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Upeshka De Silva Wins His Third World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet

31-Year-Old Poker Pro Defeated A Field of 1,224 Entries To Win The 2019 $600 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout Bounty Event


Upeshka De Silva has won the latest online bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker. The 31-year-old poker pro outlasted a field of 1,224 entries in the $600 online no-limit hold’em knockout bounty event to secure his third gold bracelet and the top prize of $98,262.72.

De Silva’s first win at the series came in the $3,000 no-limit hold’em shootout held in 2017. He now has more than $1.4 million in career cashes at the WSOP, with total lifetime live earnings of $2.7 million.

Renato ‘Pretabotones’ Ribeiro scored the first two knockouts of the final table, eliminating Steven ‘BoatyBoatz8A’ Bordonaro (9th – $7,380.72) and Joseph ‘B3ndTheKnee’ Liberta (8th – $9,583.92).

De Silva won the next key all-in clash, with his A-K defeating the A-10 of Chris ‘johnsonck’ Johnson. Both players flopped a pair, and De Silva’s kings were enough to send Johnson to the virtual rail with $12,668.40 as the seventh-place finisher.

Yotam ‘p.bateman’ Shmuelov was the next to go. He got all-in with A-J up against the pocket sevens of David ‘dave419’ Nodes. Nodes flopped a set and held from there to see Shmuelov eliminated in sixth place ($16,854.48). With that Nodes moved into second chip position, behind De Silva.

Renato ‘Pretabotones’ Ribeiro eliminated Gerard ‘Turko’ Carbo in fifth place ($22,748.04), only to find himself as the next player to fall. His KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit could not beat the ASpade Suit5Spade Suit of Nodes on a QSpade Suit8Spade Suit3Club SuitAClub Suit5Heart Suit board. Nodes shoved on the river and Ribeiro called, only to lose to Nodes’ aces and fives. Ribeirotook home $31,065.12 for his fourth-place showing.

De Silva knocked out David ‘davidas777’ Fhima in third, shoving with QClub Suit9Club Suit from the small blind and making a runner-runner flush to beat Fhima’s ASpade Suit7Spade Suit. Fhima earned $42,962.40, while De Silva climbed into the lead going into heads-up play against Nodes.

Nodes was able to take the lead in the early going, but De Silva stormed back to more than a 4-to-1 advantage by the time the final hand arose. De Silva picked up pocket tens and got all-in. De Silva spiked a set and had Nodes drawing dead after the turn. Nodes had to settle for $60,092.28 as the second-place finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Winnings (USD)
1 Upeshka ‘gomezhamburg’ De Silva $98,262.72
2 David ‘dave419’ Nodes $60,092.28
3 David ‘davidas777’ Fhima $42,962.40
4 Renato ‘Pretabotones’ Ribeiro $31,065.12
5 Gerard ‘Turko’ Carbo $22,748.04
6 Yotam ‘p.bateman’ Shmuelov $16,854.48
7 Chris ‘johnsonck’ Johnson $12,668.40
8 Joseph ‘B3ndTheKnee’ Liberta $9,583.92
9 Steven ‘BoatyBoatz8A’ Bordonaro $7,380.72

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.