Caesars Entertainment has decided not to wait for events and moves its entire US season online. Meanwhile, Plausinaitis earns $ 1.2M on GGPoker
Plausinaitis, first millionaire on the day of 2021
The pandemic and the global success of online poker in 2020 have combined so that the WSOP Circuit will be the first live circuit to reinvent itself for a full season in the virtual world.
The impossibility of opening casinos and gathering thousands of players indoors forced the big live circuits to taste the honeys of online. Big brands like the WSOP, the EPT or the WPT added a virtual stop to their shortened schedules, and the result was fantastic. Those festivals, and especially their main events, were the top news of 2020 in the poker universe and compared very favorably to their live backgrounds.
The organizations, in general, were very careful to differentiate the online version of live events, as if to reaffirm the exceptionality of this situation. Those who risked the most when it came to permeating the border between both worlds were the WSOP, which for months they advertised the WSOP Online as if it were their official date, the main one of the year, but the regret was enormous and it led to a hasty and hazardous hybrid version to be able to photograph a champion lifting the bracelet at the Rio casino.
For 2021, the WSOP wants to shake off that kind of poorly disguised shame and for this they will use their second brand, the WSOP Circuit.
WSOP Circuit stops moved to WSOP.com, which will schedule twelve festivals, one a month, with 12 rings at stake in each of them. Many of these festivals will bear the names of the casinos that they cannot visit (Planet Hollywood Circuit, Caesars Atlantic City Circuit, Rio Online Circuit or Harrah’s LAs VEgas Circuit, among others).
At the end of the year there will be a Championship Event, with the same spirit and the same mechanics as its live namesake.
At the international level, they will continue to organize festivals in GGPoker, As the WSOP Winter Online Circuit that has closed 2020 and opened the new season in a big way, with the first tournament of the year that exceeds $ 10,000,000 in bag.
It was, of course, the $ 1,700 Main Event, in which Lithuanian Paulius Plausinaitis has been champion.
We already realized in his day the elimination of “Minguella” in 33rd place, the last Spanish in the tournament. The final table was put on hold for six days and was completed this Saturday.
Plausinaitis was the chipleader of the FT ….
…, but stayed in the background while Joseph Cheong and the Belarusian Artem Proszak they removed shortstacks.
These two players would have very different trajectories in the tournament, Proszak doubled too many players and ended up being cannon fodder in 6th place, while Cheong became the first player to reach 100M points and a big favorite for the victory.
Paulius was even overtaken by another player, but he woke up in time to resume second place before the game was broken into two very different factions, with the two very prominent stacks acting as executioners and several shortstacks with 10bb in search of the jump of awards and re-engage in the title fight.
Plausinaitis and Cheong did a good job keeping their rivals at bay but they didn’t finish the job. The Turk “turkey1” remained alive and began to contest Cheong for third place. Plausinaitis took the opportunity to dominate the table and generate a difference in chips that, by the time “turkey1” took a heads-up spot from “subiime” giving the Lithuanian a 5: 1 advantage in points.
The Turk won the first flip and forced the extension of the game. Plausinaitis came to lose the lifderate briefly, but he distanced himself again and in the second head-to-head all-in he sentenced the ring.
All finalists collected at least six figures, and Paulius’s prize was $ 1,236,361.