Three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva has reportedly been disqualified from the ultimate desk of the 2020 WSOP $10,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em principal occasion after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
According to social media posts by Joey Ingram, with corroborating responses from De Silva himself, he first examined optimistic for the virus on Dec. 20, roughly per week earlier than the ultimate desk was set to renew. He then examined destructive on Dec. 26, solely to check optimistic once more on Dec. 27, simply at some point earlier than the ultimate desk was set to play all the way down to a winner.
The 32-year-old poker professional was set to enter the ultimate desk in eighth chip place. He is now apparently disqualified, which might imply that he would formally earn the minimal final-table payout of $98,813, in accordance with the foundations laid out by the WSOP when the occasion was first introduced.
The WSOP has not but made an official assertion about De Silva’s reported disqualification, with the ultimate desk set to renew at 3:00 p.m. pacific on Monday, Dec. 28.
Isaac Haxton posed the query, “Were they planning to let him play eight days after a positive test, if he tested negative today?” De Silva himself responded with extra particulars about how the scenario arose.
I mentioned no ( I examined optimistic the twentieth) he mentioned okay I’ll see you Sunday for the take a look at. No steering no choices no recommendation no plan, I used to be very scared as you may think about and I did not know if I went public if I might actually have a probability to check after that decision
— Upeshka De Silva (@PadawanPesh) December 28, 2020
De Silva says he has been quarantining since Dec. 10 in preparation for this remaining desk.
Although he’s among the many brief stacks, he was by far essentially the most achieved participant remaining within the event. The Sri Lanka-born and Texas-raised professional has simply shy of $3.1 million in event earnings, with all of his bracelet wins coming in no-limit maintain’em occasions. He gained his first in 2017, topping a discipline of 1,655 entries to win a $1,500 no-limit maintain’em occasion for $424,577. Two years later he took down the $3,000 buy-in shootout occasion, besting a discipline of 369 to earn $229,923. In 2019 he gained the $600 buy-in bounty occasion, outlasting 1,224 entries to earn $98,263.
If De Silva’s disqualification is in the end upheld, this could be the second remaining desk inside the 2020 WSOP principal occasion’s distinctive hybrid format that might be down a participant. Peiyuan Sun made the ultimate desk of the ‘International Tournament’, however the Chinese participant elected to not journey to King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic for the dwell remaining desk on Tuesday, Dec. 15. He earned $75,360, the ninth-place payout.
As of the time that this text was revealed, the ultimate desk of the ‘Domestic Tournament’ continues to be set to renew play within the afternoon on Dec. 28 with the opposite eight gamers. The remaining eight eligible rivals would all be assured not less than a $125,885 payday, with the eventual winner set to earn $1,553,256.
The winner from this event would then face off towards ‘International Tournament’ champion Damian Salas on Dec. 30 in a heads-up match for the title, the bracelet, and $1 million in added prize cash.