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It wasn’t a very bright weekend for the Indian poker fraternity railing the action at the ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP). While Team India’s most experienced poker pro, Aditya Agarwal (cover image) rose from an extremely tough field of competitors to finish short at 133rd place in the $1,500 NLHE 6-Max event for $2,615 (₹1.76 Lakhs), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Nipun Java bricked the $365 Pot Limit Omaha event.
Agarwal, who’s the first Indian player to join the PokerStars pro team rooster, has led the way for Indian poker professionals to the biggest and richest sporting event in the world by stepping onto the WSOP grind 13 years ago and he is back to familiar territory chasing his dream of winning a WSOP bracelet. With a great knowledge of the structures, and competitive fields at the different events at WSOP, Agarwal is one of the few Indian pros to play the entire WSOP schedule each year.
On Friday, Agarwal survived a massive entry field of 1,663 players, making it among the 264 survivors who moved through to Day 2 with a below average stack of 35,700. His deep run however came to an end early on Saturday when he finished in 133rd place. 27 combatants now remain in the event all geared up for Day 3 action that will begin in a couple of hours from now.
To wrap up the day’s action, 13 players moved through to Day 3 in the $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed while Day 1B of the $365 No Limit Hold ‘em event and Day 1 of Big Blind Ante $5,000 No Limit Hold ‘em have come to a close. Event 15 – $1,500 HORSE is nearing completion with $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed set to resume play later today for the bracelet.
From a battlefield that saw 1,663 entrants coming together for the race to win the coveted gold bracelet in the $1,500 NLHE 6-Max event, the field has now been whittled down to just 27 survivors at the end of Day 2.
Evoking gasps of surprise and dismay, Indian poker star, Aditya Agarwal finished 133rd in the event. While the results were still being compiled, Agarwal declared his exit from the event on Twitter.
Busted 133rd in 6max #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) June 8, 2018
At the close of play on Day 2 that began with 264 survivors, the 27 players still in the running will all see their tables redrawn and play will resume across five tables. The 27 survivors will all be eyeing the first-place prize of $378,743 along with the bracelet.
While Gabriel Baumgartner is leading the way coming into Day 3 with a stack of 987,000, Alexandro Tricarico is next, holding 983,000. It’s going to be an event worth a watch since Baumgartner is relatively unknown in the circuit, his best score linked to a WSOP Circuit event in Nevada where he finished third in the $580 NLHE and his total live winning amount to a modest $17,547.
Tricarico on the other hand has $260,824 in live tournaments and has already cashed in two events this year. For Tricarico, a major add-on to his stack came when he won a pot with a rivered flush holding against Foad Larki’s pocket queens. He was chip leading until Baumgartner caught up right before the day reached its conclusion.
Notables who are going to be seen on Day 3 includeLuke Brereton, Bart Lybaert, Pierre Calamusa, Ryan D’Angelo, Nick Schulman andI van Deyra.
264 players resumed play on Day 2 and within just 20 minutes into play, the bubble burst.
Notables who made money but couldn’t survive for Day 3 include Jake Schwartz (39th for $7,819), Gil Thierry (42nd for $7,819), Jared Hamby (50th for $5,413), Yorban Petrov (55th for $4,608), Adrian Mateos (61st for $4,608), Thomas Muehloecker (62nd for $4,608), WSOP 2014 Main Event Champion, Martin Jacobson (64th for $4,608), Alexandre Reard (75th for $3,984), Jeff Madsen (78th for $3,984), Tom Korai (114th for $2,835), and Tom Marchese (124th for $2,835).
1. Gabriel Baumgartner – 987,000
2. Alexandro Tricarico – 983,000
3. Luke Brereton – 767,000
4. Yue Du – 749,000
5. Bart Lybaert – 716,000
6. Kanzuki Ikeuchi – 710,000
7. Pierre Calamusa – 690,000
8. Jamie Rosen – 638,000
9. Arunas Sapitavicius – 587,000
10. Ryan D’Angelo – 585,000
Some of the toughest players adept in mixed games were seen in action in Event 18 – $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed. 13 players now remain in contention for the gold bracelet and the top-heavy prize of $300,000. It’s going to be another intense battle of pros on Sunday, since the field includes six bracelet winners! They will be resuming play with limits of 12,000/24,000 in limit games and running blinds of 3,000/6,000 in big-bet games.
