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WSOP 2022 Report Card: Team India Posts 5 FT Finishes & 125 Cashes, PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved Was the Star of the Series!

The 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) that ran from May 31 to July 20 was indubitably a rousing success! A truckload of memorable moments, spectacular victories, and intriguing incidents ensured the 2022 WSOP would be remembered for years!

The series generated a lot of global excitement and anticipation from the poker masses. There is good reason for it, for not only was the ‘World’s Biggest Poker Festival’ returning to its traditional summer slot after three years, but it also marked the return of the mega festival to the Las Vegas Strip at its new home at the Bally’s (soon to be Horseshoe) and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Returning after just seven months since its fall outing, the annual series set numerous records.

The most anticipated event at the WSOP, the Main Event, registered 8,663 entries, making it the second-largest field ever, falling 110 entries short of the 2006 record of 8,773 players. Norway’s Espen Jørstad was the last player standing, becoming the latest World Champion and taking home the championship gold bracelet and the $10 Million first-place prize.

Most poker heavyweights showed up for the series, including the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey, and even some unwanted poker icons such as Bryn Kenney, Jake Schindler and Ali Imsirovic. Some well-known names were missing in action. Most notably, Doyle Brunson. The latest WPT Ambassador had indicated he would be playing the Main Event, but health concerns kept him away from the felts. He did deliver the ‘Shuffle Up & Deal’ announcement (via video message) on Day 8 of the Main Event.

Indians turned up in spades at the series. However, due to the lingering COVID-19 threat, the contingent was not as big as the one that made its way to Sin City in 2019. Nevertheless, Team India recorded at least 125 cashes throughout the series, including five final table finishes – a significant improvement over 2021’s 40 cashes and four FT finishes.

The Indian battalion saw most of the notables in attendance, including the five bracelet winners from the country, i.e., Abhinav Iyer, Aditya Sushant, Nipun Java, Nikita Luther, and Kartik Ved. While there were a plethora of amazing performances by the team, PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved was hands down the star performer from the team with two FT finishes and a jaw-dropping $489,195 (~₹3.90 Crores) in total winnings this summer. His spectacular run at the series saw him sweep away three of the nine categories we have compiled in this feature!

His top finishes include:

  • 3rd in Event #66: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em (freezeout) for $275,593 (~₹2.17 Crores)
  • 4th in Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em for $172,103 (~₹1.37 Crores)

 

While Ved was the ‘poster boy’ of Team India’s 2022 WSOP run, there was a fleet of other fantastic runs by Indian contenders. One such performance came from Sriharsha Doddapaneni, who was the last Indian standing in the 2022 WSOP Main Event and cashed for $46,800 (~₹37.23 Lakhs) in 249th place.

Aditya Agarwal made his 16th appearance in the annual series this year. The original ‘Poker Guru’ kicked off this year’s series with a final table finish in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em (9th for $23,634, ~₹18.36 Lakhs) and wrapped up the summer with five cashes, cumulatively worth $87,905 (~₹70.23 Lakhs).

Other consistent performers in the series included bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer (8 cashes for $115,183, ~₹91.96 Lakhs) and Young Gun Neel Joshi (8 cashes for $78,612, ~₹62.76 Lakhs).

The WSOP is always the center of attention for poker players every summer. However, several exciting tournament series are hosted alongside the mega series in other casinos in Las Vegas. When not grinding at the WSOP felts, Indians (like many other pros) often join many such non-bracelet tournaments and have been known to rake in massive scores in them in recent years. This year, the bragging rights of making the best live finish in a non-WSOP event go to Abhinav Iyer. The bracelet winner finished fifth in the Venetian DeepStack Championship Serie Event #104: $1,600 NLHE Monster Bounty for $20,247 (~₹16.16 Lakhs).

The coveted gold bracelet has eluded Indian players for two years. Kartik Ved was the last Indian player to win a bracelet when he shipped Event #64: $840 Turbo Bounty NLHE of the 2020 WSOP Online Series. While there were no bracelets to brag about this year, the team brought back a WSOP Circuit gold ring. Ved’s PokerGuru Staking stablemate PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja championed Event #11 – $100,000 GTD NLH Double Stack at the 2022 WSOP.com Circuit Series for $28,883 (~₹23.07 Lakhs).

