Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:49 AM Local Time
Joseph Hebert Wins 2020 WSOP Main Event Domestic Tournament ($1,553,256), Will Face Damian Salas Heads Up
On Monday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 Main Event domestic tournament – which played its first two days on WSOP.com – saw the final eight players of a 705-player field gather at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to play down to a winner.
Even before play began, three-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva was deemed ineligible to proceed with participation after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19 (published rules stated that any player who tested positive would be disqualified and receive ninth-place money of $98,813).
The other eight players battled it out for a $1,553,256 top prize and the opportunity to compete for an additional $1 million and the gold bracelet in a heads-up showdown against Damian Salas, the winner of the GGPoker international portion of the WSOP.
After approximately four hours of play, Louisiana's Joseph Hebert, who began the final table as a big chip leader, came out on top to win the tournament for $1,553,256, the trophy, and a heads-up shot at the bracelet and another seven-figure score.
Not too shabby for a man who got in via a $300 satellite on WSOP.com.
"I was just really confident," Hebert said. "I was excited to play and it was just a battle. It wasn't easy, I tell ya that much. The guys played great. It was just a battle the whole way through."
2020 WSOP Main Event WSOP.com Final Table Results
|5||Ye "Tony" Yuan||$286,963|
|9||Upeshka De Silva||$98,813|
He's Doing It #ForLinda
The 38-year-old Hebert, who had $667,664 in lifetime earnings prior to the win according to The Hendon Mob, had been vocal that he was playing the tournament for his mother, Linda, who died over the summer following a pulmonary embolism.
He explained: "I texted her, 'Man, one day I hope I can win a bracelet. It's something I always dreamed of and I just don't know how many more chances I'm going to have to do that.' She texted me back and said, 'I keep hoping and praying that what will be, will be. Things will work out.' That was our last text, she passed away three days later."
An emotional Hebert came to tears after the final card hit the felt.
"I really felt like I was dreaming," he said. "And I thought about my mom, and I know that she was here and this was for her. She would be so excited to see it, so I'm just so happy I got it for her."
Final Table Action
Hebert didn't come out firing too hard despite his big lead, and he admitted he had an adjustment period to getting back to live poker, particularly when the first stages of this tournament had been played online.
"I'm really not that great in front of cameras," he said. "It was really tough to actually get into the environment and play. It took me awhile to get used to the chips, the lights, the players, everything. It was an experience I'll remember forever."
Action got underway at the 75,000/150,000/150,000 blind level and it only took six hands for the first player to fall. First, the short-stacked Harrison Dobin doubled up with queens against the tens of Gershon Distenfeld. The very next hand, the latter three-bet jammed with king-ten suited only to see the initial raiser, Ron Jenkins, call with queens of his own. The ladies held once again and that was all she wrote for Distenfeld, who planned to donate the $125,885 he received for eighth place to charity.
It took 55 more hands until the next elimination. That is when Shawn Stroke, who began the final table second in chips but never got anything going, got his short stack in with pocket threes against both queens and ace-king. The ladies of Jenkins held and Stroke was ousted in seventh place for $163,786.
Dobin, who had the ace-king in the above hand, was left short and bowed out just two hands later after Hebert had raised the small blind. Dobin three-bet what little he had left holding five-three and failed to get there against Hebert, who called with king-deuce.
Not long after, Wisconsin's Tony Yuan exited in fifth place after jamming his short stack from the small blind with ace-ten only to have Hebert wake up with two red fours in the big. The small pocket pair held and Yuan had to settle for $286,963 in prize money.
New Jersey's Ryan Hagerty was the next to fall running ace-eight into the ace-jack of Jenkins, and six hands later his good friend Michael Cannon followed him out the door when he three-bet jammed king-queen smack dab into Hebert's aces.
Hebert took a 2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Jenkins, but despite the deep stacks, it took just one hand for Hebert to close it out. It happened after Hebert four-bet jammed with ace-queen only to have Jenkins call off with pocket queens. An ace spiked on the flop and Jenkins exited in second place, albeit as a poker millionaire himself thanks to the $1,002,340 in prize money that awaited him.
"The gentleman had been raising a lot and three-betting a lot, so I went with it," Hebert explained. "It was definitely my mom [that brought the ace]. Hashtag for Linda. I know it was."
Heads-Up Match With Salas to take Place Jan. 3
Hebert will now rest for a few days before going heads-up against Salas for the bracelet and an additional $1 million prize. He's already earned quite a windfall for a part-time waiter, but he said even the potential for more than $2.5 million in winnings won't be enough to peel him away from the restaurant completely.
