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Upeshka De Silva Leads Final 71 Players In 2020 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event Domestic Tournament

A Total of 705 Entries Were Made In The US-Facing Segment of This Year's Hybrid Online and Live Event, With Eventual Winner To Earn $1,553,256


The ‘Domestic Tournament’ segment of the 2020 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in main event attracted a total of 705 entries. The turnout built a final prize pool of $6,768,000, the largest ever on a regulated online poker site in the United States. Despite only a single starting day, the US-facing segment surpassed the 674 entries made in the ‘International Tournament’, which featured three starting flights.

The eventual champion of the ‘Domestic Tournament’ walk away with $1,553,256 and then play the winner of the ‘International Tournament’ in a heads-up showdown for the bracelet and an added prize of $1,000,000 to go along with what they each won at their final tables.

With 705 entries, the top 107 finishers will cash in the ‘Domestic Tournament’. The money bubble burst when Adrian Buckley’s pocket queens lost a preflop race against an opponent’s A-K. Buckley’s opponent’s ace kicker played when four sevens ran out on the board, sending him to the rail in 108th place and guaranteeing the rest of the field at least a $14,890 payday.

Those that make the final table of this event will earn at least $98,813, with both of the top two finishers securing seven-figure paydays. The champion will be awarded $1,553,256, while the runner-up will take home $1,002,340.

Upeshka De SilvaDay 1 came to an end after 12 hours of action, with three-time WSOP bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva bagging up the leading stack of 1,930,067.

De Silva will be joined by plenty of notables who survived to day 2 with big stacks, including Taylor Von Kriegenbergh (1,518,393), PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event champ and bracelet winner Galen Hall (1,271,362), Martin Zamani (964,178), poker triple-crown winner Mohsin Charania (777,260), bracelet winner Jason Somerville (692,314), four-time World Poker Tour main event winner Darren Elia (632,176), three-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman (585,012), Ryan Laplante (391,535), and 2013 WSOP main event champion Ryan Riess (288,474).

Daniel Negreanu had a few days off from his high-stakes grudge match against Doug Polk and spent one of them playing this event. The six-time bracelet winner made the money, but was ultimately eliminated in 92nd place, earning $14,890. He posted a screenshot of his final hand on Twitter, showing that he picked up a royal flush draw, but was unable to beat out the trip kings of Jason ‘haderade’ Somerville.

Other big names to fall during day 1 action included all-time bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth, five-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi, four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow, two-time bracelet winner and three-time WPT champion Anthony Zinno, Chris Moorman, four-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, three-time bracelet winner Ben Yu, Faraz Jaka, three-time bracelet winner Phil Galfond, two-time bracelet winner and Card Player columnist Nathan Gamble, and 2015 WSOP main event champion Joe McKeehen.

The remaining 71 players will return to action at 3:00 p.m. eastern on Monday, Dec. 14 to play down to a final table. The last nine will then have a break until Dec. 28, when the final table will get underway live and in person at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The final nine will play for the following payouts:

1st place – $1,553,256
2nd place – $1,002,340
3rd place – $529,258
4th place – $387,130
5th place – $286,963
6th place – $215,222
7th place – $163,786
8th place – $125,885
9th place – $98,813

The final table of the ‘International Tournament’ is set to play out on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at King’S Casino in Rozvadov, the site of the WSOP Europe festival in recent years. The winner at that final table will earn $1,550,969 and the opportunity to face off against the ‘Domestic Tournament’ champion in a final heads-up showdown for the bracelet and $1,000,000 in added prize money.