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Even as the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) enters its final week, right at the heels of the explosive 34th place finish in the Main Event by 9stacks qualifier Nishant Sharma comes another deep run by India’s bracelet winner Aditya Sushant. Sushant features among the top stacks after Day 2 in Event #68: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em having bagged the second largest stack with 125 players remaining.
Sushant (1,341,000) was fielded among 4,732 total entrants who registered across three starting flights and is now moving into Day 3 with the field whittling down to the last 125 players. He has company in countryman and 9stacks qualifier Sanjay Taneja (203,000) who has also made Day 3 in the event.
Sushant had won the WSOP bracelet in the 2017 WSOP $1,000 Tag Team NLHE where he had teamed up with Nipun Java and the duo became the first Indians to win the WSOP bracelet. This year, his WSOP campaign is headlined by his ninth place finish in the $1,000 WSOP.com Online NLHE Championship, where he pocketed $20,969 (~₹14.40 Lakhs).
Sushant then followed up with a 161st place finish in $1,500 NLHE event where he banked $2,343 (~₹1.60 Lakhs). Now, as the week winds down to the finale in the Main Event, Sushant’s performance in The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em may bring yet another reason for the Indian contingent in Las Vegas to rejoice.
Another Indian face in the bracelet race is 9stacks qualifier Mayank Jaggi (82,500) who has advanced to Day 2 in Event #72: $1,500 Mixed NLHE/ PLO 8-Handed. Akash Malik bagged 85,200 in chips. This year Jaggi scored in the PLO Giant- $365 PLO event where he placed 256th for $755 (~₹51.842) followed by a 429th place finish in Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit for $2,025 (~₹1.39 Lakhs).
Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold ‘em 6-Handed that kicked off with 221 participants and saw 69 players returning for Day 2, narrowed down to a final table of eight players with Juha Helppi and Yaser Al-Keliddar sharing the chip lead, with each bagging a stack of 927,000 each.
Out of the 452 entrants who started Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels), only 39 players made it to Day 2 with Jonathan Abdellatif (754,000) topping the chip counts, whilst, Jordan Polk (148,500) steered the 123 runners in Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed into Day 2.
A total of 4,732 players entered Event #68: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em across three starting flights and a second day of play later, only 125 have bagged their chips for the third day of play.
Aditya Sushant (1,341,000) is holding the baton high for Team India and is currently placed second in chips. 9stacks qualifier Sanjay Taneja (203,000) has also made Day 3 even as other Indian players, Paawan Bansal, Team PokerStars India pro Aditya Agarwal, Sriharsha Doddapaneni, 9stacks qualifier Aditya Singh and Mayank Jaggi, Nipun Java and Tarun Ravi, all fell out today.
While Agarwal’s run culminated fairly early with him leaving empty-handed as did Bansal`s and Singh`s. Java’s run ended in 172nd place for $3,187 (~₹2.19 Lakhs), Ravi finished in 269th place for $2,806 (~₹1.92 Lakhs), Doddapaneni in 288th place for $2,806 (~₹1.92 Lakhs) and Jaggi in 429th place for $2,025 (~₹1.39 Lakhs).
Meanwhile, Justin Liberto (1,399,000) is leading the surviving players for Day 3, and close on his heels are Alexandru Papazian (1,059,000), Ray Qartomy (1,047,000) and Brian England (1,025,000).
Others who will be seen on the poker tables on Day 3 include Jeff Gross (788,000), 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche (710,000), Kyle Keranen (551,000), Juan Vecino (424,000), Mike Shin (397,000), Daria Feshchenko (368,000), Jeffrey Platt (333,000), Benjamin Moon (282,000), Dietrich Fast (221,000), Georgios Sotiropoulos (203,000), and Dutch Boyd (146,000).
There were many players who managed to make it in the money but fell out on Day 2 and the list includes names like Lucas Greenwood (200th for $3,187), Kevin Gerhart (201st for $3,187), Dara O’Kearney (218th for $3,187), Qing Liu (230th for $2,806), Mohsin Charania (238th for $2,806), and Calvin Anderson (257th for $2,806).
1. Justin Liberto – 1,399,000 0
2. Aditya Sushant – 1,341,000
3. Alexandru Papazian – 1,059,000 0
4. Ray Qartomy – 1,047,000
5. Brian England – 1,025,000
6. Christian Pham – 956,000
7. Erwann Pecheux – 866,000
8. Onur Unsal – 843,000
9. Massoud Eskandari – 839,800
10. Fracois Tosques – 832,000
After two days of eventful play in Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold ‘em 6-Handed that started off with 221 hopefuls has now reached its final table, with only 8 players left in the contention for the first place prize of $154,338.
