With players worldwide easily transitioning to online platforms, the World Series of Poker has done the same. Though this was not the brand’s first venture into the virtual arena, it was their first at the GG Network Natural8.
Over the course of three weeks running from May 3 to 31, are 18 WSOPC Online Series Ring Events, an endless line up of side events, and a massive $ 100 million guarantee. This may well be the largest online series ever staged. The $ 1K buy in Main Event comes with a jaw dropping $ 5 million guarantee. Satellites and Ring Event Day 1 games have been running since the announcement was made in mid-April. Last night, the first two WSOPC Ring winners were awarded to Charles “TheMadQueen” La Boissonniere and JuanMartinDelPotro54.
Also just announced, GGPoker signed German superstar Fedor Holz as its newest brand ambassador and partnered up with Pokercode. We’ve got all those stories for you below including what’s up next at the WSOPC Online Series, and Natural8 promos.
WSOPC Ring Winners
WSOPC Ring Event #1: Covid Charity $1M GTD – Charles “TheMadQueen” La Boissioniere – $ 269,367
The Covid Charity $1M GTD event is the first WSOPC Ring Event of the online series. Due to the ongoing crisis worldwide, the goal was to raise funds for the Nevada Community Foundation’s Covid 19 Emergency Response Fund. Ten percent of the $ 1,111 buy in was to be donated. With 1,595 contributing to the cause, a substantial $ 177K was pooled. After 13 hours of play, Canadian player Charles “TheMadQueen” La Boissonniere emerged victorious to claim the $ 269,367 first prize.
Buy in: $ 1,111
Guarantee: $ 1,000,000
Prize pool: $ 1,595,000
ITM: 269 places
There was no shortage of notable players looking to score the first WSOP ring. Among them were recently signed GG Poker Ambassadors Fedor Holz and Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, Matthias Eibinger, tennis pro Boris Becker, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Felipe Ramos. Only Becker would cash in on 153rd place.
The final table was formed after a double bust at ten remaining. At separate tables, Monkey D Luffy and Ben Carson bit the bullet leaving a smaller final table of 8 players. The chips were spread out among six players while the other two needed help. Short stacked FeelsGTOman was first to depart, railed by tiredfella. This in turn gave tiredfella the chip lead. Joji123 stole the top spot by sending the other shorty zagzig out next.
At this point, the leader began to tumble while TheMadQueen and Igutu soared. TheMadQueen was first to crack the leader’s stack with a double up, then Igutu did the same sending Joji123 under 3 bbs which TheMadQueen proceeded to take. TheMadQueen shipped a second stack, railing tiredfella in 4th place with A-K over A-Q. Igutu finished off asonthe river in 3rd place to enter heads up nearly 4:1 ahead of TheMadQueen. The players immediately struck a deal and resumed to find the winner. TheMadQueen quickly doubled up twice for a switch up in stack. TheMadQueen went on to win it with flush over two pair.
Final table payouts
1st Charles “TheMadQueen” La Boissonniere – Canada – $227,941*
2nd Igutu – India – $234,931*
3rd asonthe river – Finland – $ 139,203
4th tiredfella – Poland – $ 100,088
5th Tournmination – Austria – $ 71,964
6th Joji123 – UAE – $ 51,743
7th zagzig – Thailand – $ 37,204
8th FeelsGTOman – Germany – $ 26,750
9th Ben Carson –Canada – $ 19,233
*Denotes heads-up deal
WSOPC Ring Event #2: Kick-Off $500K GTD – JuanMartinDelPotro – $ 137,120.67
Over two weeks of Day 1 heats for the second WSOPC Ring Event attracted a montrous 28,291 entries. That mind blowing turnout may be attributed to the very affordable $ 50 buy in, allowing for players of every bankroll to participate. The half a million guarantee was highly enticing as well. The final day began with 3,426 players. The money was approaching with 3,039 guaranteed to earn. After nearly ten hours of action, JuanMartinDelPotro emerged as champion by railing jolen on the first hand of heads up play.
Buy in: $ 50
Guarantee: $ 500,000
Prize pool: $ 1,301,386
The last half hour of the event was dedicated to the final table with nine players seeking the only six figure payout. JuanMartinDelPotro54 led in the pack while player Alice- had a tougher climb from the shortest stack position. The first showdown went to jolen, doubling up through the leader to steal the lead. Jolen continued to run hot, railing WangDoenJang (9th). Alice- (8th), pistuk (7th), and DirCOOLes (6th) dropped out next.
From here, it was all JuanMartinDelPotro54 who eliminated the rest of the players. The first bust was fastercallme (5th) with aces over nines, Schleichmaus (4th) with ace-eight finding an eight on the river to down ace-queen, then ValueForNuts (3rd) to face jolen for the ring. One hand later, the deed was done.
Final table payouts
1st JuanMartinDelPotro54 – Argentina – $ 137,120.67
2nd jolen – China – $ 97,732.27
3rd ValueForNuts – Moldova – $ 69,666.87
4th Schleichmaus – Germany – $ 49,660.83
5th fastercallme – Singapore – $ 35,599.97
6th DirCOOLes – Germany – $ 25,234.24
7th pistuk – Israel – $ 17,987.87
8th Alice – Canada – $ 12,822.33
9th WangDoenjang – China – $ 9,140.14
WSOPC Online Series Ring Events
To secure your chance at a WOSPC Online Series ring, head over to Natural8 and sign up. 16 Ring Events remain.
Key events to mark down:
– Event # 8: $ 25,000 High Roller Championship $ 10 million GTD
– $ 1,000 Main Event $ 5 million GTD
Other Ring Events also include the BIG 500 and the infamous COLOSSUS both offering a $ 2 million guarantee.
Exclusive Natural8 promos for WSOPC Online Series
For Natural8 players, the online platform is offering several promos to boost your experience. Head to the site for the details.
– WSOP “Vegas Baby” – The first 5 players on Natural8 to win a WSOP Circuit Ring in the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series will each win a $ 15,000 package.
– WSOP $ 300K Daily Leaderboards
– WSOP Super Circuit Hero – Be the first to turn $1 into a ring to claim a $ 500,000 ambassadorship package which includes a package to WSOP Las Vegas.
GGPoker signs Fedor Holz and teams up with Pokercode
German superstar Fedor Holz is GGPoker’s newest brand ambassador. Holz, along with pro Matthias Eibinger, both run the online platform Pokercode which offers cutting edge “elite level” training to players looking to improve their game.
“Pokercode is yet another top brand to add to our list of partners,” said Jean-Christophe Aontoin, Head of GGPoker. “it’s a pleasure to welcome Fedor Holz onto Team GGPoker. His passion for the game and success both live and online is truly impressive. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Fedor and the entire Pokercode community.”
Holz added, “We’re thrilled to become a GGPoker partner, particularly at this exciting time, and I’m honored to join Team GGPoker. In addition to the broad suite of poker training our players already have access to, helping them see much greater success at the tables, Pokercode players can now call the best platform in the industry home.”
Holz already took a stab at the first WOPC Online Series Ring Event but failed to cash.
Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you daily recaps of the ongoing WSOPC Online Series hosted on Natural8 until it concludes.