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WSOP Main Event: Damian Salas Beats Joseph Hebert to Emerge the 51st WSOP World Champion!

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  • Namita Ghosh January 4, 2021
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The verdict is out, we have the 51st World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion! The much-awaited Heads-up Finale took place live in Las Vegas on January 3 and it was Argentina’s Damian Salas who came out on the top after defeating Lousiana-based Joseph Hebert!

Both Salas and Hebert had dominated tough fields and pocketed substantial wins on their way to the heads-up clash. Salas outran a 674-strong field to champion the GGPoker-leg of the Main Event for $1.550 Million while Hebert converted a $300 satellite ticket to a $1.553 Million paycheque after he shipped the WSOP-leg of the Main Event.

The heads-up was earlier slated for December 28, but postponed due to COVID-related issues in Salas’ entry into U.S. Eventually it turned out to be an intense affair that lasted a crackling 173 hands! Salas took an early lead but soon Hebert surged ahead. The back-and-forth continued for nearly six hours before Salas claimed the glory.

With the Heads-up match in his kitty, Salas has also pocketed the additional $1 Million payday and the coveted gold bracelet.

There was no live stream of the action though ESPN has filmed all the final tables that are to be broadcasted later.


Heads-Up Finale Recap

The heads-up Finale between Salas and Joseph Hebert had a slightly delayed start to its scheduled 5 PM local time take off at the Amazon poker room in Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Both players began with 500,000 in chips, and played through 20-minute levels.

Hebert vs Salas - at the start of Heads-up match
Hebert vs Salas – at the start of Heads-up match


Salas was seen scooping most of the early pots, though Hebert soon caught up. Between Hands 42 to 47, Herbert took the lead. The back-and-forth ensued and in Hand #71 Hebert again spun up to dominate the play. Salas lost a big chunk of his stack in Hand #79 to be left only with 112,000.

Hand #83 saw the first all-in and call of the heads-up and ended up with Salas scooping a double-up. He scored another double-up in Hand #101 with two-pairs of tens and sevens.

By the time Hand #135 played out, Hebert was leading with a stack of 520,000 while Salas held 480,000. Two hands later, Salas hit a straight on the turn to spin it up to 680,000. Hebert was down to 320,000 after this hand.

The heads-up between Damian Salas and Joseph Hebert

The back-and-forth went on for another 90 minutes before the final hand was played. On Hand #173, Hebert jammed for 390K, and Salas called it off.

Damian Salas

Joseph Hebert

The flop paired Salas giving him the lead. The turn didn’t help Hebert and the river improved Salas to a full house, handing him the win, along with the $1 Million and the prized WSOP bracelet!

Damian Salas wins the WSOP ME Heads-up
Damian Salas wins the WSOP ME Heads-up


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