2020 WSOP Main Event: Joseph “kolebear” Hebert Leads Final Nine Players On WSOP.com

Open for poker players in New Jersey and Nevada, the WSOP.com leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 buy-in Main Event kicked off on Sunday, December 13. Following two days of action, the record field of 705 players has eventually come down to the final nine players.

Day 2 took place on Monday with 71 players from a 705-entry field returning to battle for one of nine coveted spots. It took less than seven hours for the field to come down to the final table. Louisiana’s Joseph “kolebear” Hebert (13,052,534) is leading the 9-handed final table with more than twice his nearest opponents Shawn “shades927” Stroke (5,252,000) and Ryan “Hagzzz021” Hagerty (5,071,572).

A WSOP Circuit reg, Hebert has 41 career WSOP cashes worth $344,297, and the majority of his cashes have come from the WSOP Circuit events. He made a late surge after the field came down to the final two tables and went on to eliminate Dan “pepperprince” Zack (11th for $77,832), Martin “Bathroomline” Zamani (12th for $62,266), and Clayton “NevarLucky” Maguire (13th for $62,266).

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

Some notables to make Day 2 but fall short of the FT were Barry “puigmyfriend” Hutter (70th – $18,274), Ryan “Protential” Laplante (68th – $18,274), Ruth “crazeelf666” Ruffman (63rd – $20,304), Nick “cashusklay” Schulman (55th – $20,304), Galen “turkmalloy” Hall (53rd – $22,334), Shankar “Burgersssss” Pillai (51st – $22,334), Darren “darrenelias” Elias (50th – $22,334), 2013 WSOP Main Event Ryan “BiTC0iN” Riess (47th – $22,334), Freddy “nevera” Deeb (46th – $22,334), Scott “ThatsPraxis” Seiver (39th – $25,718), Jason “haderade” Somerville (32nd – $29,779), Maria “femmeonfelt” Ho (22nd – $35,194), and FT bubble Anthony “nowb3athat” Spinella (10th – $77,832).

Final Table To Be Played Live On December 28

The final table will be played live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on December 28. While each player is guaranteed at least $98,813 in prize money, the eventual winner will walk away with a $1.553 Million paycheque along with a seat into the heads-up against the winner of the GGPoker international portion of the WSOP on December 30. The winner of the final showdown will take home a hefty $1 million, the gold bracelet, and the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion title.