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Indian-Origin Vishal Patel Wins Back-to-Back WSOPC Rings at Potawatomi

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  • Arpit Jain February 10, 2020

33-year-old Vishal Patel (cover image) has achieved the rare feat of winning back-to-back World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold rings at Potawatomi!

Patel’s winning streak started on Sunday when he took down Event #12: $400 NLHE Turbo after topping a field of 190 entries, earning $15,272 (~₹10.88 Lakhs) and his first WSOPC gold ring. Patel then went ahead and took down the very next event as well, Event #13: $400 Double Stack Turbo, for $18,873 (~₹13.46 Lakhs) to cement his place on the top of the Casino Champion leaderboard.

These wins were no flash in the pan for Patel, who had made two deep runs in the opening week of the series. He had finished 12th in Event #3 for $1,381 (~₹98,488) and took the 14th place payday worth $3,234 (~₹2.30 Lakhs) in Event #4.

Talking to reporters after winning his first gold ring, Patel had said, “It feels really good to get this win. I just want to thank my wife for her support and letting me play.”

“I had two close finishes last week, so I wanted to come back and give it another try,” he added.

The Indian-origin player was elated after winning his second gold ring as he said, “I can’t even describe how I’m feeling right now. My goal was to win one ring and hopefully win another a few years down the road, but getting two rings back-to-back is unbelievable.”


Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold ’em

The event logged in a massive field of 190 entries to create a $62,700 prize pool. The top 27 places earned a payday with the min-cash worth $610. Vishal Patel outlasted them all to bank the top prize worth $15,272 (~₹10.88 Lakhs) after outduelling James Kilarjian heads-up!

Sinisa Angelovski (11th for $1,070), Kyna England (14th for $910), Brian Altman (19th for $712), Shawn Quinn (26th for $624) and David Zak (29th for $610) were a few notables who finished in the money.


Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

  1. James Kilarjian – 732,000
  2. Steve Alonzo – 491,000
  3. Michael Berk – 383,000
  4. Vishal Patel – 345,000
  5. John Beaver – 253,000
  6. Lee Rzentkowski – 243,000
  7. Jiazheng Zhao – 154,000
  8. Melissa Bartelme – 95,000
  9. Richard Gerlach – 93,000
  10. Frank Cerminara – 62,000


Final Table Recap

Frank Cerminara was the first elimination of the final table, followed by Melissa Bartelme (9th place), Jiazheng Zhao (8th place), and Richard Gerlach (7th place).

Lee Rzentkowski and Michael Berk were next to fall.

John Beaver settled for the fourth spot, and Steven Alonzo’s departure in third place set up the heads-up play between James Kilarjian and Vishal Patel.

Kilarjian held a 2:1 chip advantage at the start of the heads-up play, but Patel turned it around in no time before winning the title. On the final hand, Kilarjian called Patel’s all-in shove with ace high, but he had catching up to do against Patel’s pocket kings. Patel was able to dodge the ace on the rundown to win his first WSOP gold ring along with $15,272 (~₹10.88 Lakhs) in prize money.

Vishal Patel
Vishal Patel


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Vishal Patel – $15,272
  2. James Kilarjian – $9,438
  3. Steven Alonzo – $6,637
  4. John Beaver – $4,770
  5. Michael Berk – $3,506
  6. Lee Rzentkowski – $2,636
  7. Richard Gerlach – $2,029
  8. Jiazheng Zhao – $1,599
  9. Melissa Bartelme – $1,292
  10. Frank Cerminara – $1,070


Event #13: $400 Double Stack Turbo

Coming back after winning the $400 NLH, Patel once again reigned supreme to win back-to-back events and that too on consecutive days.

The $400 Double Stack Turbo attracted 255 entries, generating $84,150 in the prize pool, and the top 39 places made it in the money. Patel banked the top prize worth $18,873 (~₹13.46 Lakhs) after defeating DJ MacKinnon (runner-up for $11,662) heads-up!


Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Vishal Patel – 1,640,000
  2. Frank Cerminara – 1,150,000
  3. Tim Garles – 915,000
  4. DJ MacKinnon – 815,000
  5. Mike Shin – 810,000
  6. Paul Ewen – 645,000
  7. Melissa Bartelme – 565,000
  8. Barry Reoecher – 395,000
  9. Marc Chapdelaine – 315,000
  10. Matthew Levin – 240,000


Final Table Recap

Patel entered the final table as the table captain with the most massive stack of 1,640,000 and rode it all the way to the finish line.

Melissa Bartelme was the first one out in the tenth place. After that, Matthew Levin (9th place), Paul Ewen (8th place), Barry Reuther (7th place), and Mike Shin (6th place), all hit the rail one after the other.

Frank Cerminara was another player making back-to-back final table appearances and exited in fifth place while Marc Chapdelaine fell out in fourth place.

Timothy Garles was booted in third place, and at this point, Patel was heads-up against DJ MacKinnon. This time Patel held the chip advantage at the start. McKinnon couldn’t win a single pot in the first 20 minutes, and on the final hand, his couldn’t get past Patel’s pocket trey`s getting the latter his second WSOPC ring at the series!

Vishal Patel
Vishal Patel


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Vishal Patel – $18,873
  2. DJ MacKinnon – $11,662
  3. Timothy Garles – $8,359
  4. Marc Chapdelaine – $6,101
  5. Frank Cerminara – $4,534
  6. Mike Shin – $3,433
  7. Barry Reuther – $2,650
  8. Paul Ewen – $2,085
  9. Matthew Levin – $1,673
  10. Melissa Bartelme – $1,370


Content and Images Courtesy: WSOP

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