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Drama Mars Joseph Hebert’s WSOP U.S. Main Event Victory
The 2020 WSOP U.S. Main Event crowned its champion on December 28 but off-table drama marred the result somewhat. Joseph Hebert was the last man standing and he received $1,553,256 for his victory. Only Damian Salas stands between Hebert him realizing his dream of winning a WSOP bracelet.
Nine players should have competed at the WSOP U.S. Main Event final but only eight sat down. The WSOP disqualified Upeshka De Silva on the eve of the finale because he contracted COVID-19.
De Silva has three WSOP bracelets to his name and was gutted not to be in with a sho of bagging a fourth. Rules are rules, however, and De Silva officially finished ninth for $98,813.
2020 WSOP U.S. Main Event Final Table Results
|5||Ye “Tony” Yuan||$286,963|
|9||Upeshka De Silva||$98,813*|
*De Silva was disqualified after contracting the COVID-19 virus
It only took six hands before the WSOP U.S. Main Event lost a player. Ron Jenkins opened to 375,000 from early position and called when Gershon Distenfeld three-bet all-in for 1,430,000 from the cutoff. Jenkins showed Qs-Qd which led the Kc-Jc of Distenfeld. A ten-high board failed to rescue Distenfeld and he fell in eighth-place for $125,885.
Seven-handed play lasted another 55 hands and ended with the demise of Shawn Stroke. Stoke committed his last four big blinds (975,000) with 3s-3d, Harrison Dobin moved all-on for 4,200,000 with Ah-Ks and Jenkins called off his remaining 3,280,000 chips with Qd-Qc. Jenkins won the monster-sized pot courtesy of a Td-2s-2d-Th-Js board.
Dobin never recovered from that setback and was the next player out of the door. Hebert min-raised to 500,000 on the button with Kd-2d. Dobin put in his 750,000 chips from the big blind with 5d-3h and Hebert called. Hebert paired both his hole cards on the flop and Dobin was drawing dead on the turn.
Hebert Continues Demolishing the Field
Tony Yuan became Hebert’s latest victim and finished in fifth place for $286,963. The action folded to Yuan in the small blind and he ripped in his last 11 big blinds with Ah-Th. Hebert called with 4h-4d and an almighty coinflip ensued. The fours held as the five community cards ran 5h-3d-3s-7d-9h.
Heads-up was set following the exits of Ryan Hagerty and Michael Cannon in quick succession.
Hagerty saw his nine big blind shove with Ah-8d called by the hot-running Hebert who held As-Jd. Hebert flopped a jack to resign Hagerty to a $387,130 fourth-place prize.
Cannon was shot six hands later, again Hebert did the damage. Hebert opened to twice the big blind, 600,000 and Cannon moved all-in for 4,800,000. Hebert snap-called and showed Ac-Ah, crushing Cannon’s Kc-Qd. The board ran out void of drama and the WSOP U.S. Main Event was heads-up.
Hebert held a 26,800,000 to 13,300,000 chip lead over Jenkins going into heads-up. It took a single hand to settle matters.
With blinds of 150,000/300,000/300,000a, Hebert opened to 700,000. Jenkins responded with a 2,300,000 three-bet before calling off his last 10,800,000 when Hebert set him all-in. Jenkins showed Qd-Qc, Hebert Ac-Qs and the board ran Kd-7c-Ad-4h-8c to send Jenkins home in second place, a finish worth $1,002,340.
Hebert Ready For $1 Million Heads-Up Clash
There was more drama in addition to the WSOP U.S. Main Event in addition to De Silva’s disqualification. Damian Salas, who won the international leg of this event, was due to play the champion of the U.S. event in a winner-takes-all $1 million heads-up clash. That one-on-one encounter should take place on December 30 but January 3 is the new date.
WSOP changed the date after U.S. border control refused Salas entry to the United States. Salas was in the Czech Republic less than 15-days ago so needed an exception form. The Argentinian provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test, but U.S. authorities didn’t accept the certificate. He is allowed to return on January 2, however.
Hebert is determined to not let the delay affect his gameplan. He dreams of winning a WSOP bracelet and is only a heads-up clash away from realising it.