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WSOP 2019: Aditya Sushant Headlines 6 Indian Cashes on Day 2 of Event#28: $1K NLHE

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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly June 13, 2019
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Team India has been doling out one stellar performance after another and on June 12 the man of the hour was India’s first bracelet winner – Aditya Sushant. The young pro had crawled his way into Day 2 of Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em with the shortest stack of 45,000 among the six Indian contenders. However, he fought hard to keep India’s solo bracelet dreams alive and came very close to making his first final table this series. Sadly, his spectacular run came to an unlucky end in 13th place for $17,409 (~₹12.09 Lakhs).

With the money bubble having burst on Day 1 itself, all the six Indians who had made the cut for Day 2 were already in the money.

 

Indian Cashes in Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

PlayerFinishPrize Money
Aditya Sushant 13th$17,409 - ₹12.09 Lakhs
Paawan Bansal64th$4,283 - ₹2.97 Lakhs
Yudhishter Jaswal99th$2,738 - ₹1.90 Lakhs
Muskan Sethi180th$2,144 - ₹1.48 Lakhs
Nipun Java275th$1,753 - ₹1.21 Lakhs
Ashish Ahuja309th$1,612 - ₹1.11 Lakhs
Kartik Ved348th$1,500 - ₹1.04 Lakhs

 

246 runners had started off proceedings on Day 2, and following almost 15 hours of rigorous play, only six runners remained in contention. The nine-handed final table witnessed the eliminations of Pedro Ingles (7th for $48,101), Vegard Ropstad (8th for $36,783) and Yosef Lider (9th for $28,394), after which play was halted for Day 2.

Stephen Song (24,655,000) bagged the overnight chip lead and will lead the remaining six players to the final day which will commence later tonight.

 

Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2

Six Indians from Day 1 charged into Day 2 of the $1,000 NLHE, with the hopes of bringing home the country’s first solo bracelet. All six challengers perished before the play was halted. The poster boy of Indian poker – Aditya Sushant – was the last player from the Indian contingent to bust, and he missed the final table by a whisker, finishing 13th for $17,409 (~₹12.09 Lakhs).

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant

A former bracelet winner, Sushant had started Day 2 with the shortest stack of 45,500, among the six Indians. Seated at a table alongside the likes of Ali Imsirovic and Shaun Deeb, this was no mean feat to achieve. Nevertheless, the Chennai-based pro stuck to his guns. He was first spotted on the day’s live coverage when he won a big pot against an unknown opponent during level 21. Sushant’s outranked his opponent’s , bringing him the pot and taking his stack to 882,000.

When the final three tables were redrawn, Sushant had accrued a stack of 1,750,000 and by the time play got down to two tables, Sushant’s stack had swelled to 2,000,000.

He was responsible for eliminating Bryan Arnold in 18th place. Arnold had moved all-in for his tournament life with and Sushant called holding . The board fanned out , and Sushant rivered a pair of queens to knock Arnold out of the competition.

Unfortunately, Sushant was not able to make it in the final six. During level 29, he lost a big pot to Vegard Ropstad, which saw his stack come down to 745,000. Five minutes later, Sushant raised to 550,000 from early position and the action folded to Scott Stewart, who moved all-in. Sushant called with his remaining stack, and both players tabled their cards.

Aditya Sushant

Scott Stewart

Sushant had Stewart dominated but the latter flopped an eight on the rundown .

Among the other Indian players, Paawan Bansal picked up his fourth cash of the series in this event, which happens to be his deepest run at the series, thus far. He finished 64th for $4,283 (~₹2.97 Lakhs).

Paawan Bansal
Paawan Bansal

The husband-wife duo of Yudhishter Jaswal and PokerStars India Team pro Muskan Sethi saw their runs come to an end one-after-the-other. Sethi was the first to fall between the two, as she opened her scorecard at this year’s series with a 180th place finish for $2,144 (~₹1.48 Lakhs).

Muskan Sethi
Muskan Sethi

Jaswal lasted slightly longer than his significant other, ultimately finishing 99th for $2,738 (~₹1.90 Lakhs).

Yudhishter Jaswal
Yudhishter Jaswal

Sethi, as usual, had kept the railbirds updated of her progress throughout the day.

The other Indian bracelet winner Nipun Java picked up his third score for the series, placing 275th for $1,753 (~₹1.21 Lakhs).

Nipun Java
Nipun Java

After busting this event, Java jumped into Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, where he has progressed to Day 2 with 69,500 in chips.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja was the first Indian challenger to hit the rail on Day 2. He too, picked up his third score at his debut series, finishing 309th for $1,612 (~₹1.11 Lakhs).

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja

Other notables who also managed to cross the money line included Phil Hellmuth (16th for $13,830), Shaun Deeb (28th for $8,989), Steven Snyder (41st for $7,356), PokerStars Team pro Maria Konnikova (69th for $4,283), Day 1 chip leader Giuseppe Pantaleo (87th for $3,145), Gaurav Raina (175th for $2,144), Vinny Pahuja (178th for $2,144), Sasidhar Bobba (215th for $1,928) and Ryan D’Angelo (249th for $1,753).

Following the elimination of Scott Stewart in 10th place for $22,127, the nine-handed final table was formed.

 

Final Table Chip Counts

1. Stephen Song – 11,600,000

2. Pedro Ingles – 8,815,000

3. Sevak Mikaiel – 8,100,000

4. Renato Kaneoya – 4,800,000

5. Scot Masters – 4,700,000

6. Dominic Coombe – 4,400,000

7. Ryan Laplante – 2,900,000

8. Vegard Ropstad – 2,400,000

9. Yosef Lider – 1,000,000

 

Final Table Recap

Being the shortest stack on the final table, Yosef Lider, was expectedly the first player to be eliminated. His were cracked by Renato Kaneoya’s which bettered to a pair of jacks on the flop, ousting Lider in ninth place.

In the very next hand, Vegard Ropstad‘s were defeated by Ryan Laplante’s that clipped an ace on the river, eliminating Ropstad in eighth place.

On the 15th hand, Pedro Ingles‘s ran into Stephen Song’s , ending his run in seventh place.

Following Ingles’ elimination, the play was halted for the day.

Stephen Song emerged as the dominant chip leader with a massive stack of 24,655,000. Not only is he the only player to have crossed the 24 Million-mark in chips, the second-largest stack trailing Song’s is that of Sevak Mikaiel, who is a distant second with 6,395,000 in his bag.

The six finalists will return to resume play for the coveted gold bracelet later tonight.

Stephen Song
Stephen Song

Six-Handed Chip Counts

1. Stephen Song – 24,655,000

2. Sevak Mikaiel – 6,395,000

3. Scot Masters – 5,315,000

4. Ryan Laplante – 4,885,000

5. Renato Kaneoya – 4,875,000

6. Dominic Coombe – 3,505,000

Content & Images Courtesy: World Series of Poker

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