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WSOP 2021: India`s Abhinav Iyer Busts the WSOP Main Event in 60th Place For $113,800 (₹84.64 Lakhs), 36 Players Advance to Day 7

WSOP 2021 Main Event - Abhinav Iyer
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  • Namita Ghosh November 15, 2021
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Sunday brought disappointing news for Indian poker fans. The country’s first solo bracelet champion, Abhinav Iyer, fell out of contention in the 2021 WSOP Main Event in 60th place for $1,13,800 (~₹84.64 Lakhs). While Iyer’s best-recorded finish remains the $565,346 he had won in Event #84: The Closer in 2019, his Sunday run fetched him his career-first WSOP Main Event score, which also happens to be his third-best finish at the annual series to date!

Iyer`s WSOP Main Event deep run is also the most significant finish by an Indian at the ongoing series. He is now the fifth Indian player to make a top-100 finish in the prestigious tournament while posting the third-best finish for the country (to date) in the WSOP Main Event.

A total of five Indian players cashed the 2021 WSOP Main Event, with Kalyan Chakravarthy, Yudhishter Jaswal, Vidur Sethi, and Shashank Jain busting in the money on Saturday.


Team India`s Scores at the 2021 WSOP Main Event

RankPlayerPrize Amount
60thAbhinav Iyer$113,800~₹84.64 Lakhs
68thKunal Punjwani$2,209~₹1.65 Lakhs
152ndNipun Java$1,938~₹1.44 Lakhs
162ndMadhav Gupta$1,934~₹1.44 Lakhs
172ndRaghav Bansal$1,934~₹1.44 Lakhs
208thDhaval Mudgal$1,776~₹1.32 Lakhs

Even though Team India`s dream run in the WSOP Main Event is now over, several bracelet events remain. Most notably, Event #83: The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em, which starts on November 19 and has been a favorite among the Indian contingent. Not only did Iyer win the event in 2019, but Paawan Bansal had finished runner-up in this same event in 2018.

Abhinav Iyer was the only Indian player among the 96 finalists returning for Day 6 in Event $67: $10K NLHE Main Event Championship. All survivors were already assured at least a $59,000 (~₹43.86 Lakhs) cash prize, and the former bracelet winner had a lot of room to maneuver as he entered the day with an above-average stack of 5.85 Million. However, a series of setbacks, including a crucial flip he lost with queens to ace-king, all but ended his dream run.

Abhinav Iyer Insta Story

A total of 36 players have advanced to Day 7. Leading the advancing group is Hye Park (29,500,000), with Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (24,905,000) and Joshua Remitio (21,490,000) close on his coattails.

Also bagging top stacks was former bracelet winner Chase Bianchi (20,765,000), Day 5 chip leader Koray Aldemir (18,905,000) and PokerStars Ambassadors Ramon Colillas (18,200,000) and Alejandro Lococo (17,950,000).

Three-time WSOP champion Chance Kornuth (13,645,000), and former bracelet winners Robert Mitchell (7,380,000), and Mitchell Halverson (6,370,000) are other respected pros moving ahead to Day 7.

The 36 finalists are assured at least $198,550 each with the World Championship title and an $8 Million top prize awaiting the champion!


Abhinav Iyer’s Day 6 Recap

After spinning up his stack over 9X on Day 5, Abhinav Iyer entered Day 6 with a 5.85 Million stack (73 BBs). Iyer`s Day 6 run was nothing short of swingy.

The GGPoker qualifier had a rough start as he lost almost half his stack in the early levels to get below 3 Million.

In his first reported hand on Sunday, Iyer eliminated John Morgan from the event when he opened with . The short-stacked Morgan moved all-in with . Iyer called to see the runout , and Morgan left his seat saying, “You guys are gonna miss me when I’m gone.”

Iyer couldn’t keep up the momentum and lost a considerable pile when Alireza Amiri’s won the race against his I pocket queens with a king opening on the flop. Iyer fell down to 2.67 Million (26 BBs).

After grinding for another hour, Iyer’s stack dipped down to 1.88 Million, and soon after that, he busted in 60th place.

In his final hand, Jack Oliver opened the pot. Sean Ragozzini called, and Iyer tagged along to see the flop opening . Iyer ripped it in with for the middle pair. Oliver folded, and Ragozzini snap-called with for a flush draw. Iyer needed to avoid a spade, a queen, or a nine, but he got the bad news as the turn and river completed the board.

All 36 survivors will now convene at noon (local time) on Monday, November 15, and the plan is to play down to the nine-handed final table.

Hye Park
Hye Park


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 6

  1. Hye Park – 29,500,000
  2. Demosthenes Kiriopoulos – 24,905,000
  3. Joshua Remitio – 21,490,000
  4. Chase Bianchi – 20,765,000
  5. Koray Aldemir – 18,905,000
  6. George Holmes – 18,425,000
  7. Ramon Colillas – 18,200,000
  8. Alejandro Lococo – 17,950,000
  9. Ozgur Secilmis – 14,700,000
  10. David Cabrera – 14,530,000


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