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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 14 was an electrifying day for sports fans. Just as the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Wimbledon Championships – Men’s Singles crowned champions in London, mere miles apart from each other, Team India’s Kunal Punjwani and Kalyan Chakravarthy also picked up final table finishes in the $1.5K NLHE Double Stack.
While Chakravarthy’s elimination may be considered an ill-timed aggressive move, which led to his dismissal in eighth place for $56,850 (~₹39 Lakhs), Punjwani’s elimination was, without doubt, a brutal beat. The young Indian player was a 91% favorite to take down the pot after flopping three-of-a-kind sevens holding eight-seven, but lost out to Philip Scaletta‘s pocket sixes that completed a backdoor seven-high straight on the river, ending Punjwani’s spectacular run in seventh place for a career-best score of $74,401 (~₹51 Lakhs).
Team India registered a total of six cashes at the event.
Team India Cashes in the $1.5K NLHE Double Stack
|Kunal Punjwani||7th||$74,401 - ₹51 Lakhs|
|Kalyan Chakravarthy||8th||$56,850 - ₹39 Lakhs|
|Goonjan Mall||19th||$17,063 - ₹11.69 Lakhs|
|Himmat Singh||120th||$3,654 - ₹2.50 Lakhs|
|Karan Radia||209th||$2,911 - ₹1.99 Lakhs|
|Sachidananda Sivakumar||253rd||$2,911 - ₹1.99 Lakhs|
As the WSOP is now in the business end of its schedule, there are not many opportunities left for Indians to claim the elusive solo bracelet. Perhaps, the team’s last shot is the ongoing The Closer. Last year, Paawan Bansal had finished runner-up in this event and posted India’s highest score at the WSOP till date, but this year, the seasoned pro failed to make the cut for Day 2. The final starting flight of The Closer, Day 1C, played out on July 14 and four Indians, headlined by Kalyan Chakravarthy (493,000 – 31 big blinds) made it through to Day 2. A total of five Indians will be seen in action on Day 2 with Day 1B qualifier Young Gun Abhinav Iyer (782,000 – 49 big blinds) also joining his fellow countrymen in action.
Team India at The Closer
|Player||Flight||Status/ Finish||Chip Count/ Prize Money|
|Abhinav Iyer||Day 1B||Advanced to Day 2||7,82,000|
|Kalyan Chakravarthy||Day 1C||Advanced to Day 2||4,93,000|
|Siddharth Mundada||Day 1C||Advanced to Day 2||4,33,000|
|Himmat Singh||Day 1C||Advanced to Day 2||63,000|
|Shashank Jain||Day 1C||Advanced to Day 2||53,000|
|Chirag Patel||Day 1B||64th||$2,744 – ₹1.88 Lakhs|
|Nishant Sharma||Day 1B||74th||$2,530 – ₹1.73 Lakhs|
Indian-origin players have done exceedingly well this summer, and just days after Shankar Pillai’s bracelet victory, we have another Indian-origin player Anuj Agarwal (2,171,000 – 109 big blinds) running deep. Agarwal is leading the 16 remaining players in the $10K NLHE 6-Handed.
Moving on to the flagship event of the series – Day 8 of the $10K Main Event saw the nine-handed final table finally kick off and following the eliminations of four players, the play was halted for the day. Germany’s Hossein Ensan (207,700,000 – 173 big blinds) has retained his position as chip leader advancing to Day 9, along with the four other finalists with industry veteran Garry Gates closing in.
Tom Koral and Taylor “Galactar” Paur were the only bracelet winners on July 14. Both players bagged their second WSOP bracelets. While Koral took down Event 82: $1,500 NLHE Double Stack – Day 3 for $530,164, Paur shipped Event #88: $500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver for $149,240.52.
Event 82: $1,500 NLHE Double Stack – Day 3
Day 3 of the $1.5K NLHE Double Stack saw eight finalists return to the felts to contest for the grand prize. While the top honor ultimately befell upon former WSOP bracelet winner Tom Koral, Team India’s Kunal Punjwani and Kalyan Chakravarthy also secured final table finishes.
Chakravarthy was the first elimination on Day 3 and finished his deep run in eighth place for $56,850 (~₹39 Lakhs).
Punjwani was able to outlast his fellow countryman and hit the rail in seventh place after encountering a brutal bad beat. He banked a career-best score of $74,401 (~₹51 Lakhs) in the process.
Koral, who eventually took down the event also collected a personal-best live score of $530,164.
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Event #84: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1C
Day 1C attracted 1,613 players of which only 121 progressed to Day 2.
Kalyan Chakravarthy jumped into Day 1C of The Closer immediately after busting the $1.5K NLHE Double Stack. He ended the day with the 42nd largest stack of 493,000 (31 big blinds).
Three other Indians also carried their stacks from Day 1C to Day 2, namely Siddharth Mundada (433,000 – 27 big blinds), Himmat Singh (63,000 – 4 big blinds) and Shashank Jain (53,000 – 3 big blinds).
Tam Nguyen (1,284,000 – 80 big blinds) emerged as the Day 1C chip leader.
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Event #86: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed – Day 2
Day 3 of the $10K NLHE 6-Handed event saw the start-of-day field of 113 runners whittle down to 16 survivors. Headlining the remaining payers to Day 3 will be Indian-origin player Anuj Agarwal who amassed 2,171,000 (109 big blinds) in chips.
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship – Day 8
Day 8 of the $10K Main Event resumed play on July 14 with the nine finalists. Following the eliminations of Zhen Cai (6th for $1,850,000), Nick Marchington (7th for $1,525,000), Timothy Su (8th for $1,250,000) and Milos Skrbic (9th for $1,000,000), the play was halted for the day.
Germany’s Hossein Ensan (207,700,000 – 173 big blinds) yet again emerged as the Day 8 chip leader, and he will headline the remaining five finalists to Day 9 later tonight.
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Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed – Day 3
Millard Hale sits atop the six finalists at the end of Day 3 with a stack of (5,400,000 – 90 big blinds).
PokerGuru Staking’s Vikram Kumar had also participated in the event, but he hit the rail on Day 2, finishing 50th for $6,392 (₹4.38 Lakhs).
Event #88: $500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver – Day 1
Taylor “Galactar” Paur overcame 1,859 entries in the $500 WSOP.com ONLINE NLHE Summer Saver and netted $149,240.52 in first-place prize money, along with his second career WSOP bracelet.
Event #87: $3,000 HORSE – Day 1
Day 1 logged in 301 entries, which was reduced to 127 runners after 10 levels of play. Harold Klein claimed the pole position with a stack of 123,200.
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