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The PPPoker World Championship currently underway at Resorts World Manila has swung into high-octane action. Right alongside the Teams Event that played out Day 2 on February 16, the Main Event got rolling with it`s first starting flight attracting 64 hopefuls.
Following Team India’s early exit from the Teams Event, a good number of Indian pros joined the action on Day 1A of the Main Event and among the prominent names seen in action were 2019 APT Vietnam Main Event champion Abhinav Iyer, 2018 WPT India ₹100K High Roller champion Kalyan Chakravarthy, 2017 WSOP champion Aditya Sushant, seasoned veteran Jasven Saigal, along with Rishab Jain and Himanshu Laul. It was a fantastic day for the Indian camp as our Indian challengers came out all guns blazing and dominated the action.
Out of the 64 runners who had entered the competition, only 22 survived the Day 1A assault. Iyer topped the remaining players bagging 230,400 in chips to claim the top seat. Hot on his heels was fellow countryman Chakravarthy who also had an eventful day at the felts and will carry a stack of 206,200 to Day 2. Along with Sushant (116,200) who carries the fourth biggest stack to Day 2, and Saigal (19,800), a total of four Indian challengers have advanced further. Jain and Laul however, fell out midway through the day’s proceedings and have the option to re-enter in subsequent flights. Same day re-entry is not permitted in the event but with the second flight slated to kick off later today and another flight scheduled for tomorrow, the field is expected to expand, and we can expect more Indian`s to join the action in the coming days.
On the sidelines of the Main Event, Day 2 of the PHP 10 Million ($190,530) GTD Teams Event played out with the remaining eight teams coming back once again. Team India comprising of Pulkit Totla, Sushant, Saigal, Iyer, Chakravarthy, Akshay Nasa, Rishab Jain, Sahil Agarwal, and Sajal Gupta had made a bid on Day 1 but failed to pick up enough points to make Day 2. Team Thailand (139 points) and Team Malaysia (113 points) have secured a spot for the final day and action is set to resume in just a few hours where one of these two teams will walk away with the title.
Main Event – Day 1A Recap
The PPPoker World Championship (PPWC) kicked off its headline tournament, the PHP 55,000 buy-in ($1,050) Main Event on Saturday. With a PHP 20 Million (US$382,000) guaranteed prize pool, the event attracted a total of 64 hopefuls on it`s opening flight.
The day belonged to Abhinav Iyer who popped up on So Much Poker`s live coverage as early as level two and in a short span of time, he had already been involved in several big pots. After winning a big hand against Linh Tran, Iyer sent Alex Lee to the rail. Lee’s were no match for Iyer’s that bettered to a set of fives on the runout . By the start of level 9, Iyer was already among the top three stacks with 140,000 in chips, just behind Bong Tan (158,000) and fellow Indian Kalyan Chakravarthy (145,000). He initially lost some chips to Ken Foo, but soon won them back a few hands later. After 10 hours of play, he was the front-runner for the title as he bagged the chip lead with 230,400 in the bag.
Kalyan Chakravarathy had a smooth start to the competition and by level three, he was already among the top stacks with around 70,000 in chips. He won a huge pot during level 7. With the board open , Chakravarthy led out for 27,000 and was called by his opponent. Chakravarthy tabled for top pair and his opponent mucked his hand. He lost a few pots to Bong Tan and Mark Larson, but by the end of the day he had more than made up for it as he bagged the second-biggest stack of 206,200.
Aditya Sushant (116,200) carries the fourth-biggest stack to Day 2. Sushant entered the action early on in the day. In Level 3, he was seen picking a big pot against an opponent. Later in Level 4, he came up against Chakravarthy in a hand where Jimmie Javier raised to 600 and Chakravarthy 3-bet to 1,600 from the button. Sushant 4-bet to 5,500 from the big blind. Javier folded, and Chakravarthy made the call. On the flop, Sushant fired a bet of 3,600 and Chakravarthy mucked his hand.
Jasven Saigal (19,800) also managed to make Day 2. Saigal had a choppy ride through the play but got a major boost in Level 6 when Don Carmona moved all in with but ran into Saigal’s . The board blanked out and Saigal shipped the pot eliminating Carona in the process.
Two other Indian challengers, Rishab Jain and Himanshu Laul were seen in action but busted before the end of play.
Following Iyer and Chakravarthy in stacks is Mark Amparo (197,700). Amparo was nowhere near the top but got a big boost after eliminating Randy Yap in a big pot. Amparo then went on to eliminate Mark Pagsuyuin and scooped a pot from David Erquiaga to close the day third in chips.
To 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 1A
1. Abhinav Iyer – 230,400
2. Kalyan Chakravarthy – 206,200
3. Mark Amparo – 197,700
4. Aditya Sushant – 116,200
5. Foo Hsien Loong – 113,100
6. Veterano Burgos Tan – 112,500
7. Ha Carson – 104,700
8. Hajime Nakagawa – 81,800
9. Mark Daniel Larson – 80,400
10. Auganbayev Daniyar – 78,400
Teams Event – Day 2 Recap
Day 2 of the Teams Event kicked off with the eight teams from Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, U.S., Norway, Singapore and Brazil respectively, in contention. The competition was intense as the teams once again battled it out across three formats – 6 Max SNG, Double Heads Up and Heads Up.
With only two teams set to make it to the Final Day for a share of the PHP 10 Million ($190,530) prize pool, it was eventually the Teams from Thailand and Malaysia that earned that distinction.
With a total of 139 points, Team Thailand topped Day 2. The majority of their points came in the three 6-Max SNG games that the team won, in addition to a runner-up finish in another 6-Max SNG. The team also fared reasonably well in the Double Heads Up and Heads Up rounds. The team’s decorated captain Kannapong Thannarattrakul came up against Team Thailand’s Jerick Almusajin and won the bout. With their hopes quashed, Team Philippines ended up bubbling the event and failed to secure a spot for the Final Day.
Team Malaysia had ended Day 1 on the top of the rankings and managed to keep a dominant position yesterday. They won both of the Heads Up rounds, ending Day 2 in second place with a total of 113 points.
Team Australia made a strong start in the 6-Max SNG games with two wins and two runner-up finishes to earn 98 points. However they lost in both the Double Heads Up and the Heads Up bouts.
Team Singapore fell flat on both final rounds to lose out on crucial points.
End of Day 2 Rankings (Points)
1. Thailand – 139 points (Qualified for Finals)
2. Malaysia – 113 points (Qualified for Finals)
3. Philippines – 110 points (Eliminated)
4. Australia – 98 points (Eliminated)
5. U.S. – 92 points (Eliminated)
6. Norway – 83 points (Eliminated)
7. Singapore – 71 points (Eliminated)
8. Brazil – 70 points (Eliminated)
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