Earlier this month, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 Main Event on WSOP.com attracted 705 players who played down to a final table of nine. Today, those players return to action, minus three-time bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva, who was deemed ineligible to proceed with participation after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19 (published rules stated that any player who tested positive would be disqualified and receive ninth-place money of $98,813).
The other eights players are at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino ready to battle it out for a $1,553,256 top prize, which also provides them the opportunity to compete for an additional $1 million and the gold bracelet in a heads-up showdown against the winner of the GGPoker international portion of the WSOP. The runner-up will also become a poker millionaire as $1,002,340 is set aside for second place.
Leading the pack with more than twice his nearest opponent is Joseph "kolebear" Hebert, who hails from Metairie, Louisiana. Hebert has 41 career WSOP cashes totaling $344,297, the majority of which has come on the WSOP Circuit.
Hebert came on strong from two tables onwards when he eliminated every player but one from the last 15 down to the final table. That included dispatching accomplished poker pros Clayton "NevarLucky" Maguire (13th - $62,266), Martin “Bathroomline” Zamani (12th - $62,266), and Dan “pepperprince” Zack (11th - $77,832).
Action is scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m. PST at the 75,000/150,000/150,000 blind level with 60 minutes on the clock. Levels will be one hour in length. Players will draw for seats prior to the start of play. The dealer will draw for button position.
There is no live stream for the event (it's being filmed for future release on ESPN), but PokerNews will offer live updates until a winner is crowned.
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