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The excitement amid Indian poker fans is palpable and so is the heat on the poker felts at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) where India’s top-ranking player and Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal (cover image) has galloped over international heavyweights to reach Day 4 in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Monster Stack!
His deepest run yet, at the ongoing WSOP, Agarwal returned to the battleground charged with a good 1.1 Million chips stacked up in his bag. He overcame many difficult hands to keep a steady inflow of chips and though there were moments of fluctuations when he was cornered by his opponents, Agarwal sent many packing out of the play and eventually secured his way into the final day.
Agarwal holds 1,680,000 in chips and is placed 22nd among 29 survivors. Back at the domestic circuit, the poker fraternity watches with bated breath to tune into the soon-to-unfold action in the tournament, since this could just be the moment in history where an Indian poker pro brings back the third gold bracelet! Agarwal has been on a rampage even prior to the WSOP this year, and his most stellar performance of the year came in March 2018 when he finished runner-up in HK$40,000 NLHE – APPT Main Event to pocket a career-best $242,211 (~₹1.6 Crores).
With Aditya ‘Intervention’ Agarwal perched on the precipice of winning his first WSOP gold bracelet, Team India still has a lot to offer at the series!
Three other Indian challengers, Raghav Bansal (59,400), Nikita Luther (29,700) and Team PokerStars India pro Muskan Sethi (17,300) who entered the Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament have survived the vast player field to make it to Day 2. With 1,020 players registering, only 252 moved to Day 2 with Fahredin Mustafov (205,000) bagging the overnight chip lead.
That’s not all, as Aditya ‘Bitti’ Agarwal (10,300) has progressed to Day 2 in Event #53: – $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better.
Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty reached the end of Day with Ranno Sootla (1,500,000) commanding the chip lead. Ryan Leng (1,381,000) and Jamie Oconner (901,000) are in close pursuit.
Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold ‘em Championship that witnessed participation of 114 runners has moved onto its third consecutive day with Dan Zack (1,217,000) chip leading the 14 players who will resume play.
In the meantime, Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better witnessed 744 eliminations to see only 191 players remain till the end of Day 1. Brad Albrinck (137,100) topped the leaderboard, with Bryce Yockey (131,900) and Dustin Pattinson (129,100) hot on his heels.
When 257 players returned to the battle in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Monster Stack, the atmosphere held a spark of energy lit by hopes of countless players aspiring for the prized gold bracelet and their spot in the WSOP history. As the day rolled out, many dreams faded, several players who were holding big stacks lost their momentum, some of those who were floundering at the bottom won big pots and only 29 have progressed to Day 4, to resume the play for the first-place prize of $1,037,451.
India’s superstar and Poker veteran Aditya Agarwal kept the Indian flag flying high on the WSOP radar, with a stellar performance on Day 3. Starting the play with 1.1 Million chips and amid the top 5 in leaderboard, Agarwal kept up the pace and stormed through the largely swingy day eliminating many and adding to his stack which culminated into a massive pile of 1,680,000 chips.
Player of Indian origin, Shyam Srinivasan is also in the hunt, and is currently holding the 14th place in chip counts with 2,750,000. It wasn’t a favorable day’s play for Indian challenger Nipun Java who railed out at 126th place for $6,794 (~₹4.65 Lakhs).
For Agarwal, the day brought remarkable moments as well as some tense ones.
Early on, Ryan Moss moved all-in from early position, and was called by Agarwal from hijack. With the board running , Moss was able to clip a pair of queens with his hole cards of , as Agarwal lost 290,000 from his stack holding , bringing his count down to 2,010,000.
Soon enough, Agarwal was able to build back his stack. Daniel Wojcik opened 60,000 from middle position and received a call from Agarwal who was seated one seat over from him. Both players checked the flop . The turn caused Wojcik to check, while Agarwal bet 70,000 and won the pot after Wojcik folded to increase his stack to 2,090,000.
He then lost 310,000 to Moss but was able to double through Ramiro Araujo to reach 1,200,000. Araujo moved all-in from middle position with pocket sevens and Agarwal called from big blind risking his remaining 650,000 with pocket tens. The runout missed both players and Agarwal was able to rake in the pot.
In one of the last hands of the day, Agarwal went on to eliminate an opponent by moving all-in from the button for 1,150,000. The player called from small blind. Agarwal held and his rival held . The showdown fanned . Agarwal busted his opponent with his king kicker and raised his chip count to 2,000,000.
