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Stoyan Madanzhiev from Bulgaria wins 2020 WSOP Main Event for $3,904,686 – Fedor Holz ships his second Bracelet in the 25k Heads-Up

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Facts and Figures 2020 WSOP Main Event:

  • Players: 5,802
  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Guarantee: $25,000,000
  • Prize Pool: $27,559,500
  • First Prize: $3,904,686

Stoyan Madanzhiev wins 2020 WSOP Main Event for $3,904,686

Day 3 of the 2020 WSOP Main Event started with only 38 players and so it was clear that we will crown a new World Champion.

Former November Niner Bryan Piccioli started the day as chipleader, but busted surprisingly early in 28th place for $79,625.


bencb789 and €urop€an both bust just shy of the final table

After the Piccioli’s bustout the biggest names remaining were the most successful online player of the last three years Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle, Finnish online superstar Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden and German high roller regular Stefan “Shilli33” Schillhabel.

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While €urop€an and bencb both busted just shy of the final table in 12th and 11th place, Schillhabel did make the final table and finished in 7th for $467,825.

Female poker pro Wenling Gao makes it into Heads-Up of the 2020 WSOP Main Event!

The probably biggest story of the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event was that female pro Wenling Gao made it all the way to heads-up play. This is the first time ever in WSOP Main Event history that a woman had the chance to become a Poker World Champion.

Wenling Gao Poker

Wenling Gao also topped the best ever result ever of a woman in the WSOP Main Event set by Barbara Enright in 1995, when she finished 5th for $114,180.

It was anybody’s game at the start of heads-up play as both basically had even stacks:


However, Stoyan Madanzhiev dominated one on one right from the start and quickly managed to pull a 2 to 1 chiplead after making a big call in a sizeable pot.

In the final hand, he then had lady luck on his side when he called a button raise from Wenling Gao, who had Pocket Aces, in the big blind with 7♦6♥ and the flop came 3♣4♥5♠. All the money went in on the 8♥ turn, and Wenling Gao was drawing dead.

Stoyan Madanzhiev is the first poker player ever from Bulgaria to win the WSOP Main Event. Madanzhiev also earned himself the prestigious title of poker World Champion and collected an incredible $3,904,686 for his 2020 WSOP Main Event victory.

Watch the 2020 WSOP Main Event Final Table here:

Final Result and Payouts 2020 WSOP Main Event:

PositionWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Stoyan MadanzhievBulgaria$3,904,686
2Wenling GaoChina$2,748,605
3Tyler RuegerUnited States