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WSOP 2022: PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved’s Fourth-Place Finish in Event #87 For ₹1.37 Crores Headlined Team India’s Day 48 Scorecard 

Kartik Ved, Abhinav Iyer, Siddharth Karia, Raghav Bansal, Neel Joshi, Kunal Punjwani, Sriharsha Doddapaneni, Aditya Agarwal, Yudhishter Jaswal & Aditya Sushant
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 18, 2022
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The 2022 WSOP Main Event is in the books but with the annual series just three days from culminating, the frenzy to claim the last few bracelets resulted in electrifying action.

Day 48 had seven tournaments on the tap, of which five events crowned champions.

Three players returned for the final day`s play in Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Starting the day as the shortest stack, Lawrence Brandt eliminated Tomasz Gluszko (3rd for $87,687) and Roberto Marin (2nd for $126,895) within 90 minutes of play to become the third player this summer to win a second WSOP bracelet and added $205,139 in prize money.

Lawrence Brandt
Lawrence Brandt


Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em brought about the biggest bracelet sweat for Team India at the series, with PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved storming into the FT as one of the top stacks. The PokerGuru Staking head honcho was in the hunt for his career-second bracelet, but one unlucky hand led to his untimely fall in fourth place for $172,103 (~₹1.37 Crores).

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved


Michael Wang went on to take down the event to win his second gold bracelet and $541,604, with Farid Jattin cashing $334,747 as the runner-up.

Michael Wang
Michael Wang


Ved may have missed out on claiming the bracelet, but his fellow PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja made up for it by taking down Event #11 – $100,000 GTD NLH Double Stack at the 2022 WSOP.com Circuit Series for $28,883 (~₹23.07 Lakhs). The lawyer-turned-poker pro trounced a field of 417 entries to collect his career-first WSOP Circuit gold ring! Anthony Pagan finished runner-up for $21,382.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


Coming back to the WSOP bracelet events, Indo-Canadian Jaspal Brar championed the 1,288-player field in Event #88: $1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em to pocket a cool $190,731 payday.

Jaspal Brar
Jaspal Brar


India`s Yudhishter Jaswal (116th for $2,002, ~₹1.59 Lakhs) and Aditya Sushant (123rd for $2,002, ~₹1.59 Lakhs) also cashed the event.

Yudhishter Jaswal & Aditya Sushant
Yudhishter Jaswal & Aditya Sushant


Two online tournaments also awarded bracelets. Gianluca “InMyHouse” Speranza shipped [Online] Event #12: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout Encore for $324,625, while “BabyLegs” won [Online] $500 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver for $125,330.

Gianluca Speranza
Gianluca Speranza


Event #85: $1,500 The Closer commenced proceedings on Day 48 by wrapping up the tail end of Day 1B. The event clocked in 2,039 entries, generating a $3,962,280 prize pool. Day 2 kicked off with 235 runners and ended with 17 remaining. Minh Nguyen (20,275,000) captured the day-end chip lead, with Michael Liang (19,200,000) hot on his heels.

Six Indians advanced to Day 2, and all fell out before the day’s play concluded. MPL Poker Pro Siddharth Karia headlined the Indian cashes in the event, finishing 28th for $16,740 (~₹13.37 Lakhs). Raghav Bansal (40th for $13,730, ~₹10.96 Lakhs), Young Gun Neel Joshi (46th for $11,360, ~₹9.07 Lakhs), Kunal Punjwani (164th for $3,800, ~₹3.03 Lakhs), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (185th for $3,800, ~₹3.03 Lakhs) and Aditya Agarwal (213th for $3,360, ~₹2.68 Lakhs) were others finishing in the money.

Siddharth Karia, Raghav Bansal, Neel Joshi, Kunal Punjwani, Sriharsha Doddapaneni & Aditya Agarwal
Siddharth Karia, Raghav Bansal, Neel Joshi, Kunal Punjwani, Sriharsha Doddapaneni & Aditya Agarwal


Day 3 of Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em Championship saw the starting field of 394 players whittle down to the final six. Pavel Plesuv bagged a commanding chip lead with a stack of 6,890,000. Bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer had entered Day 3 with the 12th largest stack of 692,000 and busted 38th for $20,000 (~₹15.99 Lakhs).

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


Event #85: $1,500 The Closer – Day 2

Event #85: $1,500 The Closer was one of the most extensively affected events following Saturday’s stampede. Day 1B was paused during Level 17, with 477 players still in contention. On Day 48, Day 1B restarted at noon (PDT), ending with 167 players remaining.

Day 1B

Chris Moorman (1,755,000) bagged the Day 1B chip lead and later became the start-of-Day 2 chip leader.

Sriharsha Doddapaneni (795,000), Siddharth Karia (735,000), Neel Joshi (660,000), and Kunal Punjwani (145,000) advanced to Day 2.

Young Gun Arsh Grover fell out in 378th place for $2,406 (~₹1.92 Lakhs)

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover


The Day 1B Indian survivors were joined by Raghav Bansal (1,600,000) and Aditya Agarwal (410,000) from Day 1A.

