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India now has a fifth bracelet winner! The writing was on the wall, especially given the sheer consistency with which Indian players have been making deep runs at 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online series on GGPoker/ Natural8. Bringing the country its first bracelet of the year was a player with the moniker ‘Mandovi,’ who ran over the 2,207-player field in Event #64: $840 Turbo Bounty NLHE to claim their career-first bracelet (the sixth bracelet for India) and $131,461. Combined with the $102,972 in bounties, the Indian challenger pocketed a whopping $234,433 (~₹1.76 Crore)!
It was a phenomenal Sunday for the Indian brigade with a player from the team making it to the final table of all three bracelet events that played down to a winner. While one of these deep runs ended in a fourth-place finish for ‘pokermafiaa’ in Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, there is another player ‘M26GreenWood,’ who is currently among the six players remaining in Event #63: $500 Mini Main Event!
Talking about ‘Mandovi`s’ blistering run in the event, the player was among the top stacks in the turbo-paced tourney for a long time even after the money bubble burst. However, by the time the field whittled down to the final table, they had become short.
The fiery Indian played brilliantly with the short stack and steadily climbed up after eliminating knocked four players on the FT before meeting Russia’s Konstantin ‘makRUSgreaga’ Maslak heads-up.
The heads-up exchange turned into an extended to-and-fro that saw Maslak overtaking ‘Mandovi’ early on. The Indian had to work towards snatching the advantage back, and once ahead, they held on till the end.
With the victory, ‘Mandovi’ becomes the fifth Indian to win a bracelet and the third player from the country after the Kolkata-born Nipun Java and Abhinav Iyer to win a solo bracelet. Nipun Java had won Team India its first online bracelet in 2017. Iyer became the first player from the country to win the solo bracelet in the live format after he won Event #84: The Closer – $1,500 NLHE for $565,346 (~₹3.87 Crores) last year. While Iyer’s winning score is the highest by an Indian at the series, ‘Mandovi’ has just added bracelet #6 to the country’s tally.
At least two more Indians, ‘thehulk’ (17th for $11,461 – ₹8.58 Lakhs), and ‘inonhmeansfu’ 152nd for $2,142 – ₹1.60 Lakhs) made it in the money at the event.
A prize pool of $1,765,600 was generated, promising at least $905 to 314 players.
Featuring among the prominent ITM finishers at the event were Patrick ‘Muddington’ Kennedy (15th for $11,692), Anatoly Filatov (60th for $5,404), Event #50 champion Enrico ‘GTOExploiter’ Camosci (62nd for 2,704) and Scott Margereson (171st for $1,418).
GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (85th for $1,781) posted his 27th cash in the series. Negreanu even shared the table with fellow Team Pro Felipe Ramos at one point, who went on to SnapCam with Negreanu.
— Felipe Mojave Ramos (@FelipeMojave) August 16, 2020
Just as Kilian ‘Birdie Power’ Loeffler (10th for $23,833) hit the rail, Gueorgui ‘CONAN14’ Gantchev (9th for $20,659) was eliminated on another table, leaving only eight players to start the final table play.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
The final table saw its first casualty within minutes, with Ricardo ‘Sambalele’ Da Silva taking home the eighth-place payout.
GGPoker Ambassador Felipe Ramos followed him out in seventh place. Ramos jammed with jack-ten, but ‘Mandovi’ had him dominated with ace-nine that spiked an ace on the turn.
‘Mandovi’ added more chips to their stack by sending Jon ‘JPC123’ Clark out in sixth place, the former’s pocket jacks flopping a set to bust Clark’s flopped two-pair.
The Indian claimed his third victim on the FT in the next 10 minutes, after Dan ‘NeedLuck’ Borlan`s ace-queen failed to catch up to the Indian’s pocket queens. In what was the biggest pot of the tourney at the time, the pocket pair held out for ‘Mandovi,’ sending Borlan out in fifth place.
Tim ‘TMay420’ West and Javier ‘Marco_damme’ Fernandez bowed out quickly to bring the play down to heads-up.
‘Mandovi,’ who’d claimed his fourth victim in Fernandez, held a massive 47.61 Million stack against Konstantin ‘makRUSgreaga’ Maslak’s 7.55 Million. Despite the significant chip deficit, the latter proved to be a formidable opponent and scored a few double-ups to even out the stacks. After almost 40 minutes, ‘Mandovi’ worked their way up again and took down the tourney!
The final hand saw Maslak moving all-in on the button for 17.09 Million. ‘Mandovi’ called.
Konstantin ‘makRUSreaga’ Maslak
The flop kept Maslak ahead, but the on the turn gave ‘Mandovi’ the lead. They further improved to a two-pair after the landed on the river, and just like that, ‘Mandovi’ won India its sixth gold bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
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