2011 EPT Berlin Main Event champion Ben Wilinofsky being the fortunate winners.

Balaev Holds Main Event Chip Lead; More Than $2.6M for First

Christopher Frank
Christopher Frank

With the series in its final stretch, the conclusion of the Main Event inches closer as Day 2 for the tournament begins later today at 7 p.m. BST. The biggest story so far from the showstopper is that the $25 million guarantee has been surpassed and has the opportunity to become the biggest online poker tournament of all time as the final Day 1 flight is set to play out before Day 2 gets going.

The record, which stands at $27,559,500 from the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event, is under threat as $26,315,000 currently sits in the prize pool thanks to the 5,540 entries collected so far. For the new record to be set, that number must rise to at least 5,803.

As it stands, 642 players have navigated their way over the first hurdle. Viacheslav Balaev is the player who will enter the second session in pole position and will undoubtedly have his eyes on the $2,640,836 that has been allocated for the eventual champion. Of course, that figure is expected to rise with one Day 1 flight remaining.

Christopher Frank is hot on his heels and is the only other player with a stack worth more than 200 big blinds. The German has already been heads-up for a bracelet this series but came up short against Yuri Dzivielevski in the $10K PLO Championship. Can he go one better this time around?

As mentioned, Day 2 gets underway at 7 p.m. on October 2. The day will end when the final table has been determined. There will be a live stream of the final table with cards-up coverage on GGPoker.TV, with the broadcast set to commence at 6 p.m. UTC on Tuesday, October 3.

#28: $5,000 WSOP Online MAIN EVENT Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Viacheslav BalaevRussia2,770,492231
2Christopher FrankGermany2,415,428201
3Gergely KulcsarHungary2,276,337190
5Daniyar AubakirovKazakhstan2,122,973177
7Jon VallinasSpain1,937,424161
8Lukas HafnerAustria1,964,207164
9Aleksander DoanPoland1,934,812161

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Bounty Delight for Rodriguez

Spain's Enrique Rodriguez is one of the recent winners from the series after he took down #30: $2,100 6-Handed Bounty for a bankroll boosting $207,600. Rodriguez collected $78,123 for the win and managed to secure a staggering $129,477 in bounty prizes to beef up his payout.

The Spaniard bested Andrii Derzhypilskyi in heads-up play to top the 976-entry field and lock up the lion's share of the $1,952,000 prize pool.

Notable names to make the money but miss out on the final table included Ole Schemion (15th - $23,145), Dario Sammartino (44th - $7,108) and Alex Kulev (124th - $5,523)

#30: $2,100 6-Handed Bounty No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

1Enrique RodriguezSpain$129,477$78,123$207,600
2Andrii DerzhypilskyiUkraine$49,746$77,929$127,675
3Fernando NogamiBrazil$49,016$61,948$110,964
4Arsenii MalinovMexico$16,449$49,183$65,632
5Miguel SilvaPortugal$12,969$39,049$52,018
6Ahmed IbrahimiFrance$20,859$31,003$51,862
7Chris KlodnickiCanada$5,742$24,614$30,356

Wilinofsky Denies Simao to Win PLO High Roller

Ben Wilinofsky
Ben Wilinofsky

Canada's Ben Wilinofsky took down the final Pot-Limit Omaha event of the series and picked up his maiden WSOP bracelet after reigning supreme in #31: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. The EPT Main Event winner denied Joao Simao, who was looking for bracelet #3, to claim the $243,934 first-place prize.

The 228-player field created a $1,083,000 prize pool and featured a star-studded final table with the likes of Dzivielevski, Sam Greenwood and Renan Bruschi in attendance.

Dzivielevski and Greenwood were the first names to depart the final table before the exits of Janne Peltoniemi and Eric Yanovsky set up three-handed play.

Wilinofsky was able to overcome the Brazilian duo of Bruschi and Simao and is now just a WPT Main Event title away from joining poker's illusive Triple Crown club.

#31: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table Results

1Ben WilinofskyCanada$243,934
2Joao SimaoBrazil$176,369
3Renan BruschiBrazil$127,519
4Eric YanovskyUnited States$92,198
5Janne PeltoniemiFinland$66,661
6Sam GreenwoodCanada$48,197
7Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil$34,848

Martirosian Wins WSOP Online $10K HU Championship; Vieira Gets Bracelet #3 in $25K GGMillion$

Seiji Ends WSOP Online on a High

Rodrigo Seiji
Rodrigo Seiji

Rodrigo Seiji is another crusher to have crossed their name off the best without a bracelet list in this series after winning the festival's penultimate event.

In #32: $1,500 The Closer NLH, Seiji was the last player standing from the 1,263-entry field and pocketed $187,120 for his efforts. He accrued $111,839 in bounties and topped up his payout with the $75,281 up top.

Sven Mc Dermott missed out on his second bracelet in just a few days, bowing out in third place. The Irishman recently won #21: $1,500 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout for a career-best score of $253,823 and has followed that up with a respectable $89,022 payday.