Let’s take a glance at the notable performances by Team India this summer:

 

WSOP 2022 Team India Report Card

CategoryPlayer
Star of the Series & Highest ScorerKartik Ved
Most Cumulative Cashes (WSOP)Kartik Ved
Deepest Run in the Main EventSriharsha Doddapaneni
WSOP DebutNathan Rao
Most Consistent Player at the WSOPAditya Agarwal
Deepest Online Run in a Non-Bracelet EventAshish Ahuja
Deepest Run in an Online Bracelet EventYudhishter Jaswal
Highest Score in a Non-WSOP EventAbhinav Iyer

 

Star of the Series & Highest Scorer: Kartik Ved

PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved‘s trailblazing run at the 2022 WSOP deems him worthy of the ‘Star of the Series’ title. The only Indian to make two final table finishes at the mega-series, Ved’s third-place finish in Event #66: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em (freezeout) for $275,593 (~₹2.17 Crores) also earned him the ‘highest scorer’ tag.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

 

Talking about his two FT finishes, Ved joked, “It was fun and unexpected. Luckily both weren’t streamed.”

“It feels good to get good results, boosts the confidence,” he added.

 

Most Cumulative Cashes (WSOP): Kartik Ved

Kartik Ved had a terrific summer in Las Vegas, something which is very apparent with how the Goa resident sits on top of three of the nine categories we have outlined in this feature. With nine cashes and a jaw-dropping $489,195 (~₹3.90 Crores) in total winnings, Ved pulled off one of the most prolific runs ever by an Indian at the annual series.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

 

Ved opened his 2022 WSOP scorecard with a 123rd place finish in Event #18: $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Holdem. He picked up four more scores in various bracelet events before grabbing his biggest score (also the highest score by an Indian at the 2022 WSOP) from his third-place finish in Event #66: $1,000 MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em (freezeout) worth a whopping $275,593 (~₹2.17 Crores).

He was second in chips among five finalists entering the final day of the MINI Main Event and one of the top contenders to take down his second bracelet. He got off to a promising start but fell out in third place when his were cracked by the eventual champion, Young Sik‘s that spiked an Ace on the turn.

This was the highest score by an Indian at the 2022 WSOP and the fourth-highest score overall, behind previous finishes by Abhinav Iyer (1st in Event #84: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold ’em), Paawan Bansal (2nd in Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold ’em) and Aditya Agarwal (2nd in Event #76: Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold ’em).

Following his Mini Main Event run, Ved made another two deep runs in Event #70: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em World Championship and Event #75: $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em 7-Handed, before wrapping up summer with a bang.

His last cash of the series in Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em had the Indian rail, once again, at the edge of their seats. The bracelet winner was the chip leader once the field was down to nine players. However, he lost two massive pots to nine-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel, which halted his momentum. Towards the end of Level 31, in a decisive hand, Ved lost a massive pot to eventual winner Michael Wang. Fifteen minutes later, Ved was eliminated by Farid Jattin when his failed to hold up against Jattin’s that flopped a pair of Jacks. Ved finished fourth for $172,103 (~₹1.37 Crores) – his third-best finish at the WSOP.

After his breakout run at the 2022 WSOP, Ved now sits on $783,303 (~₹6.25 Crores) in lifetime WSOP earnings on the back of 20 cashes.

 

Deepest Run in the Main Event: Sriharsha Doddapaneni

The WSOP Main Event is one tournament any poker player who can afford the $10,000 buy-in wants to play. Almost every poker player who makes their way to Las Vegas looks forward to making a deep run in arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world.

While an Indian is yet to win the Main Event, many have made notable runs in the prestigious event in recent years. This year, Sriharsha Doddapaneni was the last Indian standing in the Main Event and finished 249th for $46,800 (~₹37.23 Lakhs).

Sriharsha Doddapaneni
Sriharsha Doddapaneni

 

Doddapaneni scored in only one other bracelet event at the 2022 WSOP, finishing 185th in Event #85: $1,500 The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em for $3,800 (~₹3.03 Lakhs)! With 23 cashes in live bracelet events on his resume, Doddapaneni currently boasts $126,928 (~₹1.01 Crores) in lifetime WSOP winnings. His most significant WSOP score came in 2021 WSOP Online Series Event #12: $1K DOUBLE STACK, where he finished third for a whopping $357,408 (~₹2.65 Crores).

This year, 30 Indians qualified for Day 2ABC and Day 2D from the four starting flights, contributing to the second-largest field of 8,663 entries in WSOP Main Event history. Only half, i.e., 15 Indians, advanced to Day 3. The number was further reduced to just six Indians who progressed to Day 4.

