The Online Series of the World Series of Poker had a flagship event, the $5,000 Main Event, back in the summer. The event hosted by GGPoker, broke records and last week the the Guinness World Records department was in contact with GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu himself to grant the commendation.
The WSOP Main Event being cancelled in the summer, the single largest prize pool for an online poker tournament, led to record numbers in the GGPoker event instead, with a $27,559,500 prize pool generated by 5,802 players paying up the $5,000 entry fee.
During their WSOP bracelet events, the winner of the $5,000-entry Main Event, Bulgarian poker player Stoyan Madanzhiev, won $3,904,685 as one of the 728 players who cashed in the tournament with 54 WSOP bracelets distributed on GGPoker.
Steve Preiss, Head of Poker Operations at GGPoker, was understandably happy that the Guinness World Records team got in touch.
“This Guinness World Records title was on our radar from the very beginning,” he said. “Players and fans of poker expect nothing less than record-breaking prizes when it comes to the World Series of Poker and GGPoker delivered.”
Ty Stewart, Director of the World Series of Poker, was equally impressed with the turnout and hailed it as a tremendous achievement by GGPoker itself. He said: “Breaking a Guinness World Records title shows what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand. This will be a tough record to beat.”
While the tremendous effort of GGPoker warrants the greatest congratulations, if there is any sign of next year’s World Series of Poker Main Event taking place live at Las Vegas’ Rio, it is doubtful that the online edition will sell out so well.
That said, a natural counter-point to the assertion that a WSOP Main Event taking place with everyone in Sin City will take the players away from the online version is that the online version can be generated by hype. Instead of going against the online version, if the two hypothetical events were staged at different times of the year (for example, the live version in July, the online version in December), all eventual prize pools might benefit.
Although there is no certainty that there will ever be another WSOP Online Main Event, there will never be a better achievement in poker than it is such a record-breaking way to have rode out a ban on live play. For taking on and climbing that particular mountain, the World Series of Poker and GGPoker deserve all the plaudits.
Below is the GGPoker video where Michael Empric, the official Adjudicator for Guinness World Records, wins the award from Negreanu.