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The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has entered its home stretch as Day 5 of the Main Event World Championship has concluded with Indian challengers Nishant Sharma (5,800,000) and Vivek Rughani (1,545,000) keeping alive the country’s hopes of claiming the most glorious prize in poker!
Many Indian pros were seen making deep runs in the other events running alongside the Main Event. Day 1C of Event #68: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em saw Paawan Bansal (45,500) and Aditya Agarwal (25,500) bag healthy stacks, ensuring their spot on Day 2, along with Sriharsha Doddapaneni (66,200), 9stacks qualifiers Aditya Singh (37,100) and Sanjay Taneja (30,400), Nipun Java (25,600), Tarun Ravi (25,100), who had entered the event is the proceeding starting flights of Day 1A and 1B.
Navkiran Singh (75,500), Akash Malik (63,000) and Shashank Jain (25,000) were all seen in action on Day 2 in Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed, but none of them were able to make it through the day. Singh finished 32nd for $11,043 (~₹7.60 Lakhs) and Malik finished 38th for $9,172 (~₹6.31 Lakhs), while Jain fell short of the money.
Meanwhile, the opening day of Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed attracted a field of 221 participants with 69 among them carrying on the fight to Day 2 with Benny Glaser (106,200) bagging the chip lead.
The final flight i.e. Day 1C of Event #68: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em saw a total of 2,517 players entering the fray, but only 581 runners progressed to Day 2. They will be joined by the survivors from Day 1A and 1B who will all compete for the WSOP gold bracelet and first-place prize money worth $559,332.
Paawan Bansal and Aditya Agarwal comprised the Indian representation at the event today. Both players made it past Day 1C with stacks of 45,500 and 25,500 respectively. They will accompany 9stacks qualifier Sanjay Taneja (30,400), Nipun Java (25,600) and Tarun Ravi (25,100) from Day 1A along with Sriharsha Doddapaneni (66,200) and 9stacks qualifier Aditya Singh (37,100) from Day 1B for Day 2 action tomorrow.
Dominating the chip counts with a stack of 158,000 is Chang Yang Liu, followed by Ray Qartomy (145,800) and Javier Zarco (140,700). Victor Ramdin (91,700), Jonathan Little (90,300), Georgios Karavokyris (66,100), Jeffrey Platt (63,300), Florian Duta (56,100) and Toby Lewis (53,500) also bagged healthy stacks.
On the other hand, many big names like Mike Sexton, Dylan Linde, Will Kassouf, Erik Seidel, Jessica Dawley, Arthur Morris, Lily Kiletto, Barry Greenstein, Matt Affleck, Leo Margets, Patricia Cahill and Alexander Lakhov failed to make it through the day.
1. Chang Yang Liu – 158,000
2. Ray Qartomy – 145,800
3. Javier Zarco – 140,700
4. Ely Keysar – 132,200
5. Yaniv Peretz – 116,300
6. Jie Liu – 114,400
7. Julius Poque – 112,700
8. Daniel Vampan – 112,400
9. Gabriela Marks – 108,300
10. Juan Dueñas – 104,500
Out of the 202 runners who returned for Day 2 in Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed, only 24 survived till the end of the day’s play. Among them were three Indians, Navkiran Singh (75,500), Akash Malik (63,000) and Shashank Jain (25,000).
Jain found himself on a tough table with Mehran Farhadi, James Chen, Kyle Ho, Jesse Yaginuma and Joseph Acquavella. Starting with 21 big blinds, he was unable to extend his stay on the felt any further and busted early on.
Malik and Singh were seated at the same starting table at the beginning and fought hard throughout the course of play, but both failed to make the cut for Day 3..
