Nine Players Ready to Ante Up in King’s Resort for WSOP Main Event Finale

December 9th, 2020 | by Jason Reynolds

The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event now has an international final table of nine following another day of action on GGPoker.

King’s Resort

Nine players will travel to King’s Resort in the Czech Republic for the final table of the international WSOP Main Event. (Image: King’s Resort)

Day 2 started at 18:00 GMT on December 7 and saw more than 170 return to the virtual tables.

Senthuran Vijayaratnam led at the start of play but couldn’t maintain his position. In fact, the Canadian fell just short of the final table as Brazil’s Brunno Botteon took control in the $10,000 event.

Players Get Paid as Zhiao He Sits Out

The aim of Day 2 was to burst the money bubble and end the online portion of the WSOP Main Event. 80 players would win some cash, which meant no one wanted to finish in 81st place.

Fortunately for the short stacks, the bubble came and went without any drama. China’s Zhiao He sat out for most of the session and didn’t return in time to save his chips. With his stack dwindling, Zhiao He slipped away in 81st place without a fight.

The somewhat anticlimactic bubble meant that everyone who outlasted He won at least $15,277. While that was a respectable return on their investments, the final 80 players were all focused on making the final table.

As well as the $1.5 million top prize, the final nine get to play for glory inside King’s Resort. From there, the international champion will take on the US champ in a winner-takes-all heads-up match in Las Vegas.

With two impressive prizes up for grabs, everyone did their best to survive. However, only nine could make it through the session.

WSOP Main Event Finalists Ready to Switch

Start of the day chip leader Senthuran Vijayaratnam hit the rail in 11th, two places short of the final table. His exit was followed by Thomas MacDonald’s last stand.

The English pro needed to make a move and did so with A♦ 4♥. Manual Ruivo called with K♥ 3♥ and the board ran out 6♦ 3♦ Q♣ J♦ Q♠. That was enough to send the pot Ruivo’s way and, in turn, bring Day 2 to an end.

MacDonald was sent to the rail in 10th place to collect a consolation prize worth $50,131. Everyone else will now travel to the Czech Republic for the live final table.

WSOP Main Event International Final Table Chip Counts

  • Brunno Botteon – 9,497,743
  • Manuel Ruivo – 5,665,787
  • Damian Salas – 5,633,528
  • Fullbabyfull – 4,212,560
  • Dominykas Mikolaitis – 3,545,440
  • Hannes Speiser – 3,095,744
  • Ramon Miquel Munoz – 2,915,940
  • Stoyan Obreshkov – 2,399,610
  • Peiyuan Sun – 2,365,676
  • Thomas Macdonald – 1,107,972

Given how 2020 has played out so far, the WSOP is gambling that COVID-19 restrictions won’t be a problem.

Assuming everything goes to plan, the international leg of the 2020 WSOP Main Event will take place inside King’s Resort on December 15.


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