Over the 31 days of July, 31 different players picked up a World Series of Poker bracelet on WSOP.com. While the winners dominated the headlines, there were thousands of players – 2,289 to be exact – who added to their WSOP resume with an in-the-money finish. Digging through all of the numbers from the 2020 WSOP Online on WSOP.com shows a number of players who found a way to shine bright on poker’s biggest stage.
Cash(ing) is King for Ryan Laplante
Nobody found their way into the money more often Ryan Laplante. The Las Vegas resident cashed in 18 of the 30 events he was eligible to play in. Laplante earned $47,131 overall and his biggest cash came in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) where he finished in 11th place for $8,681.
There were 57 players who cashed at least 10 times and 1,386 who only hit the payouts window once.
Former World Champ Tops Total Earnings List
2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen walked away from the WSOP.com events pushing a wheelbarrow full of cash. McKeehen won Event #14 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) for $352,985. That score alone would have put him atop the earnings leaderboard for the Series, but he also managed to cash seven more times for $16,646.
Only two players in the earnings list top 10 were not bracelet winners, but both had high-profile runner-up finishes. Frank Funaro finished second to McKeehen in the High Roller event and Matthew Parry finished second in the second-biggest buy-in event on the calendar, Event #29 ($2,000 Deepstack NLHE).
Just Three Players Score $300,000+ Scores
McKeehen’s victory also gave him the single biggest score of the entire Series and made him just one of three players to win more than $300,000 from a single event. Event #31 ($1,000 Championship NLHE) winner Nahrain Tamero finished with the second biggest score of $310,832 and Event #29 ($2,000 NLH Deepstack) champ Nick Guagenti snuck past the $300K mark earning $305,433.
There 42 six-figure cashes throughout the 31 events and two players had two each. Ryan Torgersen, who finished runner-up in Event #9 ($1,000 Six Max NLHE) the night before winning Event #10 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) earned $172,362 and $116,379 respectively while William Romaine, runner-up in Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE Freezeout) and Event #28 ($1,000 Omaha 8-or-better Six Max) champion, banked scores of $110,979 and $ 110,670.
They’re Going Streaking
Laplante’s 18 cashes were buoyed by his run in Events #14-#23 were the bracelet winner cashed in every single event. Those 10 consecutive cashes represent the longest such streak of the Series. Two players, Roland Israelashvili and Huy Nguyen, tied for the next longest streak at six, and another eight players each had streaks of five.
New Jersey versus Nevada: Tale of the Tape
In the battle of the Silver State versus the Garden State, it was the latter that came out on top – but only barely. New Jersey players cashed a total of 1,592 times for $5,047,455 in winnings while their Nevada counterparts finished in the money 1,366 times and won $4,993,437.
California and New York put on a worthy undercard battle with Californians earning 886 cashes versus New Yorkers’ 718 but the Empire State won more money by banking $3,308,233 versus the $2,881,397 that Californians won.
Rank & File: Former Number 1s Shine Bright
It should come as no surprise to learn that players who have dominated online poker put up decent results during the Series. At least seven former #1-ranked players recorded ITM finishes with three of them hitting the double-digit mark. Bryan Piccioli had the most cashes at 14 while Ari Engel topped the earnings list with $148,919.