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WSOP 2015: Apoorva Goel Cashes $10,658 in Event 61, Gaurav Law in Final 34 in Event 62, Amit Jain Makes Day 2 in Venetian DeepStack

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  • PG News July 3, 2015
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In its final throes of excitement, WSOP is now just two events away from its exhilarating climax i.e. $10,000 Main Event. The past few days have seen an agonizing mix of pain and anticipation for our Indian challengers, as they have rushed headlong into play, but continuously faced bad beats, with only a few cashes. Undeterred, the Team is now gearing up for the Main Event.

Amongst these was Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal, who along with Adda52 Team Spades members Kunal Patni & Amit Jain, and Jasven Saigal busted Event 57 – $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em early on. It was a fairly successful outing for the team with several Indian`s scoring cashes. The cashes list included Amit Ajwani, who made $4,449 at 72nd place, Raghav Bansal and Rajesh Goyal who finished in 102nd and 109th place respectively for $2,516 each, and Sharathchand Gunupati who collected $2,247 for a 166th place finish.

Jasven Saigal played Event 59 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, but was eliminated at 82nd place for $4,654. He jumped right into the $1,111 Little Drop for One Drop after busting Event 59, but failed to make it past the opening day.

In Event 61 – $1,111 The Little One for One Drop several of our players made it to Day 2 with Raghav Bansal leading the team with 128,100 chips. Joining him were Kunal Patni, Amit Jain, Amit Ajwani, Jasven Saigal, Aditya Sushant and Apoorva Goel. However, only Apoorva made it to Day 3 where he finally busted at 51st place for $10,658.

Lady Luck once again did not favor Aditya Agarwal and Kunal Patni in Event 62 – $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em, as both were eliminated early in the play. Dubai based Indian player Gaurav Law has made it to Day 3 at 9th place in chip counts among the 34 survivors with 583,000 chips.

Nevertheless, the game must go on and now our challengers are all preparing for the mighty $10,000 Main Event that begins on Sunday, July 5. The 4-entry flight affair, will take the WSOP crescendo to its pinnacle, where the November Niners will be found.

In this edition, we bring you the updates from Events 57 to 65. As has been witnessed this WSOP, amazing new winners have emerged, even as pros have rightfully claimed their share of the gold.

Read on to get all the details below….


Event 57 – $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Takahiro Nakai Triumphs in First WSOP Attendance For $399,039

On Day 4, Takahiro Nakai became the 2nd Japanese to win the bracelet till date. For the 36-year old Nakai, this was his first foray at WSOP and his second cash. The high-tech specialist from Osaka stated that he began playing poker online and regularly played on his computer.

Nakai beat 1996 bracelet winner Mel Wiener and collected $399,039 from $2,247,300 prize pool formed by the 2,412 entries.

Takahiro Nakai
Takahiro Nakai

A highly volatile heads up play saw an increase of a day for the winner to emerge. In the final hand, Wiener called from the button and Nakai went all in. Wiener called and the cards were tabled.



The flop came with giving Nakai the lead. The on the turn gave Wiener a little hope, but the on the river put an end to that and Nakai was the champion, leaving Wiener to settle for $248,034

Several of our Indian players participated, with Aditya Agarwal, Kunal Patni, Jasven Saigal and Amit Jain busting early on.

Those who cashed were Amit Ajwani, who made $4,449 at 72nd place, Raghav Bansal and Rajesh Goyal who finished in 102nd and 109th place respectively for $2,516 each, and Sharathchand Gunupati who collected $2,247 from his 166th place finish.


Event 59 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Alex Lindop Wins First Bracelet, Jasven Saigal Cashes $4,654 in 82nd Place

Alex Lindop overcame a player-field of 2,155 and won Event 59, taking home his first bracelet and the lion’s share of $531,037 from the prize pool of $2,909,250.The final hand saw Lindop beat Aurelien Guiglini.

Alex Lindop
Alex Lindop

Lindop called on the button and Guiglini thought it out. The flop came down and Guiglini raised to 225,000. Lindop called and the turn was the . Guiglini bet another 475,000 and Lindop called again. The river was the and Guiglini checked this time. Lindop responded by moving all in, and Guiglini called.



Guiglini’s top two pair were of no use against Lindop’s full house and he had to settle for second place and a payout of $330,578.

Jasven Saigal played the event, but was eliminated at 82nd place and collected $4,654 for his efforts.

Jasven Saigal (file picture)
Jasven Saigal (file picture)


Event 60 – $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha

WPT POY Anthony Zinno Wins Event 60 for $1,122,196

Anthony Zinno took his chip advantage of Day 2 all the way to the bracelet, as he won Event 60 for a whopping payout of $1,122,196 out of the $4,156,250 prize pool, created by 175 players.

The lawyer turned poker pro is currently the WPT Player of the Year and this was his fifth final table appearance this WSOP.

