DECEMBER NINE: Final Table Set in WSOP Main Event With Joseph Hebert Chip Leader

December 15, 2020
DECEMBER NINE: Final Table Set in WSOP Main Event With Joseph Hebert Chip Leader

After two days of action at, the final table is now set in the World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event. The action now shifts to live play at the Rio in Las Vegas on Dec. 28.

Joseph Hebert returns as chip leader when play resumes. The final table of the GGPoker international half was set for Tuesday at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.

The two winners then battle it out heads-up on Dec. 30 at the Rio for the bracelet and $1 million. It’s been a unique Main Event, but the end appears now in site barring any COVID-related setbacks.

A look at the WSOP Main Event final table

Joseph Hebert

Hebert hails from Metairie, Louisiana, and looks to be in the driver’s seat when action resumes. With more than twice his nearest opponent, he’ll have plenty of chips to battle with.

Three-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva may be the most recognizable name remaining in the field. He emerged from Day 1 as chip leader, but now finds himself with work to do.

De Silva sits in eighth and looks to be the most experienced player on this stage. When looking at US online poker markets, three players remain from New Jersey and one from Pennsylvania. Here’s a look at all the final table players.

2020 WSOP US Main Event Final Table

1stJoseph Hebert13,052,534Metairie, Louisiana• $668,000 in live tournament winnings
• Biggest cash (2013) – 2nd in WSOPC New Orleans Main Event for $140,932
2ndShawn Stroke5,252,000Lawrence, New York• $68,175 in live tournament winnings
• Biggest cash (2013) – 2nd in $365 Online event for $94,265
3rdRyan Hagerty5,071,572Somerset, New Jersey• $341,128 in live tournament winnings
• WPTDeepstacks winner (2019) – $70,865
4thYe Yuan4,829,459Madison, Wisconsin• $6,774 in live tournament winnings
5thMichael Cannon4,408,847Harrisburg, Pennsylvania• $184,584 in live tournament winnings
• Took 9th in WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in 2019 for $ 72,842
6thGershon Distenfeld3,475,481Bergenfield, New Jersey• $10,375 in live tournament winnings
• 7th in a WPTDeepstacks event in 2019
7thRon Jenkins2,476,746Los Angeles, California• $388,819 in live tournament winnings
• Won $225 event at the Bicycle Casino in 2010 for $70,012
8th Upeshka De Silva2,151,969Katy, Texas• $3.1 million in live tournament winnings
• 3 WSOP bracelets
9thHarrison Dobin1,581,392West Long Beach, New Jersey• $101,125 in live tournament winnings
• 8 cashes in recent WSOP Online at GGPoker

Other big names hit the rail

Several other big name players were in the mix for Day 2 but didn’t make the final table. Maria Ho made a deep run, finishing 22nd for $35,194, and Jason Somerville finished 32nd for $29,779.

Scott Seiver finished 39th for $25,718 and Freddy Deeb 46th for $22,334. 2013 WSOP Main Event Ryan Riess took 47th for $22,334.

Four-time World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias took 50th for $22,334. Two-time bracelet winner Shankar Pillai finished 51st for $22,334. 2018 888poker Crazy Eights bracelet winner Galen Hall bowed out in 53rd for $22,334. Poker commentator Nick Schulman took 55th for $20,304.

Key links to follow the action

ESPN will be filming all the action at both final tables and the heads-up match. However, those looking for live coverage of the GGPoker final table will be out of luck. There are a few places fans may want to follow to check out the action.

  • – will be providing live updates on the US final table
  • GGPoker YouTube – will be posting highlights from the final table in the Czech Republic
  • GGPoker Twitter – regular updates throughout the final table
  • WSOP  and Twitter – regular updates on the final table and heads-up match

The action at the live final table was already underway on Tuesday afternoon. At press time, Damian Salas moved from third to chip leader with three players remaining.

A win would complete quite a Main Event run for Salas after finishing seventh in the event in 2017 for $1.4 million.

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Joseph Hebert photo courtesy WSOP

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