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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.’
The sports gods have smiled upon us this weekend, as not only has the poker action reached a crescendo, but the ICC Cricket World Cup finals and Wimbledon men’s singles finals will also be playing out. As the cricket and tennis worlds wait for its latest champions to be crowned; the poker community will have to wait a while longer for its ‘World Champion’ with the Main Event taking a rest day on July 13.
Besides the Main Event, the $1.5K NLHE Double Stack, which features the Double Ks of the Indian battalion – Kunal Punjwani and Kalyan Chakravarthy, also had a rest day. Punjwani (15,500,000 – 31 big blinds) and Chakravarthy (9,925,000 – 20 big blinds) are on the cusp of bringing home India’s first solo bracelet as both challengers have made it through to the final table and will be returning for the final day, along with six other finalists later tonight.
Among the bracelet events that did play out on July 13, Day 1B of The Closer caught the attention of the Indian contingent with Young Gun Abhinav Iyer successfully bagging a stack of 782,000 (49 big blinds) for Day 2. He has the fifth biggest stack out of the 45 Day 1B survivors. While many Indians had jumped into the action of Day 1B, only Chirag Patel (64th for $2,744 – ₹1.88 Lakhs) and Nishant Sharma (74th for $2,530 – ₹1.73 Lakhs) were able to finish in the money.
PokerGuru Staking’s Vikram Kumar had advanced to Day 2 in the $3K PLO 6-Handed and ultimately ended his run in 50th place for $6,392 (₹4.38 Lakhs). This is Kumar’s first-ever score at the WSOP.
Keith Tilston (Event #83: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller for $2,792,406) and Jerry Odeen (Event #80: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em Pot-Limit Omaha for $304,793) were the only bracelet winners on July 13.
Event #84: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1B
The second starting flight of The Closer, Day 1B, attracted 724 entrants and after 20 levels of play, the field had been reduced to just 45 survivors.
A group of Indians was seen in action at the event; however, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer was the only one to make the cut for Day 2. In fact, Iyer bagged the fifth largest stack of 782,000 (49 big blinds) on Day 1B.
Chirag Patel (64th for $2,744 – ₹1.88 Lakhs) and Nishant Sharma (74th for $2,530 – ₹1.73 Lakhs) finished in the money, while Dhaval Mudgal, Paawan Bansal, and Raghav Bansal hit the rail before the money line was breached.
Multiple bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (1,172,000 – 73 big blinds) emerged as the Day 1B chip leader.
Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed – Day 2
Day 2 of the $3K PLO 6-Handed event saw 173 runners return to the felts. With only 126 players assured a min-cash of $4,489 (₹3.07 Lakhs), the race to finish in the money was intense. The money bubble lasted for 75 minutes and ended with the elimination of Benny Glaser.
PokerGuru Staking’s Vikram Kumar had also made it to Day 2 with a stack of 41,200 (26 big blinds). Though he failed to progress to Day 3, he collected his career-first WSOP score finishing 50th for $6,392 (₹4.38 Lakhs).
John Richards topped the 24 Day 2 survivors with a stack of 1,949,000 (122 big blinds).
Event #83: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller – Day 3
The lone non-bracelet winner amidst a table of former and multiple bracelet winners, Keith Tilston achieved an exemplary feat in the highest buy-in event of the series. The $100K High Roller attracted 99 entries, generating $9,603,000 in prize money. Tilston had entered the final day of play as the chip leader and eventually had to face six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu in the heads-up confrontation. Nevertheless, he succeeded in denying Negreanu his seventh bracelet and claimed the bracelet and the top prize of $2,792,406.
Event #80: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 4
Sweden’s Jerry Odeen made an incredible comeback in the $1.5K Mixed NLHE PLO to clinch his maiden WSOP bracelet, along with a top prize of $304,793.
“This is something I’ve always wanted since I started watching poker when I was like 15 years old,” Odeen revealed after his win.
Event #86: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed – Day 1
248 participants registered for the $10K NLHE 6-Handed event, and after 10 levels of play, only 113 players were left in the running. Among a stellar line-up of poker stars which included the likes of former bracelet winners David Peters (213,200 – 107 big blinds), John Hennigan (188,500 – 94 big blinds), Paul Volpe (182,700 – 91 big blinds) and Daniel Negreanu (41,700 – 21 big blinds), it was Felix Bleiker (425,400 – 213 big blinds) who emerged as the overnight chip leader.
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