Speaking about the victory, Zinno said that, “I’ve been coming to the WSOP for 8 years, so this is something I really wanted longer. This is certainly my best day as a poker pro, and it was made even better by winning it in a game I love which is PLO and also against a very skilled final table, which is something where I can take extra pride in that.”


Event 61 – $1,111 The Little One for One Drop

Apoorva Goel Cashes At 51st Place For $10,658

14 players remain from the original entry-field of 4,555 at the end of Day 3. Jason Caulk is leading the survivors with 6,975,000. The winner will take home $645,969 from the prize pool of $4,099,500.

Many Indians had made it through the opening day with Raghav Bansal leading the Indian charge with 128,100 chips. Kunal Patni, Amit Jain, Amit Ajwani, Aditya Sushant and Apoorva Goel, all made it to Day 2.

Of the above, only Apoorva Goel made it to Day 3, however, he was eliminated at 51st place and collected $10,658 for the finish.

Apoorva Goel (file picture)
Apoorva Goel (file picture)

Raghav Bansal spoke to PokerGuru about his bad run on Day 2.

I was already imagining myself day 3 too had a huge stack” a disappointed Raghav began.“2 people busted early from my table and 2 ultra aggro guys with about 60 bigs joined on my immediate left,” he added.

About his bad hands he expanded, “Lost QQ to AK to one of them and lost JJ to AK to another of them. Then they had big stacks so my stack leverage which I had earlier was gone.”

Finally, he told us about his final hand, “Then this fish opened 42o utg + 1. I thought it was super light so I 3bet utg + 3 with 76o. He calls my 3x 3 bet. Flop T52 he check calls turn 4 he checks I jam he tank calls with bottom 2 frickin slowrolling me lol.”

Among the other eliminations on Day 2 was Amit Ajwani, who seemed to have caught the big slick bug that has been haunting many Indian players. He went out holding Ace-King to pocket Eights on the flop Ace-King-Eight.

Kunal Patni had a tough Day 2 as well. He lost a big 50K pot with pocket Queens to Ace-Jack and then got rivered twice, first with Ace-Jack against Jack-Seven and then his nemesis – Ace-King to pocket Queens and busted short of the money.

Fellow Team Pro Amit Jain went out with pocket treys against pocket Queens.


Event 62 – $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em

Gaurav Law 9th in Chip Counts Among 34 Survivors with 583,000 Chips

At the end of Day 2 only 34 players remain of the 2,178 entries. The eventual winner will get the bracelet, as well as the winning purse of $333,351 from the prize pool of $2,940,300.

Currently, Vojtech Ruzicka is leading the chip counts with 2,115,000. Gaurav Law, a player from Pune, now settled in Dubai has made it to 9th in chips with 583,000.

Gaurav Law
Gaurav Law

Aditya Agarwal and Kunal Patni were the other Indians to play, but both had a bad time.

Aditya tweeted the proceedings,

Went for a bounty with Aj and lost to QQ and then doubled AA vs KK next hand, 7k playing 75-150 #ohabsolutely #WSOP2015

Busto 9T vs 33 on 8j37j, some days off before the main

Much like Aditya, Kunal Patni too saw no help from Lady Luck in this event also. He got a good chance to double up when he shoved his 12 big blind stack with Ace-Queen and a player with Ace-Nine called. However, the 7-2-2-K-K board ensured a chopped pot.

In the best hand of the day for Kunal, he pulled out a miraculous triple up with pocket Queens against two opponents, with both holding Cowboys. The board spiked a Queen to get him a triple up, but soon thereafter he lost two big hands, first Ace-King to pocket Aces, followed by Ace-Queen to pocket Queens and busted the bounty event!


Event 63: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship

Final 20 To Battle On Day 3

Andrew Barber will lead the final 20 survivors at the start of Day 3 with 574,000 chips. The event had 204 players creating a prize pool of $1,917,000. The champion will take home $517,766, with the 24th player collecting a min cash of $18,619.


Event 64: WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em

First Ever Online Bracelet Event Draws 905 Entries

In the first ever WSOP online bracelet event, 905 players created a prize pool of $859,750, with the winner collecting $197,743.

At the end of Day 1 and after nine hours of play, only six players were left. These six will resume play on Saturday after a break. Until the play ends, all players will remain incognito and known by screen names only.

The chip counts are

‘imgrinding’ – 2,572,767
‘casedismised’ – 2,290,637
‘Stonerboner’ – 1,832,138
‘SLOPHOUSE’ – 1,104,863
‘GringoLoco72’ – 1,059,089
‘TuttyBear’ – 467,813


Event 65: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Thomas Savitsky Leads 125 Survivors With 101,600

At the end of Day 1, only 125 players survived from the entry-field of 547. The event has a prize pool of $738,450 and the winner can look forward to collecting $180,943. Thomas Savitsky is leading with 101,600 chips.


Side Events

Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III

Amit Jain played Day 1B of Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza III, Event 56 – $1,100 NLH, 500K GTD and made it to Day 2 with 74,600 chips, not too far from the average stack of 80,000.


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