Sriharsha Doddapaneni, who bagged the biggest stack of 841,000 among the six Indians advancing to Day 4, had been erroneously skipped by WSOP in the end-of-Day 2ABC and start-of-Day 3 chip counts list. The MTT reg was the only Indian to carry forward a stack to Day 5, where he fell out in 249th place.

Aditya Systla (575th for $25,500, ~₹20.27 Lakhs), Chiraag Patel (869th for $17,000, ~₹13.51 Lakhs), Young Gun Arsh Grover (803rd for $19,000, ~₹15.11 Lakhs), MPL Poker Pro Siddharth Karia (747th for $21,000, ~₹16.70 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (891st for $17,000, ~₹13.52 Lakhs) were the other Indians who scored in the Main Event.

 

WSOP Debutant: Nathan Rao

Nathan Rao made an impressive debut at the World’s Biggest Poker Festival.’ He opened his WSOP scorecard in style, finishing 20th in Event #49: $2,000 No-Limit Holdem for a career-best $18,930 (~₹15.13 Lakhs). The event registered a massive 1,997-player field.

Nathan Rao
Nathan Rao

 

Rao’s first appearance at the 2022 WSOP yielded two cashes for cumulative winnings of $20,832 (~₹16.65 Lakhs).

The New York resident made one other ITM finish in Event #57: $600 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em, netting $1,902 (~₹1.52 Lakhs) in 216th place.

 

Most Consistent Player at the WSOP: Aditya Agarwal

There is a reason why Aditya Agarwal is often referred to as ‘India’s poker pioneer.’ The poker superstar was one of the first Indians to start playing poker professionally and the first to represent India at poker`s biggest stage, the WSOP.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

 

Agarwal has been making the journey to WSOP since 2006, when he was just 21. This year was his 16th appearance in the series. He was one of the early birds at the 2022 WSOP and got off to his best start yet at the annual series, making a ninth-place finish in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for $23,634 (~₹18.36 Lakhs).

Agarwal was seventh in chips when the unofficial ten-handed final table was formed and fell in ninth place after his lost out to David Goodman‘s .

This was his third time making it to the FT in a bracelet event. His deepest run at the WSOP happens to be his runner-up in the 2021 WSOP Event #76: Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (freezeout) for a career-best $286,705 (~₹2.13 Crores).

The 37-year-old is best known for his consistency in cashing the WSOP Main Event, with his first ITM finish in the marquee event dating back to 2006. To date, he has cashed the Main Event eight times, the most by an Indian. Sadly, his last Main Event score had come in 2019, when he finished 844th for $18,535 (~₹12.70 Lakhs). He is just three cashes away from overtaking joint leaders Berry Johnston, Allen Cunningham, and Johnny Chan, with ten Main Event cashes each.

While Agarwal missed out on scoring in the Main Event, he still picked up five cashes this year, amounting to $87,905 (~₹70.23 Lakhs). He presently has 53 cashes (WSOP – 51 & WSOPC – 2) and $959,312 (~₹7.66 Crores) in total winnings at the WSOP.

 

Deepest Online Run in a Non-Bracelet Event: Ashish Ahuja

While Team India couldn`t win a gold bracelet this year, one player managed to clinch a WSOP Circuit gold ring. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja trounced a field of 417 players in Event #11 – $100,000 GTD NLH Double Stack at the 2022 WSOP.com Circuit Series for $28,883 (~₹23.07 Lakhs), claiming his first-ever WSOP Circuit gold ring! Anthony Pagan finished runner-up for $21,382.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja

 

Here is an interesting bit of info! Ahuja was playing the tournament on his mobile phone while escaping the Paris Ballroom when rumors of an alleged shooter began to circulate, leading to a stampede. Talk about racing one’s way to victory!

For his win in the circuit event, Ahuja was one of only two Indians (the other being Nipun Java) who participated in the end-of-series, invitation-only bracelet event – Tournament of Champions. Sadly, he failed to make Day 2.

The Chandigarh-based pro was a late arrival in Las Vegas and cashed three events at the 2022 WSOP, pocketing $3,937 (~₹3.14 Lakhs).

 

Deepest Run in an Online Bracelet Event: Yudhishter Jaswal

The London-based Indian MTT reg Yudhishter Jaswal is well known for his online and live poker expeditions. His best score this summer came in Online Event #5: $600 Online Deepstack Championship, where he finished fifth for $36,415 (~₹28.59 Lakhs).

Yudhishter Jaswal
Yudhishter Jaswal

 

The lone Indian player on the FT, Jaswal, clashed against Nicolas “Zskrrrrt” Zolofra in a battle of the blinds when Zolofra moved all-in from the small blind with . The short-stacked Jaswal called off with , putting his tournament life on the line. The board ran , and Zolofra took down the pot, ending Jaswal’s bracelet run.

