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Day 34 of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was particularly exciting for the Indian contingent. Of the five events on the day’s schedule, Event #66: $1,000 Mini-Main No-Limit Hold ’em was one of two scheduled to play down to a winner. Team India was already assured of her most prominent finish at this year’s series, with Kartik Ved ranked second in chips among five finalists. The Indian rail woke up to the news of PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved, who was chasing his career-second bracelet, finishing third in the event for $275,593 (~₹2.17 Crores). Not only was this the former bracelet winner’s best live finish ever, but it was also the fourth-highest score by an Indian at the WSOP.
One of the short stacks on the final day, Young Sik mounted a valiant comeback to take down the bracelet in Event #66: $1K Mini Main Event, taking home $593,985 in first-place prize money. Romanian player Cosmin Joldis finished runner-up for $367,233.
The only other event that crowned a champion on Day 34 was the [Online] $500 No-Limit Hold ’em Deepstack. The user Sane ‘Ooohwee213’ Chung won the event for $149,729. Dylan ‘Aurelius’ Smith came second for $92,553.
The event everyone has been waiting for, Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event World Championship, finally got underway on Day 34. Day 1A of the series’ showstopper registered a 900-entry field. Over 12 hours of play, the field dwindled to an unofficial count of 631 runners who progressed to Day 2AB. Among the survivors were India’s Chiraag Patel and Abhishek Goindi. Patel secured an above-average stack of 145,400. Goindi, in his own words, ‘ran super bad all day’ and bagged a below-average 28,200. Cedrric Trevino (317,800) emerged as the Day 1A chip leader, with Wesley Fei (300,000) hot on his coattails. Indo-American Suhaag Gandikota finished third in the day-end chips counts with 269,700.
Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em has completed two starting flights, Day 1A (3,598) and Day 1B (3,936), locking in 7,534 entries, of which only 390 progressed to Day 2. India’s Nishant Sharma (520,000) and Aditya Systla (515,000) are part of the advancing group, both carrying workable stacks.
Jaydeep Dawer and Akshay Bharadwaj were also reported in the thick of the action. While both players failed to make Day 2, they still cashed the event. Dawer finished 230th for $1,672 (~₹1.32 Lakhs) and Bharadwaj placed 462nd for $1,062 (~₹83,811).
Vincent Meli (2,705,000) bagged the chip lead on Day 1A among 182 survivors. Day 1B was headlined by Armando Figueroa (3,150,000), who holds the overall chip lead for Day 2.
Event #69: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship logged in a record-setting field of 683 players, and after two days of action, only 39 remain in contention, with Michael Duek (4,460,000) headlining the surviving field. Indo-Americans Shiva Dudani (3,280,000) and Nitesh Rawtani (1,155,000) feature among the top 10 stacks heading into Day 3.
Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em – Day 1B
Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em logged in 7,534 entries across its first two starting flights, Day 1A (3,573) and Day 1B (3,936). A total of 390 players (Day 1A – 182 & Day 1B – 208) have made the cut for Day 2.
Day 1C & 1D are two more starting flights left to play out. All players entering Day 2 will be eligible to draw for the top bounty prize of $1,000,000 once they eliminate an opponent.
Day 1A Recap
Day 1A of Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em started with 3,573 players, and after 22 levels of play, 182 survived the day’s onslaught.
Vincent Meli (2,705,000) bagged the day-end chip lead, with Christopher Doan (2,000,015) and Jason Brin (1,810,000) rounding the top three stacks.
India’s Jaydeep Dawer fell in 230th place for $1,672 (~₹1.32 Lakhs). This was Dawer’s second ITM run in the ongoing series. He had previously cashed Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors, finishing 463rd for $800 (~₹63,200).
For Akshay Bharadwaj, his 462nd place finish on Day 1A fetched him his maiden WSOP score of $1,062 (~₹83,806).
Notable who bagged and tagged for Day 2 included Artem Sloitsev (1,935,000), Jason Brin (1,810,000), Steven McCartney (1,615,000) Raminder Singh (1,435,000) and Leo Margets (1,275,000).
Among the slew of notables who failed to make it through the day include Tony Sinishtaj, Pete Chen, Perry Friedman, Kathy Liebert, Poker Hall of Famer Barry Greenstein, and former WSOP Main Event champions Ryan Riess and Greg Merson.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A
1. Vincent Meli – 2,705,000
2. Christopher Doan – 2,000,015
3. Jason Brin – 1,810,000
4. Joshua Moskovits – 1,680,000
5. Hayato Kitajima – 1,615,000
6. Steven McCartney – 1,615,000
7. Craig Fields – 1,590,000
8. Rodrigo Semeghini – 1,580,000
9. Timothy Chung – 1,555,000
10. Terry Shortland – 1,435,000
Day 1B Recap
Day 1B of Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em started with 3,936 players, and after 22 levels of play, 208 advanced through.
