Big Turnouts Needed For Remaining Flights

Published on August 28th, 2020 1:18 am EST

The largest online tournament poker guarantee.  Will it be met?When the World Series of Poker and GGPoker released the schedule for the "World Series of Poker Online", eyeballs were immediately drawn to the massive guarantee being offered in the main event.

$25 million.

GGPoker and the World Series of Poker were guaranteeing that the "World Series of Poker Online" main event would be the biggest tournament payout in the history of online poker.

Would there be an overlay? Would the tournament be able to attract the 5,200+ entries needed to avoid the overlay?

There was a bit of an outcry from the poker community after GGPoker revealed that there would be over 20 Day 1 flights. The prevailing opinion was that this would give an unfair advantage to rich players, as presumably they would be able to fire as many bullets as they wanted until they made it through to Day 2.

GGPoker and the World Series of Poker quelled the controversy somewhat by limiting players to a maximum of 3 entries.


When Day 1P ended yesterday, the main event was about halfway towards meeting its guarantee.

So, after a total of 16 Day 1 flights, roughly half of the necessary entrants had turned out to play in the main event.

With only 7 Day 1 flights remaining, this was likely a concern for tournament organizers.


On Friday, Flight S produced a total of 237 entrants, with 44 players moving through to Day 2, while Flight T produced a total of 437 entrants, with 84 players moving on to Day 2.

So, after a total of 18 flights, the tournament is roughly 1,800 entrants short of meeting its guarantee, with three Day 1 flights remaining (two on Saturday, one on Sunday).

While it's looking a bit dire for the World Series of Poker/GGPoker as of this moment, there are a few things going in their favour.

To start, if the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas is any indication, the last couple of flights tend to have, by far, the biggest turnouts.

Also, a large number of players will likely be attracted by the possibility of a sizeable overlay.

Finally, any pro players with bullets left to fire in the main event will do so this weekend. In fact, any pros that haven't played as of yet may end up firing three bullets this weekend.


Do you think that there will be an overlay? Can the last three main event flights average more than 600 entries each?


Filed Under: The World Series of Poker

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