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Poker Stories Podcast: Upeshka De Silva Talks About His Quick Rise In The Poker World

Poker Stories Is An Audio Series That Features The Game's Best Players and Personalities


Poker Stories is a long-form audio series that features casual interviews with some of the game’s best players and personalities. Each episode highlights a well-known member of the poker world and dives deep into their favorite tales both on and off the felt.

Upeshka De Silva didn’t really start concentrating on the live tournament circuit until 2013, but in the few years since he’s still managed to win two World Series of Poker bracelets while banking nearly $2 million in earnings.

De Silva’s first bracelet came in a 2015 $1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $424,577. His second bracelet win happened just last summer, when he took down the $3,000 shootout event for $229,923. De Silva also made a deep run in the 2015 main event and final tabled the WPT Legends of Poker main event in 2016 for $198,720.

Highlights from this interview include a brief stint in Sri Lanka, growing up with Supermom, playing in some secret Texas Texas hold’em games, getting dad bad beat apologies, a stable of unstable horses, filling up two wrists, a battle with ego, big fields vs. big buy-ins, hero calling Fedor, watching $100 turn into $45,000 in 15 minutes, the isolation of being a poker pro, and an aversion to country music.

You can check out the entirety of the interview in the audio player at the top of the page or download it directly to play on the go from iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

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