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As the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) fever continues to run through, capturing the imagination and fancy of thousands of poker fans and professionals who are in Vegas this time of the year to pit their skills in the world’s richest sporting event, the second starting flight of Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em Main Event World Championship opened to a much bigger group of participants than the inaugural one!
In fact, while Day 1A brought 925 entrants into the field, the number more than doubled up to 2,378 runners on Day 1B! This flight ran through an eventful day of intense battle and has now concluded, leaving 1,794 survivors to advance further. They will be joining the battle along with 659 survivors from Flight 1A on Day 2. The third and final flight will be opening shortly and is traditionally expected to rake in the biggest participation numbers.
For the Indian challengers, the march towards the Main Event title continues as four more Indians made it through to Day 2.
Team Manager of GPL India Mumbai Jetsetters, Kavin Shah who, last week, finished 12th in the $3,500 MSPT Venetian Main Event for $49,101 (~₹33.83 Lakhs), entered the event and advanced to Day 2 with a stack of 104,400. Apart from Shah, Dharmesh Patel (128,500), Rishabh Jain (97,600), Amit Jain (53,000) and Jaswinder ‘Bobbe’ Suri (12,400) also joined the action on Day 1B and made it across to Day 2.
On Day 1A, we saw bracelet winner Aditya Sushant (139,600) and Rohan Dhawan (112,900) making their way into Day 2. Day 1C has historically been the most popular and biggest among poker players playing the Main Event and with the day about to start, we expect to see a large Indian participation today.
Another action-packed tournament, Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed – $888,888 Guaranteed 1st Place has now entered its final table and in fact, narrowed down to the final three players. A winner will be crowned soon, when the three players i.e. Galen Hall (30,100,000), Niels Herregodts (24,750,000) and Eduards Kudrjavcevs (16,400,000) resume play.
After three days of consecutive battle that saw 8,598 entries coming together to create a prize pool of $6,871,521, Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed – $888,888 Guaranteed 1st Place is now just two eliminations away from a champion. Three players remain in the field now who will resume play in the Brasilia poker room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in the race to win the title and the top prize of $888,888!
American player Galen Hall is leading the wau with a stack of 30,100,000 and the other two finalists are Niels Herregodts (24,750,000) and Eduards Kudrjavcevs (16,400,000).
Team India’s Vivek Rughani (171st for $5,203), Abhishek Rathod (347th for $3,428) Shashank Jain (367th for $3,031), Abhinav Iyer (408th for $3,031), Nikita Luther (511th for $2,106) and Paawan Bansal (533rd for $2,106), all made a deep run in the event.
The Day 3 began with 29 runners and after the first two hours of play; only five players had left the field. The pressure kept mounting and soon there were a flurry of eliminations quickly narrowing the field down to 16 players.
Among the many notables who hit the rails before the final two tables were redrawn was Chris Moorman (23rd for $27,661). Moorman had entered the day as chip leader but found himself cornered after he called a 3-bet shove from Paul Vas Nunes (17th for $27,661) only to see the bad news that his ace-queen was trailing pocket queens. He couldn’t improve on the runout and his run ended there.
Soon thereafter, Arthur Conan (15th for $34,577), Dara Taherpour (14th for $43,539), Fabrice Casano (13th for $43,539), Smith Collins (12th for $55,222), Shai Zurr (11th for $55,222), and Hunter Frey (10th for $70,546) also departed, leaving only nine players in the field.
Play entered the final stretch after Alexandre Novaes (9th for $70,546) was shown the door. The action on the final table saw Philip Tom (8th for $90,888), Martin Stausholm (7th for $117,888), Jeremiah Miesen (6th for $153,888) and Alexander Kuzmin (5th for $201,888) falling out in quick succession. The day’s last elimination was Andrey Zaichenko who exited in fourth place after he confronted Hall in a hand where Hall turned a flush with jack-three suited against Zaichenko’s two pair. Zaichenko pocketed $266,888 for his efforts.
1. Galen Hall – 30,100,000
2. Niels Herregodts- 24,750,000
3. Eduards Kudrjavcevs – 16,400,000
Just a day after it opened amid much fanfare and thrills off and on the felts, the 2018 WSOP Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event – World Championship hosted its second starting flight to pool in 2,378 entries. The queues outside the entry desk started early in the day and soon the numbers escalated, creating a massive field. Action was fast paced and thrilling right from the get go and the day concluded with 1,794 players surviving through to Day 2. Smain Mamouni is leading the group of survivors with a stack of 311,600.
From the Indian team, Kavin Shah (104,400) Dharmesh Patel (128,500), Rishabh Jain (97,600) and Jaswinder ‘Bobbe’ Suri (12,400) entered the flight and made it to Day 2.
Apart from the above, the other big stacks include Samuel Bernabeu (309,500), Barabara Rogers (307,000) and Daniel Colpoys (246,800).
American pro Alex Foxen (242,300) who has been active on the WSOP Circuit tournaments, and in fact won the very first WSOPC (New Orleans) that he entered in 2012 also featured prominently in the day’s play. Other players to watch out are Chris Ferguson (134,900), Shaun Deeb (143,300), Pierre Neuville (147,500), Johny Chan (151,100), Pablo Fernandez (160,100), Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi (166,200), Rifat Palevic (185,800), and 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event winner Scott Davies (171,200). Meanwhile, Calvin Anderson who recently won his second bracelet in Event #56: Razz Championship bagged an above-average stack of 99,100.
The first elimination of the day came in the very first hand and it was Max Steinberg who fell victim when he got his entire stack in with pocket aces, against the pocket kings of Rack.A king appeared on the window that sent Steinberg packing.
Notables who fell short of making it to Day 2 include, Noah Schwartz, Kenny Hallaert, Jesper Hougaard, former WSOP Main Event champions Jamie Gold and Greg Raymer, Justin Liberto, Doug Polk, Jason Somerville, Mickey Craft, Anton Morgenstern and Brandon Wong.
1. Smain Mamouni – 311,000
2. Samuel Bernabeu – 309,500
3. Barbara Rogers – 307,000
4. Daniel Colpoys – 246,800
5. Alex Foxen – 242,300
6. Alpheus Chan – 208,600
7. Paul Varano – 204,400
8. Brian Brubaker – 203,600
9. Luis Vazquez – 201,800
10. Liam O’Donoghue – 196,200
Content and image courtesy: WSOP.com.
This post has been edited on Thursday, July 5.
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