Bulgarian Stoyan Madanzhiev won the WSOP Online Main Event
On September 6, 2020, WSOP #77 ended: the $5,000 Main Event $25M GTD became the largest tournament in online poker history. Bulgarian poker player Stoyan Madanzhiev took down the event, getting a bracelet, a WSOPE package, and a massive $3,904,686 prize.
WSOP Online Main Event final day
The WSOP Online Main Event resumed yesterday with 38 players, who had full five days to prepare for one of their careers' most important tournaments.
The chip leader, Bryan Piccioli, started the day with a great advantage, but he was eliminated in the 23rd position after losing A7 vs. AQ to the British pro Benjamin "bencb789" Roll.
Michael Lech was eliminated in the 31st place, and Rolle almost made the final table, but his AJ didn't stand against the AA of Tyler Rueger. Mariano Martiradonna was the final table bubble.
WSOP Online Main Event final table
The only player who started the day in the TOP9 of chips and made its way to the final table was Stoyan Madanzhiev. Tyler Rueger, who eventually finished third, started the day with only 6BB.
These two players and the Chinese woman Wenling Gao set the rules at the tournament's final part. Gao was the most aggressive in the game, and when she reached the final heads-up against Madanzhiev, the Bulgarian had a small advantage in chips.
Despite the importance of the tournament for any participant, an amazing feature of this final match was a very dynamic game (players battled HU for about an hour) and incredible bluffs for the entire stack. For example, the Japanese player Satoshi Isomae was eliminated in 5th place after giving his entire stack to Stoyan with an ace-high bluff after two overbets.
China vs. Bulgaria
Before starting the heads-up game, Madanzhiev used the SnapCam feature to congratulate his opponent:
"Congratulations! Good luck and good game!"
Both players had a stack of almost 200BB but lasted only 20 minutes like this. The Chinese woman showed ace high in the three largest pots and lost half of the stack bluffing.
In the final hand, Gao's AA was cracked by a 76. On the turn, Gao bet all her chips, but the board 3458 already had her drawing dead.
Madanzhiev won the biggest tournament in the history of online poker — WSOP #77: $5,000 Main Event $25M GTD, and in addition to a bracelet, won a massive $3,904,686 prize.
Who is Stoyan Madanzhiev?
Of course, now the Bulgarian will become one of the most popular players of the year, and many details about him and online poker in Bulgaria will be known very soon. In the meantime, we managed to find out that he has been playing live poker for seven years and started with small series in his homeland.
However, he did not achieve great success in this field, and according to Hendon Mob, he won only $32,368. Most likely, most of his games were across the Internet. He started playing at GGPoker under the nickname "Nirvana76" only a month ago and got three small prizes in the WSOP.
On the other hand, Wenling Gao qualified for the tournament in a $500 satellite, turning into another success story similar to Chris Moneymaker.
Today is the last day of the WSOP Online, and four players will win bracelets at once. The final matches of the $25,000 HU Event will also be played today, where Fedor Holz is one of the finalists.
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