Saturday June 27,2015 : 2015 WSOP Event 45
Texas pro Upeshka De Silva (27) started the ball rolling with his convincing victory in event 45, a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em contest that required an additional day to decide a winner.
Pursuing his first WSOP bracelet, De Silva survived a star-laden field of 1,655 and a hardcore final table that included big names like Jason Koon and John Dolan.
Starting as chip leader, the Texas pro crushed all before him on the final table to face Irish pro Dara O'Kearney in the heads up. There he found the going a lot more difficult, the exchanges lasting 67 hands with still no winner in sight. Officials called for extra time for the duelling duo, and they resumed the battle the following day.
The overnight break seemed to work best for De Silva, who was able to send O'Kearney to the exit and the runner-up prize of $262,502 after just ten more hands and claim the biggest share of the $2.23 million prize pool.
De Silva's haul was an impressive $424,577 and his first WSOP bracelet; it was his tenth WSOP career cash and his second WSOP final table – he managed a deep finish in the first WSOP Millionaire Maker event.
Other final table cashes were:
Dara O’Kearney $262,502
John Dolan $172,752
Patrick Rojek $124,537
Ilkin Savalan Amirov $91,157
Bobby Moore $67,697
Jorden Fox $50,985
Vasily Tsapko $38,920
Jason Koon $30,095