WSOP Main Event final table delayed to January 3rd due to travel complications
By Bob Garcia
The final table of the WSOP Main Event has been postponed to Sunday, January 3rd at 5pm PST due to travel complications resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Damian Salas was initially scheduled to play the winner of the domestic final table today (December 30th), but Salas had been denied entry to the United States.
The reason? Salas, who was crowned champion of the international tournament at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, had been in Europe less than 15 days prior to entering the United States.
“I was going to travel to Las Vegas on Saturday via Dallas,” Salas said. “But 15 minutes before leaving for the airport I received a notification that in Dallas they did not recognize my certificate and that they would not let me in.”
Salas received instructions to change his tickets, and tickets for his wife, brother and two friends, and transit through Miami. However, Miami also refused to recognize Salas’ certificate of COVID-19 exemption, which left Salas stranded.
When Salas does finally arrive in the United States, he will face off against Joseph Hebert, the winner of the domestic WSOP tournament, which played its final table live in Las Vegas. This year’s format, which includes an international final table and a domestic final table, culminates with the winners of both final tables meeting in person in Las Vegas.
“I really don’t know that much about Damian,” said Hebert. I need to read up on him a little more. I was trying to focus on this final table first. I’m super excited and can’t wait to face him.”