"I'll definitely go back and tell my customers hi because I love that place," he said. "I've been there for 20 years off and on, and I wouldn't change that for the world. I do wanna give a shoutout to the restaurant, The Galley Seafood in Metairie, Louisiana."
Hebert said he's aware of the reported delay in the match with Salas, originally scheduled for Dec. 30. In the mean time, his fiance and son are in town, so he can at least enjoy the victory with them.
PokerNews will bring updates from Hebert vs. Salas on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. PST, when the overall champion of the 2020 WSOP Main Event is crowned.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:31 AM Local Time
Ron Jenkins Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,002,340)
Hand #98: In the first hand of heads-up play, Joseph Hebert raised to 700,000 and Ron Jenkins popped him to 2.3 million. Hebert responded by moving all in and Jenkins called off for 10.8 million.
Jenkins had the best of it but not after the flop fell to pair Hebert. The turn left Jenkins looking for the case queen, but lady luck did not show up as the bricked on the river.
Still, Jenkins became a poker millionaire with a payout of $1,002,340 for finishing as runner-up of the 2020 WSOP Main event.
|Joseph Hebert||42,300,000||15,500,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||0||-13,300,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:15 AM Local Time
Break Before Heads Up
The final two players are taking a 15-minute break while the table is set up for heads-up play.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:14 AM Local Time
Michael Cannon Eliminated in 3rd Place ($529,258)
Hand #97: Joseph Hebert raised to 600,000 from the button and Michael Cannon jammed for 4.8 million from the small blind. Jenkins folded the big and Hebert called.
Hebert had the goods and Cannon was looking to get lucky. The flop didn't give him much hope, and the turn left him drawing dead.
The meaningless river was run out and Cannon took his leave from the tournament in third place.
|Joseph Hebert||26,800,000||7,900,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||13,300,000||-600,000 |
|Michael Cannon||0||-7,300,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:10 AM Local Time
Hands #92-96: Hebert Exerting Pressure
Hand #92: Joseph Hebert received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #93: Hebert raised to 850,000 from the small blind and Michael Cannon folded from the big.
Hand #94: Hebert limped the button and Cannon called from the small blind. Ron Jenkins checked his option and it was three-way action to the flop. Two checks saw Hebert bet 400,000 and only Jenkins called. On the turn, Jenkins checked and then folded when Hebert bet 700,000.
Hand #95: Cannon raised to 600,000 from the button and Hebert moved all in from the big blind. Cannon folded.
Hand #96: Jenkins raised to 700,000 from the button and Cannon called from the big blind to see a flop. Cannon checked and then folded when Jenkins bet 900,000.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:03 AM Local Time
Ryan Hagerty Eliminated in 4th Place ($387,130)
Hand #91: Ron Jenkins raised all in from the small blind and Ryan Hagerty called off for 2,650,000.
The ace-jack held up for Jenkins on a runout, eliminating Hagerty.
|Ron Jenkins||13,900,000||3,200,000 |
|Ryan Hagerty||0||-3,300,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:00 AM Local Time
Hands #84-90: Jostling for Chips
Hand #84: Ryan Hagerty moved all in for 3.4 million from the small blind and Joseph Hebert folded the big.
Hand #85: Hebert limped the small blind and Michael Cannon checked his option from the bring about a flop. Hebert checked, Cannon bet 300,000, and Hebert check-raised to 1 million. Cannon folded.
Hand #86: Hebert raised to 700,000 from the button and swiped the blinds and antes.
Hand #87: Cannon raised to 600,000 from the button and Ron Jenkins called from the small blind. On the flop, both players checked and the dealer burned and turned the . Jenkins checked, Cannon bet 1.3 million, and Jenkins folded.
Hand #88: Hebert received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #89: Hebert raised the small blind to 850,000 and Cannon defended the big to see a flop. Both players checked to see the turn and again Hebert checked. This time Cannon bet 700,000 and that did the trick as Hebert folded.
Hand #90: Cannon limped the small blind and Jenkins exercised his option with a raise to 800,000. Cannon called, the flop fell , and Cannon check-folded to a bet of 1 million.
|Joseph Hebert||18,900,000||400,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||10,700,000||-400,000 |
|Michael Cannon||7,300,000||1,500,000 |
|Ryan Hagerty||3,300,000||-1,500,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:51 AM Local Time
Hands #78-83: Cannon Three-Bet Shoves
Hand #78: Joseph Hebert raised to 700,000 on the button. Michael Cannon shoved all in for a little under 6 million and earned the pot.
