Upeshka De Silva Disqualified from WSOP Main Event Final Table for Positive COVID-19 Test

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Upeshka De Silva Disqualified from WSOP Main Event Final Table for Positive COVID-19 Test
13:49
28 Dec

Today’s live final table of the WSOP.com Main Event has been thrown into disarray as tournament favourite Upeshka De Silva has apparently been disqualified for testing positive for COVID-19. 

Three-time bracelet winner De Silva was sitting 8th in chips as the players looked forward to a live final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino today, more than $1.5million awaiting the winner, who would then challenge Damian Salas, the winner of the GGPoker instalment.

The Sri Lanka-born pro who grew up in Texas explained the last few days:

‘I tested positive monday, attempted to reach out to Jack Eiffel through an intermediary tuesday and was informed jack would call me. Jack called a few hours later and right when I answered said I don't want you to say anything just answer yes or no, did you test + today (dec 21).’

He added a second tweet that if accurate brings Effel’s behaviour into serious question…


Thankfully De Silva is feeling “100%”, explaining:

“So I never had a fever checked every day, had slight allergies like the 15th and 16th but went away, didn't think I could have gotten it since I had been quarantining since the 10th but dec 20th I go to take a shower can't smell the soap... I feel 100% and I'm grateful for that.” 

Joe Ingram offered up some possible solutions, adding: ‘I’m told the Covid protocols implemented had issues.’

  • Other 8 players agree to postpone the final table
  • WSOP postpones
  • Play event online
  • ICM payout
  • Play online until Upeshka busts
  •  Nothing

Below is Ingram’s initial ‘breaking news’ take on the situation…


The WSOP themselves have yet to comment on the situation, the rules surrounding such a case simply stating:

‘All players will undergo COVID testing. If they must withdraw from the final table, they will receive the minimum amount of prize money available at the time of withdrawal.’  

For 8th in chips De Silva, playing under the nickname ‘gomezhamburg’, that means a $98,813 payout, though he had been hoping for much more.

He told PokerNews this week, “realistically I’m a longshot to win” but was hoping for a quick double-up in which case:

“I’ll have a really good chance considering my experience edge.”

What happens next is unclear, everyone apparently awaiting an official WSOP announcement and we’ll bring you the latest updates in this breaking story as and when they become available.


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