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2020 51st Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 to Wednesday, December 30, 2020

RIO - $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: tbd
  • Entries: tbd
  • Remaining: 1

EVENT UPDATES

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Monday, January 4, 2021 2:32 AM Local Time
Hands #23-28: Hebert Gets Some Back

Hand #23: Joseph Hebert raised the button to 6,000 and Damian Salas called to see a     flop. Salas checked, Hebert bet 4,500, and Salas folded.

Hand #24: Salas limped the button, Hebert checked, and the flop fell    . Hebert checked, Salas did the same, and the   appeared on the turn. Action repeated itself and the   completed the board on the river. Again it went check-check and Hebert showed the   . It was good as Salas mucked.

Hand #25: Hebert raised the button to 5,000 and Salas folded.

Hand #26: Salas raised the button to 6,000, Hebert three-bet to 18,000, and Salas released.

Hand #27: Hebert limped, Salas raised to 6,000, and Hebert called to see a flop of    . Salas checked, Hebert bet 5,500, and the Argentinean folded.

Hand #28: Salas raised the button to 6,000, Hebert called, and the flop fell    . Hebert checked, Salas continued for 6,000, and Hebert called to see the   turn. Both players checked and the   completed the board on the river. Again both players checked and Hebert showed    for a flush. It was good as Salas mucked.

Damian Salas529,000-33,000
Joseph Hebert471,00033,000
Monday, January 4, 2021 2:21 AM Local Time
Hands #18-22: First Walk of the Match

Hand #18: Damian Salas raised to 4,000, Joseph Hebert called, and the flop fell    . Both players checked and the dealer burned and turned the  , which paired the board. Hebert bet 3,500, Salas called, and the   completed the board on the river. Both players checked and Hebert showed the   . Salas then tabled the    for the same hand. Chop it up.

Hand #19: Hebert limped, Salas raised to 6,000, and Hebert folded.

Hand #20: Salas limped the button, Hebert checked, and the flop fell    . Hebert checked, Salas bet 3,000, and Hebert folded.

Hand #21: Hebert folded and Salas won the pot.

Hand #22: Salas raised to 6,000, Hebert called, and the flop fell    . Hebert checked, Salas bet 7,000, and Hebert folded.

Damian Salas562,00010,000
Joseph Hebert438,000-10,000
Monday, January 4, 2021 2:12 AM Local Time
Hands #13-17: Not Much Movement

Hand #13: Joseph Hebert limped the button, Damian Salas checked his option, and the flop fell    . Both players checked and the   peeled off on the turn. Again both players checked and the   completed the board on the river. Salas checked, Hebert bet 1,500, and Salas folded.

Hand #14: Salas limped the button, Hebert raised to 5,000, and Salas folded.

Hand #15: Hebert limped, Salas checked, and the flop came down    . Salas checked, Hebert did too, and the   appeared on the turn. Salas bet 1,500, Hebert called, and the   completed the board on the river. Salas bet again, this time 5,500, and Hebert called. Salas tabled what looked to be a    (unfortunately the cards were not shown on the monitor) for a straight and Hebert mucked.

Hand #16: Salas raised to 4,000, Hebert called, and the flop fell    . Both players checked, the   appeared on the turn, and Hebert bet 6,500. Salas folded.

Hand #17: Hebert raised to 4,000, Salas called, and the flop came down    . Salas checked, Hebert bet 2,500, and Salas folded.

Damian Salas552,000-2,000
Joseph Hebert448,0002,000
Monday, January 4, 2021 2:03 AM Local Time
Hands #9-12: Three for Salas, One for Hebert

Hand #9: Joseph Hebert raised to 4,000 and Damian Salas three-bet to 12,000. Hebert called, the flop fell    , and Salas continued for 6,500. Hebert folded.

Hand #10: Salas raised to 4,000 and Hebert folded.

Hand #11: Hebert limped the button, Salas checked his option, and the flop came down    . Salas checked, Hebert bet 1,500, and Salas folded.

Hand #12: Salas raised to 4,000 from the button and Hebert called to bring about a flop of    . Hebert checked, Salas bet 3,500, and Hebert folded.

Damian Salas554,00016,000
Joseph Hebert446,000-16,000
Monday, January 4, 2021 1:57 AM Local Time
Hands #6-8: Salas with a Big Bet

Hand #6: Damian Salas raised to 3,000, Joseph Hebert three-bet to 8,000, and Salas called. On the     flop, Hebert bet 5,500, Salas called, and the   paired the board on the turn. Hebert checked, Salas bet 21,000, and Hebert called to see the   river.

Hebert checked before Salas paused for a few beats and bet 78,000. Hebert leaned back, took a swig of his beer, and pondered the decision before giving it up.

Hand #7: Hebert called, Salas raised to 3,000, and Hebert folded.

Hand #8: In the last hand of the level, Salas raised to 3,000 and Hebert called. On the     flop, Hebert checked, Salas bet 2,500, and Hebert called to see the   turn. Action went check-check and the   completed the board on the river. Hebert opted to bet 17,500 and Salas folded.