Hand #79: Jenkins shoved from the small blind to put Ryan Hagerty at risk for about 4.5 million, and Hagerty folded.
Hand #80: Cannon raised and took the pot.
Hand #81: Cannon got a walk.
Hand #82: Hebert raised to 600,000 on the button. He won the pot.
Hand #83: Jenkins shoved in the small blind. Hagerty folded.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:43 AM Local Time
2020 WSOP Main Event Final Table: 8th Place Gershon Distenfeld
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:42 AM Local Time
Hands #73-77: Hagerty Denied a Double
Hand #73: Ryan Hagerty, who fell to the short stack with the elimination of Tony Yuan, moved all in for 3.68 million from the button and Michael Cannon called from the big blind.
Hagerty was primed for a double but the board ran out to put a straight out there, which meant the two chopped it up.
Hand #74: Joseph Hebert raised the button to 600,000 and Ron Jenkins defended the big blind to see a flop. Both players checked and the appeared on the turn. Jenkins opted to bet 900,000 and Hebert folded.
Hand #75: Hebert raised to 600,000 under the gun and Hagerty called to see a flop. Hagerty checked, Hebert bet 300,000, and Hagerty check-jammed for 2.95 million. Hebert folded and Hagerty pulled in the pot.
Hand #76: Hebert received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #77: Jenkins raised to 700,000 first to act and Hebert called from the small blind. Cannon folded from the big and it was heads-up action to the flop. Hebert checked and then folded when Jenkins continued for 900,000.
|Joseph Hebert||18,500,000||-2,200,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||11,100,000||1,900,000 |
|Michael Cannon||5,800,000||-800,000 |
|Ryan Hagerty||4,800,000||1,100,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:32 AM Local Time
Level 36 started
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:30 AM Local Time
Hand #72: Tony Yuan Eliminated in 5th Place ($286,963)
Hand #72: Action folded to Tony Yuan in the small blind and he jammed for 2,830,000. Joseph Hebert got the count then called.
The board ran , no help to Yuan.
|Joseph Hebert||20,700,000||2,800,000 |
|Tony Yuan||0||-2,800,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:27 AM Local Time
Hands #69-71: Yuan Doubles on River
Hand #69: Joseph Hebert raised to 550,000 on the button and took it down.
Hand #70: Hebert raised to 550,000 and Ron Jenkins made it 1,630,000 in the small blind. That convinced Hebert to give it up.
Hand #71: Hebert raised to 500,000 and Tony Yuan defended the big blind, leaving just a few blinds behind.
Yuan jammed them in on the flop and Hebert called.
The turn left Yuan still in need on the river, but he nailed the to double.
|Joseph Hebert||17,900,000||-1,100,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||9,200,000||500,000 |
|Michael Cannon||6,600,000||-100,000 |
|Ryan Hagerty||3,700,000||-600,000 |
|Tony Yuan||2,800,000||1,300,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:21 AM Local Time
Hands #64-68: Hebert Keeping the Pressure On
Hand #64: Ryan Hagerty raised to 500,000 under the gun and Joseph Hebert called from the cutoff. The flop saw Hagerty check and then fold to a bet of 450,000.
Hand #65: Hebert raised to 550,000 from the cutoff and took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #66: Michael Cannon raised to 500,000 from the cutoff and Ron Jenkins three-bet to 1.5 million from the button. Both blinds folded and Cannon gave it up.
Hand #67: Tony Yuan folded the small blind and gave Hebert a walk in the big.
Hand #68: Hebert raised to 750,000 from the small blind and Cannon called from the big to see a flop. Hebert continued for 650,000, Cannon called, and the appeared on the turn.
Hebert kept the pressure on by betting 1.63 million and that did the trick as Cannon released.
|Joseph Hebert||19,000,000||3,400,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||8,700,000||500,000 |
|Michael Cannon||6,700,000||-2,800,000 |
|Ryan Hagerty||4,300,000||-1,100,000 |
|Tony Yuan||1,500,000||-700,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:12 AM Local Time
Harrison Dobin Eliminated in 6th Place ($215,222)
Hand #63: Joseph Hebert raised to 500,000 on the button. Harrison Dobin put in his 750,000 from the big blind and Hebert called.
