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Indo-American Sandeep Pulusani (cover image) cut through the 1,248-entry field in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #77: $1,5000 Mixed NLHE/ PLO at the Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas to win his second WSOP gold bracelet and the lion’s share of the $1,647,390 prize pool worth $277,949. Esther Taylor finished runner-up for $171,787.
Sandeep Pulusani won his first bracelet in Event #44: $3,000 NLHE at the 2013 WSOP for a career-best $592,684. The win marked his 38th cash in a bracelet event (fifth in the series), boosting his lifetime WSOP cashes to $1,136,608. According to his Hendon Mob profile, Pulusani boasts $1,939,883 in lifetime live earnings.
Pulusani entered the final day with the third smallest stack (1,210,000) among 11 survivors. It was far from an easy ride to the top as his stack at one point reached a low of around 400,000 per his estimate.
Speaking of his swingy final day journey, Pulusani said, “It was a rollercoaster. Yesterday I also started short and ran it up until I made a bad play against Esther Taylor at the end of the night. And today has been a real grind because I was short the entire time, and Aden Salazar had all the chips until we got three-handed.”
Describing what winning a second bracelet meant, he said, “My first bracelet was in a 3k No-Limit Event nine years ago, actually, so it’s been a while! To win this one feels super special. It kind of proves my first bracelet wasn’t a fluke, so it’s really nice.”
The freshly-minted bracelet winner had massive respect for his fellow competitors. He and Taylor shared an embrace after the last hand. He also had this to say about third-place finisher Aden Salazar, “Salazar is only 21 years and already had many great results. You can tell he has a talent for the game, and it’s really cool to play against young rising stars and see how my skills match up and how to adjust.”
The top 186 places got a share from the $1,647,390 prize pool, and a min-cash was worth $2,400.
Among the notables who crossed the money line were six-time bracelet winner GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (18th for $9,844), Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (31st for $8,174), Scott Davies (45th for $5,863), Mike Watson (88th for $3,238), Barny Boatman (116th for $3,000), Dan Shak (127th for $2,625), Ryan Laplante (136th for $2,625), and Shea Quintin (144th for $2,625).
Robert Topham was eliminated in tenth place for $18,558.
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
Daniel Chuprun fell in ninth place ($23,505), setting up the official final table.
Final Table Recap
William Leffingwell was the first to depart in eighth place, and lost all his chips in a PLO hand. On a flop reading , Leffingwell’s went up against Richard Kellett’s . The turn and river were no help to Leffingwell, ending his FT run early.
The next elimination took some time, and Vegard Andreassen was the player walking out in seventh place. His needed some catching up to do against Sandeep Pulusani’s . However, the community cards weren’t exactly what we hoped for, and Pulusani took down the pot after hitting a full house on the turn.
An hour later, Noah Bronstein was sent packing in sixth place. His lost the race against Vincent Lam’s with the board giving Lam a pair of jacks.
Soon after, Richard Kellett got knocked out in fifth place in a three-way showdown. Sandeep Pulusani open jammed with , Kellett re-shoved on top with . Aden Salazar joined in with , covering Kellett. The board ran and Pulusani raked in the massive pot. The side pot went to Salazar while Kellett joined the railbirds.
Almost ninety minutes later, Vincent Lam was standing beside Kellet on the rail in a PLO hand. All the chips went in on the flop , where Lam shoved with and Aden Salazar snap-called with . The turn and river gave Salazar the winning two pair, while Lam fell out of the bracelet race in fourth place.
After some to and fro, Aden Salazar was the next to fall in third place after his failed to improve against Esther Taylor’s .
Sandeep Pulusani held a significant 2:1 chip lead over Esther Taylor at the start of the heads-up play and gradually increased the lead. On the last hand, Esther Taylor shoved with and Pulusani called off with . The dealer brought out the , and just like that, Pulusani added a second WSOP bracelet after completing a straight on the river.
Final Table Results (USD)
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