Tuesday December 15, 2020 at 3:15 am

The 2020 WSOP Main Event Domestic leg at WSOP.com attracted 706 runners to the $10,000 buy-in championship event. Only the top 107 places paid out with $1.55 million set aside to the champion. The final table is set and Joseph 'kolebear' Herbert bagged up the chip lead with 13M.The final table also includes 3-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva, Ryan Hagerty, Ye Yuan, Michael Cannon, Gershon 'jets613' Distenfeld, Ron Jenkins, Shawn Stroke, and Harrison Dobin. The WSOP Main Event domestic final table resumes on December 28 in Las Vegas at the Rio Casino. The champion will play a heads-up match against the winner of the WSOP Main Event International final table.


And then there were nine. The domestic or American hybrid version of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event began this Sunday with a $10,000 buy-in bracelet event at the WSOP.com. The plan was to play down to a final table of nine, where the action would pause and move to a live venue at the Rio. That final nine would play down to a champion and that winner will take on the winner of the WSOP Main Event International leg when they're done with that final table at the King's Casino in Roz Vegas. Yes, the winner at Roz Vegas will have to hop on a flight to America to play real Vegas winner. The eventual champion of the heads-up battle between the GG Poker champ and WSOP.com champ will be declared the 2020 WSOP Main Event Champion and earn a bracelet and an extra $1 million in cash. I know, it sounds crazy, but it's 2020, which has been nothing but crazy.

So, the 2020 WSOP Main Event Championship attracted 705 runners in the single-entry event. Players flocked to New Jersey or Las Vegas to play in this online event at WSOP.com. After juice extraction, the total prize pool was over $6.7 million. Only the top 107 places paid out with $1.55 million set aside to the champion and a cool million to the runner-up.

At the end of the first day of action, the money bubble burst and only 71 players were left in the hunt. On Day 2, the 71 players would play down to the final nine.

At the end of Day 1, 3-time bling winner Upeshka 'gomezhamburg' De Silva bagged the lead. Daniel Negreanu cashed but busted in 92nd place. Notable players who busted late on Day 1 but cashed included... Matt Affleck, Loren Roberts, Chris Johnson, Louise Francoeur, and Mike Lech.

When action got down to 14 players on the final two tables, Joe Hebert knocked out two players in a single hand when his Big Slick held up against Clayton Maguire's Ace-Jack and Stephen Graner's Ace-ten. Maguire hit the rail in 13th place, while Graner busted in 14th.

Herbert went int terminator mode and picked off the next two players. Martin Zamani got liquidated in 12th place, followed by Dan Zack in 11th place.

With ten to go, Herbert surged to over 12.7 million in chips or more than twice as much as Ye Yuan in second place.

Anthony Spinella hit the bricks in tenth place and the final nine were set.

Joe Herbert held the lead with over 13M. The other final table players included three-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva, Ryan Hagerty, Ye Yuan, Michael Cannon, Gershon Distenfeld, Ron Jenkins, Shawn Stroke, and Harrison Dobin.

The final table will resume on December 28 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The champ wins $1.55 million and gets a shot at another million. Plus the bling. You can't forget about the bling!

Notable players that cashed and hit the rail on Day 2 included... Ryan Riess, Joe Cheong, Jason Somerville, Maria Ho, Jared Grenier, Matt Salsberg, Jim Collopy, Freddy Deeb, Scott Seiver, Moshin Charania, Sean Swingruber, Martin Zamani, Dan Zack, Claytom Maguire, Corey Hochman, Justin Liberto, Nick Shulman, Galen Hall, Shankar Pillai, Keith Donovan, Sang Lee, Farrid Jattin, Mike Wang, Ryan Laplante, Anthony Spinella, and Barry Hutter.

2020 WSOP Main Event Domestic

Buy-in: $10,000

Entrants: 706

Prize Pool: 6,768,000

Payouts: 107


Final Table Payouts:

1. $1,553,256

2. $1,002,340

3. $529,258

4. $387,130

5. $286,963

6. $215,222

7. $163,786

8. $125,885

9. $98,813


Final Table Chip Counts:

1. Joseph 'kolebear' Hebert 13,052,534

2. Shawn 'shades927' Stroke 5,252,000

3. Ryan 'Hagzzz021' Hagerty 5,071,572

4. Ye 'YUAN365' Yuan 4,829,459

5 Michael 'geNet1x_' Cannon 4,408,847

6. Gershon 'jets613' Distenfeld 3,475,481

7. Ron 'Samthedog76' Jenkins 2,476,746

8. Upeshka 'gomezhamburg' De Silva 2,151,969

9.Harrison 'Harrisond33' Dobin 1,581,392

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