The board ran , leaving Dobin without a sweat to the river.
|Joseph Hebert||15,600,000||1,100,000 |
|Harrison Dobin||0||-1,000,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:10 AM Local Time
Hand #62: Tiny Pot
Hand #62: Joseph Hebert and Michael Cannon saw a flop for the minimum. Hebert led out 250,000 and won the pot.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:06 AM Local Time
Shawn Stroke Eliminated in 7th Place ($163,786)
Hand #61: Shawn Stroke moved all in for 975,000 UTG+1 and Harrison Dobin three-bet jammed for 4.2 million next to act. Ron Jenkins then called off for 3.28 million from the cutoff and the rest of the players folded.
Jenkins woke up with two ladies and his hand held after the board ran out a clean .
Jenkins eliminated Stroke in seventh place while also doubling through Dobin, who was left with just four bigs.
|Ron Jenkins||8,200,000||4,900,000 |
|Harrison Dobin||1,000,000||-3,300,000 |
|Shawn Stroke||0||-975,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:01 AM Local Time
Hands #54-60: Cannon Pillaging Blinds
Hand #54: Ryan Hagerty shoved all in on the button for about 5.5 million and won the pot.
Hand #55: Action folded to the small blind, where Joseph Hebert completed. Big blind Michael Cannon checked.
On the flop, Hebert checked and Cannon bet 300,000. Hebert called. Hebert came out betting on the with 800,000, and Cannon let it go.
Hand #56: Ron Jenkins raised to 500,000 second to act and won the pot.
Hand #57: Cannon raised on the button and won the pot.
Hand #58: Cannon made it 500,000 in the cutoff and won the pot.
Hand #59: Cannon made it 500,000 once more and received no action.
Hand #60: Cannon raised to 500,000 second to act and finally got action as Tony Yuan defended the big blind.
After the flop checked through, Cannon bet 400,000 on a board of . Yuan called. The river checked through and Yuan revealed a pair of fours but lost to Cannon, who had either or .
|Joseph Hebert||14,500,000||800,000 |
|Michael Cannon||9,500,000||2,200,000 |
|Ryan Hagerty||5,400,000||-700,000 |
|Harrison Dobin||4,300,000||-600,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||3,300,000||0 |
|Tony Yuan||2,200,000||-1,200,000 |
|Shawn Stroke||975,000||-625,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:49 AM Local Time
Hands #48-53: All In and a Chop
Hand #48: Ryan Hagerty moved all in for 4.8 million from the cutoff and took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #49: Harrison Dobin raised to 500,000 under the gun and won the pot.
Hand #50: Tony Yuan raised to 500,000 and won the pot.
Hand #51: Joseph Hebert raised to 525,000 from the hijack and Ron Jenkins moved all in from the big blind for 2.5 million. Hebert gave it a little thought and then released.
Hand #52: Hagerty received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #53: Shawn Stroke moved all in for 1.43 million from the hijack and Tony Yuan called from the big blind,
Both players had the same hand and chopped the pot after the board ran out .
|Joseph Hebert||13,700,000||-1,100,000 |
|Michael Cannon||7,300,000||-600,000 |
|Ryan Hagerty||6,100,000||1,300,000 |
|Harrison Dobin||4,900,000||-1,000,000 |
|Tony Yuan||3,400,000||500,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||3,300,000||500,000 |
|Shawn Stroke||1,600,000||-500,000 |
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:38 AM Local Time
Hands #45-47: Stroke Drops to Last Place
Hand #45: Joseph Hebert raised to 550,000 second to act and Michael Cannon three-bet to 1.8 million on his left. He won the pot.
Hand #46: Cannon raised to 550,000 second to act and Tony Yuan defended the big blind.
Cannon continued for 300,000 on the flop and Yuan check-raised all in for about 1.4 million. Cannon snap-folded.
Hand #47: Shawn Stroke raised to 550,000 second to act and Hebert defended the big blind.
Hebert checked the flop and called 400,000 from Stroke. The checked through, bringing the on the river. Hebert checked and Stroke bet 950,000. Hebert called fairly quickly. While Stroke's cards weren't shown, Hebert took it down without a diamond in his hand, showing what looked like .
|Joseph Hebert||14,800,000||2,400,000 |
|Michael Cannon||7,900,000||400,000 |
|Harrison Dobin||5,900,000||-800,000 |
|Ryan Hagerty||4,800,000||800,000 |
|Tony Yuan||2,900,000||200,000 |
|Ron Jenkins||2,800,000||-100,000 |
|Shawn Stroke||2,100,000||-1,900,000 |