Joseph Hebert Declared WSOP Winner in Vegas

By Ben Hamill - January 04 2021
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Joseph Hebert Declared WSOP Winner in Vegas

The Las Vegas segment of the World Series of Poker recently unfolded at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. After taking the lead in the game early on, Joseph Hebert walked away with a memorable victory and a whopping US$1.5 million.

Upeshka De Silva, a former three-time WSOP bracelet recipient, was disqualified just one day before the main event took place. De Silva tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and was thus unable to play.

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A Nail-Biting Game

Gershon Distenfeld was on the receiving end of Harrison Dobin’s double up before he busted, with a  king-ten in the face of pocket queens belonging to Ron Jenkins. Distenfeld is making good on his promise to give his winnings to charity and will be donating US$125 885 as a result of De Silva’s exclusion. 

Shawn Stroke was out in seventh place for US$163 786, a sharp drop from his second-place entry. Jenkins made short work of Stroke’s pocket threes with a second run of pocket queens. Dobin’s ace-king in the previous hand couldn’t go the distance with a short stack. He three-bet all in holding a five-three and was called and given his walking papers with Hebert’s king-deuce. Tony Yuan was next to fall out. Hebert’s pocket fours beat his ace-ten.

Jenkins got Ryan Hagerty busted in fourth place for US$387 130, dominating his ace-eight with an ace-jack. Michael Cannon busted in third place, just six hands later, for US$529 258, going all-in with king-queen and falling short of Hebert’s pocket aces.

Hebert got put into heads-up with a lead of 2:1 and sealed the deal very shortly after with a four bet on an ace-queen. Jenkins’ pocket queens gave him an easy call, but the ace on the flop turned the game on its head. Hebert proceeded to triumph, relegating Jenkins to a second place worth US$1 002 340.

A Heart-Warming Win

Upon receiving his US$10 000 seat from WSOP.com via satellite, Hebert told reporters that his win is dedicated to the spirit of his mom, Linda, who sadly passed away earlier on in 2020.

He said that three days before she died, they had a text message exchange about his hopes of finally winning a bracelet. His mother messaged him to say that she was hoping for the best and praying for her son’s dream to come true. Her last words to him were that things will work out. 

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