Damian Salas 2020 WSOP Main Event International

The 2020 WSOP Main Event has crowned the international champion and the final table is set for the American leg. On Tuesday, Damian Salas won the international leg of the WSOP Main Event in Rozvadov.

On Monday, the final table of the American leg was reached over on WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey. Joseph Hebert has more than a 2 to 1 lead over the rest of the final table while Upeshka De Silva looks for his fourth career bracelet.

WSOP Main Event International Champion Crowned

In case you haven’t been following the 2020 WSOP Main Event, one of the two final tables played out on Tuesday. The GGPoker leg of the Main Event played out at Kings Casino in Rozvadov. Heading into the final table Brazil’s Brunno Botteon had the chip lead. Right behind him was Portugal’s Manuel Ruivo and Argentina’s Damian Salas.

If Salas looks familiar, that’s because he made the final table at the 2017 WSOP Main Event. He finished 7th that year and was looking to improve on that finish. We could go through the rest of the final table, but the top three in chips at the start of the final table were the top three finishers in the event.

Manuel Ruivo was knocked out in third place when his two pair were outdrawn on the river. Ruivo was all-in with two pair while Salas called with a flush draw. The flush hit on the river, sending Ruivo out to collect a nice $728,177 payday.

At the start of heads-up play between Brunno Botteon and Salas, Salas held 24.17 million in chips to just 14.1 million for Botteon. Botteon won the first few pots of heads-up action to take a slight chip lead. However, that’s all the traction he’d get at the final table.

Salas retook the chip lead in a straight-over-straight confrontation. From there, he steadily chipped away at Botteon. Ultimately, Botteon tried to run a bluff, shoving with a busted flush draw. Salas had turned two pair and ended up making the call to take the hand and the tournament. Botteon had to settle for $1.06 million in prize money.

Damian Salas has guaranteed himself a spot in the heads-up Hold’em finale on December 30th. He won the international leg of the Main Event along with $1.55 million.

Final Table of WSOP Leg of Main Event Set

The final table of the WSOP.com leg of the Main Event was reached on Monday. Day 2 of the event started with 71 players looking to make a play for the American seat in the Main Event finale. Numerous bracelet winners made it deep, including former Main Event champion Ryan Riess. Riess ultimately fell in 47th.

The only bracelet winner to make the final table was Upeshka De Silva. The three-time NL Hold’em bracelet winner will start as the second shortest stack and will have some work to do to make a comeback. A pair of notable New Jersey pros made the final table. Shawn Stroke and Ryan Hagerty are both second and third in chips when play starts on December 29th. Joseph Hebert is the overall chip leader. He has 13.05 million, more than double that of Stroke or Haggerty.

The final table of the WSOP.com version of this event will play out on December 29th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Once the winner is crowned, he will return on December 30th to the Rio and battle the international champion heads-up for the bracelet and the $1 million Winner-Takes-All prize.

For now, it seems that Damian Salas is the overall favorite to win the 2020 WSOP Main Event. Of course, there’s a lot more poker to be played and a lot can happen between now and the 30th.

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James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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