WSOP Online Bracelet Winner Upeshka De Silva Leads 2019 WSOP POY Race

The 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year race has gotten intense. Three weeks into the action-packed series, we’re seeing a new player on the top of the leaderboard. Upeshka De Silva managed to capture his third bracelet after winning an online event that launched him to the No. 1 spot. 

De Silva took down Event #38: $600 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty after an epic 11-hour action, outlasting 1,224 entries. That victory came after he finished third in Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, won by Thomas Cazayous. De Silva also scored four other cashes, allowing him to take over the lead from Dan Zack who topped the leaderboard for two straight weeks. 

Zack may no longer be holding the top spot for Week 3, but he has continued to deliver, adding four more cashes over the last week, apart from winning Event #6: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball early in the series. Zack now has a total of nine cashes at the 2019 WSOP, giving him enough points to narrow the gap between him and De Silva.

Shaun Deeb Debuts in Top 10

Meanwhile, the latest POY standings saw some players who were previously faring well in the race being knocked off the Top 10 list, mainly because of not adding any cashouts over the last few days. Isaac Baron, who won Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, held the No. 2 spot last week, but after failing to secure further points, he has now dropped to No. 11. Ben Heath, the winner of the first $50K High Roller event also slipped down to No. 12 after ranking second during the first week and 7th last week. 

While some players failed to keep their spots, many managed to advance in the race. Scott Clements, who was at the bottom of the Top 10 a week ago, kept moving up the ranks after adding more POY points. He now sits at No. 3. Robert Campbell also moved up to No. 4 after winning Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. 

Daniel Strelitz is the only player who has maintained his position at No. 5. After taking down Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em, he managed to cash in three more events to continue to hold onto the 5th position. 

Shaun Deeb, the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year, has entered the Top 10 after accumulating a total of eight WSOP cashes so far, including a runner-up finish in Event #35: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship, won by Adam Friedman. Deeb is now in 6th place as he tries to defend his title. 

Stephen Song climbed to No. 7 after taking down Event $28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em last week. Song topped a 2,479-entry field and competed against Scot Masters heads-up to capture his first WSOP bracelet and a top prize of $341,854. John Gorsuch is currently at No. 8, after earning enough points from winning Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker which also gave him his very first bracelet plus a whopping $1,344,930 as first-place prize.

Completing the Top 10 are Frankie O’Dell (No. 9), who claimed his third bracelet in Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, and Yuval Bronshten (No.10), who triumphed in Event $13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, winning his first gold.

2019 Player of the Year Details

This year’s Player of the Year race covers all of the open bracelet events from the WSOP in Vegas, as well as the upcoming World Series of Poker Europe which is set to take place in Rozvadov, Czech Republic on October 15 – November 4. 

From the full schedule of bracelet events this summer, there are six events that are excluded from the POY race. They are as follows: Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em, Event $32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em, Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em, Event #47: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies Event, Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em, and Event #81: $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold’em.

The late addition of a second $50K High Roller event brings the total number of bracelet events this year to 90. The new event will also count toward the POY race.

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