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WSOP 2015: Late Entry Rahul Byrraju 17th in Chips Among 61 Survivors in Event 66, Gaurav Law Cashes $9,534 in Event 62; Team India Gear Up for Main Event Starting in a Few Hours

WSOP 2015
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  • PG News July 5, 2015
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Like a tornado, WSOP has swept the world of poker into its tumultuous passion, with some making the bracelet and all having made the dream of just attending the global festival come true! Because, though wins in WSOP matter, the real thing that counts is having stood up there amongst the best and tried one’s best.

The Indian Challengers made a great effort and are still chafing the bit to leave their mark at WSOP 2015.

After the several cashes, the latest was by Gaurav Law who made a 22nd place finish for $9,534 in Event 62 – $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em.

Rahul Byrraju made a late entry at WSOP this year, and as soon as he came in, he has already made a deep run in Event 66 – $777 LUCKY SEVENS No-Limit Hold’em. Byrraju is the only Indian player to make it to Day 3, as he sits at 17th place in the chip counts with 431,000 chips among the 61 survivors. Amit Ajwani and Shashank Jain had made it to Day 2, cashing at 331st place for $1,764 and at 440th place for $1,361 respectively. Adda52 Team Spades member Kunal Patni fired two bullets in the event, but busted both times.

In Event 62 – $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em, Pune-based player Gaurav Law forged in deep, but was finally eliminated at 22nd place for $9,534. The same event had Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal and Kunal Patni failing to make headway.

Outside of WSOP, Amit Jain had played at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III, Event 56 – $1,100 NLH, however, he busted on Day 2.

Despite the valiant efforts and tough fight put up by our players, they came close, but the gold bracelet proved elusive to catch. Not giving up, our challengers are now readying themselves for the big one – the $10,000 Main Event that will start in just a few hours and have in total four entry flights.

Today, we bring you the updates of Events 61 to 67, read on for the details…


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

Paul Hoefer Wins Event In 1 Hand At Heads Up Play, Apoorva Goel Sole Indian to Cash At 51st Place For $10,658

At the end of Day 4, 24-year old Paul Hoefer made it past the 4,555 entries and collected the gold bracelet and the top prize of $645,969 from the prize pool of $4,099,500.

The German student from Leipzig has already cashed three times earlier, in this his first visit to WSOP. At a final table that had two bracelet winners, Brett Sheafer and John Reading, Hoefer prevailed until he had 80% of the chips in play, when there were just three players left and in heads up play, it took him just one hand to win the title.

A confident Hoefer said afterwards, “I did make it look easy. There’s no question I ran super good. But I played good, I think. When you play good and the cards hit you, that’s an unstoppable combination.”

Paul Hoefer
Paul Hoefer

In the final hand, Hoefer moved all in from the button. Mario Lopez, paused before he called, flipping . Hofer tabled . The flop brought forth . The turn was no help to Hoefer, but the that fell on the river certainly was, and Hofer’s rail erupted in joy.

Mario Lopez took home $399,455 for his second place finish.

Out of the several Indian players, only Apoorva Goel cashed at 51st place for $10,658.

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


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

Jack Duong Wins First Bracelet, Gaurav Law Finishes 22nd for $9,534

Jack Duong emerged the champion in Event 62 taking his first bracelet and the winning purse of $333,351. Duong overcame a player-field of 2,178, which had collected a prize pool of $2,940,300.

Jack Duong
Jack Duong

An extended heads up play saw Vitezslav Pesta against Duong. In the final hand, Pesta moved all-in from the button and Duong immediately called from the big blind.

Vitezslav Pesta

Jack Duong

The flop gave Duong a set and further sealed the deal after the turn. The river was a formality. Jack Duong was champion and Czech Vitezslav Pesta got $206,734 for his second place finish.

