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WSOP 2021: PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved Among the Top Stacks After Day 1 of Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout NLHE

WSOP 2021: Kartik Ved
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  • Namita Ghosh November 16, 2021
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The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) – the world`s biggest and most extensive poker tournament series – is just a week away from wrapping up. The Indian participation at the WSOP has been relatively smaller this year owing to the COVID-19 related travel restriction. Despite the smaller numbers, our Indian challengers have piled on significant scores, and hopes of a bracelet victory shine bright.

Monday`s top story was undoubtedly that of India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal making the final table of Event #76: $10K Super Turbo Bounty. The most seasoned player from India as far as the WSOP is concerned, Agarwal is closer than ever before to claim the gold for India as he chip leads the seven finalists returning on Day 2.

Agarwal’s protégé and another go-getter from Team PokerGuru – Kartik Ved (523,000) – is in the reckoning to win a second WSOP bracelet. The PokerGuru Staking coach was among the 1,191 players who signed up for Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout NLHE and bagged the seventh most enormous stack among 118 survivors.

Kartik Ved


Canada’s Rennei Liu (889,000), Bin Liu (610,000), and Asi Moshe (604,000) topped the day-end chip counts.

Kartik Ved is no rookie at the WSOP. He is among the five Indians to have cracked the top-100 in the WSOP Main Event and placed 51st in the marquee event in 2019 for $173,015 (~₹1.18 Crores). Ved is chasing his second career bracelet, having won Event #64: $840 Turbo Bounty NLHE last year for a whopping $234,433 (~₹1.76 Crore).

However, as two bracelet sweats developed for Team India today, another ended as Day 2 qualifiers Sumit Sapra (52nd for $7,255 – ₹5.40 Lakhs), Shashank Jain (145th for $2,920 – ₹2.17 Lakhs), and Young Gun Siddharth Karia (219th for $2,762 – ₹2.05 Lakhs) exited Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights.

Sumit Sapra, Shashank Jain and Siddharth Karia
Sumit Sapra, Shashank Jain and Siddharth Karia


There are only six players left standing in the event, and Leonid Yanovski (62,200,000 – 31 BBs), David Moses (49,100,000 – 25 BBs), and Paul Fehlig (48,700,000 – 24 BBs) feature among the top three contenders for the bracelet.

In other updates, Event #67: $10K Main Event World Championship played down its nine-handed final table, with Germany’s Koray Aldemir holding a commanding chip lead (175 BBs). Aldemir is also the most accomplished name among the 2021 “November Nine” and is chasing his career-first WSOP bracelet.

Event #74: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet is also fast-moving towards culmination. Day 2 was scheduled to start with 92 survivors from a 212-entry field. However, Dan Zack surrendered his stack, announcing he had developed COVID-19 symptoms and would not be playing. The 91-player field whittled down to just 14 runners over the 10 hours of play, and Russia’s Denis Strebkov (1,402,000) bagged the end-of-day chip lead. Shanmukha Meruga

(877,000) and the 2018 champion of this event, Scott Bohlman (827,000), complete the trip of top stacks for Day 3.

The 11 survivors in Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship sat down for Day 3 on Monday. By the time the play was halted, only four remained in contention. Yuval Bronshtein (3,320,000) is in the driver’s seat, and Ian O’ Hara (2,120,000), Scott Seiver (1,665,000), Brian Hastings (1,535,000) are others vying for the WSOP bracelet.


Event 70: $888 Crazy Eights – Day 2

Day 2 of Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights NLHE took off with 237 survivors from a starting field of 5,252 players. From there, it took 17 levels of play before the final six players bagged up for the final day.

Leading the group is Leonid Yanovski (62,200,000 – 31 BBs), with David Moses (49,100,000 – 25 BBs) and Paul Fehlig (48,700,000 – 24 BBs) carrying the other top stacks into the final day.

The trio of Indian players, Sumit Sapra, Shashank Jain, and Young Gun Siddharth Karia, had also advanced to Day 2, and all of them fell short of the final table.

Sapra ran the deepest from the team, finishing 52nd for $7,255 (~₹5.40 Lakhs). Sapra lost most of his stack to Nolan Brower in Level 28, where his pocket fives couldn`t match up to the latter’s cowboys. He was unable to recover after that and fell out.

Shashank Jain (145th for $2,920 – ₹2.17 Lakhs) and Siddharth Karia (219th for $2,762 – ₹2.05 Lakhs) featured among the early eliminations of the day.

All the 237 returning players earned payouts. The notables among them included Dylan Wilkerson (51st for $7,255), Aaron Massey (85th forr $3,830), Eric Siegel (91st for $3,830), Natural8 Ambassador Phachara Wongwichit (124th for $3,330), Landon Tice (130th for $3,330), Former WSOP champions Vangelic Kaimakarnis (158th for $2,920), Eric Baldwin (159th for $2,920), Michael Lech (175th for $2,920), Alan Sternberg (178th for $2,920) and Ran Koller (218th for $2,762).

