Joseph Hebert Wins US Leg of 2020 Main Event; Upeshka De Silva Disqualified Due to COVID-19 29 Dec

On Monday night Joseph Hebert took down the US (domestic) leg of 2020 $10,000 WSOP Main Event. In what was one of the fastest final tables he beat other seven players to win $1,553,256 and will now face Damian Salas Heads-Up for additional $1 million dollar and the gold bracelet.

Hebert won his seat for the Main Event via a $300 satellite and came to the final table as a big chip leader. Certainly an emotional day for him as he dedicated this win to his late mother Linda, who passed away few months ago.

Final table minus Upeshka De Silva

Final table results

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

Upeshka De Silva disqualifed due to COVID-19

This year’s Main Event was already riddled with controversy, but everything took an even darker turn when it was announced that three-times bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva is disqualified from the final table due to positive test for COVID-19. As per rules, he received ninth-place money of $98,813.


But it doesn’t stop there. Heads-Up battle for the bracelet was set up to be played on December 30, but the International leg winner Damian Salas is currently barred from entering the US, because he was in Europe within the last 15 days, even though he tested negative and got a certificate of exemption from WSOP.

He will still fly to Vegas, but on a later date and HU was moved to January 3, 2021.

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