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With the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) now on the home stretch, the weekend action was intense. The most extensive rail unsurprisingly congregated for the Main Event, where among the 96 Day 6 qualifiers was India`s Abhinav Iyer. Even though Iyer’s 60th place finish in the Main Event brought an end to another bracelet run for Team India, there is still hope for the team to win a bracelet as several bracelet events are yet to play down to a winner.
The Day 1D flight of Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights was among the numerous events running on Sunday. The flight drew 2,241 players, and after 14 long hours of action, only 100 of them bagged stacks for Day 2. Farhad Davoudzadeh (2,410,000), Miklos Zsuffa (2,405,000), and Cole Ferraro (2,290,000) advanced with the most massive stacks.
The high-stakes cash game reg from New Delhi, Shashank Jain (630,000), was among the 100 players advancing through Day 1D. Jain has already scored once at the ongoing series, placing 862nd in the Main Event for $15,000 (~₹11.51 Lakhs), He is a WSOP regular who has a good track record in the Crazy Eights – he has cashed this event thrice and that too in consecutive years in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
While Shashank Jain made the Day 2 cut, his fellow compatriots Madhav Gupta (162nd for $1,934), Raghav Bansal (172nd for $1,934), and MPL Poker Ambassador Dhaval Mudgal (208th for $1,776) made ITM finishes on Day 1D.
Day 2 of Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights will start at noon (local time) on November 15, where alongside Jain will be at least two other Indian players, Sumit Sapra (660,000) and Young Gun Siddharth Karia (285,000), both of whom had qualified through Day 1C.
We don`t have the day-end details of Day 1A of the event. However, at least two Indian players cashed in the preceding flights, namely, Kunal Punjwani (68th for $2,209) on Day 1B and two-time bracelet winner Nipun Java (152nd for $1,938) on Day 1C.
Team India`s Scores in Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights NLHE 8-Handed
|60th||Abhinav Iyer||$113,800~₹84.64 Lakhs|
|68th||Kunal Punjwani||$2,209~₹1.65 Lakhs|
|152nd||Nipun Java||$1,938~₹1.44 Lakhs|
|162nd||Madhav Gupta||$1,934~₹1.44 Lakhs|
|172nd||Raghav Bansal||$1,934~₹1.44 Lakhs|
|208th||Dhaval Mudgal||$1,776~₹1.32 Lakhs|
Event #72: $1,500 Mixed NLHE/ PLO was another event running on Sunday and saw India’s Karan Mehta (32nd for $5,878) adding to the team`s scorecard. Motoyoshi Okamura from Japan was the last player standing and won his first WSOP bracelet and a personal-best $209,716 in prize money.
Event #70: $888 Crazy Eights Event #70: CRAZY EIGHTS NLHE 8-Handed – Day 1D
A total of 2,241 entry slips were sold on Day 1D of Event #70: CRAZY EIGHTS NLHE 8-Handed. After almost14 hours of action, 100 players bagged stacks for Day 2. Topping the survivor`s list was Farhad Davoudzadeh (2,410,000) with Miklos Zsuffa (2,405,000) and Cole Ferraro (2,290,000) rounding out the top three stacks of the day.
Shashank Jain (630,000) was the only Indian player advancing through Day 1D.
Three other Indians, Madhav Gupta (162nd for $1,934), Raghav Bansal (172nd for $1,934), and MPL Poker Ambassador Dhaval Mudgal (208th for $1,776), made ITM finishes.
Day 2 is scheduled to start at noon (local time) on November 15, with the survivors from all the four starting flights convening at the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1D
Event #73: $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better Championship
Day 2 of Event #73: $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better Championship had 67 players from a starting field of 136 participants returning to the Rio. With late registrations open on Day 2, the final count came in at 144 entries, generating a $1,342,800 prize pool.
The event played out seven levels on Day 2, and only 11 players made it through to the final day. Each of them is assured at least $25,708, with the WSOP gold bracelet and $352,958 prize money awaiting the eventual champion.
In the driver’s seat is the two-time WSOP bracelet winner Marco Johnson (1,460,000), who has two other former bracelet winners Yuval Bronshtein (1,332,000) and Brian Hastings (1,093,000), breathing down his neck.
The Day 3 field is a stacked one with poker superstars Erik Seidel (994,000), Scott Seiver (783,000), John Monnette (657,000), and the current WSOP POY leader Josh Arieh (535,000) also in contention.
The event pays 22 places, and among those who cashed on Day 2 include five-time bracelet champion Shaun Deeb (13th for $22,536), Ashly Butler (17th for $17,872), Mike Watson (20th for $16,340), and Eli Elezra (22nd for $16,340).
On Monday, the 11 finalists reconvene for the final day`s play at 3 PM (local time). They start at Level 18 with the blinds at 20,000- 40,000 and a running ante of 5,000.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix
Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix registered 212 players on Sunday, creating a $471,700 prize pool. After 10 hours of play, only 92 of them made it through to Day 2. Australia’s Jarryd Godena (235,100) bagged the overnight chip lead, with Yuri Dzivielevski (210,800) and Ismael Bojang (198,600) carrying forward the other top stacks.
Several other players bagged six-figure stacks, namely, Jon Turn (163,000), Eli Elezra (133,100), Amnon Filippi (125,000), and GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (107,300).
Among the other notables making it to Day 2 was Ryan Leng (95,700), Adam Friedman (92,300), David “ODB” Baker (76,100), Daniel Zack (63,200), Christopher Vitch (52,400), Ryan Laplante (52,000), John Racener (46,400), and Felipe Ramos (40,600) and 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (13,500).
The top 32 places get paid at least $4,097, with $117,898 and a WSOP gold bracelet reserved for the eventual champion!
Day 2 commences at 2 PM (local time) on Friday and will see all surviving players have to play 10 hour-long levels to make it to Day 3.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
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