Upeshka De Silva On His Quick Rise In The Poker World

Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka – Upeksha De Silva didn’t really start focusing on the live tournament circuit until 2013, but in the few years since he has still managed to win two World Series of Poker bracelets while pocketing close to a whopping $2 million in earnings.


He moved with his parents to the United States when he was two-years-old. He is a professional poker player from the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas. In fact, De Silva graduated from the University of Houston with degrees in political science and history.

De Silva won his first bracelet in a 2015 $1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $424,577. His second bracelet was won just last summer, when he took down the $3,000 shootout event for $229,923. De Silva also went quite far in the 2015 main event and final tabled the WPT Legends of Poker main event in 2016 for $198,720.

Highlights from this interview contain a brief stint in Sri Lanka, growing up with Supermom, playing in some secret Texas hold’em games, getting dad bad beat apologies, a stable of unstable horses, filling up two wrists, a battle with ego, big fields vs. big buy-ins, hero calling Fedor, watching $100 turn into $45,000 in 15 minutes, the delusive loneliness of being a poker pro, and an aversion to country music. This and much more is available in the audio version of the interview.

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