The domestic version of the 2020 WSOP Main Event began on WSOP.com with 706 runners taking a shot at the title and bracelet. The final eight gathered to play the final table live at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Three-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva took a bad beat before the final table even began when he tested positive for COVID-19. He was awarded ninth place and the final eight slugged it out for the title. Joseph Herbert from Metairie, Louisiana was the last player standing and he banked $1.5 million during a 98-hand final table. Herbert now awaits a heads-up bout against Damian Salas on Sunday, January 3 to determine the 2020 Main Event bracelet winner.
In one week, we will learn who will earn induction into the Poker Hall of Fame for the Class of 2020. Ten total people, both players and industry leaders, were selected as nominees. Two of them -- PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg and Patrik Antonius -- earned first-time nods. The other nominees included broadcast team Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, Eli Elezra, Jesus Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, tournament director Matt Savage, and Huck Seed.
Are you a last-minute shopper when it comes to holidays and Christmas? Did you have a sick score in a tournament and want to buy your family cool gifts, but fresh out of ideas? Do not fear, because we have several gift ideas and stocking stuffers for poker players ranging from dabblers and hardcore fans. Books are also ideal gifts, including 'The Biggest Bluff' by Maria Konnikova, plus other classic poker books by Michael Craig, Martin Harris, and Lou Krieger.
At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Damian Salas survived the final table of the 2020 WSOP Main Event International leg and won $1.55 million. Salas faded a field of 674 runners in the hybrid Main Event that began on GGPoker. He will now play the winner of the WSOP domestic final table at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas at the end of the month to determine the bracelet winner. Salas final tabled the 2017 WSOP Main Event with a seventh-place finish.
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.
Get ready for the Blowout Series on PokerStars, which will begin on December 27 and run for over three weeks into the start of the new year. There will be 88 events at the Blowout Series with three tiers of buy-ins for every event for a total of 268 tournaments. The overall guarantee for this series will be $60 million. Oh, and there's a special New Year's Eve Bash tournament with an $11 buy-in. Plus a Big Blowout every Sunday with over $5 million in guaranteed prize pools.
Phil Galfond turned $100 into millions, as least that's how the story goes on The Ringer's latest podcast Gamblers, which specializes in epic stories about gamblers. The pod tells the origin story about Galfond from an up-and-coming online poker player in college to a bona fide pro. He retired from the game, then came back to play in a heads-up challenge
The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event (International) at GGPoker attracted 674 runners for the $10,000 buy-in championship. Only nine remain and those lucky nine will play down to a champion at the King's Casino in RozVegas, which will host the Final Table on December 15. First place pays out $1.55 million, plus a heads-up seat for the finale in Vegas at the end of the month. Damian Salas is still alive, while Bruno Botteon holds the chip lead.
GG Poker made a highly controversial move by adding Dan Bilzerian as their latest pitchman. GG Poker seeks to leverage Bilzerian's massive reach on social media in hopes of leveraging and monetizing his legion of fans. Bilzerian joins Daniel Negreanu, Elky, Fedor Holz, Brynn Kenney, and Felipe Ramos as GG Poker ambassadors.
Here's your chance to try to get your favorite poker pro into the Poker Hall of Fame. The WSOP opened up nominations to the public and you have until December 11 to submit your pick(s) on which players should be inducted into the next Hall of Fame class. WSOP HOF panelists will vote on the top 10 nominees. The new class, the class of 2020, will be inducted on December 30 before the WSOP Main Event final table.
December will be a huge month on partypoker with the 2020 Irish Poker Masters beginning this week on partypoker with 21 events over the next 13 days. The first flight of the €1,100 buy-in Main Event, with a €1 million guaranteed prize pool, begins on December 6 and you can qualify for the Irish Poker Masters for as little as a penny!