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The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is officially past the mid-way mark, and things have got a whole lot more exciting for the Indian poker community now that Team India has stormed the WSOP felts with gusto! Yeah, we missed our challengers early in the series, but they had to spend 14-days in safe zones like Mexico or Dubai due to travel restrictions for Indians flying into the U.S.
Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack was the first bracelet event that witnessed sizable Indian participation at the ongoing series.A bunch of Indians was among the 3,991 players who entered via the two flights. And six of them made the Day 2 cut among the 1,064 who qualified through to Day 2.
Now, after a full day of enthralling action, a total of 149 players have bagged stacks for Day 3. Leading the group is Jeff Platt, who sits with a commanding 3,315,000 stack (111 BBs). Platt, known for commentating on ESPN and PokerGO, played up steady on Day 2 and worked his way up the chip lead towards the fag end of the day after taking down a massive pot. Zach Daly (2,905,000 – 97 BBs) and David Guay (2,900,000 – 97 BBs) round out the top three stacks for Day 3.
None of the Indians made it to Day 3, but Team India posted a litany of ITM finishes – the first at this year`s series. Former WPT Vietnam Main Event champion and MPL Poker pro Dhaval Mudgal (154th for $3,124 – ₹2.35 Lakhs) posted the deepest run from the team, while Kunal Patni (168th for $3,124 – ₹2.35 Lakhs) and Young Gun Neel Joshi (446th for $1,752 – ₹1.32 Lakhs) also opened their scorecards at the series.
Team India ITM Finishes in Event #43
Player Position Cash
Dhaval Mudgal 154 $3,124 - ₹2.35 Lakhs
Kunal Patni 168 $3,124 - ₹2.35 Lakhs
Neel Joshi 446 $1,752 - ₹1.32 Lakhs
However, Sriharsha Doddapaneni, Young Gun Arsh Grover, and poker coach Abhishek Goindi busted empty-handed.
Most of the Indians jumped into other events after busting Event #43. Poker veteran Aditya Agarwal and former WSOP champion Kartik Ved reportedly entered Event #47: $5K Freezeout NLHE 8-Handed, but neither made the Day 2 cut. Another group entered Event #46: $800 Deepstack, including former bracelet champion Abhinav Iyer and Arsh Grover. Grover (595,000) is the lone Indian returning on Day 2, amongst 120 survivors.
Day 3 of Event #46 is scheduled to start at 10 AM (local time) on Monday and run 10 sixty-minute levels. Each of the 120 players is assured of $3,124, with $446,983 set aside for the eventual champion.
Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack – Day 2 Recap
Day 2 of Event #43 had 1,064 qualifiers from a starting field of 3,991 entries (Day 1A – 1,937, Day 1B – 2,054) returning for another day of action. The pace of eliminations was quick, and the field was whittled down to 600 players within the first three hours.
Alexandre Reard was eliminated on the money bubble after his pocket sevens lost out to Monika Thorn’s flopped set. The remaining 599 players were guaranteed at least $1,602 from the $3,551,990 prize pool, with the eventual champion to earn $446,983.
By the end of Day 3, only 149 remained in contention for the bragging rights. Leading the day-end survivors was Jeff Platt (3,315,000 -111 BBs), followed by Zach Daly (2,905,000 – 97 BBs) and David Guay (2,900,000 – 97 BBs).
Team India had six players in contention, namely, Kunal Patni (258,000), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (252,000), Dhaval Mudgal (254,400), Young Guns Neel Joshi (182,500), and Arsh Grover (56,000), and Abhishek Goindi (26,000).
Patni and Goindi had qualified from Day 1A, while the other four made it through Day 1B.
While Doddapaneni, Grover, and Goindi were eliminated before the bubble, Dhaval Mudgal (154th for $3,124), Kunal Patni (168th for $3,124), and Young Gun Neel Joshi (446th for $1,752) sailed past the money line but fell out before the end-of-play.
Andrew Barber (192nd for $2764), Cherish Andrews (267th for $2,463), Maria Ho (311th for $2,212), Eric Baldwin (323rd for $2,212), Kitty Kuo (352nd for $2,002), Chad Holloway (433rd for $1,752), Chris Moorman (447th for $1,752), Kristy Arnett (487th for $1,752), and Jerry Wong (488th for- $1,752) were other notables who cashed crossed the money line.
Some notables who are still in contention include Matt Vaughan(2,255,000), Kenny Nguyen (1,250,000), Andrew Moreno (1,240,000), the 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson (590,000), and Jeff Boski (445,000).
Day 3 of the event will begin at 10 AM (local time) on Monday, and all advancing players will have to survive 10 sixty-minute levels to make it to the final day. Play will resume at Level 22 with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 and a big blind ante of 30,000.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
1. Jeff Platt – 3,315,000 (111 BBs)
2. Zach Daly – 2,905,000 (97 BBs)
3. David Guay – 2,900,000 (97 BBs)
4. Sylvain Naets – 2,740,000 (91 BBs)
5. Avraham Azulay – 2,715,000 (91 BBs)
6. Gene Harrill – 2,610,000 (87 BBs)
7. Kathy Stahl – 2,485,000 (83 BBs)
8. Matthew Vaughan – 2,255,000 (75 BBs)
9. Sihao Zhang – 2,250,000 (75 BBs)
10. Josue Aguirre – 2,175,000 (73 BBs)
Content & Images Courtesy: WSOP, PokerNews & PokerGO
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