Day 1 Completed
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Players Info - Day 1
Day 1 Completed
After almost 13 hours of play, "TheMadQueen" from Canada outlasted a field of 1,595 entries to collect $269,267 and secure the first ring of the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Super Circuit.
"TheMadQueen" showed up on the radar after the money bubble burst, and was the first player to crack 500,000 chips. They were also one of only two players with more than a million chips a little later in the tournament, and they consistently figured in the top 10 counts through the end of the tournament. During heads up play, they overcame a significant chip disadvantage to take the prize down over 2nd place finisher "Igutu".
The Final Table
The Day's Action
With the world in an unprecedented situation, it seemed only fitting that the first ring event of the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Super Circuit was a charity event aimed at raising money for Covid-19 relief. Event #1: COVID Charity 1M Gtd had an entry fee of $1,111, with $111 of that going directly to the Nevada Community Foundation's Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund. With a total of 1,595 entries, more than $175,000 was raised for the fund which is intended to help get much supplies to first responders and healthcare workers in the line of fire.
In addition to the charity money, the entries also generated a tidy little prize pool that crushed the $1 million guarantee. When the dust settled, the total prize pool was $1,772,045, with $269,267 for the winner. There was a small glitch early in the day as technical problems paused the tournaments for about an hour, but things went smoothly once they resumed.
As registration closed, tennis legend Boris Becker was showing he's just as proficient on the green felt as he was on the green grass. He began building a stack in the final levels of late registration, and was second in chips a couple levels after it closed with 147,712, but that was where he peaked, finally ending his run in 153rd for $2,470.
It was "TheMadQueen"'s day however. While they didn't get through the day without damage, they managed to hold their stack in the top ten for most of the endgame. They were second in chips going into the final table, but had dropped to fifth overall when play was six-handed.
They battled back though, and took over the chip lead again with nearly 6 million after taking "tiredfella" out in fourth place. "Igutu" then got them heads up and jumped back into the lead after busting Finnish player "asonthe river" in third.
Heads up didn't last very long. "Igutu" came into it with the chip lead, but "TheMadQueen" came back with a big pot where their king-eight held against queen-ten to pull almost even. They then took a huge lead with a 4 million chip uncontested pot before finishing it out with an all in preflop hand where their ace-six held against "Igutu"'s king-eight.
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With the short stack, "Igutu" shoved from the button, and "TheMadQueen" called them off.
By the turn, "Igutu" was dead to chop outs, and actually hit their eight on the river, but "TheMadQueen" already had the straight. "Igutu" collected $193,604 for 2nd place.
"Igutu" raised the button to 750,000, and "TheMadQueen" called. "TheMadQueen" check-called a 750,000 bet on the flop, and then check-shoved over the turn bet of 2,500,000 on the . "Igutu" hit the tank for a bit, but gave up their hand and gave the chip lead to "TheMadQueen".
"TheMadQueen called preflop, and "Igutu" checked to see a flop of . They both checked to see the turn, and "Igutu" bet 750,000. "TheMadQueen" called, and called again when "Igutu" shoved the river .
The final two players have agreed to a deal, and are now playing it out to finalize a winner.
"asonthe river" raise-called off a shove from "Igutu", and found themselves in a race spot.
"tiredfella" got it in from the button and "TheMadQueen" called it off from the big blind.
"Tourmination" shoved the button for 1,399,798 and "asonthe river" called off with a bigger stack from the big blind.