Topping the stacked field was Anthony Zinno with a stack of 922,000. A player known for his disciplined approach in poker, the American pro has total live earnings to the tune of $7,343,150.
Former bracelet winners Adam Friedman and Chris Klodnicki have both made Day 3 with commendable stacks while Alexey Makarov trails close behind, having pushed his way to the top half of the chip stacks in the latter half of the day.
Eliminations before the bubble went on at a quick pace and four players busted out in the money. These were Day 2 chip leader Bryan Yockey (14th place for $15,136), Mkko Hirvonen (15th place for $15,136), Lawrence Berg, (16th place for $15,136) and Timothy Batow (17th place for $15,136).
1. Anthony Zinno – 922,000
2. Alexey Makarov – 709,500
3. Adam Friedman – 635,500
4. Chris Klodnicki – 560,000
5. Joseph Couden – 536,000
6. David “ODB” Baker – 498,000
7. Marco Johnson – 450,000
8. Jesse Martin – 370,000
9. Nikolai Yakovenko – 315,000
10. Stuart Rutter – 191,000
Day 1B of Event 19 – $565 Pot Limit Omaha kicked off early on Saturday with a total of 1,226 entries joining the action. After 18 levels of play, Day 1 concluded with 49 players advancing through to Day 2.
All the remaining players are now in the money and they will be joined by 52 players who survived through the opening flight Day 1A in the Amazon gold poker room of Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. Day 2 play will start at 3,000/6,000 blinds and will play out ten levels before the bags are brought out again.
LA-based Indian player, Nipun Java participated in the event, however, he couldn’t make it in the money and was relegated to the rail early on in the day.
Amid the survivors, American pro Jeff Gibson commands a clear lead with a stack of 374,000. Anuj Bahl from US and Florian Strasser hold the next two slots on the chip counts.
Among the notable players who will return on Day 2 with a decent stack are two-time WSOP bracelet winners Loni Harwood and JC Tran.
Early in the day, the eliminations went on in a furious pace and the list of well known pros who hit the rail empty handed features the likes of Michael Mizrachi, Phil Hui, Jay Farber, Tyler Patterson, Scott Clement, and Amnon Filippi.
The Big Blind Ante $5,000 No Limit Hold ‘emevent kicked off on Saturday, with a total of 499 players registering to play that made for a total prize pool of $2,320,350.
As Day 1 concluded, 170 of them survived to move on to Day 2. Dan Colpoys has emerged as the chip leader at the end of Day 1 after making a big addition to his stack just ten minutes before the day came to a close. Colpoys won a five-bet pot against Vojetch Ruzicka with pocket aces against the latter’s kings to send the 2016 ‘November Niner’ back to the rail.
Jerry Wong was another featured player who fell out in the last hour of the day in a hand against Kitty Kuo. Wong three-bet from the big blind and Kuo called from the small blind, before getting it all in with an open-ended straight draw. Wong called with an overpair. Kuo rivered a straight and won the pot to consolidate herself with a massive stack while sending Wong out.
Other notable players who busted out in Day 1 include, Mike Matusow, Roobert Mizrachi, Joseph Cheong, Alex Foxen, Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Maria Ho, Christian Harder and Jerry Wong.
There are many prominent names in the list of players who have advanced to Day 2 and this include Justin Bonomo (175,800), Kristen Bicknell (170,800), Anthony Spinella (113,000), Erik Seidel (70,400), Olivier Busquet (40,300), Scott Blumstein (35,300), and Pete Chen (27,600).
The action on Day 2 will begin with the blinds at 600/1,200 with a running ante of 1,200.
The second starting flight – Day 1B of the $365 Giant No Limit Hold ‘em event attracted a large field of 969 players that added $117,052 to the prize pool. 53 players have secured their place for Day 2 of the event.
With two starting flights over, three more are to be held on June 15, June 22 and June 29 before the event moves to Day 2.
The bubble burst early on Saturday and numerous eliminations took place thereafter. Overall, 146 players cashed the event for a minimum amount of $557. Jon Turner will be advancing to Day 2 as the chip leader of the day’s flight. Turner’s stack grew from poor to massive as he went on to win several pots. With 59 WSOP cashes and $1,235,652 in total WSOP earnings, Turner is a strong contender for the bracelet.
Matas Cikinas (1,570,000), Joel Gossett (915,000), Ray Medlin (945,000) and Roy Shimada (825,000) are the other notables who made Day 2.
Content and Image courtesy WSOP.com
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