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· Published 20.06.2019 · last updated 20.06.2019

Upeshka De Silva

Upeshka De Silva is on the top of the leaderboard

Earlier this month, we reported on the leaders of the 2019 WSOP Player of the year; however, things are beginning to take a new turn as a new winner emerged this week. The 2019 WSOP tournament is almost reaching its halfway point, and with three weeks of non-stop action, Upeshka De Silva took the lead on the 2019 WSOP Player of the year chart. At the beginning of this tournament, Dan Zack and Ben Heath were top leaders.

Upshka took the lead on the chart after winning his third bracelet in his career. He won Event #38: $600 ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty, on Sunday 19th, after outclassing a field of 1,224 players.  This feat came just after the remarkable player won the third place in the Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed.

Early winner Dan Zack has been remarkable after taking the lead of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year for the first two weeks of the event. It doesn’t mean that Zack relented. Astonishingly, Zack already has a total of nine wins or cashes under his belt, plus four cashes last week with his bracelet win in Event #6: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball. However, Zack now retains the number two spot and still trails Upsheka.

It is necessary to know that players who are not adding any points during this event cannot keep top positions in the 2019 Player of the Year (POY). For instance, Isaac Baron the champion of Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed held the second spot two weeks ago, but he dropped further down to number eleven as he added no points.

One player that surprised everyone is Scott Clements. This player continues to add more points, hence helping him climb up in the rankings. Last week, Clements won his third bracelet in his poker career when he played in Event #10: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice, and he moved to the number ten spot. Ever since he won this event, Clements won four more cash. These feats gave him the right momentum to garner more points to reach the third spot at the moment.

The number four spot was attained by Robert Cambell, after winning Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw; this is the third time Cambell cashed out. It is also necessary to know that after Daniel Strelitz won Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em, Campbell further cashed out three times again to keep the number five spot of the 2019 WSOP POY.

A former winner of the 2018 WSOP POY Shaun Deep, made right moves as he tried reaching the top ten this week and defend his title this time around. Deep played well and almost won the fifth bracelet in his career only to be defeated by Adam Friedman in the Event #35: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship. Deep currently sits at the sixth number spot of the 2019 WSOP POY rankings.

The four players left in the top ten are also making good strides lately. Stephen Song, who currently sits on number seven spot won Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. John Gorsuch occupies the eighth number spot after he won Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker.

Frankie O’Dell (No.9) won Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 making it his third career bracelet. Yuval Bronshstein (No.10) won Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, making it his first bracelet in his career.

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