The information further highlights that Upeshka De Silva’s total WSOP Earnings tops US $1,197,130 (includes the winnings at the 2017 WSOP event) or over Sri Lankan Rs. 184.35 million ( US 4 1 = Sri Lankan Rs. 154) as at 5th June 2017.
According to De Silva, his early surge at the final table allowed him to wield extra pressure, due to the healthy jumps in pay for the final spots. Though it wasn’t quite the rout it might have been, De Silva was still able to work his way to the final two.
Referring to Helm, who fought from a shortish stack all the way to the lead as heads-up play began, De Silva said, “He played very well; he played a lot better than I anticipated. He played a limp/re-raise-all-in strategy. I kept trying to isolate his weak hands and he kept going all in. He stayed alive for quite a while.”
De Silva had acknowledged that his heads-up strategy was to chip away at Helm’s stack. “I felt like my end game was a little bit better. I thought I’d take a lower-variance style and grind him down. He gets a double-up and it’s anybody’s game. I was even scared to call him there with ace-jack,” he has said, referring to the event’s final hand.
As for the format, one of the newer offerings in the WSOP’s annual lineup, De Silva said, “It was a great tournament; I’d love to play it again.” De Silva also expressed his hopes that the WSOP might consider a higher-stakes shootout, with at least a $5,000 buy-in.
The final table of Event #3 featured three former bracelet winners in De Silva, Gaspard and Paur. Former college basketball star Gaspard and seventh-place finisher John Richards also own WSOP Circuit Series rings.
Final Table Payouts (earned POY points in parentheses)
1st: Upeshka De Silva, $229,923 (161.3)
2nd: Louis Helm, $142,115 (137.4)
3rd: Linglin Zeng, $103,449 (123.6)
4th: Jan Eric Schwippert, $76,018 (111.6)
5th: Olivier Busquet, $56,397 (101.0)
6th: Casey Carroll, $42,246 (91.7)
7th: John Richards, $31,955 (83.6)
8th: Mark McMillin, $24,410 (76.4)
9th: Jean Gaspard, $18,832 (70.1)
10th: Taylor Paur, $14,675 (64.5)
A Brief Profile
Name: Upeshka De Silva
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Current Residence: Katy, Texas
Profession: Poker professional
Number of WSOP Cashes: 24
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 3
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories (with this tournament): 2
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 1st – 2015 WSOP Event #45 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Total WSOP Earnings: $1,197,130 (includes this event)
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