The audacious Main Event with a mammoth guarantee of $25 million is one of the bracelet events that still remains on the schedule. Its Day 1 flights are already well underway, but it appears that the tournament could come close to missing its guarantee.
With a buy-in of $5000 ($4750+$250) and a $25 million guarantee in place, the math is easy: the tournament will need to attract 5264 runners to cover the massive guarantee.
There are a total of 23 Day 1 flights scheduled (originally 22 were scheduled) for the Main Event. Unlike, the other Phased bracelet events, each of the Day 1 flights in the Main Event are structured as a freezeout, and the operator has committed to only allowing players to enter up to a maximum to three Day 1s total.
At the time of writing, 18 Day 1 flights have concluded (78% of the way through), attracting over 3000 entries and a prize pool of $14.2 million, covering more than half of the advertised guarantee.
With five flights still on offer, the tournament now requires a minimum of 2260 entries (nearly $11 million) across its remaining Day 1 flights – an average of 452 entries per flight – to avoid an overlay.
While it looks difficult based on the average turnout received for the first 18 flights (which has been around 167) and the three-entry per player cap, it is still not impossible.
Traditionally, later flights tend to draw more participation, and with three flights taking place over the weekend, the tournament is looking good to surpass its record-setting guarantee.
Either way, it will be a remarkable achievement. Offering a $25 million guarantee in a single tournament is not an easy feat by any means. If run successfully, it will overtake the ultra-ambitious MILLIONS Online from partypoker which has been held twice in two years. That $20 million guaranteed tournament achieved a prize pool of nearly $22 million in 2018.
Largest Online Poker Tournaments in History
|MILLIONS Online||partypoker||December 2018||$20,000,000||$21,835,000||$5,300||4367|
|MILLIONS Online||partypoker||December 2019||$20,000,000||$21,090,000||$10,300||2109|
|Sunday Million 14th Anniversary||PokerStars||March 2020||$12,500,000||$18,603,200||$215||93016|
|Sunday Million 10th Birthday||PokerStars||December 2011||$10,000,000||$12,432,200||$215||62116|
|Sunday Million 13th Anniversary||PokerStars||April 2019||$10,000,000||$12,268,400||$215||61342|
Schedule for the remaining Day 1 Flights of the GGPoker WSOP Main Event:
- Flight S on August 28 at 12:00 GMT
- Flight T on August 28 at 18:00 GMT
- Flight U on August 29 at 12:00 GMT
- Flight V on August 29 at 18:00 GMT
- Flight W on August 30 at 12:00 GMT
Day 2 takes place on August 30 at 18:30 GMT
Direct Satellites to the Main Event Available for as Low as $21.60
The operator is running plenty of satellites, every ten to fifteen minutes guaranteeing hundreds of seats to the WSOP Main Event to ensure that there are enough opportunities for the players to qualify.
These satellites are not too expensive as they are available for buy-ins ranging between $21.60 to $500. Qualifiers to the satellites are available for as low as $1.
The ultra-popular Silk Road micro-stakes satellites are still running, guaranteeing seven seats worth $35,000 across the three satellites.
GG WSOP Series Has Generated Nearly $100 Million in Prize Money So Far
Having kicked-off in mid-July, the series has been a massive success. 43 bracelet events have ended producing a staggering $93 million in prize money. There are still 11 events remaining with the final bracelet event taking place on Sunday, September 6.
There were a few hiccups during the series as a huge influx of players caused GGPoker’s servers to crash on two occasions. To make things right, the operator gave away quite a generous amount of nearly $1.5 million in compensation.
Apart from the Main Event, three more bracelet events are scheduled to run over the weekend. Two of them come for a buy-in of $300 and $400 while one Turbo NLH 6-handed event on Sunday costs $1000 to enter.
- Event #75 $300 Double Stack NLH on August 29 at 12:00 GMT
- Event #76 $400 FORTY Stack on August 30 at 18:00 GMT
- Event #77 $5000 Main Event Final Day on August 30 at 18:30 GMT
- Event #78 $1000 Turbo NLH 6-Handed on August 30 at 20:00 GMT