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As the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) reached its fourth week, the battle of the poker pros still rages on. With more challengers joining the brigade, Team India is going strong. While the veterans have made their mark and continue to demonstrate their phenomenal talents, the young guns are also gearing up to prove their mettle and leave their stamp on the WSOP stage.
Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK saw a number of Indians participate in both flights 1A and 1B. Indian poker superstar Aditya Agarwal was accompanied by debutants Abhinav Iyer and 9stacks qualifier Vivek Rughani, alongside Aproova Goel (20,900) and Bobbe Suri (8,500) in the first flight. All five made it to Day 2, with Rughani (138,700) and Agarwal (95,500) accumulating massive stacks.
The second flight had some of the big names of the Indian poker community, Nipun Java, Paawan Bansal,Muskan Sethi, Raghav Bansal and first-timerPranay Kapoor, joining the felts. Coming off the back of spectacular performances in recent WSOP events, Paawan Bansal and Raghav Bansal regrettably could not make it to the money bubble, with Sethi also departing on Day 1. The Indian survivors of flight 1B, Java bagged a short stack of 13,100 and will be returning for a shot at a third WSOP bracelet, along with Kapoor who built a healthy stack of 68,200 on his maiden WSOP appearance.
Meanwhile, Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship is about to enter its third consecutive day of battle and 37 players out of the 476 who had entered the championship will return to the felts. Ryan Hughes (2,366,000) is chip leading into Day 3 and famous poker pros like Scotty Nguyen (897,000) and Joey Ingram (749,000) are in the running for the bracelet.
Of the 389 runners who entered Event #50: $1,500 Razz, 118 have made it to the Day 2 and few big names including John Hennigan (32,200), Shaun Deeb (23,200) and Phil Hellmuth (17,500) are in contention for the title while Victor Shalom (76,600) is currently the chip leader.
With Event #51: $1,500 NLHE Bounty about to kick off, it’s going to be another action-packed day at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas!
Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK saw a field of 6,260 runners over two starting flights. Day 1A had 2,246 players entering the event, while Day 1B attractced a massive turnout of 4,014 runners.
At the end of the day, only 723 and 1,362 entrants survived from Day 1A and 1B respectively to make it to Day 2. Building up a prize pool of $8,451,000, with a humongous top prize of $1,037,451 and WSOP gold bracelet to play for, the Monster Stack bracelet is going to be a monster challenge for the remaining 2,085 players.
A lot of Indians participated in this event and some did well to reach Day 2 with healthy stacks. Day 1A had Aditya Agarwal, Abhinav Iyer, Aproova Goel and Vivek Rughani.
Agarwal had announced his participation in the event on Twitter
Event 48, 1500 Monster Stack, currently with 25k at 150-300(50) from 15k SS #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) June 23, 2018
He also tweeted that he had made it to Day 2 with a chip count of 95,500 and is currently placed in 63rd place.
Bagged 95,500 going to 500-1000(100) in Monster Stack day 2 on Monday #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) June 24, 2018
The WSOP debutant and one of 9stacks qualifier Rughani had a blistering start and bagged a massive stack of 138,700.
The 24-year-old Iyer, who is a savant on the Indian online felts, was making his maiden WSOP appearance as well and is in 304th place with a stack of 44,400. Goel, ranked 9th in the India All Time Money List, is making his fourth WSOP appearance and will return with a stack of 20,900 on Day 2. While Jaswinder Suri, better known as Bobbe Suri, amassed a short stack of 8,500.
Day 1B had Nipun Java, Paawan Bansal, Muskan Sethi, Pranay Kapoor and Raghav Bansal in attendance but this flight wasn’t as eventful for Team India as its predecessor, with only Java and Kapoor making it to Day 2 with 13,100 and 68,200 in chips respectively. Paawan Bansal and Raghav Bansal have been the flagbearers of Indian poker and have had incredible runs at previous events. Paawan reached Day 3 of two WSOP events this year, while Raghav’s 21st place finish in Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MILLIONAIRE MAKER, is the best run by an Indian this year at the series. Unfortunately, both Bansals busted out on Day 1 with Sethi joining her teammates at the rails too.
