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Upeksha De Silva Clinches WSOP Shootout Event


The 2017 World Series of Poker $3,000 no-limit hold’em shootout event attracted a field of 369 players, amassing a total prize pool of $996,300. Ultimately, the title and the $229,923 first-place award went to Katy, Texas resident Upeshka De Silva.

This was the 29-year-old’s second WSOP career bracelet. In 2015, he won a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $424,577. Originally from Sri Lanka, De Silva now has upwards of $1.7 million in career tournament earnings.

To clinch the event, a player had to survive three single-table tournaments on the trot. Everyone who claimed their first table finished in the money and was guaranteed a cash prize of at least $6,407.

Key members at the final table included Taylor Paur, Jean Gaspard, Olivier Busquet and Jan Schwippert. Others poker players who earned some cash included Matt Glantz, James Obst, Andy Philachack, Jean-Robert Bellande, Andre Akkari, John Racener, Jared Jaffee, Barry Greenstein, and Dominik Nitsche.

Final Table Standings:

1. Upeshka De Silva $229,923
2. Louis Helm $142,115
3. Linglin Zeng $103,449
4. Jan Schwippert $76,018
5. Olivier Busquet $56,397
6. Casey Carroll $42,246
7. John Richards $31,955
8. Mark McMillin $24,410
9. Jean Gaspard $18,832

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