Upeshka De Silva has reportedly been disqualified from the 2020 WSOP Main Event following a positive COVID-19 test, just hours before the final table was due to get underway. According to WSOP rules, any player who tests positive for COVID-19 prior to the start of the final table play will be disqualified and receive the minimum final table payout. If his disqualification is confirmed by the WSOP, De Silva will walk away with the minimum final table payout of $98,813, with Harrison Dobin automatically laddering one place.
De Silva explained more about the situation in a series of follow-up tweets, with the three-time bracelet-winner explaining that he had been quarantining since Dec. 10 but ultimately tested positive on Dec. 20.
The following day, he immediately reached out to WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel (pictured). The two discussed the situation, and Effel asked De Silva whether he had tested himself that day. De Silva had not, leading Effel to say that he’d see De Silva on Sunday, Dec. 27 for the compulsory final table tests.
De Silva said that he felt “very scared” and was worried about going public with the situation. Although testing negative on Saturday, Dec. 26, a positive result at the official test the following day led to his apparent disqualification.