Damian Salas538,00030,000
Joseph Hebert462,000-30,000
Monday, January 4, 2021 1:50 AM Local Time
Hands #1-#5: First Blood to Salas

Hand #1: Joseph Hebert limped the button and Damian Salas exercised his option with a raise to 3,000. Hebert called and the flop came down    . Salas continued for 3,500, Hebert called, and the   appeared on the turn.

Salas kept the pressure on with a bet of 9,000 and Hebert released. First blood to Salas.

Hand #2: Salas raised to 3,000, Hebert called, and the flop fell    . Hebert checked, Salas bet 2,500, and Hebert called to see the   turn. Hebert checked for the second time and Salas checked back to bring about the   on the river. Again action went check-check and the hands were tabled. Unfortunately, they were not shown on the monitor, but we do know Hebert won the pot.

Hand #3: Hebert limped the button and called when Salas raised to 3,500. On the     flop, Salas bet 3,500, Hebert called, and the   appeared on the turn. Salas checked, Hebert did the same, and the   completed the board on the river.

Salas opted to bet 11,500 and Hebert thought for a bit before folding his hand.

Hand #4: Salas raised to 3,000, Hebert called, and the flop came out    . Both players checked, the   paired the board on the turn, and Hebert checked for the second time. Salas bet 4,000 and Hebert folded.

Hand #5: Hebert raised to 3,000, Salas called, and the flop came down    . Action went check-check and the dealer burned and turned the  , which paired the board. Again it went check-check and the   completed the board on the river. Both players checked and while the cards were not shown on screen, we do know that Hebert won the pot.

Damian Salas508,0008,000
Joseph Hebert492,000-8,000
Monday, January 4, 2021 1:34 AM Local Time
Shuffle Up and Deal!

Cards are in the air here in the heads-up finale of the 2020 WSOP Main Event!

Monday, January 4, 2021 1:04 AM Local Time
Delayed Start

Play was slated to get underway at 5 p.m. PST, but as is often he case with television productions things have been delayed a bit. The good news is the players are in the house doing some pregame interviews. It shouldn't be too much longer until cards are in the air.

Sunday, January 3, 2021 6:32 PM Local Time
Joseph Hebert vs. Damian Salas - Who Will Be the 2020 WSOP Main Event Champion?

Joseph Hebert vs. Damian Salas

It's been a year unlike any other and a World Series of Poker Main Event unlike any other. After poker's most popular series was forced online due to the coronavirus — resulting in a summer full of online bracelet events — the Main Event will crown it's champion live inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Tonight, two men will return to battle for poker's most coveted prize: Joseph Hebert and Damian Salas.

Hebert, winner of the domestic portion of the event, and Salas, winner of the international one, will duke it out for $1 million (on top of their previous winnings), the gold bracelet and the chance to go down in poker history as the official 51st winner of the WSOP Main Event, following in the footsteps of Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, Phil Hellmuth and 2019 champ Hossein Ensan.

Originally scheduled to play out on Dec. 30th, the event was postponed to tonight as Salas' entry to the U.S. was delayed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Here's how the 2020 WSOP Main Event came about

Joseph Hebert: Doing It #ForLinda

While this hasn't been a traditional event, to say the least, those left standing are certainly worthy of being crowned the new champ. Hebert crushed the domestic portion of the event, starting the final table off with a massive chip lead and never surrendering it along the way to win $1,553,256.

The 38-year old from Louisiana, who won his entry into the $10,000 freezeout through a $300 satellite on WSOP.com, is doing it #ForLinda, his mother who passed away over the summer following a pulmonary embolism. Teary-eyed, Hebert addressed the media after his earlier victory on Dec. 28.

"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."

Joseph Hebert
Joseph Hebert

Damian Salas: A Shot at Redemption

Following his victory, Hebert knew who his opponent would be as Salas already claimed his spot on Dec. 15 after winning the international portion of this event live in King's Resort in Rozvadov. That tournament originally started with 674 entrants on GGPoker.com — slightly shy of the 705 that entered on WSOP.com side — and Salas ultimately defeated the red-hot Brunno Botteon to win $1,550,969.

Salas hails from Chascomús, Argentina, about 80 miles south of Buenos Aires. During his soccer playing days, he received the nickname "Pampa" which stuck. He's a part-time poker player, which he combines with his regular work as a lawyer. Despite not being a full-time professional, Salas sports quite an impressive poker resumé with nearly $2.7 million in lifetime winnings according to The Hendon Mob.

Where Hebert is doing it #ForLinda, Salas has thrived on the support of his family and friends back home and carried a picture of his three children and wife with him during the live portion in King's. His daughter Sol even created a handmade bracelet, which he wore for the winner's photos.

"I was already a winner because I received all this energy," he said after his victory.

Salas' poker winnings are highlighted by two big cashes: the one from three weeks ago, of course, and another the one from the 2017 WSOP Main Event where he finished seventh for $1,425,000. Tonight, Salas gets a shot at redemption and a rare second chance at the Main Event bracelet. Can he follow in the footsteps of John Cynn, who won the event in 2018 after finishing 11th two years earlier?