Armando Figueroa (3,150,000) amassed the most massive stack among the Day 1B survivors. Gabriel Moura (2,530,000) is second in chips, with Freddy Granados (2,405,000) close behind with the third-highest stack.
India’s Nishant Sharma (520,000) is one of two players from the team still in contention. Sharma already has four cashes in the ongoing series (17th overall). His other three ITM scores of the series came in Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (16th for $7,779 ~₹6.14 Lakhs), Event #21: $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack (142nd for $7,584 ~₹6 Lakhs) and Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed (207th for $1,754 (~₹1.39 Lakhs). With a Day 2 berth, Sharma also has a shot at the grand $1,000,000 bounty prize.
Aditya Systla (515,000) was another Indian to make it to Day 2. Systla’s best finish at the WSOP came in 2019 when he finished 14th in Event #71: SALUTE TO WARRIORS – $500 No-Limit Hold ’em for $5,819 (~₹4.60 Lakhs). He is chasing his first cash at the 2022 WSOP.
Notable Day 1B survivors include Freddy Granados (2,405,000), Fabian Foster (2,130,000), Wojtek Barzantny (1,950,000) and defending WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir (1,180,000).
Several notable pros fell out on Day 1B before the money bubble burst, including Pierre Calamusa, Chino Rheem, and Alejandro Lococo.
Some known players who did make it across the money line were Rafael Lebron (219th for $1,835), Barry Shulman (233rd for $1,835), Roland Israelashvili (369th for $1,327), Scott Bohlman (544th for $1,061) and Ismael Bojang (571st for $1,061).
Day 1C will kick off at noon (PDT) on July 4. Day 2, where survivors from Day 1 A, B, C & D clash, starts at 1 PM (PDT) on July 5.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B
1. Armando Figueroa – 3,150,000
2. Gabriel Moura – 2,530,000
3. Freddy Granados – 2,405,000
4. Fabian Foster – 2,130,000
5. Kyung Lee – 2,090,000
6. Brian Ray – 2,053,000
7. Kristopher Templeman – 2,050,000
8. Ben Farrell – 1,950,000
9. Wojciech Barzantny – 1,945,000
10. Yu Tang – 1,925,000
Event #69: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship – Day 2
A record-setting field of 683 entries was registered in Event #69: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship. Day 1 locked in 641 entries, and with late registrations open till the start of Day 2, 42 more players joined the field, generating a $6,368,975 prize pool.
After nine levels of play on Day 2, only 39 hopefuls advanced to Day 3. Michael Duek (4,460,000) emerged as the end-of-day chip leader, with Indo-American player Shiva Dudani (3,280,000) carrying the second largest stack.
Nitesh Rawtani is another Indo-American player top 10 in chips with 1,155,000.
India’s Anik Ajmera had returned on Day 2 with a below-average stack of 59,000. He busted out during Level 13 before the money line was breached. Ajmera had opened his WSOP scorecard earlier in the series with a 25th place finish in Event #39: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $12,143 (~₹9.45 Lakhs). That was the Bengaluru-based player’s only WSOP cash to date.
With the top 103 places assured payouts, Melad Marji money-bubbled the tournament in 104th place.
The notables who finished in the money included John Kabbaj (41st for $26,764), Isaac Baron (44th for $26,764), Luis Calvo (49th for $23,868), Jared Jaffee (64th for $20,059), Dario Sammartino (65th for $20,059) defending champion Tommy Le (76th for $17,551), 888poker Ambassador Vivian Saliba (88th for $16,047), and Chris Brewer (91st for $16,047).
Robert Nehorayan (2,105,000), Jeff Madsen (1,795,000), Brandon Adams (1,035,000), John Beauprez (980,000), Elior Sion (865,000), Nicholas Baris (770,000), Allan Le (600,000), Ronald Keijzer (590,000), and partypoker Ambassador Patrick Leonard (340,000) are among the notables still with a stack for Day 3.
The 39 survivors will return for Day 3 at 2 PM on July 4, where they will play down to the final five players. All returning players have already locked in $30,557, with the eventual champion assured a cash prize of $1,246,770 and the gold bracelet.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
1. Michael Duek – 4,460,000
2. Shiva Dudani – 3,280,000
3. Tom Hu – 2,315,000
4. Robert Nehorayan – 2,105,000
5. Iakov Onuchin – 1,950,000
6. Jeff Madsen – 1,795,000
7. Michael Russell – 1,265,000
8. Nitesh Rawtani – 1,155,000
9. Lev Zerkal – 1,115,000
10. Tesfaldet Tekle – 1,105,000
Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event World Championship – Day 1A
The event that everyone attending the 2022 WSOP was waiting for, Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event World Championship, is finally underway!
