WSOP 2017: Upeshka De Silva, Ben Zamani & Joseph Mitchell Win Bracelets

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  • PG News June 5, 2017
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Las Vegas is rocking with non-stop poker action of the WSOP and the thrill of the bracelet hunt in continuation. The Rio de Janiero-theme based hotel, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino remains the coveted paradise of every player.  

Past its fifth day, WSOP thunders are on, with players engrossed in the thrilling action at Vegas. Team India is steadily increasing in size each day as more Indians join the action at the series.

We had previously covered the first two bracelet events and now we are back with news of three new bracelet winners.

Upeshka De Silva topped the 369-player field to take down the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout for $229,923.

Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better also saw its conclusion and at the end of the day it was Ben Zamani who outlasted the 29 survivors on the third day of the event for a payday of $238,620.

Event #8: $333 ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em- Little Grind also saw its conclusion with Joseph "ul_gg" Mitchell besting the 1,780-entry field to pocket $122,314 for his finish.

Meanwhile, several Indian players were seen in action at the $565 Colossus event including Team PokerStars pro Aditya AgarwalAditya Sushant, Jaideep Sajwan, Team PokerBaazi pro Vikram Kumar.

Agarwal played the Day 1E entry flight but couldn’t make it to the next stage, he however fired another bullet on Day 1F and bagged 149,000 at the end of day’s play.


Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

From almost missing out on registering for the event to shipping it in the end, it was a roller-coaster ride for Upeshka De Silva who won his second gold bracelet after outlasting the 369-player field for $229,923.

It certainly wasn’t the start De Silva was looking for as he got delayed to register for the event after his flight was delayed. Ultimately, he paid three times the price for another flight ticket and managed to just make it just in time.

But fate had other plans for the pro and he sure wasn’t going to complain as after the last hand was dealt, he had all the chips in play and banked almost a quarter of a million dollars along with his second WSOP bracelet.

De Silva managed to take down three tables in three consecutive days and said, “I told my friends before I won my first bracelet that I was going to win two, so I don’t know if that means I’m capped now.”

Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal was going strong on day 2 but unfortunately could not make it to the final table and pocketed $6,407 for his finish making it the first Indian cash in the series.


Final Table Recap

Ten players began the final day of the shootout event with even stacks due to the shootout format and it didn’t take long before Taylor Paur exited the event followed by another quick elimination in previous bracelet winner Jean Gaspard.

Mark McMillin became the eighth-place finisher while John Richards settled in seventh place. Casey Carroll had to be content with a sixth-place finish while Olivier Busquet followed him out in fifth place.

Jan Schwippert was relegated to the rails in fourth place while Linglin Zeng was eliminated in third place when her ace-ten suited ran into pocket nines.

On the deciding hand of the tournament, De Silva`s ace-jack held up against Helm’s ace-eight.

De Silva praised his rival’s game after the win and said, “Louis played very well. He played a very good limp-re-raise all-in strategy against me. I kept trying to isolate him but he just kept going all in.”

Upeksha De Silva

                                         Upeksha De Silva

Final Table Results

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

10. Taylor Paur – $14,675


Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better

After a long day, Ben Zamani pierced his way through the 29 survivors who came back for Day 3 of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better event and won $238,620 in prize money.

At one point, Zamani was playing both the live Omaha event and Event #8: $333 ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em. He busted the online event but more than made up for it by shipping his second bracelet in the live event.

The day saw several quick eliminations early on bringing the field to two tables. Two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson was searching for his third bracelet but exited in 23rd place ($6,725). The other bracelet winner who fell short of his second piece of gold was Jim Collopy, who took 17th place for $8,246. That left Zamani as the lone bracelet winner still in contention for the title.


Final Table Recap

Jared Hemingway flexed his muscles soon by eliminating both Dustin Sitar and Martin Corpuz.

Scott Buller then settled for seventh place followed by Forrest Auel who fell in sixth place. Gary Vick was eliminated in fifth spot after a heated-up tussle with Hemingway.

Ryan Paluf was shown the door next in fourth place by Alex Ferarri who himself got eliminated shortly thereafter in third place setting up the heads-up battle.

Zamani cruised into the heads-up play with a huge chip lead and despite Hemingway’s efforts and several double ups, the latter wasn’t able to seal the deal. Zamani pocketed $238,620 as the first-place purse along with his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Ben Zamani

                                                  Ben Zamani

Final Table Results

1. Benjamin Zamani – $238,620

2. Jared Hemingway – $147,428

3. Alex Ferrari – $103,471

4. Ryan Paluf – $73,647

5. Gary Vick – $53,171

6. Forrest Auel – $38,946

7. Scott Buller – $28,948

8. Martin Corpuz – $21,839

9. Dustin Sitar – $16,726 


Event #8: $333 ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em- Little Grind

This inaugural online event this year featured a $333,333 guaranteed prize pool with the champion set to win the coveted WSOP bracelet.

The participants had the option to re-enter within 30 seconds of getting eliminated and attracted a field of 1,780 players making the event an extremely successful one, easily surpassing the $333,333 guarantee with a prize pool of $752,700! 

With what was expected to be an epic heads up battle eventually turned out to be damp squib as Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell basically scored a walkover. His opponent lost his Internet connection and sat out for the majority of the heads up play, only returning to see two hands before Mitchell knocked him out.

Mitchell, who bettered a field of 1,780 players, arrived at the final table sixth in chips and soared to victory to claim his first WSOP bracelet and largest tournament score worth $122,314.


Final Table Recap

Mitchell was in roaring form on the final table eliminating Michael ‘TonyPerkis1’ Jacoby in sixth place. He completely took control of the final table after Bobby ‘bcmclawh’ McLawhorn exited in fifth place and he even went on to eliminate Hao ‘sandongcpa’ Sun in fourth place.

Mitchell then knocked out the super short-stacked Michael ‘ooookillthem’ Addamo in third place, setting the stage for a heads-up battle, which never really took off with his opponent mostly sitting out.


Final Table Results

1. Joseph "ul_gg" Mitchell – $122,314

2. Mark "PLODonkey17" Scacewater – $73,539

3. Michael "ooookillthem" Addamo – $54,044

4. Hao "sandongcpa" Sun – $39,592

5. Bobby "bcmclawh" McLawhorn – $29,205

6. Michael "TonyPerkis1" Jacoby – $21,828

7. Kevin "SEQUENCE" Sheetz – $16,559

8. Casey "rhin0" Long – $12,645

Keep following the latest updates from WSOP 2017 right here on PokerGuru!

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