The reason is a positive test for coronavirus, which relegates Ka Kwan Lau’s rival at the final table of the WPT LA Poker Classic to ninth place.
His best and his worst year, at the same time. (WSOP)
The price of a poker player’s soul? Perhaps, with a final of one of the classics that belong to the WPT since its first season, such as the LA Poker Classic and another in the WSOP Main Event it is enough to find a dozen candidates. Or a hundred. A thousand, perhaps?
If that’s what you paid Upeshka de Silva for occupying a place precisely in those two FTs, his soul, grace is going to be very expensive. Neither he nor anyone suspected how terrible this 2020 would be.
The fear of the coronavirus postponed sine die the game that the WPT reserved to broadcast live from Las Vegas. Ka Kwan Lau knows this well, scheduled as one of Upeshka’s rivals since March. The Cantabrian is still waiting for the call from Matt Savage to find out what happens with the prizes that remain to be distributed.
The last news that was had about the situation of the three postponed final tables of the WPT was a tweet from Chance Kornuth in which he claimed that he had been summoned on December 3 in the Aria television studio to play his. False alarm. A month from now, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open will turn a postponed year.
Even worse, the coronavirus, and not the precaution, will keep Upeshka from the final table of the Domestic Main Event which is held the next morning at the Rio casino in Las Vegas.
The player was in close contact quarantine since the 10th. He suffered from allergic problems on the 15th and 16th, but did not have a fever or other complaints. On the 20th, according to himself on Twitter, he was taking a shower and realized that he did not notice the smell of soap. He was concerned and took a first test, which came back positive. He called the tournament management; They asked him for discernment and to wait until the eve of the tournament to take a new battery of tests. Some tested negative, but there was also a new positive.
One of the final 9 for the @WSOP main event tomorrow at the Rio has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been disqualified.
Upeshka De Silva aka @PadawanPesh says he quarantined on Dec 10th – tested positive on the 20th, negative on 26th, and positive on the 27th
– Joey Ingram #PASSION (@ Joeingram1) December 28, 2020
In this way, both the International Main Event and the Domestic Main Event will go down in history for eliminating a player without having played a single hand of the FT. The Chinese Peiyuan Sun resigned on his own initiative to submit to the rigors of crossing the Chinese border and exposing himself to contagion by traveling to King’s and Upeshka de Silva has tested positive and will not be able to access the Rio.
The eliminated player corresponds, according to the rules, the money of the ninth place, $ 98,813.
De Silva was by far the best-known face of the American Main Event final. At least, the classification does not look too treated, as the three-time WSOP champion was one of the shortstacks.
The rest of the finalists have insured $ 125,885, and the prize that the coronavirus has denied De Silva could have reached $ 1,553,256.
Three more days, Upeshka, three more days and we can forget about 2020. Until then we can only wish you a quick and complete recovery.