Yes, that time of the year has finally arrived, for which every poker player waits with bated breath.
The first opening flight, Day 1A of the world’s most prestigious poker tournament, WSOP Main Event, commenced earlier today. It has been widely speculated that this year’s Main Event field might be a record-breaking one, as has been the case, with impressive turnouts throughout most events this summer. Adding one more starting flight, Day 1D is another reason for the lofty expectation. Yet only time will tell if the 2006 record of 8,773 players will be broken this week.
And making the ceremonial “Shuffle Up and Deal” on Day 1A was the defending Main Event champion, Koray Aldemir. However, Aldemir was in the Bally’s ballroom to just make the announcement as he did not enter this flight, so we might have to wait and watch what happens to his attempt at defending the title. Nevertheless, a massive field of 900 players filled with amateurs and pros charged into the event for a shot at the most prestigious title in the game.
After five two-hour levels, the man behind the vlog “Poker Traveler,” Cedrric Trevino (317,800), bagged the top stack among 631 survivors. Close on Trevino’s heels is China’s Wesley Fei (300,000). You can call it beginners luck, as the cryptocurrency investor and Hustler Live cash game regular Fei started playing poker only six months ago. This is his first-ever poker tournament, and what a start he’s had!
Team India has historically done well in the WSOP Main Event. While no Indian has yet been crowned World Champion, Nishant Sharma holds the distinction of making the deepest run from the country in the Main Event. He placed 34th in the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $230,475 (~₹1.58 Crores).
Day 1A did see quite a few Indians in action, though we don’t know the names of all who participated. Chiraag Patel and Abhishek Goindi were the only Indians who bagged and tagged for Day 2AB. Patel bagged 145,400 – the 82nd most enormous stack, while Goindi carried forward a below-average stack of 28,200 – ranked 555th among the Day 1A survivors.
Both Indians were not covered extensively in the day’s live reporting. We only know of one hand where Chiraag Patel eliminated an unknown player during Level 4. The player’s went up against Patel’s . The board ran sending the unknown player to the rail.
While Abhishek Goindi wasn’t mentioned in the live coverage either, the poker coach kept the rail updated through Instagram stories. Starting with 60,000 chips, Goindi’s stack touched 80,000 by the first break of the day. He went card dead for a while, but his stack steadily moved to 81,000 through the next level. By the dinner break, Goindi had dropped to 30,000.
Just before the last level of the day, he lost a small pot when his pocket sevens lost to , bringing his stack down to 19,000. By the time the bags were brought out, Goindi had managed to win some chips back and carried 28,200 to Day 2AB.
One of the biggest stories on the opening day of the WSOP Main Event was Indo-American Suhaag Gandikota, who bagged the third biggest stack of 269,700. A relatively lesser-known player, Gandikota’s only WSOP cash to date had come in Event #69: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ’em – Mini Main Event at the 2019 WSOP, where he finished 377th for $2,463.
Ranganath Kanchi (170,000), Chaayanath Mysore (141,500), Gaurav Raina (101,300), Umang Dattani (76,700), and Jagdeep Bal (56,500) are some other Indian-origin players advancing to Day 2AB.
Others who made it through to Day 2AB include former Main Event champions Martin Jacobson (64,300), Ryan Riess, and Qui Nguyen, in addition to Thomas Eychenne (255,800), Andrew Moreno (238,200), Jimmy D’Ambrosio (213,000), two-time “Last Woman Standing” Kelly Minkin (204,
Another notable in the field today was Josh Remitio, who grabbed attention with his massive rail in last year’s Main Event, where he posted an impressive fourth-place finish. Remitio ended Day 1A with 145,500.
A few for whom the Main Event dream came to a premature end include the reigning WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh, Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno, Ana Marquez, Event #42: $100K High Roller champion Aleksejs Ponakovs, and Japanese vlogging superstar Masato Yokosaw.
Although things ended for some, this is just the beginning of a 14-day-long battle that is yet to see the rise and fall of many more players. The players who survived the day will return on July 7 for Day 2AB, which will have the survivors from Day 1A and Day 1B coming together.
Day 1B will kick off at 11 AM (PDT) on July 4.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A
1. Cedrric Trevino – 317,800
2. Wenzhi Fei – 300,000
3. Suhaag Gandikota – 269,700
4. Chanracy Khun – 267,800
5. Thomas Eychenne – 255,800
6. Andrew Moreno – 238,200
7. Yusef Yusufov – 230,000
8. Wendy Bowers – 219,400
9. Kenneth O’Donnell – 217,600
10. Jimmy D’Ambrosio – 213,500
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