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WSOP 2019: Kartik Ved, Yudhishter Jaswal & Akshay Nasa Storm Into Day 5 of the Main Event

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 10, 2019
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The second-largest Main Event in the history of WSOP welcomed 1,286 runners at the start of Day 4. It was an exhaustive day as the play continued for nearly 18 hours, at the end of which only 354 players were left in the running for the jaw-dropping $10 Million (₹68.68 Crores) top prize as well as the lifetime of fame that comes with becoming the ‘World Champion.’

10 Indian contenders were among the armada of players that had entered Day 4, but only three made it past the day’s onslaught. Retaining his position as the Team India chip leader, PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved amassed a stack of 2,243,000 (93 big blinds). He will be joined on Day 5 by Yudhishter Jaswal (1,333,000 – 56 big blinds) and Akshay Nasa (670,000 – 28 big blinds).

A total of seven Indians finished in the money on Day 4, and the most notable of them all was PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal. An ideal role model for aspiring poker players, Agarwal clinched his eighth score at the WSOP Main Event, finishing 844th for $18,535 (~₹12.70 Lakhs). Though this series has not been the most eventful for the poker icon, he still proved that scoring in the Main Event is his forte. He is now just three cashes away from surpassing Berry Johnston’s record of 10 Main Event cashes.

 

Team India Cashes on Day 4

PlayerFinishPrize Money
Ankit Ahuja 822nd$18,535 - ₹12.70 Lakhs
Aditya Agarwal 844th$18,535 - ₹12.70 Lakhs
Ashish Kasaraneni 864th$18,535 - ₹12.70 Lakhs
Siddharth Karia 944th$17,135 - ₹11.74 Lakhs
Romit Advani 1,005th $15,970 - ₹10.94 Lakhs
Jaideep Sajwan 1,055th$15,970 - ₹10.94 Lakhs
Goonjan Mall 1,115th $15,000 - ₹10.28 Lakhs

 

Canada’s Dean Morrone bagged the biggest stack of 4,980,000 (208 big blinds) and will headline the 354 runners to Day 5 which will commence at 12 PM (Pacific Time Zone) on July 10.

All the players returning for Day 5 are assured to take home at least $34,845 (~₹23.88 Lakhs).

 

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship – Day 4

Day 4 opened with 1,286 players making their way to the Pavilion and Amazon Rooms of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Nearly 18 hours of play transpired before the field was reduced to 354 survivors. 10 Indians had charged into Day 4, and only 3 among them made it through to Day 5.

PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved was the top stack among the Indian contingent heading into Day 4. Last year, Ved had picked up his career-best score of $57,010 (~₹39.20 Lakhs) for a 128th place finish in the Main Event. In fact, Ved, Vivek Rughani and Nishant Sharma were the only three Indians who had made Day 5 in the 2018 Main Event. While Sharma and Rughani were not able to repeat their feats from last year, Ved has once again made Day 5 in the most prestigious poker tournament of the year. He will be looking to run deeper than his previous attempt and will be coming into Day 5 with a stack of 2,243,000 (93 big blinds).

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

London-based Yudhishter Jaswal is also making back-to-back runs in Main Event. In 2018, he had finished 977th for $15,920 (~₹10.93 Lakhs). With 354 players left in the running, Jaswal is assured of a better score in this year’s Main Event, and he will enter Day 5 with 1,333,000 (56 big blinds) under his belt.

Yudhishter Jaswal
Yudhishter Jaswal

Another young talent who has been doing well at the series is Akshay Nasa. Though better known for his online exploits, Nasa has a total of three WSOP cashes to his name starting from his 206th place finish in Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em in 2017 for $2,679. While he is not a WSOP first timer, this is his first deep run in the Main Event. He has advanced to Day 5 with 670,000 (28 big blinds) in chips.

Akshay Nasa
Akshay Nasa

Ankit Ahuja was off to a steady start of Day 4. He had entered the day with 286,000 (36 big blinds), and by Level 16, he had almost doubled his stack when he eliminated Sterling Savill. The latter’s were bested by Ahuja’s which bettered to a rivered flush on the runout . Ahuja stack had reached 412,000. Despite starting well, Ahuja went on a downward spiral and eventually busted out in the next level, finishing 822nd for $18,535 (~₹12.70 Lakhs). This was Ahuja’s first WSOP Main Event cash; however, only last week he registered a career-best score of $266,824 (~₹1.84 Crores) at the Venetian DeepStack Championship series where he took down Event #75: $1,100 NLH MonsterStack.

