Recently, Daniel Negreanu came under attack after the date of the real WSOP Main Event was announced. This means that Stoyan Madanzhiev will not be the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion.

It is essential to know that this raised some eyebrows in the poker scene, and even Stoyan Madanzhiev himself twitted recently:

Another poker enthusiast, Thomas Keeling, said: “It’s interesting that @RealKidPoker signed this. He knows how it feels to win a title and have it taken away. (2019 POY)”

The confusion

Stoyan Madanzhiev was given a certificate hosted by GGPoker, which was signed by Negreanu, which he said: “Congratulations on winning WSOP Event #77 $5,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event of the 51st Annual World Series of Poker hosted by GGPoker.”

However, the GGPoker official ambassador said that the event was just a $5k event and not a real tournament because the management was hoping things would return to normal in December.

An editor at Poker Industry Pro Nick Jones said: “Hmm. I see the confusion, but WSOP always said that the “proper” series was postponed, not canceled (nor replaced with an online-only version); that they hoped to run the series in the fall.”

According to the WSOP tournament details slated for December, everything is the same except the buy-in that will be $10,000 with no rebuys. Now there will be an argument on who is the real champion after the Main Event in December is over.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said: “There must be a World Champion in 2020. Poker’s history is too important. It’s a unique format for the Main Event, but this is a unique year. We want to keep players’ health and safety top of mind and still deliver a great televised showcase for the game we love.”

Canadian Poker pro Sam Greenwood Twitted on his official page:

It’s important to know that WSOP tournaments will occur at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Monday, Dec. 28. Finalists at GGPoker will battle at King’s Casino, Rozvadov, the Czech Republic on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Both tables’ winners will clash on Dec.30 for the real WSOP Main Event champion for 2020 to emerge.


Lawrence Damilola

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· Published 18.11.2020 · last updated 09.12.2020