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The non-stop buzz of poker tournaments has kept pulses racing in Las Vegas and this summer, right as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has moved into its star tournament, the $10,000 NLHE Main Event World Championship, action is on full swing in other casinos at Sin City as well. One of the most popular casinos, The Venetian hosted the 2018 DeepStack Championship Poker Series (DCPS) Event #99: $600 No-Limit Hold ‘em Monster Stack $750,000 Guarantee, an event where yet another Indian took top honors! Kalyan Chakravarthy (cover image) took down the event in style and banked the top prize worth $147,233 (~₹1.01 Crore).
Fielding through 2,532 entries, Chakravarthy was among 488 players who entered Day 2 and went on to reach the third consecutive day. On the final table, he gained a massive chip lead and overcoming his opponents, reached the finale where he had to confront Hawaiian player Brandon Eisen in the heads-up play. Relegating Eisen to runner-up place, Chakravarthy bagged the title.
“It was a very good event with soft fields so I made a very good stack on Day 1 and entered with top few stacks like 2.5 times the average stack for day 2 and it was great grind of 18 hours where most of the time I maintained chip lead and remained to be on top few stacks till the end,” Chakravarthy said, in conversation with PokerGuru, after the event.
He did have a lot of support from his rail, and his friends and fellow poker players all reached on the final table to cheer him on!
“Pulkit, Rishab Jain, Prateek and Adhineth railed me all the time while I was on final table and I was too tired, so them coming and railing gave a good boost and made me to stay alert instead of so long grinding so thanks a lot to all of them,” Chakravarthy added.
A prize pool of $1,291,320 was collected that was divided among the top 279 players. 2002 WSOP Main Event winner Robert Varkonyi also final tabled the event and ended his run in sixth place while Chris Dasilva finished in third place for $97,000.
As the play moved into its final hour, Chakravathy and Eisen resumed play with the blinds at 600,000/1,200,000 with the ante of 200,000. By the end, Chakravarthy won the final pot as well as the title and Eisen had to settle for second place finish. Eisen pocketed $146,219 for his efforts.