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WSOP 2021: Romain Lewis Defeats India’s Aditya Agarwal Heads-Up in Event #76: $10K Super Turbo Bounty to Win Career-First Gold Bracelet

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis November 17, 2021
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We have been through a rollercoaster of emotions railing India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal on the final day of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty. While almost everyone loves a ‘come from behind’ victory, the result of this tournament was bittersweet. Despite Agarwal dominating much of the final table action, in the end, Winamax Team Pro Romain Lewis came out on top to collect his first WSOP gold bracelet and $463,885 in prize money. Agarwal won a career-best $286,705 (~₹2.13 Crores) in second place.

The French pro bagged not just his first-ever gold bracelet but also his personal-best WSOP score in the event. He now has $1,562,495 in WSOP winnings. Lewis had come close to winning a gold bracelet twice in 2018, namely in Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed and Event #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, finishing runner-up both times. As the saying goes, ‘third time’s the charm,’ Lewis was finally able to get the monkey off his back as he came back from behind in the heads-up to win the gold!

Talking about the win in the post-tournament interview, Lewis said, “All the different deep runs I made a couple of years ago, I was so happy with those results, but when I looked back a few years later, I was like wow bracelets are not that easy. These spots don’t come that often.”

“It’s been a ten-year dream, and I put a five or six-year objective to win one, and for it to happen now…it makes me ecstatic it really does,” he added.

Shipping a tournament, and that too a WSOP bracelet event is no mean feat. And to pull it off while playing with some of the best No-Limit Hold’em players in the business is an applaudable achievement! “A tournament like this with so many really really good players and of course run really well at the final table when it’s so short-stacked, it’s just amazing,” Lewis said.

India’s poker superstar, Aditya Agarwal, has an illustrious resume! While he’s primarily an online MTT player, the poker maestro has accumulated $1,424,770 (~₹10.60 Crores) in live tournament winnings across a poker career spanning almost two decades. With 46 WSOP scores under his belt, Agarwal boasts a whopping $869,833 (~₹6.47 Crores) in recorded winnings at the annual series. His career-best score before this was in the Red Dragon Main Event at the 2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau Poker Cup, where once again he finished runner-up for $242,211 (~₹1.57 Crores).

Agarwal’s WSOP affair started 16 years ago, and his runner-up finish today is his deepest run in the series to date. Not to mention his first-ever WSOP FT finish. He had come close to making the final table in a bracelet event twice in 2017, in Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em and Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT.

Agarwal returned on Day 2 with a commanding 5.75 Million stack that put him firmly on top of the seven-handed final table. Like the day before, he dominated much of the day’s proceedings to enter the heads-up holding an over 2:1 chip lead. In what felt like déjà vu from three months ago when Agarwal had finished runner-up in Spartan Poker’s ₹3.50 Crores GTD IOPC #138 – The Crown, the Kolkata-born pro lost a massive pot to Lewis and subsequently the bracelet.

Coming back to the event, Event #76: $10K Super Turbo Bounty logged in 307 entries, generating a $2,862,775 prize pool. Among the 47 players who received payouts was India’s only solo bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer, who fell in 14th place for $18,501 (~₹13.75 Lakhs).

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

 

The nine-handed final table was formed on Monday, and following the eliminations of Indian-origin player Haribhai Gopaul (8th) and Rainer Kempe (9th), the Day 1 play was halted.

 

Final Day Chip Counts

1. Aditya Agarwal – 5,750,000

2. Barth Melius – 3,550,000

3. Stephen Chidwick – 2,270,000

4. Romain Lewis – 2,050,000

5. Dario Sammartino – 1,930,000

6. Uri Reichenstein – 1,795,000

7. Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 1,065,000

 

Final Day Recap

Within the first 10 minutes of the start of play, the first elimination took place. Yevgeniy Timoshenko open-jammed for 980,000, holding . Dario Sammartino called with . The board blanked for Timoshenko ending his run in seventh place.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Yevgeniy Timoshenko

 

Agarwal had started out as the chip leader, and he lost some chips to Uri Reichenstein. His couldn’t find an ace against Reichenstein’s . Agarwal’s stack came down to 4.60 Million, and Stephen Chidwick took over the chip lead.

Even after claiming Timoshenko’s bounty, Dario Sammartino could not extend his stay at the final table much longer. He lost a massive pot to Chidwick, falling down to 915,000. Less than 15 minutes later, Chidwick jammed from the small blind, and Sammartino called.

Dario Sammartino

Stephen Chidwick

Chidwick flopped a pair on the runout to eliminate Sammartino in sixth place.

Dario Sammartino
Dario Sammartino

 

Towards the start of Level 31, Barth Melius moved all-in on the button for 3.96 Million. Aditya Agarwal called from the big blind, tabling . Melius turned over . The flop kept Agarwal in the lead with the top pair. Melius still had the outs for a Broadway straight, but the turn and spelled the end of his run in fifth place. Agarwal was back in pole position with a stack of 8.25 Million.

Barth Melius
Barth Melius

 

It wasn’t long before Agarwal secured yet another knockout, and he won Uri Reichenstein’s bounty this time. The Greek player raised all-in UTG for 1.90 Million, and Agarwal comfortably made the call from the big blind.

Uri Reichenstein

Aditya Agarwal

While Reichenstein was ahead preflop, the flop turned the tide in Agarwal’s favor. Reichenstein needed an Ace to keep his bracelet hopes alive, but the and sent Reichenstein packing in fourth place. Agarwal further consolidated his chip lead, moving to 10.60 Million.

Uri Reichenstein
Uri Reichenstein

 

Down to three-handed play, it was Stephen Chidwick’s turn to bid adieu to the final table. After losing most of his stack to Lewis, the only bracelet winner on the final table, Chidwick, jammed from the small blind with . Agarwal looked him up on the button with . Needing a King to stay alive in the tournament, Chidwick instead saw the dealer turn over .

Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick

 

The heads-up between Aditya Agarwal (12,800,000) and Romain Lewis (5,620,000) began with the ‘desi’ pro enjoying an over 2:1 chip lead over his French rival. Not one to give up, Lewis fought back and had managed to bridge the chip gap within the first few hands of the heads-up.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

 

Towards the start of Level 34, Lewis won a massive pot against Agarwal to secure the chip lead and cripple Agarwal in the process, bringing the latter’s stack down to 2.74 Million. It took only a few more hands before it was all over.

On the final hand, Lewis jammed from the big blind, and Agarwal called, putting his tournament life on the line.

Romain Lewis

Aditya Agwarwal

The board ran , and Lewis’ turned pair of tens won him the title!

Romain Lewis
Romain Lewis

 

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Romain Lewis – $463,885

2. Aditya Agarwal – $286,705

3. Stephen Chidwick – $200,598

4. Uri Reichenstein – $142,840

5. Barth Melius – $103,547

6. Dario Sammartino – $76,442

7. Yevgeniy Timoshenko – $57,489

8. Haribhai Gopaul – $44,060

9. Rainer Kempe – $34,424

 

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerNews, WSOP & PokerGO

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