Upeshka De Silva (pictured) topped a field of 326 players at a final table that was five hours long to win the WPTDeepStacks San Diego Main Event on Monday at Ocean's Eleven Casino. "That was a pretty nice feeling, I busted on Day 1B for one bullet, but then I re-entered and ran it up pretty quick, and I had the chip lead the whole way. I ran a lot better than I played, but that's all it takes sometimes," said De Silva after the victory. De Silva took home $67,675 in prize money, along with the $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package for the WPTDeepStacks Championship in December at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Northern California. De Silva is also getting married in December in Sri Lanka, and he now holds just over $1.9 million in career tournament earnings.
De Silva came into the final table as the chip leader, and he never relinquished his lead during the course of the final day. "It was a pretty nice situation, I was the chip leader, and there were a lot of short stacks, so I just kept raising. There was a lot of ICM pressure at pay jumps. I didn't have to deal with any big flips or big showdowns, I was just able to chip away at them. It worked out very conveniently," said De Silva. He even won the tournament on the first hand of heads-up play. "It was pretty funny, the very first hand I had aces, and I had been shoving on him for the past three hours, and then I limp and he goes all in, it was nice," said De Silva about the dramatic final hand.
Cards got into the air at 1 pm between the final nine players, and the first all-in confrontation saw Craig Waldrop hit the rail in ninth place early in the day. Mateus Lessa was out in eighth place just a few minutes later. Veronica Daly exited in seventh placeduring the next level, and then a series of five double ups prolonged six-handed play until Louis Schaffer bused in sixth place.
The five remaining players then took their first break of the day, and soon after they returned Edward Guergis was eliminated in fifth place. The pace of play continued to be quick as just minutes later Williams Santos was taken out in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted for a while as John David doubled up twice thru De Silva. The third time was not the charm for David however, and he was eliminated in third place the third time he shoved against De Silva.
De Silva held 7.1 million at the start of heads-up play, and that gave him a huge advantage over the stack of Arthur Hahn, who held 825,000. Hahn raised all in on the very first hand of heads-up play, and De Silva quickly called on the button after originally limping into the pot. The two players then tabled their cards.
The aces held up for De Silva, and Hahn was eliminated in second place, good for $47,430. De Silva won the pot and the tournament to take home $67,675 in prize money, the $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship prize package, and the WPTDeepStacks trophy.
Congratulations to our new WPTDeepStacks champion - Upeshka De Silva!
Final Table Results:
1st: Upeshka De Silva - $67,675 + $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship Package
2nd: Arthur Hahn - $47,430
3rd: John David - $30,500
4th: William Santos - $22,585
5th: Edward Guergis - $16,945
6th: Louis Schaffer - $13,555
7th: Veronica Daly - $11,275
8th: Mateus Lessa - $9,035
9th: Craig Walrop - $6,770