Jaswal picked up four cashes at the series, pocketing $41,542 (~₹33.17 Lakhs).

 

Highest Score in a Non-WSOP Event: Abhinav Iyer

Indian poker stalwart Abhinav Iyer raked in scores all over Las Vegas this year. His most prominent finish outside the WSOP was his fifth-place finish in Event #104: $1,600 NLHE Monster Bounty at the Venetian DeepStack Championship Series for $20,247 (~₹16.16 Lakhs). This was the highest score by an Indian in a non-bracelet event this summer.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

 

Iyer also made deep runs in Event #42: $600 NLHE The Grand Stack (127th for $805, ~₹64,266) at the MGM Grand Summer Series and Event #55: $1,100 NLHE (132nd for $1,895, ~₹1.51 Lakhs) at The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget.

Iyer collected eight cashes at the 53rd annual WSOP grossing $115,183 (~₹91.96 Lakhs). His deepest run in the series came in Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack, where he finished seventh for $56,388 (~₹43.99 Lakhs).

 

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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 

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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WSOP 2022: Minh Nguyen Overcomes 2,039-Entry Field in Event #85: $1,500 The Closer to Clinch Maiden Gold Bracelet ($536,280)

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #85: $1,500 The Closer was initially meant to be a two-day extravaganza. But due to the stampede on Saturday, Day 1B of the event was paused during Level 17 and had to be restarted on Sunday, with Day 2 commencing after a delayed start at 5:15 PM (PDT). While initially, the event was to play down to a winner on Sunday, an extra day was added to the schedule due to the delayed start. After all the chaos and intense action, New Jersey’s Minh Nguyen (cover image) championed the 2,039-entry field to bank the lion’s share of the $962,280 prize pool worth $536,280.

The final day had 17 players returning to the felts, with Nguyen starting with a dominating chip lead. He made an aggressive run through the FT, knocking out several players to clinch his career-first gold bracelet!

Nguyen defeated Ahmed Karrim (2nd for $331,470) heads-up after the two players dominated the final table and came to the endgame nearly even in chips. Karrim was followed in third place by Michael Liang ($247,890) and in fourth by Madelyn Carr ($186,770), both of whom were eliminated by Nguyen in a double knockout that sent the tournament into heads-up play.

“It was a rough start for the series,” Nguyen said in his post-win interview. “I was 0-5 before I min–cashed one. Then I went 0-26 or 27. Overall it was a pretty bad year.”

“I’ve actually been on a year-and-a-half downswing. For me to come this far in the last tournament of the series is a dream. It’s awesome,” he added.

Nguyen had a lively rail, and he promised them a party whether he won or lost. Before entering the Tournament of Champions, Nguyen has an obligation to fulfill.

“I’m going to take my rail out to eat and find something fun to do,” he said.

 

Team India’s Run in The Closer

The Closer has always been a favorite for Indian players, and the team has had two standout finishes in the event in recent years. Paawan Bansal finished runner-up in the event in 2018, while Young Gun Abhinav Iyer took down the event in 2019 to win the bracelet.

The Indian contingent entered the event in good numbers across the two starting flights. Only six Indians made the cut for Day 2. However, none progressed to Day 3.

MPL Poker Pro Siddharth Karia ran the deepest, finishing 28th for $16,740 (~₹13.37 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 event.

Raghav Bansal, Neel Joshi, Kunal Punjwani, Sriharsha Doddapaneni and Aditya Agarwal
Raghav Bansal, Neel Joshi, Kunal Punjwani, Sriharsha Doddapaneni and Aditya Agarwal

 

Team India’s The Closer Payouts

RankPlayerPrize Amount
28thSiddharth Karia$16,740 (~₹13.37 Lakhs)
40thRaghav Bansal$13,730 (~₹10.96 Lakhs)
46thNeel Joshi$11,360 (~₹9.07 Lakhs)
164thKunal Punjwani$3,800 (~₹3.03 Lakhs)
185thSriharsha Doddapaneni$3,800 (~₹3.03 Lakhs)
213thAditya Agarwal$3,360 (~₹2.68 Lakhs)
292ndChiraag Patel$3,006 (~₹2.40 Lakhs)
299thPaawan Bansal$2,631 (~₹2.10 Lakhs)
378thArsh Grover$2,406 (~₹1.92 Lakhs)

 

Chris Moorman (14th for $25,480), Ian Steinman (23rd for $20,570), Shaun Deeb (30th for $16,740), Jonathan Dokler (34th for $16,740), Barry Hutter (42nd for $13,730), Brett Shaffer (45th for $11,360), Tommy Nguyen (60th for $9,470), Bryan Piccioli (80th for $6,750) and Yuliyan Kolev (81st for $5,770) were some of the notables who finished in the money.

