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WSOP Online 2023: The (Unofficial) Record-Breaking $5,000 Main Event

Shane C

Oct 3, 2023

BIGGEST Online Poker Tournament Prize Pool Ever

In the world of poker, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has always been synonymous with prestige, excitement, and incredible prizes. Over the years, this iconic series has evolved and adapted to the changing times, and in 2023, the WSOP Online is setting new records and breaking old ones. 

Without further ado, let’s dive into the details of WSOP Online Bracelet #28: the $5,000 Main Event, which has garnered immense attention for its unexpected achievements.

Record-Breaking Numbers

The 2023 WSOP Online Bracelet #28: $5,000 Main Event has made history by shattering the previous record set by GGPoker Network back in September 2020. With an astounding 6,023 entries and a jaw-dropping prize pool of $28,609,250, it exceeded its guaranteed prize pool of $25,000,000 as well as its previous record of $27,559,500, making it the biggest online poker tournament prize pool ever. 

This remarkable feat comes as a surprise considering the tournament had to be rescheduled for a week due to unforeseen issues. Additionally, it's worth noting that the 2023 Main Event featured 21 flights, in contrast to the 23 flights in the 2020 Main Event. The poker world was clearly eager to participate in this epic event.

With such a massive player pool, the WSOP Online Bracelet #28 promises a total of 761 paid places, ensuring that a significant number of players will be able to cash in on their efforts. The minimum payout starts at $10,161.74, providing a respectable return on investment even for those who finish deep in the money.

Stack Sizes and Notable Eliminations

The tournament has seen its fair share of highs and lows. The largest stack at the time of writing stands at an impressive 75,155,029 chips, equating to 75.2 big blinds, while the average stack is a substantial 32,653,408 chips, or 32.7 big blinds. These numbers illustrate the highly competitive nature of the event.

Professional poker players have also graced the virtual felt, but not all have fared as well as expected. The likes of Fedor Holz, a renowned name in the poker world, were eliminated at 661st place, taking home $11,621.47. Niklas Astedt, another formidable player, met his end at 754th place, earning $10,161.74. Wiktor Malinowski, the 2nd place winner of the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Vietnam $10,000 No Limit Hold'em - 8-Handed Mystery Bounty, also made his appearance in the WSOP Online Bracelet #28 but was knocked out at the 49th place, receiving $60,685.86 in consolation.

Natural8 players “runupifyouwant” and “John Milly” were eliminated at 12th and 10th place, respectively, with payouts of $140,486.30 and $185,969.00.

The Prestige of WSOP Online

The WSOP has a storied history, and its online version is no less prestigious. Since its launch in 2020, WSOP Online has become the world’s most sought-after online poker tournament series. Each bracelet won here adds a player's name to the esteemed list of champions, which includes some of the most iconic figures in poker history.

What sets WSOP Online apart is its global reach. International players can compete for official WSOP gold bracelets on platforms like Natural8 and the GGPoker Network. Simultaneously, players physically present in specific states in the United States, such as Nevada, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, have their own slate of tournaments on In 2023, both GGPoker and will offer a total of 33 coveted WSOP gold bracelets, showcasing the commitment to catering to players of all levels and backgrounds.

The 2023 WSOP Online Bracelet #28: $5,000 Main Event is not just another poker tournament; it's a historic event that has exceeded expectations. With record-breaking numbers, a massive prize pool, and a competitive field, this event has shown the enduring appeal of the World Series of Poker. As it continues to unfold, poker enthusiasts from around the world eagerly await to see who will emerge victorious and etch their name into the annals of poker history.

About Natural8

Natural8 is Asia's largest online poker room and geared towards recreational players. As an exclusive partner on the GGPoker Network - the world's largest online poker network - Natural8 is fully licensed and authorised. Anyone can join for free, and there are no hidden fees. 

On top of the $120 million guaranteed prize pool for tournaments every month, Natural8 also offers plenty of promotions for new players. These specials amount to a total of $1,858 - easily one of the best in the online poker scene - and include:

For media inquiries, please contact Natural8’s marketing team at [email protected].

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