Gaurav Law who had started Day 3 ninth in chips, was eliminated in 22nd place for $9,534. On his final hand of the tournament, Law announced all in from the button for 416,000 chips and Vitezslav Pesta in the small blind moved all in over the top for 1.34 million chips. The big blind folded and Law tabled . Pesta showed and maintained his edge on the board to eliminate Law in 22nd place.

Gaurav Law
Gaurav Law


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

Andrew Barber Overcomes 204 Players To Win Bracelet

Andrew Barber had the lead at the start of Day 3 and used it to take him all the way towards the title and the bracelet for $517,766. Barber beat Viatcheslov Zhulov in heads up play.

Andrew Barber
Andrew Barber


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

Anthony Spinella Makes History At First Ever Online Bracelet Event

After 905 players battled it out for two days, Anthony “casedismised” Spinella took down the first-ever online WSOP bracelet event for $197,743.

The event drew 905 players creating a prize pool of $859,750.

Anthony Spinella
Anthony Spinella

Spinella defeated Hunter “GringoLoco72” Cichy in the final hand and won the title. Spinella went all-in on the button and Cichy called.

Anthony Spinella

Hunter Cichy

The flop came to give Spinella the lead with two pair. The turn did not help Cichy and the on the river ensured the win for Spinella.

Cichy took home $116,066 for his runner up finish, while Spinella got the bracelet and the top prize of $197,743.

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

Daniel Idema Seeking 2nd Bracelet of 2015 WSOP

Christopher Vitch has the advantage with 1,940,000 chips in the three-handed play that will resume on Day 4 tomorrow. Giving Vitch a tough fight will be Event 35, bracelet winner Daniel Idema, who is the shortest stack with 540,000 chips. Gerald Ringe is second in chips with 1,625,000.


Event 66 – $777 LUCKY SEVENS No-Limit Hold’em

Rahul Byrraju 17th in Counts Amongst the Last 61

Event 66 had 4,422 players signing up for a prize pool of $3,095,400, from which the ultimate winner will bag the top prize of $487,784.

Once again, a large Indian contingent made a foray in Event 66. Of these, Amit Ajwani and Shashank Jain cashed and only Rahul Byrraju remains in the play.

Kunal Patni played the morning flight on the opening day and busted in a set over set hand. He re-entered but hit the rails once again when his pocket Queens were cracked by an opponent’s .

Amit Ajwani(33,000), Rahul Byrraju (28,100) and Shashank Jain (17,700) were the Indians who made it to Day 2 in the event.

Shashank Jain was the first among the three to hit the rails on Day 2 and finished 440th or $1,361.

It was a brutal Day 2 for Amit Ajwani and he lost two big pots with pocket Jacks, first against Eights and then once vs pocket nines. Ajwani hit the rails in 331st place for $1,764.

Rahul Byrraju used his aggressive style of play to good use and despite an early hit that cost him a 70K pot with Ace-Queen vs King-Seven, Byrraju bagged 431,000 chips. Byraju is in 17th place in chip counts among the 61 survivors at the end of Day 2.

Rahul Byraju (file picture)
Rahul Byraju (file picture)


Event 67 – $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship

The inaugural Dealers Choice Championship had 108 players paying up the $10,000 buy-in to form a prize pool of $1,015,200.

12 survivors remain for Day 3 and Rep Porter is leading the pack with 558,500 chips.


Side Events

Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III

Amit Jain had made Day 2 of the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza III, Event 56 – $1,100 NLH 500K GTD with 74,600 chips. Amit lost a big pot early on Day 2 and saw his stack reduce to 56,000 chips. Action saw him open with King-Queen off-suit and big blind defended. Flop opened Ac10xJc, he check called and turn opened another club, big blind bet big and Amit called. River was another club. The big blind shoved and Amit had to fold in-spite of flopping the nuts. 30 minutes later Amit busted with Ace-King against pocket Jacks.

Amit Jain (file picture)
Amit Jain (file picture)

That rounds up this edition of WSOP. The headline event of the series i.e. the $10,000 Main Event will start in a few hours, so stay with us as we bring you all the updates, as they happen.

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