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Like every summer, the grind on the poker felts in World Series of Poker (WSOP) is on full blast, with fifteen events in different stages of completion. Creating a mark for the Indian flag in this hallowed poker tournament series, which is the ultimate pilgrimage for all poker professionals, are the pros from the home front who are hard at work in different events.
Opening his scorecard this year, Aditya Agarwal (cover image) on Thursday made a deep run in the ongoing Big Blind Antes $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em, finishing 77th for $3,517 (₹2.35 Lakhs).
Yes, Agarwal’s run in the tournament was cut short as he got eliminated, dashing the hopes of thousands of Indian poker fans who were glued to the coverage with the hope that he would play it up to the final table and snag his first gold bracelet. Nonetheless, Agarwal is one of the only four Indians to have cashed so early in WSOP and his run in the event has been quite an impressive run!
Agarwal played through the tough and intimidating field of 1,306 entries through Day 1 of the event and bagged 49 big blinds (49,300) to secure his place among the 224 survivors who moved to Day 2. He stormed past the top 196 who were to cash the event, only to get busted out in Level 13. On his elimination hand, Agarwal held pocket Kings and looked strong but he ran into the pocket aces of an opponent and was sent back to the rail. True to his committed self, Agarwal is now focusing and planning for his run in the next event.
KK vs AA to bust 77th, 6max tomorrow #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) June 7, 2018
Meanwhile, the event that saw a prize pool of $1,763,100, 224 created over the vast entry field, has now moved to Day 3, with twenty-nine players left in the fray. All of them have locked in a minimum $7,670 payday and will lock horns in the early hours of Friday beginning the play on Level 21, with blinds of 5,000/10,000 with 10,000 running ante. The winner will win the gold bracelet and the first-place prize money worth $315,346.
Dutch Boyd, who holds three WSOP bracelet wins and has $1,817,939 in total tournament earnings is leading the way with a stack of 748,000.
The Day 2 play began in the early hours of Thursday. The money was reached soon after play began, reducing the field to the 196 remaining, all of whom were assured a min-cash of $2,254. Eliminations continued at quick pace and some of the notables who left early include four-time WSOP champion Jeff Madsen (58th for $4,602), Manig Loeser (66th for $3,994), Nate Silver (79th for $3,517), bracelet winner Chance Kornuth (85th for $3,143), Qui Nguyen (91st for $2,851) and Jonathan Duhamel (126th for $2,626).
Agarwal began the day with a stack of 49,300 on an eight-player table in the Brasilia poker room. Sharing the table with players including, Adam Volen, Barabara Sargent, Neil Patel, Ben Yu and Joshua McKeeman, Agarwal played up through Level 12 to survive some of the toughest onslaughts, that saw bustouts of Mike Leah and Ron McMillen.
The last player to bust out before Day 2 concluded was Dylan Wilkerson, who lost his stack to Dutch Boyd. Wilkerson, in the hijack, moved all in for 100,000 on which Boyd called from one seat over with . Wilkerson’s couldn’t hold on the board .
A few mighty names remain in the field, including former WSOP bracelet winners Shaun Deeb, Ankush Mandavia, Daniel Strelitz, Romain Lewis and Justin Young. Deeb is also playing Event #14 – $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw.
1. Dutch Boyd – 748,000
2. Stefan Vidojkovic – 744,000
3. Steven Snyder – 497,000
4. Tony Ruberto – 488,000
5. Mark Barrett – 485,000
6. Stephen Song – 455,000
7. Yiannis Liperis – 431,000
8. Romain Lewis – 420,000
9. Jan Christoph Von Halle – 409,000
10. Justin Young -396,000
Content and Image courtesy WSOP.com
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