He kept his rail engaged with regular updates on Twitter.
700ish at 8k-16k(2k) with 171/6260 remaining #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) June 26, 2018
1.25m at 12k-24k(4K) with 117/6260 remaining #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) June 26, 2018
950k going to dinner, come back at 20k-40k(5k) #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) June 27, 2018
800k at 30k-60k(10k) with 48 remaining #WSOP2018
— Aditya Agarwal (@AdiAgarwal_int) June 27, 2018
Leading the 29 survivors into Day 4 is Vitor Rangel who has a stack of 8,910,000 and James Carroll with 8,165,000, Harald Sammer (7,170,000) and Rittie Chuaprasert (5,785,000) trail close behind.
Other big stack holders are Michael Benko (5,250,000), Colin McHugh (4,310,000), James Salmon (4,210,000), Steve Billirakis (4,145,000) and Jimmy Chen (4,000,000).
The players will resume play with the blinds at 50,000- 100,000 and 15,000 ante.
1. Vitor Rangel – 8,920,000
2. James Carroll – 8,165,000
3. Harald Sammer – 7,170,000
4. Ritte Chuaprasert – 5,785,000
5. Michael Benko – 5,250,000
6. Colin McHugh – 4,310,000
7. James Salmon – 4,210,000
8. Steve Billirakis – 4,145,000
9. Jimmy Chen – 4,000,000
10. Raul Manzanares Lozano – 3,365,000
After another ten levels of play was concluded on Day 2, only 29 players remain who will return on Day 3 to fight for the sought-after WSOP gold bracelet and top prize worth $272,765. Ranno Sootla, who was trailing behind in second place on the leaderboard when the day began, claimed the top spot by the end with a stack of 1,500,000. Rounding up the top three ranks are Ryan Leng (1,381,000) and Jamie Oconner (901,000).
Team India’s Paawan Bansal has sustained his prodigious form. On the heels of his 74th place finish in Event #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em for $6,803 (~₹4.63 Lakhs) and 30th place finish in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $12,345 (~₹8.40 Lakhs), he made yet another deep run in the event and finished 73rd for $2,952 (~₹2.02 Lakhs). His most recent exploit has brought his total WSOP earnings to $113,605 (~₹77.98 Lakhs).
Several notable eliminations for the day included Aaron Massey (36th for $6,952), Alex Whitenstall (41st for $5,722), Zachary Humphrey (65th for $3,422), Adam Daniel (82nd for $2,578), Gaurav Assomull (130th for $2,039), Patrick Clarke (138th for $1,847), Ian Steinman (205th for $1,695) and Asi Moshe (284th for $1,416), with Ryan Lincks (298th for $1,416) becoming the last player to make it in the money.
1. Ranno Sootla – 1,500,000
2. Ryan Leng – 1,381,000
3. Jamie Oconner – 901,000
4. Jay Farber – 901,000
5. Russell Rosenblum – 730,000
6. Mikhail Semin – 677,000
7. Juan Vecino – 663,000
8. Ryne Capra – 602,000
9. Robert Damelian – 562,000
10. Quyen Hoang – 554,000
After an entire day’s run through Day 2 of Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold ‘em Championship, the field that had begun with 114 runners has now whittled down to 14 survivors, with Dan Zack in firm control of the chip lead.
Zack bagged his stack of 1,217,000 for Day 3 where he will be competing with Matt Szymaszek (561,000), Nick Schulman (499,000), Anthony Zinno (493,000), Christopher Chung (487,000) and the other remaining players that include bracelet winners Scott Seiver (467,000), Michael Moore (368,000), Benny Glaser (215,000) and Brock Parker (167,000).
The top 18 players were to take a piece of the $1,071,600 prize pool. Ofir Mir (15th for $17,000), John Hennigan ($14,615), Gregory De Bora (17th for $14,615) and Joao Vieira (18th for $14,615) , all hit the rails with a payday.
1. Dan Zack – 1,217,000
2. Matt Szymaszek -561,000
3. Nick Schulman – 499,000
4. Anthony Zinno – 493,000
5. Christopher Chung – 487,000
6. Scott Seiver – 467,000
7. Ken Deng – 406,000
8. Michael Moore – 368,000
9. Matt Glantz – 267,000
10. Philip Cordano – 251,000
Drawing in a prize pool of $1,262,250, a total of 935 participants entered Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better to take home the first-place prize money of $244,370 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Following 744 eliminations, only 191 runners were left at the end of Day 1. Leading the survivors into Day 2 will be Brad Albrinck (137,100), along with Bryce Yockey (131,900), Dustin Pattinson (129,100), Eli Elezra (102,600) and Kyle Miaso (85,800).
