Weekly Poker Update: Hall of Fame for Huck Seed, 2020 WSOP & More

Featured in this article:

  • Damian Salas beats Joseph Hebert to win the 2020 WSOP Main Event
  • Huck Seed’s inducted to the Poker Hall of Fame
  • PokerStars ends partnership with Chris Moneymaker

The 2020 World Series of Poker has come to an end. The 2020 version of the biggest poker tournament of the year had many winding twists. It was played in parts in many different parts of the world. The winner ended up earning wins in three separate continents.

Let’s start of this week’s poker news by recapping the final heads-up portion of play.

Salas Beats Hebert To Claim 2020 WSOP Main Event

Damian Salas has won the big one. After heads up play with Joseph Hebert, Salas outlasted him to earn the big win. The Argentina-native ended up participating in this event on three separate continents, eventually surviving everyone to claim the prize. The final stop was at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas where he beat Hebert and collected his $2.55 million in winnings.

Hebert didn’t do too badly either as he won his side of the draw to get to the heads-up portion against Salas. He beat 705 other players to win the 2020 WSOP $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event Domestic Tournament. He was able to bring home the top prize of $1,552,256 and dedicated this victory to his mother, who sadly passed away because of a pulmonary embolism.

Hebert now has $2,168,314 in total career earnings with his most recent win sliding in as his top recorded score. His previous highest score was for $140,932 after coming in second place during the 2013 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event.

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Huck Seed Inducted Into The Poker Hall Of Fame

Each December, the Poker Hall of Fame inducts one player. In December 2020, a list of nominees were brought to the forefront and after weeks of discussions, Huck Seed has been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Seed had been able to gather around $7.65 million in total career tournament earnings and had won the 1996 WSOP main event, the 1994 $2,500 pot-limit Omaha, the 2000 $1,500 razz and last but not least the 2003 $5,000 razz.

He had picked up 76 votes throughout the induction process with Matt Savage finishing in second place at 51. Huck Seed is now the 59th player that has been inducted into the legendary Poker Hall of Fame, with Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim being number 57 and 58.

PokerStars Stop Partnership With Chris Moneymaker

In a move that surprised some, PokerStars has ended their relationship with Poker Hall of Famer Chris Moneymaker. The two sides had been partners for 17 straight years after Moneymaker stepped into the spotlight in 2003. Back then, he qualified for the 2003 WSOP main event and then picked up a $2.5 million score by defeating Sammy Farha heads-up. His popularity was through the roof at this time and PokerStars decided to partner.

Moneymaker ended up going on to win over $3.9 million in career tournament earnings but stated that he will be trying to play less poker going forward after announcing his separation from the online gambling website. Moneymaker’s star power has faded in recent years, though, as he’s not the big brand name he once was.

His release from PokerStars is just the continuation of other big names in the poker industry being released from their contracts as well, which includes Daniel Negreanu, Igor Kurganov and Lib Boeree. It is apparent that PokerStars wants to change their brand a small bit, focusing on the hiring Twitch streamers instead of Poker Hall of Famers. For example, the site signed Lex Veldhuis, Fintan Hand and Ben Spragg with all three of them owning popular Twitch streams.

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