Joseph Liberta (7th for $61,888) was the last player to fall on Monday.

All six players have locked up at least $79,888 and will return to play down to a winner on Tuesday. There is a gold bracelet and an $888,891 top prize reserved for the eventual champion!

Leonid Yanovski
Leonid Yanovski


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Leonid Yanovski – 62,200,000 (31 BBs)
  2. David Moses – 49,100,000 (25 BBs)
  3. Paul Fehlig – 48,700,000 (24 BBs)
  4. Georgios Sotiropoulos – 21,800,000 (11 BBs)
  5. Sejin Park – 14,600,000 (7 BBs)
  6. Timo Kamphues – 7,400,000 (4 BBs)


Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship

Day 3 of Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship had 11 qualifiers from a starting field of 144 players in the fray. It took a little over an hour of play for the nine-handed final table to be formed.

Yuval Bronshtein (3,320,000) bagged the overnight chip lead. Ian O’ Hara (2,120,000), three-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver (1,665,000), and four-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings (1,535,000) are the other contenders eyeing the bracelet and the $352,958 up-top.

The elimination of Day 2 chip leader Marco Johnson (5th for $79,073), four-time bracelet winner John Monnette (6th for $59,545), nine-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel (7th for $46,140), Day 1 chip leader Gary Benson (8th for $36,821), and four-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh (9th for $30,290) signaled the end of the day’s play.

Ahmed Mohamed (10th for $25,708) and Brett Richey (11th for $25,708) were the other two players who fell through the day.

The four finalists reconvene at 2 PM (local time) on Tuesday, November 16 to play down to a winner.

Yuval Bronshtein
Yuval Bronshtein


Final Four Chip Counts

  1. Yuval Bronshtein – 3,320,000
  2. Ian O’Hara – 2,120,000
  3. Scott Seiver – 1,665,000
  4. Brian Hastings – 1,535,000


Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix – Day 2

Event #69: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet had logged in a 212-entry field, and 92 survivors were due to return on Day 2. However, Dan Zack, suspecting COVID-19 symptoms, surrendered his stack, bringing the Day 2 starting field to 91.

Following 10 hours of play, only 14 players made the cut. Russia’s Denis Strebkov (1,402,000) catapulted into the chip lead towards the end of the play after flopping a set of aces vs. Anmon Filipppi’s set of kings.

Shanmukha Meruga (877,000), the 2018 champion of the event, Scott Bohlman (827,000), Noah Boeken (455,000, Jon Turner (415,000), and Jerry Wong (355,000) are the other players who remain in contention.

Ray Henson (18th for $6,153), partypoker Ambassador Yuri Dzivielevski (20th for $5,121), James Chen (21st for $5,121), John Racener (24th for $5,121), Michael Binger (28th for $4,481), and Jake Schwartz (31st for $4,097) were some prominent players who cashed the event.

On Tuesday, the final table reconvenes at 2 PM (local time), where one of the six finalists will win the bracelet and the $117,898 up-top.

Dennis Strebkov
Dennis Strebkov


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

  1. Denis Strebkov – 1,402,000
  2. Shanmukha Meruga – 877,000
  3. Scott Bohlman – 827,000
  4. Hooman Nizad – 512,000
  5. Patrik Ciklamini – 498,000
  6. Anthony Ribeiro – 479,000
  7. Noah Boeken – 455,000
  8. Jon Turner – 415,000
  9. Asher Lower – 375,000
  10. Amnon Filippi – 371,000


Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout NLHE

Day 1 of Event #75: $1,500 Freezeout NLHE recorded a 1,191-player starting field. And after the stipulated 17 levels of play, only 118 advanced through to Day 2.

Canada’s Rennei Liu (889,000) bagged the day-end chip lead, with Bin Liu (610,000), Asi Moshe (604,000), David Pham (572,000), and Stefan Reiser (537,000) among the other top stacks.

In more positive news for Team India, the bracelet-winning PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (523,000) bagged the seventh-largest stack of the day.

Notables who busted through the day’s play included four-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh, three-time bracelet winners Barry Greenstein, Ryan Leng, two-time bracelet winners Barny Boatman, Barry Shulman, Tony Dunst, and one-time bracelet winners Anthony Marquez, John Gorsuch, Dejuante Alexander, Daniel Strelitz, Phil Laak, Mike Ruter, Robert Kuhn, Stephen Song, Daniel Smiljkovic, Craig Varnell, Benjamin Moon, and Ryan Depaulo.

The event pays out 179 places with a min-cash worth $2,408.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Rennei Liu – 889,000
  2. Bin Liu – 610,000
  3. Asi Moshe – 604,000
  4. David Pham – 572,000
  5. Stefan Reiser – 537,000
  6. Armin Rezaei – 529,000
  7. Kartik Ved – 523,000
  8. Nicholas Hubers – 510,000
  9. Naor Slobodskoy – 505,000
  10. Artan Dedusha – 504,000

Content & Images Courtesy: WSOP & PokerNews

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