Leading the 723 survivors of Day 1A was Kfir Ivgi with 196,700, with Mearl Wisehart (171,800) and James Karamanis (163,000) making up the top three. Colin McHugh (149,400), Marc MacDonnell (148,200), Shyam Srinivasan (146,000), Kazuhiko Yotsushika (135,300) and Francesco Zollo (132,000) also built up considerable stack by the end of the day.
Day 1B found a chip leader in Jeffery Trudeau (193,800), while Shalev Halfa (186,000), Sami Rustom (169,000), Andrew Liu (161,500) and Gagan Dang (159,500) taking up the top five spots. 2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen (129,800) and Yordan Petrov (141,900) were also amongst the players with notable stacks.
1. Kfir Ivgi – 196,700
2. Jeffery Trudeau – 193,800
3. Shalev Halfail – 186,000
4. Mearl Wisehart – 171,800
5. Sami Rustom – 169,000
6. James Karamanis – 163,600
7. Andrew Liu – 161,500
8. Matt Russell – 160,200
9. Collin Grubaugh – 160,000
10. Gagan Dang – 159,500
A total of 476 players entered Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship and now after a continuous run through two days, the event has petered down to 37. With a prize pool of $4,474,400, the payouts are attractive with the event winner to take home $1,018,336 and an overall 72 players making it in the money.
Ryan Hughes sits at the top of the leaderboard with 2,366,000. His stack saw major fluctuations through Day 2 as his starting stack of 475,400 had at one point even dipped down to 38,000. Hughes recovered after winning multiple streets of value from Richard Gryko with his aces that hit nut flush. He then cemented his lead in a big hand against Layne Flack (46th for $18,664) in the penultimate level of the evening.
Following Hughes in stacks are Rep Porter (1,700,000), William Kopp (1,618,000), Yan Shing Tsang (1,463,000) and Brandon Shack-Harris (1,200,000). Scotty Nguyen (897,000) and poker YouTube star Joey Ingram (749,000).
On Day 2, the bubble burst after Shawn Buchanan and Randy Ohel left empty-handed virtually at the same time. Notables who made it in the money included Ben Lamb (42nd for $18,664), Robert Mizrachi (57th for $15,739), Joe Hachem (61st for $15,739) and Connor Drinan (72nd for $14,969).
1. Ryan Hughes – 2,366,000
2. Rep Porter – 1,700,000
3. William Kopp- 1,618,000
4. Yan Shing Tsang – 1,463,000
5. Brandon Shack-Harris – 1,200,000
6. Richard Lyndaker – 967,000
7. Nicholas Aranda – 914,000
8. Scotty Nguyen – 897,000
9. Robert Paddock – 751,000
10. Joey Ingram – 749,000
The popular Event #50: $1,500 Razz opened with a total of 389 players jumping onto the field and after the inaugural run, 118 survivors are taking the battle to the next day.
Leading the way in chips is Victor Shalom with 76,600 and close behind is Richard Sklar (61,000) and John Beringer (59,800). Phil Hellmuth (17,500) who has won the event twice, finished runner-up once and reached the final table of this event four times is on track to add to that record having made Day 2 as have John Hennigan (32,200) and Shaun Deeb (23,200).
Other big stacks include John Beringer (59,800), Adam Owen (52,300), Ylon Schwartz (41,000), Max Kruse (40,200), Rex Clinkscales (37,900) and Brandon Cantu (31,000).
However, notables like Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, David ‘OBD’ Baker, Brian Hastings and Jeff Lisandro were eliminated.
Overall, a prize pool of $525,150 has been created in the event and the payouts have been announced. 59 players will make it in the money with the min-cash $2,244, and $125,431 reserved for the winner.
1. Victor Shalom – 76,600
2. Richard Sklar – 61,000
3. John Beringer – 59,800
4. Kyle Montgomery – 56,000
5. Bijan Mirzasafi – 54,000
6. Adam Owen – 52,300
7. Sergey Selin -50,800
8. Jeanne David – 50,500
9. Scott Evelyn – 45,100
10. Julien Martini – 45,000
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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