#32: $1,500 The Closer NLH Final Table Results

1Rodrigo SeijiBrazil$111,839$75,281$187,120
2Yago Simplicio Dos SantosBrazil$33,679$75,100$108,779
3Sven Mc DermottIreland$31,309$57,713$89,022
4Linus HjulstromNorway$22,099$44,298$66,397
5Manfred HermannGermany$22,214$34,002$56,216
6Ioannis KonstasIreland$7,623$26,099$33,722
7Oihan AbarzuzaGeorgia$13,223$20,032$33,255
8Florian GauguschAustralia$13,322$15,376$28,698
9Mario TonyBrazil$15,148$11,802$26,950

Watson Leads $10K GGMillion$ High Roller

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

#33: $10,300 GGMillion$ High Roller is the final event on the WSOP Online schedule, and oh boy, has it been worth the wait. With any $10K event, poker's most elite players turn up from all corners of the globe to battle it out.

Like the Main Event, Day 2 gets underway later today, with the champion being crowned on Tuesday, October 3. There's also one last chance flight remaining for those who haven't already booked their spot for tomorrow.

106 of 909 entries have bagged and tagged a stack for Day 2, and sees Mike Watson lead the pack of survivors with Finnish pair Samuel Vousden and Eelis Parssinen rounding out the top three biggest stacks. Online legend Linus Loeliger is also not too far behind and sits in fourth.

At the time of writing, there is currently an overlay of $910,000 as the $10 million guarantee has yet to be hit, but this could all change when Day 2 kicks off.

#33: $10,300 GGMillion$ High Roller NLH Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Mike WatsonCanada2,774,994139
2Samuel VousdenFinland2,532,177127
3Eelis ParssinenFinland2,530,800127
4Linus LoeligerSwitzerland2,359,722118
5Said MadaniGermany2,162,892108
6Asheque ElahiBangladesh2,090,811105
7"One Big Lottery"Finland1,986,55699
8Rodrigo SelouanBrazil1,854,67293
9Ole SchemionGermany1,817,60791

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2023 WSOP Online Results

EventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPayout
#1: $108 Bankroll Builder Bounty NLHE7,619$761,900Or "Nezer21" Nezer$58,884
#2: $300 Gladiators of Poker Opener, $2.5M GTD [Final Day]9,488$2,647,152Vinicius Steves$234,707
#3: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship667$1,354,000Sergei "Meruemu" Koliakov$158,345
#4: $840 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha706$564,800 Paulius "redpillgame" Vaitiekunas$81,848
#5: $500 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship167$79,325Jessica “butfirstwine” Marks$16,613
#6: $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em1,207$1,719,975Sean "EEewashu99" Boyle$231,821
#7: $210 Mystery Millions - $1M Top Bounty, $10M GTD [Day 2]51,211$10,242,200Yurii "pumbiko_O" Olinyk$360,139
#8: $2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship124$294,500Terrance Chan$64,021
#9: $315 Bounty No-Limit Hold'em2.856$848,232Sergio "Nextgoal" Ballestin Mur$65,595
#10: $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty NLH956$956,000Leonid Yanovich$110,843
#11: $100 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold'em, $1M GTD [Go Stage]7,688$1,260,365Jinlong “yiliuqi” Hu$122,587
#12: $500 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em, $2.5M GTD8,709$3,565,350Peng "gaosinimen999" Zhou$326,692
#13: $5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship487$2,313,250Boris "Zivakov" Neykov$426,171
#14: $500 The BIG Bounty NLH2,623$1,245,925Oleg "Ispanec" Tarnovski$106,133
#15: $800 Ultra Deepstack No-Limit Hold'em1,573$1,195,480Panagiota "ANXXOO333" Dimitrakopoulou$153,195
#16: $1,050 Secret Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha865$865,000Geraldo “UmReiNoRiver” Neto$159,567
#17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER in Paradise3,496$5,000,000TBD at WSOP ParadiseTBC
#18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship [3-Stack]126$598,500"SuperSolid"$153,471
#19: $777 LUCKY SEVENS Bounty 7-Handed NLH2,052$1,514,684Tomi "BAAABUUSKIIII" Brouk$150,011
#20: $1,000 DOUBLE CHANCE NLH [2-Stack]1,119$1,063,050Marius Kudzmanas$145,533
#21: $1,500 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH1,358$1,935,150Sven Mc Dermott$253,823
#22: $400 COLOSSUS, $3M GTD10,812$4,065,312Aayush Arya$326,901
#23: $400 PLOSSUS3,847$1,431,084Ognyan Dimov$148,786
#24: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship153$1,484,100Yuri Dzivielevski$368,343
#25: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em2,516$1,258.000"Symmetry"$109,622
#26: $10,000 Heads Up NLH Championship127$1,231,900Artur Martirosian$424,698
#27: $500 FIFTY STACK Pot-Limit Omaha1,080$513,000Amit Ben Yacov$76,703
#29: $25,000 GGMillion$ Super High Roller Championship145$3,552,500Joao Vieira$760,396
#30: $2,100 6-Handed Bounty No-Limit Hold'em976$1,952,000Enrique Rodriguez$207,600
#31: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller228$1,083,000Ben Wilinofsky$243,934
#32: $1,500 The Closer NLH1,263$1,799,775Rodrigo Seiji$187,120
#33: $10,300 GGMillion$ High Rollers NLHTBCTBCTBCTBC
  • Viacheslav Balaev holds the chip lead going into Day 2 of the Main Event, where more than $2.6 million awaits the winner.

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