Damian Salas gained the $10,000 World Sequence of Poker most important occasion worldwide closing desk earlier this month for $1.55 million. The Argentine was scheduled to play the winner of the home closing desk Wednesday night for a further $1 million.
That match can be placed on maintain for a couple of days after the 2017 WSOP most important occasion seventh-place finisher was denied entry into the US amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rumors have been swirling round social media all day however have been by no means confirmed by the WSOP workers. After Joseph Hebert won the domestic final table, nevertheless, the official WSOP updates acknowledged that the heads-up match between Salas and Hebert would happen on Sunday, Jan. three at 5 p.m.
Poker Atlas’ Info Director Kevin Mathers, famend for his Twitter prowess, tweeted Monday afternoon that in line with a international poker media group, Salas was not allowed contained in the U.S. borders as a result of he had been in Europe lower than 15 days in the past.
Regardless of exhibiting damaging COVID-19 exams and an exemption certificates processed by the WSOP, Salas was turned away by U.S. officers. Salas bested the international final table within the Czech Republic on December 15.
Salas can be eligible to enter the U.S. on Saturday, Jan. 2 and the match will happen the next day. It is going to nonetheless be filmed by ESPN for a televised broadcast.
The event was the second piece of COVID-19-related dangerous information popping out of Monday’s most important occasion, highlighting the immense problem of operating the dwell portion of the hybrid occasion throughout a pandemic.
Earlier on Monday, high-stakes professional Upeshka De Silva tested positive for COVID-19 and was disqualified from the principle occasion. The Texas native was simply essentially the most achieved participant remaining with greater than $three million in dwell match earnings. He was coming into the ultimate desk eighth in chips, however these chips have been taken out of play and De Silva was awarded ninth-place cash value $98,000.