The big-name pros are all gone from the WSOP Main Event on WSOP.com, but the ESPN-televised finale should be a sight for sore eyes for the poker community.
We told you yesterday that the final 71 players included numerous big-name pros. Players such as Dan Zack, Ryan Laplante, Nick Schulman, and other familiar faces bagged chips and advanced to Day 2. But outside of Upeshka De Silva, the Day 1 chip leader, you likely won’t recognize any other final-table competitor’s name.
That said, we’re talking about the World Series of Poker Main Event here. Stars are born in this tournament, even in an unconventional year like 2020. And given that we’ve all been desperately craving some televised live poker tournaments, the final table should be an entertaining watch, regardless of the star power.
The final table will begin Dec. 28 at the Rio in Las Vegas. ESPN will handle the television duties with Norman Chad and Lon McEachern back in the booth for the 18th straight year. On Dec. 30, the winner of that final table and the GGPoker final table, which is running at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, will play a $1 million heads-up match for the bracelet.
Joseph Hebert Dominating WSOP Main Event
Upeshka De Silva bagged the biggest stack on Day 1 with 71 players remaining. On Day 2, however, he barely added any chips to his stack. On a positive note, his dream of becoming a poker world champion is still alive. Only 17 other people in the world can stake that claim this year.
De Silva is the only bracelet winner at the WSOP.com Main Event final table. He’s a three-time winner, and the most accomplished pro remaining. At the end of Day 2, he bagged 2,151,969 chips. Only Harrison Dobin has fewer chips (1,581,392).
Joseph Hebert had quite a session on Monday. He finished the day with a massive chip lead at 13,052,534. That’s more than double any other chip stack. Shawn Stroke ended the session in second place with 5,252,000. Ryan Hagerty is right behind him in third place at 5,071,572. Ye Yuan sits in fourth place (4,829,459), Michael Cannon is in fifth place (4,408,847), Gershon Distenfeld bagged the sixth-biggest stack (3,475,481), and Ron Jenkins is in eighth place (2,476,746).
The remaining players will take a break and make travel arrangements to Las Vegas for the final table on Dec. 28.