Following Tjan Tepeh‘s 11th place ($40,020) exit, the ten-handed final table was formed.

Final Table Chip Count

  1. Minh Nguyen – 41,000,000
  2. Daniel Tabello – 20,000,000
  3. Samuel Brown – 18,000,000
  4. Vincent Lam – 15,000,000
  5. Ahmed Karrim – 12,300,000
  6. Michael Liang – 10,800,000
  7. Madelyn Carr – 10,400,000
  8. Zach Johnson – 7,500,000
  9. Rudy Cervantes – 6,700,000
  10. Manuel Herrera Garcia – 5,500,000

 

Final Table Recap

Ten minutes after the unofficial final table redraw, Vincent Lam doubled up Ahmed Karrim. Shortly after that, Lam shoved all-in for 3,000,000, and Daniel Tabello matched the bet.

Vincent Lam

Daniel Tabello

The community cards opened and Tabello hit a straight on the turn to take down the pot, eliminating Lam in tenth place.

Fifteen minutes later, Michael Liang scored a double knockout when he called Zach Johnson’s open-shove from under the gun for 4,800,000. Rudy Cervantes re-shoved for 5,000,000 from late position, which Johnson called.

Zach Johnson

Rudy Cervantes

Michael Liang

The board was a harbinger of bad news for Cervantes and Johnson, who fell out in places eighth and ninth, respectively.

In Level 39, after a 15-minute break, Samuel Brown open-shoved for 13,200,000 from the button with . Madelyn Carr in the small blind called off with , putting Brown at risk. Brown got no help on the board and walked out in seventh place.

Early in Level 40, Ahmed Karrim eliminated Daniel Tabello in sixth place.

The play slowed down after Tabello elimination and almost an hour later Manuel Herrera Garcia’s fell prey to Minh Nguyen’s on a board. Nguyen`s pair of fives knocked Garcia out in fifth place.

Twenty minutes after eliminating Garcia, Nguyen sped things up by scoring a double elimination. Madelyn Carr jammed her last 7,200,000 from the cutoff, and Michael Liang called from the small blind. Nguyen shoved his big stack from the big blind, and Liang tossed his remaining 4,000,000 in the pot after tanking for a moment.

Madelyn Carr

Michael Liang

Minh Nguyen

The community cards opened , giving Nguyen trip tens to see off Liang and Carr in third and fourth place, respectively.

An hour of to and fro heads-up battle later, Ahmed Karrim shoved all-in on the turn with the board open in an attempt to win the 25,000,000 chips in the pot. However, the move backfired as Nguyen snap-called with for a straight. Karrim with the was drawing dead before an inconsequential hit the river. Unable to pull off the bluff, Karrim was relegated to a runner-up finish, while Nguyen picked up his maiden WSOP bracelet and $536,280.

Minh Nguyen and his rail
Minh Nguyen and his rail

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Minh Nguyen – $536,280
  2. Ahmed Karrim – $331,470
  3. Michael Liang – $247,890
  4. Madelyn Carr – $186,770
  5. Manuel Herrera Garcia – $141,770
  6. Daniel Tabello – $108,420
  7. Samuel Brown – $83,540
  8. Rudy Cervantes – $64,870
  9. Zach Johnson – $59,759
  10. Vincent Lam – $40,020

 

*The final table recap will be updated shortly.

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This Week in Poker: June 29 – July 5

In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker,’ we bring you the weekly roundup of the most significant online scores by Indian MTT players and the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit. Here are this week’s top stories!

The last seven days seemed to have passed by faster than usual as the high-octane action both online and offline had us working overtime! The 2022 WSOP and PokerBaazi`s APT Online India series were the top themes this week.

With the world`s biggest poker spectacle, the 2022 WSOP, well underway, it’s only natural to begin the week’s top stories coming out of Las Vegas. It`s been a busy summer, and turnouts at the new home of the WSOP have pretty much been around to or exceeded records.

