It promised to become a new milestone for online poker and it absolutely delivered on its promise. Event #77: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event drew a total of 5,082 players to smash the $25M guarantee and create a total prize pool of $27,559,500 — the biggest-ever in online poker history.
At the start of Day 2, 1,171 players were still in contention, vying for one of the 728 money spots first before focusing their sights on the jaw-dropping $3,904,686 first-place prize for the champion, to be awarded on Saturday, September 5. Over the course of 12 hours, the group of 1,171 got whittled down all the way to a mere 38 who each have $39,214 already guaranteed to show for their respective deep runs.
Leading the way after the long day is Bryan "smbdySUCKme" Piccioli originally from Allegany, NY but residing in Las Vegas, NV, who amassed 18,417,494 to bag the biggest stack of the night. Piccioli is no stranger to running deep in WSOP Main Events; in 2017, he finished sixth for a career-best score of $1,675,000. He'll eclipse that figure by finishing third or better in this event.