Ankit Ahuja
Ankit Ahuja

PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal has had a tough time at this year’s series. Though he has had a hard time getting out of the starting blocks in some bracelet events, he has nonetheless managed to pick up three scores, with his latest and most significant score of the series coming in the event that mattered the most – the $10K Main Event. He was among the 10 Indians who had waltzed into Day 4 of the Main Event with 89 big blinds (213,700).

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

He kept his rail back home updated of his progress on Twitter.

The poker maestro managed to collect a record eighth cash at the Main Event, and he is the only Indian, thus far, to have accomplished this feat. He finished 844th for $18,535 (~₹12.70 Lakhs).

Ashish Kasaraneni (864th for $18,535 – ₹12.70 Lakhs), Young Gun Siddharth Karia (944th for $17,135 – ₹11.74 Lakhs) and Goonjan Mall (1,115th for $15,000 – ₹10.28 Lakhs) picked up their first-ever WSOP scores in the Main Event, while Romit Advani (1,005th for $15,970 – ₹10.94 Lakhs) and Jaideep Sajwan (1,055th for $15,970 – ₹10.94 Lakhs), rounded out the Indian scores on Day 4.

All three former Main Event champions who had made it through to Day 4, Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Chan, and Qui Nguyen, were eliminated before the day’s play had wrapped up. Moneymaker was the first of the trio to depart when his were cracked by Ronald West’s . Moneymaker walked out in 678th place for $20,200.

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker

Next to go was Chan, when his ran into two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Froehlich’s . Froehlich turned a hearts flush, knocking Chan out in 560th place for $24,560.

Johnny Chan
Johnny Chan

Nguyen followed Chan to the rail a level later when his were outlasted by his opponent’s , ending his run in 455th place for $30,780.

Qui Nguyen
Qui Nguyen

With all three stalwarts out of the running, this year’s Main Event is already assured to crown a first-time champion.

Other notables who also hit the rail on Day 4 included Robert Peacock (378th for $34,845), Trushang Desai (418th for $30,780), Barny Boatman (466th for $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th for $27,390), Sanjay Mayekar (500th for $27,390), Rami Boukai (540th for $27,390), Allen Cunningham (586th for $24,560), Keith Lehr (599th for $24,560), Kathy Liebert (652nd for $22,190), Eric Baldwin (684th for $20,200), Gus Hansen (689th for $20,200), Paul Volpe (705th for $20,200), Anant Patel (820th for $18,535), Anuj Kwatra (862nd for $18,535), David “ODB” Baker (873rd for $17,135), Ajay Chabra (1,003rd for $15,970), Sasidhar Bobba (1,035th for $15,970), Benjamin Zamani (1,135th for $15,000) and Balram Bhandari (1,222nd for $15,000).

Sulabh Choudhury (3,200,000), Mukul Pahuja (1,850,000), Paul Dhaliwal (1,394,000), Jaspal Brar (653,000), Anuj Agarwal (593,000), Shyam Srinivasan (406,000) and Sai Sirandas (384,000), were among the Indian origin players who qualified for Day 5.

Other notables advancing to Day 5 include Antonio Esfandiari (2,583,000), Craig Mccorkell (2,580,000), Jeff Madsen (1,425,000), Sam Greenwood (1,371,000) and Mike Matusow (726,000).

888poker Qualifier Dean Morrone secured the largest stack of 4,980,000 (208 big blinds) and will be leading the 354 survivors coming into Day 5 later tonight.

Dean Morrone
Dean Morrone

Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 4

1. Dean Morrone – 4,980,000

2. Lars Bonding – 4,040,000

3. Michael Messick – 3,925,000

4. Warwick Mirzikinian – U3,900,000

5. Henrik Hecklen – 3,862,000

6. Mihai Manole – 3,781,000

7. Robert Heidorn – 3,700,000

8. Sean Mills – 3,692,000

9. Christopher Wynkoop – 3,563,700

10. Andrew Brokos – 3,518,000

Content & Images Courtesy: World Series of Poker

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