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WSOP 2019 Daily Spotlight – July 11

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 12, 2019
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In this daily feature, we will bring you the key highlights of the 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) to keep you abreast with the ongoings at the ‘World’s Biggest Poker Festival.’

July 11 was another historic day for the analogues of Indian poker as PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved came daringly close to eclipsing Nishant Sharma‘s 36th place finish record in the Main Event from last year. Ved had bagged the 43rd biggest stack of 5,085,000 heading into Day 6 and looked poised to run deep. He ultimately clinched his career-best score of $173,015 (~₹1.18 Crores) for a 51st place finish. Incidentally, this is also the highest score by an Indian at the WSOP this summer yet. Ved had debuted at the WSOP last year and ran deep in the Main Event, finishing 128th for $57,010 (~₹39.20 Lakhs). This year he not only bettered his score but proved his mettle as a consistent player in poker’s most coveted event.

Though Ved as certainly the star on July 11, India’s poker superwoman, Nikita Luther, was not far behind. She opened the Day 2 proceedings in the 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only event as the chip leader with a stack of 538,500. In a field crowded with bracelet winners, it was quite a feat for Luther to emerge as the chip leader on Day 1 and though she missed the final table by a whisker, finishing 13th for $3,584 (~₹2.45 Lakhs), it was quite an achievement as she outlasted the likes of Brian Yoon (15th for $3,584) and Ryan Riess (26th for $2,520).

The $1.5K Mixed NLHE PLO saw five Indians carry their stacks to Day 2, but only two challengers managed to finish in the money. Yasheel Doddanavar placed 121st for $2,521 (~₹1.73 Lakhs), while Akshay Nasa finished 175th for $2,260 (~₹1.55 Lakhs).

Meanwhile, Kalyan Chakravarthy (1,174,000 – 73 big blinds) headlines a group of six Indians entering Day 2 in the $1.5K NLHE Double Stack.

 

Team India Chip Counts For Day 2 of Event #82: $1.5K Double Stack

Player Chip Count
Kalyan Chakravarthy 1,174,000
Karan Radia778,000
Himmat Singh 726,000
Kunal Punjwani705,000
Goonjan Mall266,000
Sachidananda Sivakumar102,000

 

Tu Dao was the sole player to win a bracelet on July 11. She took down Event #77: $3,000 Limit Hold ‘em 6- Handed for a payday of $133,189.

While the series has almost reached its climax, there are still some exciting events for fans to look forward too. Event #84: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is slated to kick off its first starting flight at 11 AM (Pacific Time Zone) on July 12. Last year, Paawan Bansal had posted the highest score by an Indian at the WSOP ever in this event when he finished runner-up for $378,765 (~₹2.60 Crores).

 

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship – Day 6

Day 6 of the $10K Main Event welcomed 106 remaining runners back to the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The lone Indian among the list of 106 was PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved. Featuring in his second consecutive WSOP Main Event, Ved had carried forward a comfortable stack of 5,085,000 from Day 5. Though he fought hard to make it through to Day 7, he fell short of the finish line, ending his spellbinding run in 51st place for a personal-best score of $173,015 (~₹1.18 Crores).

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

Nicholas Marchington (39,800,000 – 133 big blinds) bagged the overnight chip lead and will headline the 35 remaining players to Day 7 later tonight.

Nicholas Marchington
Nicholas Marchington

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Event #81: $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2

India’s only female gold bracelet winner, Nikita Luther, was gunning for the gold in the 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only event and had waltzed into Day 2 with the topmost stack of 538,500 (215 big blinds) among 51 Day 1 survivors. It was a rollercoaster ride on the felts for the Indian pro who eventually exited in 13th place collecting $3,584 (~₹2.45 Lakhs) for her efforts.

Nikita Luther

Following the formation of the nine-handed final table, play continued till the elimination of Haixia Zhang in ninth place for $5,512. Tommy Nguyen grabbed on to the pole position and will lead the eight finalists on the final day.

Tommy Nguyen

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Event 82: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack – Day 1

The event played out a total of 20 levels, each of 30-minute duration, attracting a total of 1,591 entries. Even as the money was reached with 359 places assured at least $2,249, only 357 could make it to Day 2.

Kalyan Chakravarthy (1,174,000 – 73 big blinds) spearheads the six Indian challengers to Day 2 and is the fourth player who bagged up a stack above 1 million.

Kalyan Chakravarthy

Joining him on Day 2 will be five other Indians – Karan Radia (778,000 – 49 big blinds) and Himmat Singh (726,000 – 45 big blinds), Kunal Punjwani (705,000 – 44 big blinds), Goonjan Mall (266,000 – 17 big blinds), and Sachidananda Sivakumar (102,000 – 6 big blinds).

PokerStars India Team Pro Muskan Sethi also entered the event but was eliminated short of the money.

Mike Leah accrued the biggest stack of the day with 1,628,000 (102 big blinds).

Mike Leah
Mike Leah

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Event #80: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 2

Day 2 of the event began with 340 survivors from the 1,250-strong player field including a band of five Indians. Only two of them – Yasheel Doddanavar and Akshay Nasa could finish in the money. Doddanavar ran the deepest, picking up a 121st place finish worth $2,521 (~₹1.73 Lakhs) while Nasa placed 175th for $2,260 (~₹1.55 Lakhs).

Yasheel Doddanavar

Three other Indians namely, PokerGuru Staking’s Vikram Kumar, Kunal Patni, and Nishant Sharma fell out empty-handed.

The field has whittled down to 47 finalists with Francis Rusnak bagging the overnight chip lead. He’s the only player who will begin Day 3 with a two-million-plus stack, of 2,334,000.

 

Event #77: $3,000 Limit Hold ‘em 6- Handed– Day 3

Coming into Day 3 as chip leader amid the final six players, Tu Dao crossed the finish line to win the bracelet and the $133,189 top prize. Dao’s bracelet win is her second career-score, coming after a gap of 14 years. She defeated Alain Allnat heads-up to become the second women to win an open event bracelet this summer.

Tu Dao

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Content & Images Courtesy: World Series of Poker

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