2020 was the year for the UK’s online poker superstar Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, who earned the position of 2020 Online Poker Player of the Year. Not only that, Beresford spent more than six months as the #1-ranked player in the world.
For a long time, the online poker world has considered Beresford as one of the best tournament players in the world. But 2020 was the year he solidified himself as one of the best of the best.
This was the year that Beresford earned six six-figure scores. He also added victories in high roller events to his poker resume, as well as claiming his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title.
2020 was the Year for Colin Beresford
The year started quickly for Beresford on January 30, he finished as the GGPoker runner-up in the $2,020 2020 Series Championship. That win was a new career-high as he cashed in $611,134. Beresford went on to spend the rest of the year taking home the win with huge paydays at major final tables.
For Beresford, 2020 final tables generally came with a title. In March, he dominated the partypoker POWERFEST Event #8 for $70,588, and the title. That was the month that the online poker industry increased its online tournaments due to the COVID-19 shutdowns. That only meant even more opportunities to cash in for players like Colin Beresford.
For example, on March 22, Beresford grabbed the win in the PokerStars High Rollers Week Kickoff Event for $180,438. That was just the first of back-to-back six-figure wins; the next was High Rollers 32 ($5,200 8-Max Main Event) for a score of $378,205.
Next up for Beresford was a huge win of $239,652 in High Rollers 39 ($10,300 NLHE). During that event, Beresford trounced fellow UK poker pro Michael ‘mczhang’ Ch Zhang in a heads up match.
Beresford’s career highlights continued into April, when he claimed the $74,066 for the win in the GGPoker GSS #162-HR. In May, he again grabbed the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title in Event 32-H ($530 NLHE) for a win of $85,959.
The Road to the “2020 Online Poker Player of the Year” Award
In the middle of his 29-week run as the #1-ranked player in the world, it was only fitting that Beresford seized his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title, taking home a nice $162,674.
By the end of 2020, Beresford’s lifetime career total reached more than $14.7 million in earnings. Moreover, he had gathered 29,804 PLB points, beating out Brazil’s Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon by more than 4,000 points.
Botteon also had an incredible year, who ended the year with 25,730 points. The Brazilian highlighted 2020 with a second-place finish for a career-high win of $1,062,723 in the international leg of the World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event.
Finishing as the runner-up in the WSOP $25,000 Heads Up NLHE event on GGPoker, Botteon claimed $622,300 and made it to the final table of the WSOP $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship finishing in sixth place for $388,837.
Currently, Botteon is ranked as the #1 player in the world, earning 14 of his top 15 scores in 2020.
Other Top-Ranked Poker Players in the World
Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic ranks as the #2 top poker players in the world. With 23,773 points, Zufic also made a good run at the Online Player of the Year title. The biggest score of Zufic’s year came in August when he collected a career-high of $843,460 while earning a WSOP gold bracelet in Event #63 ($500 Mini Main Event).
After winning the Online Poker Player of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019, ‘Lena900’ only finished fourth in 2020 with 22,918 points. Starting the year off as the #1 player, ‘Lena900’ held on to that title for nearly five months, until Beresford took the title. However, ‘Lena900’ continues its lead on the Online All-Time Money List with more than $21.5 million. ‘Lena900’ highlights for 2020 include a $230,435 win in the PokerStars Stadium Series, plus two WCOOP titles.
Former #1-ranked Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski only finished in fifth place for 2020, with 20,411 points. Dzivielevski won his second WSOP bracelet and added three World Championship of Online Poker titles to his resume.