India is well represented at the annual this time with a sizable contingent of players in the bracelet race. Still, one player who has been genuinely crushing the series is our PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved. The former bracelet winner made a close run to adding a second bracelet (his first in a live event) in Event #66: $1,000 Mini Main Event. He finished third for a massive $275,593 (~2.17 Crores) – the highest by anyone from India at the 2022 WSOP and the fourth-best score overall – making him an easy choice as our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

On a side note, Ved had a great start in the 2022 WSOP Main Event and headlines a group of 19 Indians to Day 2D.

Young Gun Neel Joshi, Nirav Parekh & India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal raked in the other top scores from the team at the 2022 WSOP.

As for the online railbird report, Young Gun Anuj Yadav is almost guaranteed to extend his reign as the #1 ranked player of the year to a 20th consecutive week. The reclusive poker pro (we say reclusive because you won’t find him on any social media platform) pulled out one of his characteristic runs this week, winning two flagships and making another runner-up finish for a leaderboard topping 23.17 Lakhs.

Aayush Arya was another chartbuster who posted three podium place finishes (including a title win) for a cumulative 19.91 Lakhs.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ratul Steves, Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot, and Ashish Nailwal were others who made quite the mark with their online exploits.

If PokerBaazi signing up Bollywood A-lister Shahid Kapoor was one of the top stories last week, the poker operator wasted very little time in launching a brand campaign ‘You Hold the Cards’ with its newly signed brand ambassador.

Spartan Poker, the other top poker platform in the country, seems to have taken it upon itself to ensure MTT players have the best experience on the site. On those lines, it has launched the all-new India Turbo Masters series. The fast-paced series will make its inaugural run from July 10 to 17 with ₹5 Crores GTD guaranteed across 50 action-packed tournaments and ₹10 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes.

The go-to site for the low to mid-stakes players, Pocket52 has a hectic July in store for tournament enthusiasts. Don`t take our word for it – log on to the site to check the list of 200-plus high-value tournaments with a jaw-dropping 3.40+ Crores in assured cash prizes.

Cash game players, while already enjoying lucrative promotions under the Cash Carnival on the Quadnet Poker Network (Spartan Poker and PokerHigh etc.), can also check out IndiaPlays. The upcoming site’s popular Progressive Leaderboard promotion is back this month and, like always, offers players a chance to win uncapped prizes.

In gaming news, the pending GST Council`s decision on the GoM proposed 28% GST across all gaming sectors was a much-awaited one by the industry and professional players alike. While the uniform 28% GST across casinos, horse racing, and online gaming (both skill games and those of chance) are verbally confirmed by insiders, the decision on the methodology adopted to value the services remains in debate. Moreover, objections by the Goa government over the tax on the purchase of chips and other activities inside the casino prompted the GST Council to defer a final decision on the matter to August.

Accusations of cheating were quite the rage, and several top names got embroiled in controversies before the WSOP arrived, distracting everyone from the hot topic. In the aftermath of the debate, online poker giants PokerStars and GGPoker seemed to have woken up to the issue of enforcing fair play and a way to punish anyone suspected of using unfair means by banning them from live events.

 

Online Railbird Report

The POY leaderboard topper Young Gun Anuj Yadav has done it again! The three-time The Millionaire champion pulled off another blistering run this past week, winning two flagship titles and another runner-up finish for a leaderboard topping 23.17 Lakhs.

Anuj Yadav
Anuj Yadav

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s APT#4 Friday Major for 7,49,941

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller for 7,08,273

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s Tuesday High Roller for 3,55,950

Aayush Arya was another chartbuster who posted three podium place finishes (including a title win), raking in an impressive 19.91 Lakhs.

Aayush Arya
Aayush Arya

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s Sunday High Roller (6-Max) for 11.13 Lakhs

> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s Wednesday High Roller (6-Max) for 3.20 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Wednesday Vibes for 1.04 Lakhs

> 7th in Spartan Poker’s Tuesday High Roller (6-Max) for 89,496

> 5th in Spartan Poker’s Battlezone for 66,900

PokerGuru Ambassador Ratul Steves added a cool 14.13 Lakhs across his weekly run, including PokerBaazi’s APT#20 Monday Major title for 5 Lakhs.

Ratul Steves
Ratul Steves

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s APT#20 Monday Major for 5 Lakhs

> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s Sunday SuperStack for 3.93 Lakhs

> 3rd in Adda52’s Adda52 Millions for 3 Lakhs

Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal made the Sunday headlines for taking down Spartan Poker’s Sunday High Roller (6-Max) for 13.58 Lakhs (heads-up deal).

Ujjwal Narwal
Ujjwal Narwal

 

Like Anuj Yadav, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot won two Spartan Poker flagships and placed runner-up in another – all in a span of five days for 13.67 Lakhs.

