Damian Salas wins GGPoker WSOP international leg

Damian Salas won the international leg of World Series of Poker main event after a long wait.

2020 has been a unique and challenging year, especially to the poker community. Due to Covid 19 restrictions in most countries, most poker tournaments were either cancelled or postponed, including WSOP. Customary, WSOP tournaments are held between July and September, but this year, it was postponed to the last months of the year and most events were hosted online.

Damian Salas managed to power through the final table of this year’s international WSOP main event to win the prestigious title. In addition to a WSOP title, he also pocketed $1.5 million.

Paiyuan Sun woes

Originally, the final table of this year’s main event was designed to have 9 participants. However, only 8 players were able to make it. Paiyuan Sun, a Chinese poker player, was not able to make the flight to the Czech Republic for the main event final showdown.

Initially, the first international leg’s rounds were hosted on GGPoker at the start of the month. The tournament had a 10,000 buy-in and attracted 705 entries. By the close of registration, the prize pool was more than $6.7m.

After a flurry of eliminations, only 9 players were left who formed the final table of the international tournament. The finalists were then invited to square it out at King’s Resort in the Czech Republic. 8 out of 9 players made it but unfortunately, one player did not fly out to Czech Republic.

Well, we can blame Covid for Paiyuan Sun woes. Back in September, China had issued a travel advisory against a myriad of countries, including Czech republic, that were at risk of increased COvid 19 infections.

Damian Salas wins final table

With Sun automatically placed in the 9th place, the 8-person final table finally settled and it was not long before the eliminations ensued.

After 6 eliminations, it was down to Salas and Botteon to battle it out for the humongous cash prize as well as the title. After a short back and forth Botteon was eliminated in second place. It took Salas less than 30 minutes to win the heads up play after a string of good calls.

In the final move, Botteon and Salas were dealt 7 hearts, 3Hearts and K diamonds,8 hearts respectively. The boar rang K, 4, 2, 6, 8 and Botteon’s bluff on the river couldn’t have been more unfortunate. Salas won the pot and the international leg of World Series of Poker main event was concluded.

Final results

1. Damian Salas – $1,550,969
2. Brunno Botteon – $1,062,723
3. Manuel Ruivo – $728,177
4. Ramon Miquel Munoz – $498,947
5. Marco Streda – $341,879
6. Dominykas Mikolaitis – $234,255
7. Stoyan Obreshkov – $160,512
8. Hannes Speiser – $109,982
9. Peiyuan Sun – $75,360


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