Last night, the 2020 WSOP Main Event domestic tournament finished up at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The first portion of the event took place online and then eight players headed to the casino to play out the tournament live. A total of 705 players competed in the event.
In the end, it was Joseph Hebert who won the tournament, securing a spot against the international winner Damian Salas in the head-to-head matchup. This year, the Main Event is a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GGPoker hosted an online event and then a live final table at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic. The WSOP also hosted an online event in New Jersey and Nevada, with the final table playing out at the Rio. The winners of each event will now battle to see who the Main Event Champion will be.
Details of the Final Table
Before the final table got started, one player was announced ineligible. Upeshka De Silva was unable to take part in the final table after he reportedly tested positive for the virus. The WSOP has rules in place and anyone who tested positive before the final table would be disqualified. For De Silva, he received the ninth-place finish, earning $98,813.
The eight players were seated at the poker table and battled to see who would take on Salas in the final. Hebert was the chip leader from the start and after just four hours of play, he claimed the first-place win. Hebert took home the trophy, just over $1.5 million in prize money plus a chance to win another million and the title by taking on Salas.
Hebert defeated Ron Jenkins in heads-up to win the event. It was an all-around good day for the poker player as he won the opportunity to compete in the Main Event via a $300 satellite. Not a bad investment for the player!
The final head to head was supposed to take place on December 30 but it has been rescheduled for January 3. Hebert will have a few days to rest before he takes on Salas in the final. Both players will be competing at the Rio and the footage will be streamed so fans can watch as the action unfolds.