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The Bernard Lee Poker Show (2/2/21): Joe Hebert (Part 2)

By Bernard Lee
February 03, 2021

Joe Hebert

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee concludes his interview with the 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. Bracket Winner, Joe Hebert. The Louisiana native discusses playing and gives us a behind the scenes look at the U.S. Bracket final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino including the disqualification of Upeshka De Silva due to a positive COVID test. Joe also remembers the final heads-up battle against Argentina’s Damian Salas. Finally, Joe talks about his future, including in the world of poker.
0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. Bracket Winner, Joe Hebert.
1:06Poker News: 2021 WPT Lucky Hearts won by Ilyas Muradi for $620,000 and Scott Stewart captures 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Poker Open Main Event for $177,817.
3:22Online Poker News: Michigan approves online poker making it the 5th state in the U.S. and Rep Jim Kasper is trying to make North Dakota the next state.
6:19RunGood Gear Ad
7:02ShareMyPair Ad
7:34Bernard welcomes Joe Hebert back to the show.
8:40Joe explains why his online screen name is “Kolebear”
9:33Joe discusses his strategy entering the 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. final table and how it rapidly changed as play began. Also, they talk about Upeshka De Silva disqualification due to a positive COVID test.
11:11Bernard and Joe recap the beginning play of the 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. final table.
13:54Joe began thinking about the title, money and his late mom when he got heads-up. #ForLinda
17:01Joe talks about his sense of relief after Ryan Hagerty’s elimination in 4th place and also recaps the late part of the final table.
18:35Bernard and Joe recall the final hand of the 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. final table.
23:12Joe talks about needing to get comfortable under the lights at the 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. final table.
25:50Joe talks about the delay (due to visa-related issues) before and the preparation for the heads-up versus Damian Salas.
26:48Learn WPT Ad
27:33Bernard concludes his interview with 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. Bracket Winner, Joe Hebert.
29:12Joe describes his strategy heading into the heads-up match versus Damian Salas.
29:54Bernard quickly recaps the highlights at the heads-up match.
32:48Joe talks about rather wanting more play as the blinds quickly escalated during the 20-minute levels.
34:47Joe talks about the experience of playing the 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. Bracket and the heads-up match.
35:58Joe attempts to summarize this incredible experience!
37:57Joe discusses his future, including in the world of poker. Joe also talks about his family including his upcoming wedding and his son.
42:45Joe talks about his relative anonymity, for now, until the ESPN airing of his win. He also talks about how opponents will begin to change their play against him.
47:04Joe talks about potentially playing in some mixed games in the future and also returning back to Harrah’s New Orleans and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Joe Hebert

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Bernard Lee is a professional poker player who has more than $2.5 million and ten titles since turning pro following his 13th finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. Recognized as “the voice of poker in New England” by Cardplayer.com, Lee is known worldwide as a poker media personality having written for ESPN.com, PokerNews, Card […]

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