Poker News: Christian Rudolph Wins $1.8 Million at 2020 WSOP Online

This week’s poker news focuses in on the 2020 World Series of Poker. We’ve got a couple of big winners to announce, including the Christian Rudolph, who took home nearly $2 million for his win.

Rudolph Wins WSOP Online $25,000 Buy-In Event

Christian Rudolph finally has his first gold bracelet. The German poker pro was able to overcome the other 407 total entries in order to win the $25,000 NLH Poker Players Championship at the World Series of Poker. The gold bracelet also came with the top prize of a whopping $1,800,290.

He wasn’t the only finisher who came away with a big payday in this event, though, as Christopher Hunichen walked away with $1,332,097 for his second-place finish in the event. Then behind him was Shankar Pillai, who was able to win $979,138 from finishing in third place.

This event was the best finish of his career so far but was definitely not his only big payout. He was able to finish as the runner-up up in the €25,500 buy-in high roller at the WSOP Europe back in 2018 and he earned $603,212 as a result.

Chabra Wins 2020 WSOP Online $1,500 Limit Hold’em Event

Ajay Chabra also collected an online poker win this week, although his prize was nowhere near what Rudolph took home. Chabra added to the list of victors during the 2020 WSOP Online events when he outlasted a total of 337 entries in order to $77,475. Along with that big payday, he also took home his first gold bracelet.

Many other notable players were able to finish with good payouts in the event as well. Previous bracelet winner Luke Schwartz, who finished in 43rd and won $3,312, and two-time bracelet winner Alex Stasiak who finished in 39th place and won $3,312 as well.

Chabra is no stranger to good payouts as he has over $1.5 million in career tournament earnings to his name. He finished in ninth place in the Colossus, which earned him $40,529, he made the Round of 16 in the $10,000 heads-up championship to win $24,832, and he finished eighth in the $800 pot-limit Omaha double stack for $12,080.

WSOP Online Big 50 Event Breaks Record

There was a record-breaking number of entries for the $50 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at the 2020 World Series of Poker. While they were worried about participation for some events at this year’s WSOP – since it’s all online – but this was clearly a great thing to see. There were a total of 44,576 entries in the event, which led to the doubling the events $1,000,000 guarantee. The final prize pool soared to $2,050,496. The previous record for entries was 29,306 and was set during the $100 buy-in opener event earlier in the series.

2,300 players were able to make money from the event with the top 249 cashing four figures or greater. The largest payday was awarded to the first-place winner, Huahuan Feng. He was able to bring home $211,282 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. 

Xue Qiao Zhao finished in second place, winning $159,705. Then behind him in third place was Ronald Hvaerkamp, winning $114,237.