Damian Salas
Damian Salas

Details of the Final Heads-Up

The action will kick off at 5 p.m. local time inside the Amazon Room of the Rio in Las Vegas. The heads-up finale will offer up a $1,000,000 prize added by WSOP and GGPoker, which will be on top of the ~$1.5M each that both players have already won. Play will start off with 500,000 in chips (500 big blinds) and levels will be 20 minutes throughout the night.

There will not be a live stream of the action; ESPN will film all final tables, which are scheduled to be broadcasted at a later date. PokerNews, as always, will be on deck to bring you blow-by-blow coverage as we will crown the winner of poker's most decorated tournament tonight.

LevelSmall BlindBig BlindBBs per player
15001,000500
21,0001,500333
31,0002,000250
41,5003,000167
52,0004,000125
62,5005,000100
73,0006,00083
84,0008,00063
95,00010,00050
106,00012,00042
118,00016,00031
1210,00020,00025
1315,00030,00017
1420,00040,00013

2020 WSOP Main Event WSOP.com Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize (USD)
1Joseph Hebert$1,553,256
2Ron Jenkins$1,002,340
3Michael Cannon$529,258
4Ryan Hagerty$387,130
5Ye "Tony" Yuan$286,963
6Harrison Dobin$215,222
7Shawn Stroke$163,786
8Gershon Distenfeld$125,885
9Upeshka De Silva$98,813

2020 WSOP Main Event GGPoker Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1Damian SalasArgentina$1,550,969
2Brunno BotteonBrazil$1,062,723
3Manuel RuivoPortugal$728,177
4Ramon Miquel MunozSpain$498,947
5Marco StredaSwitzerland$341,879
6Dominykas MikolaitisLithuania$234,255
7Stoyan ObreshkovBulgaria$160,512
8Hannes SpeiserAustria$109,982
9Peiyuan SunChina$75,360
Sunday, January 3, 2021 6:27 PM Local Time
World Series of Poker Main Event Champions

World Champion Hossein Ensan

YearEntriesChampionCountry Winning HandPrize
19707Johnny MossUnited States --
19716Johnny MossUnited States -$30,000
19728Thomas "Amarillo Slim" PrestonUnited States   $80,000
197313Walter "Puggy" PearsonUnited States   $130,000
197416Johnny MossUnited States   $160,000
197521Brian "Sailor" RobertsUnited States   $210,000
197622Doyle BrunsonUnited States   $220,000
197734Doyle BrunsonUnited States   $340,000
197842Bobby BaldwinUnited States   $210,000
197954Hal FowlerUnited States   $270,000
198073Stu UngarUnited States   $385,000
198175Stu UngarUnited States   $375,000
1982104Jack StrausUnited States   $520,000
1983108Tom McEvoyUnited States   $540,000
1984132Jack KellerUnited States   $660,000
1985140Bill SmithUnited States   $700,000
1986141Berry JohnstonUnited States   $570,000
1987152Johnny ChanUnited States(born in China)  $625,000
1988167Johnny ChanUnited States(born in China)  $700,000
1989178Phil HellmuthUnited States   $755,000
1990194Mansour MatloubiIran   $895,000
1991215Brad DaughertyUnited States   $1,000,000
1992201Hamid DastmalchiIran   $1,000,000
1993220Jim BechtelUnited States   $1,000,000
1994268Russ HamiltonUnited States   $1,000,000
1995273Dan HarringtonUnited States   $1,000,000
1996295Huck SeedUnited States   $1,000,000
1997312Stu UngarUnited States   $1,000,000
1998350Scotty NguyenUnited States(born in Vietnam)  $1,000,000
1999393Noel FurlongIreland   $1,000,000
2000512Chris FergusonUnited States   $1,500,000
2001613Carlos MortensenSpain(born in Ecuador)  $1,500,000
2002631Robert VarkonyiUnited States   $2,000,000
2003839Chris MoneymakerUnited States   $2,500,000
20042,576Greg RaymerUnited States   $5,000,000
20055,619Joe HachemAustralia   $7,500,000
20068,773Jamie GoldUnited States   $12,000,000
20076,358Jerry YangUnited States(born in Laos)  $8,250,000
20086,844Peter EastgateDenmark   $9,152,416
20096,494Joe CadaUnited States   $8,547,042
20107,319Jonathan DuhamelCanada   $8,944,310
20116,865Pius HeinzGermany   $8,715,638
20126,598Greg MersonUnited States   $8,531,853
20136,352Ryan RiessUnited States   $8,361,570
20146,683Martin JacobsonSweden   $10,000,000
20156,420Joe McKeehenUnited States   $7,683,346
20166,737Qui NguyenUnited States(born in Vietnam)  $8,005,310
20177,221Scott BlumsteinUnited States   $8,150,000
20187,874John CynnUnited States   $8,800,000
20198,569Hossein EnsanGermany   $10,000,000
Hossein Ensan
Hossein Ensan
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