Ashish Munot
Ashish Munot

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday for 4.55 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Armageddon for 4.37 Lakhs

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s Wednesday High Roller (6-Max) for 4.23 Lakhs

Ashish Nailwal, Arun Sriram, Abhishek Kumar, Dhaval Mudgal, Avinash Kumar, Saurabh Rohila, and Sanket Jain were the other big winners across the online MTTs.

 

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Ujjwal Narwal
₹13.57 LakhsSunday High Roller ₹50 Lakhs (6-Max)Spartan Poker
Avinash Kumar₹8.08 LakhsAPT#15 Sunday Major - ₹40 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Abhishek Kumar₹8.08 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Anish Grover₹8.03 LakhsFriday High Roller (6-Max) - ₹30 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Aman Bhadu₹7.60 LakhsThe Elite (6-Max) - ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anuj Yadav₹7.50 LakhsAPT#4 Friday Major – ₹40 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj Yadav₹7.08 LakhsThursday High Roller (6-Max) - ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish Nailwal
₹6.86 LakhsAPT#25 PLO Highroller - ₹30 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Sanket Jain
₹6.86 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Anant Purohit
₹6.61 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
"proff_z4"₹6.12 LakhsGodfather – ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
"bopin"₹5.59 LakhsThe Ballers - ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vivek Singh₹4.88 LakhsWednesday High Roller (6-Max) - ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish Munot₹4.55 LakhsTrending Thursday - ₹21 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhaval Mudgal₹4.49 LakhsDestiny - ₹22 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish Munot₹4.37 LakhsArmageddon ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rajat Sharma₹4.13 LakhsMega Stack – ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
"Tasduq"₹4.09 LakhsThe Summit - ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ratul Steves₹4.01 LakhsAPT#20 Monday Major - ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank Jain₹3.90 LakhsMaverick – ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“happyfish”₹3.74 LakhsThe Mint – ₹14 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Jasven Saigal₹3.40 LakhsAPT#1 Kickoff – ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arun Sriram
₹3.33 LakhsAPT#13 MonsterStack - ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Sahil Mahboobani
₹3.24 LakhsAPT#16 MegaStack - ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Shagun Jain₹3.14 LakhsSunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Nitin Rawat₹2.82 LakhsAPT#5 (7-Max) Turbo - ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gurpal Singh₹2.80 LakhsAPT#12 Sunday Kick-off - ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Puneet Dua₹2.71 LakhsAPT#26 MegaStack - ₹8 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Vinay Rajpal₹2.52 LakhsThe Pride – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“AceMirage81”₹2.49 LakhsSunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Karan Malhotra₹2.43 LakhsAPT#19 PKO - ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Utkarsh Vaish₹2.36 LakhsThe Rainmaker ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bharath Kumar₹2.34 LakhsBounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Shravan Suresh₹2.27 LakhsAPT#6 KO - ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“filmyjuwari”₹2.27 LakhsIron Man – ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Priyanshu Garg₹2.26 LakhsAPT#22 (6-Max) Turbo - ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
"rkcravi"₹2.19 LakhsHighroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Utkarsh Vaish₹2.07 LakhsBattlezone ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Mohammed Arshaq
₹1.91 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Nisha Devi₹1.80 LakhsSDS#40 Main Event ₹10 Lakhs GTD
MPL Poker
Raghav Chauhan₹1.76 LakhsAPT#2 MegaStack - ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Uttam Kumar Sinha₹1.60 LakhsSunday PN ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Pranay Chawla₹1.48 LakhsMonster Turbo – ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
"Tasduq"₹1.44 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dishani Vijay₹1.31 LakhsAPT#14 (6-Max) Turbo - ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“nanuabhi”₹1.31 LakhsAPT#21 (PLO-5) - ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
"bencb789"₹1.29 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vaibhav Arora₹1.27 LakhsMega Sundowner - ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhiraj Singh₹1.25 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Puneet Sachan
₹1.23 LakhsAPT#24 PKO - ₹6 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Sonu Shejpal₹1.21 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rakasn Kumar₹1.20 LakhsThursday Smash – ₹5 Lakhs GTDMPL Poker
“sunilkjha"₹1.18 LakhsAPT#18 DST - ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
"nuts280889"₹1.10 LakhsLa Luna - ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish Nailwal
₹1.07 LakhsAPT#23 (5-Max) Hyper - ₹6 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Prince Vishwakarma₹1.06 LakhsAPT#3 (PLO-6) - ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aayush 'Eureka226' Arya₹1.04 LakhsWednesday Vibes - ₹4.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nitin Rawat ₹1.02 LakhsUppercut - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
"miim90"₹1.03 LakhsAPT#17 (6-Max) - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
"Don903"₹1.01 LakhsNight on Stars - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Saurabh Rohila₹98KFriday Bounty - ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Karan Malhotra₹97KDeepstack - ₹4.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Suraj Parkash₹96KWednesday Bonanza – ₹4 Lakhs GTDMPL Poker
Harsh Bubna₹79KBattle Royale [8-Max] ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India

