Joseph Hebert Wins Domestic WSOP Main Event
The finale for the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event is now set. However, the finale was not set without controversy. One of the finalists was disqualified before the American final table due to contracting COVID-19. Ultimately, Joseph Hebert took down the final table along with the $1.55 million top prize.
The finale was originally scheduled to play out today. However, COVID-19 threw those plans into chaos. Now, the finale will be moved to January 3rd after Damian Salas was denied entry into the United States.
Upeshka De Silva DQ’d After Positive COVID-19 Test
Upeshka De Silva was the only WSOP bracelet winner to make the final table of this event. After traveling to Las Vegas and quarantining leading up to the finale, De Silva tested positive for COVID-19 after the mandatory testing before the final table.
Per tournament rules, De Silva was disqualified from the event and awarded 9th place money. Some in the poker community were upset with the WSOP and even suggested that the final table be delayed. In the end, De Silva was disqualified and awarded 9th place prize money. Peiyuan Sun faced a similar situation earlier this month when he chose not to travel to the International final table. He was DQ’d and given ninth place money.
Joseph Hebert Wins American Leg of WSOP Main Event
The final table for the American leg of the 2020 WSOP Main Event kicked off on Monday. Joseph Hebert started with a massive chip lead over the rest of the field. With De Silva gone, there were no bracelet winners left in the field.
We would normally tell you all about the final table action, but Herbert was never in any serious danger and never lost the chip lead. Ultimately, it was Ron Jenkins that made it heads-up against Hebert. Jenkins came into the final table wearing a MAGA hat, which instantly made him the villain in the eyes of some.
However, just like Donald Trump, Jenkins fell short when it mattered. On the final hand, Jenkins was all-in with pocket queens against A-Q. An ace on the flop would give Hebert the lead and that would be enough to give him the hand and the title. Jenkins walked away with $1 million.
Joseph Hebert is the domestic winner of the 2020 WSOP Main Event. He dedicated his win to his mother Linda who passed away this summer. Hebert earned $1.55 million for his victory and will now face Damian Salas for the bracelet. However, the heads-up finale will be delayed a bit.
Damian Salas Denied Entry Into the United States
Joseph Hebert will have a few days to play casino games in Las Vegas while waiting for his opponent. Damian Salas was about to leave on Saturday for the United States but was denied entry into both Dallas and Miami. The reason is that he was in Europe for less than 14 days before trying to come to the United States.
Salas traveled to the Czech Republic to play the international WSOP Main Event final and was just in the country 13 days before attempting to come to the United States. As a result, he was denied entry. Was Salas disqualified like De Silva? Nope. Instead, they moved the date for the finale to January 3rd.
Such a scenario was possible and WSOP rules did allow for the finale to be delayed, moved to a new location, or even moved entirely online. They opted to delay the event until January 3rd.
Salas will play Hebert for the World Championship bracelet in Las Vegas on January 3rd. There will also be a $1 million prize on the line. In the end, we will have a 2020 WSOP World Champion of Poker, but like the NFL, it will be crowned in 2021.