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Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) saw 16 gruelling hours of play before Ryan Tosoc (cover image) was ultimately crowned the champion and won his career-first WSOP gold bracelet along with $238,778 in prize money. Tosoc had to make his way through a field of 1,635 entries, which included 1,180 unique players and 455 re-entries, that made for a total prize pool of $1,553,250.
Indian challenger Aditya Sushant was also seen in action. Sushant, who had previously won a WSOP bracelet in Event #10: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em last year for $75,319 (~₹51.55 Lakhs) was chasing his second WSOP gold. He played exceptionally well to reach the final table, but his bracelet hunt ended at 9th place for $20,969 (~₹14.35 Lakhs).
Another Indian pro Paawan Bansal finished 137th for $2,330 (₹1.59 Lakhs). This was Bansal’s fifth cash at the 2018 WSOP and his seventh score overall and with this score his winnings from the series have reached $115,935 (₹79.35 Lakhs).
Other eminent poker players who featured in the money line included Eric Baldwin (17th for $10,251), John Racener (36th for $6,834), Todd Ivens (39th for $5,747), Indian-origin player Ajay Chabra (65th for $3,572), Shaun Deeb (96th for $2,641) and David “Bakes” Baker (101st for $2,330).
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio – 6,661,000
2. Joel ‘AjaWilson22’ Feldman – 4,963,000
3. Ryan ‘Toosick’ Tosoc – 2,929,000
4. James ‘5.56cal.’ Robinson – 2,017,000
5. Justin ‘lappypoker’ Lapka – 1,936,000
6. Aditya ‘pokerpop76’ Sushant – 1,756,000
7. Markus ‘thegreatrise’ Gonsalves – 1,728,000
8. Aurelian ‘Winamax’ Guiglini – 1,359,000
9. Russell ‘AntonChigurh’ Powers – 1,152,000
Final Table Recap
India’s Aditya Sushant was the first from the nine-handed final table to depart. He opened from early position to 200,000 with and received a 3-bet shove for 2,185,000 from James Robinson holding . On the runout Robinson hit a fullhouse, ending Sushant’s dream run in ninth place.
Less than 5 minutes later, Aurelian Guiglini lost his place on the final table. He went all-in with his remaining 400,000 preflop and was met with a call from Ryan Tosoc from the small blind. With the board running , Tosoc managed to clip a set of eights with his , while Guiglini could only managed a pair of nines with and was eliminated in eighth place.
Next to go was Russell Powers in seventh place. Powers open-jammed for 589,000 from the button holding . Anthony Maio called from big blind with . The community brought Maio trip kings and just like that Powers tournament run was over.
About ten minutes later, Markus Gonsalves moved all-in preflop with against Robinson who held . The flop gave Gonsalves the lead with two pairs of aces and fours while Robinson only had a pair of aces. But the turn gave Robinson another pair of sevens along with the lead. With the river missing both players, Gonsalves was busted in sixth place.
Finishing in fifth place was Justin Lapka. From the button Joel Feldman opened to 320,000. Lapka 3-bet jammed with 1,566,305 and was called by Tosoc from the big blind, prompting Feldman to fold. With the board running , Lapka’s pocket jacks were no match for Tosoc’s .
Soon thereafter, Tosoc opened from under-the-gun and received a 3-bet shove from James Robinson in the small blind. Robinson held against Tosoc’s . But the board ran in Tosco’s favour, eliminating Robinson in fourth place.
Following Robinson to the rail was Joel Feldman in third place. Tosoc opened from the button with and Feldman 3-bet shoved with pocket sevens. Tosoc called and the community cards :@d were tabled bringing Tosoc a pair of kings and the pot.
The heads-up play between Anthony Maio and Ryan Tosoc continued for over an hour with the chip lead changing hands several times. On the final hand of the event, Maio moved all-in, preflop, with but was put at risk as Tosoc revealed . The rundown gave both players a pair of aces but Tosoc’s jack kicker eventually won him the pot, the bracelet along with the top prize.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Ryan Tosoc – $238,779
2. Anthony Maio – $175,207
3. Joel Feldman – $124,571
4. James Robinson – $89,778
5. Justin Lapka – $65,392
6. Markus Gonsalves – $48,306
7. Russell Powers – $36,191
8. Aurelien Guiglini – $27,337
9. Aditya Sushant – $20,969
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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