The poker action at the beginning of 2021 has continued to follow on from the excellent showings that we saw at the end of the last calendar year. One of the biggest events of the year so far came in the World Series of Poker $10,000 Buy-in Main Event. It was one of huge significance, as Damian Salas defied expectations to win the huge event.
In doing so, he became the first Argentinean player to win the event. Salas was always the most likely player to end the long wait for a player from Argentina to win the event, as he finished seventh just three years ago. However, that long wait was brought to an end this past weekend, as he recorded a landmark event.
Salas Makes History
Salas was in exceptional form throughout the event, as he held off stiff competition to pick up the gold bracelet, and most importantly, $2.5 million in prize money. Few would argue against the fact that Salas deserved the win, as he has now amassed over $5.7 million in prize money throughout his career. The Argentine was one of the 674 entries for the huge international event. He won just over $1.5 million back in the middle of December to set up the heads-up challenge against American winner Joseph Hebert.
The two finally clashed with an extra $1 million up for grabs over this past weekend. The event was due to take place at an earlier date, but it was pushed back due to Salas being in Europe. Current travel bans across the world meant that the final WSOP event was delayed for a few weeks and took place on a rescheduled date. There was drama throughout the international event last month, with Upeskha Da Silva disqualified and Peiyuan Sun refusing to make the trip. However, you would be hard pressed to find anyone that doubted that the eventual winner of the event was an undeserving one.
Herbert was unable to add to the domestic title that he picked up last month, but he would have still been pleased with his performance. He will remain the domestic champion, as he picked up just over $1.5 million for achieving that feat. If the start of the year is anything to go off, then it will be another action packed year of poker action for fans to look forward to.
Huck Seed Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
There was also a huge announcement made last week, as it was revealed on Wednesday that Huck Seed would be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Seed won the WSOP Main Event in 1996, and amassed over $7.6 million in prize money throughout his career. Seed was one of the most popular poker players throughout his career, but his sports betting also attracted attention.
He would make numerous high stakes prop bets throughout his life, with the most recent of those seeing the poker star making a massive cash bet with Phil Hellmuth. Seed received 76 votes during the voting to claim the nomination.