2020 WSOP International Main Event winner denied entry into US

2020 WSOP In Flux, Winner Won’t Be Crowned Until 2021

As 2020 keeps getting weirder, the 2020 World Series of Poker is apparently along for the ride. One day after news broke that Upeshka De Silva had been disqualified from the final table for testing positive for COVID-19, there is another twist in the saga.

Apparently, Damian Salas, the winner of the International portion of the WSOP final table is not being allowed to enter the United States. He was denied entry over the weekend ironically because he traveled and played at the final table from the King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.

Salas, a native of Argentina, tested negative for COVID-19 but was denied entry into the United States because he was in Europe less than two weeks ago. United States border authorities did not recognize an exception certificate that was prepared by the World Series of Poker.

Salas was quoted by Codigopoker as saying it was “all badly organized.” Salas had been set to travel to Las Vegas via Dallas on Saturday, but was denied entry on to the plane 15 minutes before leaving the airport. He then was able to rebook another trip through Miami, a flight that was expected to take up to 25 hours but was again denied 2 hours before leaving.

Heads-Up Poker Championship postponed

The Heads-Up Poker Championship, which will crown the 2020 WSOP Main Event Champion and award a winner-take-all $1 million prize, was scheduled for this Wednesday. Because Salas is unable to fly out until Friday for the Heads-Up Championship, which was originally set for December 30th, it is being delayed until January 3rd.

The developments have lead to some discussion on Twitter about whether he can be accurately named as the 2020 WSOP Champion.

Once the winner is crowned from the final table of the U.S. portion set for the Rio Casino and Hotel tonight, Salas will up meet with the winner on January 3rd for what will be an epic conclusion of the WSOP Main Event. The event will be filmed by ESPN and broadcast on an undisclosed date.


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