Representing Team India at the event was Aditya ‘Bitti’ Agarwal. His extraordinary style of play got him his first score of $5,653 (~₹3.83 Lakhs) in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em where he placed 81st. He has presently made it to Day 2 in this event with a modest stack of 10,300.
Some of the other poker stars who also made it to Day 2 include Daniel Negreanu (81,100), Phil Hellmuth (67,400), Randy Ohel (55,800), Chris Ferguson (52,700), Brian Hastings (33,700) and Victor Ramdin (32,500).
There were several poker biggies who could not make it past Day 1 starting with David “ODB” Baker, Barry Greenstein, Jon Turner, Ryan Laplante, Erik Seidel, Ismael Bojang, Felipe Ramos, Michael Noori, Tim McDermott, Mike Wattel, Scott Clements, Mike Leah and Scott Bohlman.
1. Brad Albrinck – 137,100
2. Bryce Yockey – 131,900
3. Dustin Pattinson – 129,100
4. Eli Elezra – 102,600
5. Kyle Miaso – 85,800
6. Quinn Do – 83,600
7. Thomas Cazayous – 81,400
8. Daniel Negreanu – 81,100
9. Hsiao Liu – 77,000
10. Mike Matusow – 76,800
The Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em opened with 1,020 players and with conclusion of the first day, 252 remain in the field in contention for the bracelet. From Team India, Raghav Bansal, Nikita Luther and Muskan Sethi entered the tournament. All three have survived the vast player field to make it to Day 2! While Bansal holds a stack of 59,400 and is placed 108th in the End of Day chip counts, Luther has 29,700 while Sethi has 17,300 in chips.
This year, Bansal has already cashed in three WSOP events, including the Colossus $565 NLHE where he finished 1,025th for $1,118 (~₹76,667),the $1,500 NLHE Shootout where he finished in 55th place for $5,227(~₹3.58 Lakhs) and the $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker where he finished 21st for $40,898 (₹27.8 Lakhs).
Meanwhile, Sethi returned to WSOP felts in 2017 when she finished in 39th place in $1,500 NLHE for $8,286 (₹5.68 Lakhs). Her maiden WSOP cash was in 2014 when she ended her run in $1,500 NLHE in 55th place for $7,827 (₹5.36 Lakhs).
For Luther who was first seen at the 2017 WSOP when she cashed in three events, the first WSOP event she participated in this summer was the $1,000 Double Stack NLHE where she finished in 525th place to cash $2,038 (₹1.39 Lakhs). After bagging her chips for the day, Luther announced her progress to Day 2 on Twitter.
Sorry about no updates. Brick city and disappointment till now. But dreams alive in the 3k wsop. We made day 2 with 25bb. Also looking for a 3rd team mate in tag team since me and my team mate can’t play to start. Let me know if anyone’s interested 🙂 #WSOP
— Nikita Luther (@nikitaluther) June 27, 2018
A prize pool of $2,754,000 was created in the event that began with just 350 players initially but soon there was a long queue and the numbers went up. The payouts have been announced and the winner will take home a payday of $522,715.
Currently, Fahredin Mustafov is at the top of the leaderboard with 205,000 in chips and close on the heels of Mustafov are Jordan Young (203,000), Uri Reichenstein (164,000) and Luciano Hollanda (162,100).
Other notables with big stacks include Kristen Bicknell (132,900), Connor Drinan (100,000), Frank Kassel (99,700), Scotty Nguyen (95,500), Kathy Liebert (60,700), Calvin Anderson (58,400), and Michael Gathy (45,000).
153 players will reach the money bus with a minimum cash assured $4,513.
Mohsin Charania, Rainer Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Maria Lampropulos, Martin Jacobson, Sofia Lovgren and Parker Talbot were among the well-known names who hit the rails.
1. Fahredin Mustafov – 205,000
2. Jordan Young – 203,200
3. Luciano Hollanda – 162,100
4. Ryan Hall – 137,200
5. Kristen Bicknell – 132,900
6. Daniel Strelitz – 130,500
7. Marciano Cruz – 128,000
8. Randy Levin – 124,200
9. Liu Yin – 110,000
10. Andrey Zaichenko – 109,000
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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