Some players rocket up the PocketFives Rankings after a single score in a big event. Sometimes it’s a player taking a shot in a tournament out of their normal buy-in range or maybe it’s somebody riding a heater after winning their way in via satellite. More often than not, those players quickly fade into the distance of the PocketFives Rankings as similar results don’t follow.
In the final days of 2020, former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Huckleberry Seed became the 60th person inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Seed, a four-time WSOP bracelet winner including the 1996 WSOP Main Event, is undoubtedly a worthy recipient of what should be considered poker’s highest honor.
The poker world might not like the idea, but Damian Salas will have no problem calling himself the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. The 45-year-old Argentinian beat Joseph Hebert in the heads up finale of the 2020 WSOP Main Event on Sunday night at the Rio Hotel & Casino to take home $1 million, the bracelet and the title of WSOP Main Event champ.
The global Coronavirus pandemic meant poker looked very different in 2020 than it has in any other year. That didn’t stop some of the most talented players in the world from putting on a show every time they took to the felt in 2020.
When the United States leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event reached the final table two weeks ago, Louisiana native Joseph Hebert was the chip leader. Having two weeks to prepare for the biggest moment of his poker career, Hebert admitted that the nerves got to him as he took his seat at the Rio on Monday night.
“The pressure was overwhelming for sure. When I sat down I was uncomfortable for sure,” Hebert said.
When Brent Hanks took on the role as PokerGO’s Director of Programming, a good friend texted him with a congratulatory note – and a warning.
“You are going to make and lose a lot of friends because of this,” the text read.
Sometime before the end of 2020, one person – and potentially two – will receive a phone call from World Series of Poker executives letting them now they have been enshrined into the Poker Hall of Fame.
Making the trip from Argentina to the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event international live final table at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic was well worth it for Damian Salas. The 45-year-old, who also made the final table of the 2017 WSOP Main Event, defeated Brunno Botteon, the #1-ranked online poker player in the world, heads-up to win $1.5 million and will now travel to Las Vegas to play the winner of the American final table live for another $1 million.
With people around the world quarantined in their own homes in the early throes of the global coronavirus pandemic in mid-April, Phil Galfond put the finishing touches on his back-from-the-dead victory against the mysterious ‘Venividi1993’ in the first of the Galfond Challenges. The poker world was tuned in and engrossed in the final moments.
With the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event now underway, the team in charge of the WSOP is proceeding with as much of the normal pomp and circumstance that normally accompanies the summer series as possible. On Tuesday came the official announcement that nominations for the 2020 Poker Hall of Fame class are now open.