Akash Malik was eliminated when Mohammad Abedi raised to 20,000 and was met with a re-raise from Malik. Abedi matched the raise to see the flop open . Abedi immediately moved all-in to cover Malik’s remaining 100,000 or so and Malik snap-called. Both players tabled their cards with Abedi holding and Malik tabled . Malik was in the lead with a superior flush draw and a higher pair. He maintained the lead on the turn but the on the river gave Abedi two pairs of nines and fives. Malik lost his last 280,000 and was eliminated in 38th place for $9,172 (~₹6.31 Lakhs).
At some time during the day, Navkiran Singh found himself sharing a table with Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu, to whom he ended up losing a major portion of his stack.
First up, Negreanu was all in for 27,000 on the flop with . Singh was ahead with but Negreanu eventually won the pot.
Shortly thereafter, Singh once again found himself in a tough hand against ‘Kid Poker’. With the community cards open , Negreanu moved all in for 75,000 and received a call from Singh. Negreanu flipped for a wheel while Singh was drawing thin with . The river gave Singh a pair of kings but it wasn’t enough to beat Negreanu’s hand and Singh lost 53,500 from his stack bringing him down to 160,000.
Gradually, Singh was able to build his stack up and one such hand saw Dermot Blain raising the pot to 18,000 from the cutoff and Singh potted from the big blind. Blaine raised it to 40,000 to take action to the flop . Singh shoved for 86,000 and Blain tanked for a while and then folded, forfeiting the pot to Singh. Singh managed to spin his stack up from 21,000 to 206,000 but eventually busted in 32nd place for $11,043 (~₹7.60 Lakhs).
Several more notables were eliminated through the day including Timothy Andrew (25th for $13,565), Daniel Negreanu (30th for $13,565), Anthony Zinno (34th for $11,043), Ryan Bambrick (35th for $11,043) Ran Niv (39th for $9,172), Dan Heimiller (51st for $6,727), Brian Rast (60th for $5,947), Eric Hicks (70th for $5,372), Igor Sharaskin (113th for $4,532) Jon Turner (124th for $4,532) and Ryan Riess (134th for $4,487).
Scott Bohlman (1,574,000) is leading the remaining 24 survivors for Day 3, but hot on his heels are Blake Whittington (1,500,000) and Romain Lewis (1,054,000). With a WSOP gold bracelet and top prize of $475,033 up for grabs, the final day is gearing up for a tough battle.
1. Scott Bohlman – 1,574,000
2. Blake Whittington – 1,500,000
3. Romain Lewis – 1,054,000
4. Evangelos Kokkalis – 1,029,000
5. James Chen – 832,000
6. Jan-Peter Jachtmann – 800,000
7. Ryan Lenaghan – 664,000
8. Jonathan Depa – 614,000
9. Martin Kozlov – 604,000
10. Grant Wall – 460,000
The $3,000 LHE 6-Handed opened to a field of 221 entrants, raking up a prize pool of $596,700 and top prize worth $154,338. While the event drew 350 less players from last year, the 69 who survived Day 1 will be led by Benny Glaser (106,200), accompanied by Nicholas Seiken (101,900) and Anh Van Nguyen (96,700).
Among biggies who found a bag when the day’s play ended were Ronnie Bardah (96,500), Rep Porter (90,700), Ben Yu (69,200), Barry Greenstein (51,700), Adam Owen (46,600), Koray Aldemir (33,400), Bryce Yockey (14,400) and Mike Matusow (11,900).
Several heavyweights like Jonathan Duhamel, Joe McKeehen, Phil Hellmuth, Todd Witteles, Sam Greenwood, Carol Fuchs, Jonathan Tamayo, Chris Vitch, Thomas Muehloecker and Andre Akkari were unable to progress to Day 2.
1. Benny Glaser – 106,200
2. Nicholas Seiken – 101,900
3. Anh Van Nguyen – 96,700
4. Ronnie Bardah – 96,500
5. David Gee – 94,000
6. Joao Vieira – 92,100
7. Rep Porter – 90,700
8. Richard Fuller – 88,700
9. Mike Schneider – 82,300
10. Joshua Mitchell – 81,200
Content and image courtesy: WSOP.com.
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