The official 2020 WSOP Main Event was held from late November until early January. We know who the winner was but so far the poker public has not got to see it. Until now.
On Thursday, WSOP commentator Lon McEachern revealed the date of when the first broadcast of the show will be held- February 28th.
Just learned our 4 shows will first air on ESPN2 Feb. 28 https://t.co/e6XOZDbm3R
— Lon McEachern (@lonmceachern) February 18, 2021
Like previous years, it will be broadcast on ESPN2 and according to McEachern would be split over 4 broadcasts. But unlike in recent years, it was not seen in real-time while it happened.
While we don’t know exactly what footage will be shown, we do know that cameras were on hand for the final tables of both the U.S. final table, the international final table and the heads-up final.
The path to the Main Event championship
Of course, this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event was much different than in previous years due to complications surrounding COVID-19, which ultimately caused both controversy and confusion.
After last summer’s WSOP Main Event was postponed and ultimately canceled in Las Vegas, an online event was held in September on GG Poker. Some had assumed that event was the year’s Main Event, including the player who won, Stoyan Madanzhiev.
But in November, an online-live hybrid was announced that would crown the official 2020 WSOP Main Champion. The tournament was split between WSOP.com and GG Poker, with players in Nevada and New Jersey playing on WSOP and the rest of the world playing on GG Poker.
Each tournament had its own unique prize schedule but paused once it was down to nine players. The U.S. final table was played in Las Vegas at the Aria, while the non-US final table was played at the King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.
Both of those final tables were filmed and will presumably be part of the broadcast that begins on February 28th.
After Joseph Hebert won the US portion and Damian Salas won the international portion of the WSOP Main Event, they would meet up in the final for the bracelet and the honor of being the 2020 WSOP Main Event Champion.
After an initial hiccup — the tournament was initially delayed due to COVID-19 protocols — the event was ultimately played on January 3rd. It was dubbed the Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship and would guarantee an additional $1 million winner-take-all-prize that was added by the World Series of Poker.
***spoiler alert if you don’t know the result***
Damian Salas finished up on top, winning the gold bracelet and another $1 million, which was in addition to the $1,550,969 prize he received for winning the event in the Czech Republic. Despite coming away empty-handed in the Heads-Up Championship, Hebert didn’t come up empty-handed though, winning an impressive $1,553,256 from his win in Las Vegas.
With broadcasts of the events slated to begin at the end of the month, there will be more information and details released over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned to BestBetUSA for the latest information.