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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a rich cornucopia of poker events that draws some of the best pros from all over the world, and this year saw the largest Team India attending the series and capturing insane accolades. Right when India was celebrating its third bracelet victory where Nikita Luther defended the Tag Team event title for the country at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, another deep run was brewing at the not so distant The Venetian.
We are referring to Kalyan Chakravarthy (cover image) who picked up his career-best score of $147,233 (~₹1.01 Crore) for winning the DCPS $600 Monster Stack on July 4.
The Delhi-lad has enjoyed a breakout year so far having performed extremely well both online and live. In February this year, he finished runner up in the Doupai Cup Main Event for HK$790,000 (~₹64.90 Lakhs) and went on to win the first-ever Big Millions hosted by Adda52.com for ₹28.50 Lakhs the very next month.
Now in an exclusive conversation with PokerGuru, Chakravarthy talks to us about his journey in the DCPS $600 Monster Stack, how the Indian rail boosted his energy during crucial stages of the event, his Vegas experience and future plans. Here are the excerpts.
Hi Kalyan and thank you for speaking with PokerGuru. Congratulations on winning The Venetian DCPS $600 Monster Stack. Please share your journey in the event.
Hey thanks, it was a monster stack event with great structure like with 350 BB deep starting stack where my edge is even better so I decided to skip Crazy Eights for this one. I kept picking up chips all the day and by end of day 1, I was among top stacks.
On Day 2, I had 2 good regulars on my table so I kind of was not getting actively involved with them and picked up the spots wherever I could get, so that went well for a while and I was maintaining my stack above average all the time.
When the play was down to the last few tables, I started to face some tough opponents and called this guy Chris (who finished 3rd) on river with A-high in a hand for a good pot.
I reached the final table with average stack and made my way through where I got fully paid for my value hands as I was playing little aggressive.
The Indian rail is famous for its enthusiasm and energy. Tell us about your rail at the event.
Most of all, my friends Adhineth, Rishab Jain, Prateek Mishra, Sahaj Singh Bali, and Pulkit Totla came to rail me on the final table and they helped me out with many things when I was very tired. Only then I realized how the rail changes things. So, I am quite thankful to all of them.
Please tell us about your Vegas experience so far.
Vegas in all was great, I played like 7 events and cashed in 2. Even the other event that I cashed out was just before this win where I ran deep and finished 87th so that was also a decent confidence booster.
The largest-ever Indian contingent attended WSOP this year, your thoughts and experiences?
Thanks to all the promotions out there which brought the largest Indian contingent and gave many players the exposure of their dreams and I am sure it’s a great time for all first timers.
I wish best of luck to everyone and wish many more Indians shipping as many events as possible. Also, this time there was no shortage of company in breaks as you could see Indians everywhere. 😀
You have been performing extremely well in both online and live events. Now that you have a healthy bankroll what are your future plans?
Thanks, I am glad that I am on hot run and it gives a good confidence boost to perform even better and going ahead I will try to play even more.
What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
I have already made my plans to stay in US with my friends for summer after WSOP. Good Luck everyone from India out there for WSOP and crush the games. 🙂
Chakravarthy signs off!