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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.
Congratulations Damian Salas for winning the 2020 WSOP Main Event Heads-Up finale at the @RioVegas. He earns the title of 2020 World Champion, the Main Event bracelet plus the added $1M in prize money. pic.twitter.com/1YpV5uBLom
— WSOP (@WSOP) January 4, 2021
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.
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 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.
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!
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