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The 52nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) has crowned 43 champions in the past three weeks, with the last three winners receiving their bracelets on Saturday.
The three latest gold bracelets winners were Kevin Gerhart (Won Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $361,124), Carlos Chang (Won Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout for $364,589) and Bradley Ruben (Won Event #42: $1,500 Razz for $99,188). While Gerhart and Ruben won their third gold bracelets, Chang was a first-time bracelet winner.
Moving onto the ‘desi’ segment of this WSOP update, Team India has finally arrived in Sin City. Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack saw the likes of Kunal Patni (258,000), Dhaval Mudgal (254,500), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (252,000), Neel Joshi (182,500), Arsh Grover (56,000), and Abhishek Goindi (26,000) bagging stacks to Day 2.
Naman Madan (125,000) was the sole Indian to survive Day 1 of Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. With registrations open till the start of Day 2, more Indians may be seen in action.
Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
American mixed game specialist Kevin Gerhart claimed his third gold bracelet in Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for a personal-best $361,124. He went head-to-head with Marco Johnson, with the latter settling for a runner-up payout worth $223,194.
The event logged in 149 entries, posting a $1,389,425 prize pool.
Talking about his past bracelet wins in the post-tournament interview, Gerhart said, “I would consider the first one, the Razz one, the most important just because it opened the doors for me for bigger and better things. I just started playing 10ks this year, so it’s something new to me, and I haven’t experienced this field very much, but I have played against all these guys in the $1,500’s. I am just so happy to have all my friends that support me through everything.”
“If you look at just the final nine or even the last 16, there are so many names, so many bracelets, so many top-level players. I am so happy that I get to proof myself year after year after year with three bracelets and be hopefully considered among the top in the world right now,” he further added.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Kevin Gerhart – $361,124
2. Marco Johnson – $223,194
3. Eddie Blumenthal – $155,971
4. Bryce Yockey – $111,701
5. Brandon Shack-Harris – $82,033
6. Chris Vitch – $61,819
7. Jake Schwartz – $47,835
8. David Benyamine – $38,035
Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em
Clinching his maiden bracelet in Event #41: $2,500 Freezeout was Taiwanese player Carlos Chang for $364,589. Following a three-and-a-half hours long heads-up battle, Brady Osterman locked in a second-place payout worth $225,333.
Chang had been in the hunt for his maiden live bracelet for quite some time. After reaching the final tables of the 2015 Little One for One Drop, the Monster Stack of the 2015 WSOPE, and The Closer in 2019, Chang finally managed to bag that elusive title.
“I think this is my biggest cash; yes, this is my fourth final table. I told myself, this year, if I make a final table, I will win the bracelet. And it happened! I am pretty excited. I was focused all day and yesterday,” said Chang in the post-tournament interview.
Chang joins the ranks of other bracelet winners from Taiwan like Pete Chen, who won an online bracelet earlier on WSOP.com, and James Chen. “I don’t know if I can count myself to the greats of Taiwan, I am a hobby player, I’m probably the better non-pro out there,” he said with a smile.
The tournament attracted 896 players during the registration period, which yielded a total prize pool of $1,993,600.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Carlos Chang – $364,589
2. Brady Osterman – $225,333
3. Adrien Delmas – $161,731
4. Sergi Reixach – $117,650
5. Arthur Conan – $86,757
6. Sung Joo Hyun – $64,864
7. Gerald Cunniff – $49,179
8. Quang Ngo – $37,820
9. Christopher Basile – $29,506
10. Uri Reichenstein – $23,358
Event #42: $1,500 Razz
Bradley Ruben captured his third WSOP bracelet in Event #42: $1,500 Razz for $99,188. He overcame a reg-laden final table featuring Charles Sinn (2nd for $61,303), Matt Grapenthien (3rd for $41,758), Yuri Dzivielevski (4th for $29,089), David “ODB” Baker (5th for $20,732), and Alex Livingston (7th for $11,305).
Ruben won the tournament despite claiming it was probably only his third-ever live Razz tournament. “My theory is, if you play a game that you haven’t played much before, it’s more enjoyable. You’re kind of like a kid, you’re in awe of it. That’s helped me a lot in this tournament, and the one I got third in, in 2017.”
Talking about his heads-up against Sinn, Ruben said, “I think I had like 300K in chips, and I just ran like God pretty much from then on, doubled up a couple of times, so it’s really just running good at the end.”
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Bradley Ruben – $99,188
2. Charles Sinn – $61,303
3. Matt Grapenthien – $41,758
4. Yuri Dzivielevski – $29,089
5. David “ODB” Baker – $20,732
6. Brett Feldman – $15,127
7. Alex Livingston -$11,305
8. Hassan Kamoei – $8,658
Other Event Recaps
Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em has now completed both of its starting flights. Day 1A had registered a 1,937-entry field, with only 506 players progressing to Day 2. The three ‘Alexanders’ dominated the Day 1A action. Alexander Farahi bagged the chip lead for 742,500, followed by Alexander Greenblatt (617,500) and Alexander Tafesh (601,000).
From India, Kunal Patni (258,000), and co-founder of Poker Bootmcamp India Abhishek Goindi (26,000), bagged stack for Day 2, along with Indian-origin players like Harsukhpaul Sangha (429,000), Mrityunjay Jha (369,500), Nitesh Rawtani (198,500), and Anant Patel (142,500).
Day 1B clocked in 2,054, with just 562 runners pulling through to Day 2. Terry Presley bagged a colossal chip leading stack of 828,000. Sylvain Naets (710,000) and Ting Ho (580,500) round out the top three stacks.
MPL Ambassador Dhaval Mudgal (254,500), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (252,000), and Young Guns Neel Joshi (182,500), and Arsh Grover (56,000), were the Indian pros advancing to Day 2.
Rahul Deevara (300,500), Rupesh Pattni (258,000), Anuj Kwatra (143,000), Nipun Ajmani (124,500), Rajendra Ajmani (53,000), and Krishna Vitaldevara (45,500) were some of the Indian-origin players who also made it to Day 2
The total attendance across both Day 1s stands at an impressive 3,991, pushing the total prize pool to $3,551,990.
Day 2 of Event #44: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em saw Kenny Hsiung ending the day with the most enormous chip stack of 1,171,000. Not far behind him are Kevin Erickson (1,139,000) and Ryan Hansen (1,115,000). With just 10 players left in contention, the event will crown a champion on Day 3.
Meanwhile, Helena, Montana resident Chris Sandrock (748,500) bagged the most giant stack on Day 2 of Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. The prestigious PLO event attracted 317 runners on Day 1, with more expected to join the action before late registrations end at the start of Day 2.
India’s Naman Madan (125,000) was among the Day 1 survivors.
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