Joseph Herbert wins 2020 WSOP main event US tournament

The US version of the World Series of Poker main event concluded with Joseph Hebert emerging the victor.

Herbert is a 38-year old part-time poker player from Louisiana, United States. Unlike the previous year where the WSOP main event attracted players from different countries, the domestic tournament attracted a total of 705 players all domiciled in the United States.

Similar to the international WSOP leg, the US WSOP main event was partly online and partly live. The action started online with players battling it out for two days. Afterwards, players who survived to form the final table were invited to square it out at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for a chance to win the title as well as slightly more than $1.5 million dollars.

Joseph Herbert powered through the final table to win his largest score. He dedicated his win to his late mother, Linda.

“I’m gonna take this all in. Winning this tournament was my ultimate goal, for my mom, but having the freeroll is just another bonus. I’m just going to take my time and figure out what to do about that, and go from there.”

Joseph Herbert Wins Final Table

Prior to the final table, Herbert had almost an insurmountable 3-1 chip lead.

The first elimination for the day occurred before the action even started. Upeshka De Silva was the first to be eliminated even though he didn’t play a single hand. De Silva was disqualified after testing positive for Covid-19. He, therefore, finished 9th for $98,813.

Gershon Distenfeld was technically the first player to be sent to the rails after a bad run of hands. He busted to Ron Jenkins. His eighth-place finish earned him $125,885.

“I’ve had lots of good fortune in my life, I’ve had lots of good fortune to get here, so I’m fine,” Distenfeld

It didn’t take long before Shawn Stroke was also eliminated in 7th place. Dobin busted in sixth and Tony Yuan was eliminated in fifth place. Ryan Hagerty and Michael Cannon were also eliminated in fourth and third place respectively.

In the heads-up play, Herbert faced Jenkins – a proud Trump supporter (MAGA). The action, however, ended in the very first hand of heads up play. Jenkins pocket Queens were no match for Herbert’s A-Q after a K-7-A flop. Jenkins took home $1,002,340.

Herbert will face Damian Salas(the winner of the international event) for a chance to win a WSOP bracelet and an extra $1 million.

Final Table Results

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


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