Day 2

Day 2 began with 235 qualifiers from the two starting flights, and after 11 levels of play, only 17 had a stack to carry to Day 3.

Minh Nguyen (20,275,000) secured the end-of-Day 2 chip lead, with Michael Liang (19,200,000) a close second in chips. Rudy Cervantes (16,475,000), Daniel Tabello (14,450,000), and Zachary Johnson (12,050,000) are the only other players with over 10 Million in chips.

The six Indians who made Day 2 could not progress further. Young Gun Siddharth Karia ran the deepest, finishing 28th for $16,740 (~₹13.37 Lakhs). This was Karia’s sixth cash of the series, taking his WSOP live cashes to $75,146 (~₹60.02 Lakhs).

Siddharth Karia
Siddharth Karia


Raghav Bansal (40th for $13,730, ~₹10.96 Lakhs), Young Gun Neel Joshi (46th for $11,360, ~₹9.07 Lakhs), Kunal Punjwani (164th for $3,800, ~₹3.03 Lakhs), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (185th for $3,800, ~₹3.03 Lakhs) and Aditya Agarwal (213th for $3,360, ~₹2.68 Lakhs) round out the Indian scores in The Closer.

Ian Steinman (23rd for $20,570), Shaun Deeb (30th for $16,740), Jonathan Dokler (34th for $16,740), Barry Hutter (42nd for $13,730), and Brett Shaffer (45th for $11,360) were other notables who fell out on Day 2.

The 17 remaining finalists are assured at least $25,480; the eventual winner will walk away with $536,280 and the gold bracelet.

Day 3 will commence at noon (PDT) on July 18.

Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen


End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Minh Nguyen – 20,275,000
  2. Michael Liang – 19,200,000
  3. Rudy Cervantes – 16,475,000
  4. Daniel Tabello – 14,450,000
  5. Zachary Johnson – 12,050,000
  6. Madelyn Carr – 9,075,000
  7. Tjan Tepeh – 8,975,000
  8. Ahmed Karrim – 7,700,000
  9. Sean Ragozzini – 6,875,000
  10. Vincent Lam – 6,000,000
  11. Elhadj Yaye – 5,725,000
  12. Chris Moorman – 5,475,000
  13. Samuel Brown – 4,550,000
  14. Phillip Martin – 4,400,000
  15. Tigran Gasparyan – 3,200,000
  16. Pedro Neves – 2,900,000
  17. Manuel Herreragarcia – 2,725,000


Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em Championship – Day 3

Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em Championship registered a 394 entry-field, and after three action-packed days of poker, only six remain in contention.

Pavel Plesuv (6,890,000) holds the runaway chip lead coming into the final day`s play. Gregory Jensen (4,740,000) is a distant second in chips. Former bracelet winners Ali Eslami (3,705,000) and Barak Wisbrod (3,205,000), along with Lucas Foster (2,380,000) and Brock Wilson (2,080,000), round out the Day 3 survivors.

India`s WSOP star Abhinav Iyer had returned on Day 3 with the twelfth largest stack in the field, i.e., 692,000, but fell out in 38th place for $20,000 (~₹15.99 Lakhs). Iyer’s tournament run ended in Level 18 when he moved all-in from the big blind with , and Brock Wilson, who was in the cutoff, called off with , putting Iyer at risk. The board ran d1], and Wilson took down the pot with top pair and top kicker.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


This was Iyer’s ninth cash of the series, with his deepest run of the series coming in Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack (7th for $56,388, ~₹43.99 Lakhs). His other ITM runs came in Event #78: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em (27th for $13,999, ~₹11.14 Lakhs), Event #81: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (104th for $8,021, ~₹6.40 Lakhs), Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em (95th for $6,803, ~₹5.37 Lakhs), Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Holdem (156th for $4,355, ~₹3.40 Lakhs), Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Holdem (134th for $3,217, ~₹2.50 Lakhs) and Event #21: $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold’em (870th for $2,400, ~₹1.87 Lakhs).

Scott Bohlman (8th for $64,995), Romain Lewis (12th for $39,529), four-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (14th for $39,529), three-time bracelet winner Davidi Kitai (15th for $39,529), Jared Jaffee (22nd for $32,025), four-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos (24th for $26,638), Daniel Weinman (28th for $26,638), five-time bracelet winner Brian Rast (39th for $20,000) and Upeshka De Silva (42nd for $17,500) were bracelet winners who boarded the money bus.

The elimination of Martin Zamani in seventh place ($86,472) set up the six-player final table and marked the end of Day 3.

The remaining six players have each locked in at least $117,819, but their eyes will be on the $824,649 top prize and the alluring gold bracelet. They will resume play at noon (PDT) on July 18.

Pavel Plesuv
Pavel Plesuv


End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Pavel Plesuv – 6,890,000
  2. Gregory Jensen – 4,740,000
  3. Ali Eslami – 3,705,000
  4. Barak Wisbrod – 3,205,000
  5. Lucas Foster – 2,380,000
  6. Brock Wilson – 2,080,000


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