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Just 9 Players Remain In The U.S. Portion Of 2020 WSOP Main Event

The final 9 players are set for the U.S. portion of the 2020 WSOP Main Event.

On Monday, Day 2 was held on WSOP.com with 71 players starting the day with chips. By the end of action Monday evening, that number had whittled down to just 9 players with Joseph “kolebear” Hebert holding a commanding lead to finish the session. The final table will now have to wait until December 28th to play down to a winner at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

Joining Hebert at the final table will be Day 1 chip leader Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva, who will be vying for his 4th career WSOP bracelet. Notable players who went deep during Day 2 but failed to make the final table include Maria Ho (22nd – $35,194), Jason Somerville (32nd – $29,779), Freddy Deeb (46th – $22,234), former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (47th – $22,334) and Nick Schulman (55th – $20,304).

Here is how the chip counts will stand when action resumes on December 28th:

PlacePlayerCount
1Joseph "kolebear" Hebert13,052,534
2Shawn "shades927" Stroke5,252,000
3Ryan "Hagzzz021" Hagerty5,071,572
4Ye "YUAN365" Yuan4,829,459
5Michael "geNe1x_" Cannon4,408,847
6Gershon "jets613" Distenfield3,475,481
7Ron "Samthedrog76" Jenkins2,476,746
8Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva2,151,969
9Harrison "Harrisond33" Dobin1,581,392

The final table is set to be broadcast on ESPN. The players making the final table are guaranteed at least $98,813, with two millionaires crowned — $1,553,256 for 1st place and $1,002,340 for second place.

PlacePrize
1$1,553,256
2$1,002,340
3$529,258
4$387,130
5$286,963
6$215,522
7$163,786
8$125,885
9$98,813

The winner of the event will not necessarily take home the WSOP bracelet. Instead, that player will face off against the winner of the International portion of the WSOP Main Event for the “Heads-Up Championship,” set for December 30th from the Rio Hotel and Casino. This event will also be broadcast on ESPN.

The player who ultimately wins the Heads Up Championship will receive an additional $1 million in added prizes, a WSOP bracelet and the distinction of being the 2020 WSOP champion.

International portion of WSOP Main Event to play down to winner

Now that the final table is set for the U.S. portion of the WSOP Main Event, the International portion must now take care of business. The final table was set in early December and resumes on Tuesday from King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.

The player left standing will receive a $1,550,969 first place prize and will then move on to face the winner of the U.S. portion on December 30th.

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