The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has crowned its latest online bracelet event winner. Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva triumphed in Event #38: WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty to claim his third gold, alongside the top prize of $98,262.72.
De Silva defeated David “dave419” Nodes heads-up in the only knockout event of the summer which attracted a field of 1,224 players. The event generated a total prize pool of $673,200, of which $550,800 went to the regular prize pool and the remaining $122,400 to the bounty prize pool. The Texas native also scored the most bounties with eighteen at $100 each, scooping a total of $100,062.72 for winning the event.
De Silva entered the final table fourth in chips but managed to increase his stack as the game progressed. “BoatyBoatz“, “B3ndTheKnee” and “johnsonck” were the first players to leave the table in 9th, 8th and 7th place respectively.
Two minutes into six-handed play, “p.bateman” ended his bid for gold in sixth place for $16,854.48, and the chip lead went to De Silva with only five players remaining. From 7.1 million chips, De Silva’s stack rose to 9.7 million after eliminating “Turko” in fifth place for ($22,748.04) and “Pretabotones” in fourth place ($31,065.12).
Nodes held the chip advantage as three-handed play kicked off, with almost 15 million in chips. Later on, “davidas777” busted in third place after his pair of sevens failed to hold out against De Silva’s queen-nine suited which hit a backdoor flush. The French player, who entered the final table as the shortest stack, took home $42,962.40 for his third-place win.
De Silva and Nodes engaged in heads-up battle with the former holding a narrow chip lead. After about fifteen minutes of play, Nodes managed to pull away to a 2:1 chip advantage. Both players got all in preflop, with De Silva holding pocket fives against Nodes’ ace-ten. Nodes got ace of hearts after the flop brought three hearts, but the turn and river were clean and suddenly the stacks were reversed.
From there, Nodes’ stack continued to drop as De Silva dominated the game with a 4:1 advantage. De Silva got all in after picking up pocket tens, after which he spiked a set, with Nodes drawing dead. When the dust finally settled, De Silva became the champion, and Nodes had to settle for $60,092.28 for his runner-up finish.
De Silva now has over $1.4 million in career cashes at the WSOP. The 31-year-old’s total live earnings now sit at $2.8 million and takes the lead of the 2019 WSOP Player of The Year.