The second consecutive day of the tournament had 69 players returning and eliminations flew fast and furious across the poker tables bringing frequent redraws of the tables. Two players, Juha Helppi and Yaser Al-Keliddar share the chip lead with a stack of 927,000 each and both are entering the final table with the intention of taking home their maiden bracelet.
Another big stack coming into the final table is Mike Schneifer (MN) (316,000). Of many poker heavyweights who competed in the event only Barry Greenstein (271,000) has made it to the final day. Other notables who came back on Day 2 but failed to make it in the money were bracelet winner Benjamin Dobson and Koray Aldemir.
The money bubble burst towards the end of Level 14 and Alex Torry ended up being the bubble boy after he ran his nines into Joshua Mitchell’s ace-jack.
All the remaining eight players are guaranteed a minimum $14,871.
Notables who fell out through the day include Rep Porter (32nd for $4,449), Jeff Lisandro (31st for $4,449), Mike Matusow (23rd for $5,805), Chris Tryba (22nd for $5,805), Ryan Hughes (19th for $5,805), Nicholas Seiken (15th for $6,990), Benny Glaser (14th for $6,990) and Ronnie Bardah (13th for $6,990).
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Juha Helppi – 927,000
2. Yaser Al-Keliddar – 927,000
3. Mike Schneider (MN) – 316,000
4. Justin Thurlow – 300,000
5. Barry Greenstein – 271,000
6. Andrew Yip – 234,000
7. Won Lee – 191,000
8. Joao Vieira -149,000
Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) opened to a field of 452 participants, with a total prize pool of $2,101,800 and first place prize money worth $485,082 along with the WSOP gold bracelet. The fast-paced tournament saw 413 eliminations on Day 1 and only 39 runners remain for Day 2 action.
Topping the Day 1 survivors was Jonathan Abdellatif (754,000), who is closely pursued by Markus Gonsalves (722,000) and Chance Kornuth (622,000). While Antoine Saout (349,000), Eric Hicks (316,000), Indian origin players Nitesh Rawtani (226,000) and Ajay Chabra (178,000), along with Anthony Zinno (129,000), all found a bag at the end of the day’s play.
India’s Aditya Agarwal was also seen in action but failed to make the cut for Day 2. Alike him several other poker greats were eliminated today including defending champion Christopher Brammer, Pierre Neuville, Mike Leah, Joe McKeehen, Eric Blair, Scotty Nguyen, Frankie Flowers, Ben Yu, Ankush Mandavia, Chris Moorman, Maria Konnikova, Dan Shak, Jonathan Duhamel, Alex Foxen and Justin Bonomo.
1. Jonathan Abdellatif – 754,000
2. Markus Gonsalves – 722,000
3. Chance Kornuth – 622,000
4. Paul Hoefer – 579,000
5. Liv Boeree – 534,000
6. Steven Wolansky – 498,000
7. Matt Glantz – 473,000
8. Phil Hellmuth – 468,000
9. Ken Fishman – 463,000
10. Ralph Wong – 410,000
707 runners participated in Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed creating a prize pool of $954,450. The registration was closed after the eighth level with $197,461 assured to the eventual champion. The opening day witnessed a total of 584 eliminations, following which only 123 players remain to carry on the fight to Day 2.
Amongst the Day 1 survivors was 9stacks qualifier Mayank Jaggi who played well to build up a healthy stack of 82,500. Akash Malik managed to bag 85,200 chips. Paawan Bansal was also seen in action but busted before the conclusion of the day’s play.
Leading the remaining hopefuls is Jordan Polk (148,500), along with Peter Eichhardt (127,800) and Ryan Leng (116,300).
Several big names made it past Day 1 including Ryan Bambrick (62,100), Christina McAlpin (54,400), Joe Hachem (41,000), Michael Mizrachi (30,000), Daniel Negreanu (22,800), Eric Baldwin (19,900) and Brian Hastings (17,700).
While many others fell along the way such as Eli Elezra, Shaun Deeb, Mustapha Kanit, Mike Sexton, Bryce Yockey, Max Silver, David Prociak, Mike Leah and Kristen Bicknell.
1. Jordan Polk – 148,500
2. Peter Eichhardt – 127,800
3. Ryan Leng – 116,300
4. Jon Turner – 98,100
5. Terrence Schehen – 90,700
6. Ryan Bambrick – 62,100
7. Christina McAlpin – 54,400
8. Justin Liberto – 47,500
9. Joe Hachem – 41,000
10. Michael Mizrachi – 30,000
Content and image courtesy: WSOP.com.
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