 

Spartan Poker Brand-New India Turbo Masters Series Runs From July 10 – 17

Spartan Poker`s brand-new India Turbo Masters series runs from July 10 to 17. Fast structures, jaw-dropping 5 Crores in guaranteed prizes, and 10 Lakhs in leaderboard rewards make this a must-play festival for all MTT players.

Spartan - ITM

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PokerBaazi Launches Catchy ‘You Hold the Cards’ Campaign With Brand Ambassador Shahid Kapoor

PokerBaazi has launched a new brand campaign, ‘You Hold the Cards,’ with their latest brand ambassador Shahid Kapoor. The campaign was launched across several digital channels last week and is geared towards generating awareness among the masses that poker is a skill-based sport.

PokerBaazi - Shahid Kapoor

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Pocket52 to Award Over 3.40 Crores in MTT Prizes in July

The go-to site for upcoming players, Pocket52 has a very appetizing schedule for MTT players in July, with over 200 high-value tournaments guaranteeing a whopping 3.40-plus Crores in prizes and 5.80 Lakhs through two separate leaderboards races.

Pocket52's July MTT

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IndiaPlays’ Popular Progressive Leaderboard Promotion is Back

Cash game players can rejoice for IndiaPlays’ popular Progressive Leaderboard promotion in back. The month-long promotion runs from July 1 to 30 and is divided across two separate leaderboard sprints from July 1 to 14 and July 15 to 29 and offers players a chance to win uncapped prizes.

IndiaPlays - PL - Cover

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PokerStars & GGPoker Crack Down on Poker Cheaters

In the wake of the cheating allegation on many top names in the industry, online poker giants PokerStars and GGPoker have answered the community`s call to form a poker blacklist for such cheaters.

PokerStars & GGPoker Crack Down on Poker Cheaters

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Decision on 28% GST on Online Gaming, Casinos & Horse Racing Deferred to August

The much-awaited 47th meeting of the Central GST Council took place in Chandigarh on June 28-29. Looking into the recommendations by the Group of Ministers (GoM), the council deferred a decision on introducing 28% GST across all forms of online gaming, horse racing, and casinos. The GoM has been asked to re-examine the sectors and re-submit its report by July 15.

Union FM Nirmala Sitharaman (Centre) at the 47th GST Council Meeting
Union FM Nirmala Sitharaman (Centre) at the 47th GST Council Meeting

 

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2022 WSOP Updates

With less than two weeks left for the 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) to wrap up, the ongoing series has already awarded 69 live bracelets and seven online bracelets. And things have taken a more serious turn with the series headliner, Event #70: $10K Main Event NLHE World Championship now well underway.

With the WSOP Main Event on the brink of hitting a new attendance record, a recap of some standout winners has some big names and massive prizes to report.

No one comes close to the legendary Dan Cates, who created history last week after becoming the first player to win the prestigious Poker Players Championship bracelet in consecutive years. In addition to writing his name down in the history books, Cates collected his best finish at the WSOP, a whopping $1,449,103 for the feat.

Dan Cates
Dan Cates

 

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The North Olmstead, Ohio resident Sean Troha staged an epic comeback in Event #69: $10,000 PLO Championship to win his maiden WSOP gold bracelet and $1,246,770.

Sean Troha
Sean Troha

 

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The Albert Lea, Minnesota resident Quincy Borland outlasted a massive 14,112-player field in the trendy Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty, collecting his first WSOP gold bracelet and a career-best $750,120. High-stakes cash game pro Matt Glantz drew the jackpot $1 Million bounty in the event.

Quincy Borland
Quincy Borland

 

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Poker Hall of Famer Eli Elezra clinched his fifth bracelet in Event #63: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $611,362.

Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra

 

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The other top story at the WSOP was David Jackson taking down Event #65: $3,000 Freezeout for $598,173, denying ‘poker brat’ Phil Hellmuth a record-extending 17th gold bracelet.

David Jackson
David Jackson

 

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Young Sik (Won Event #66: $1K Mini Main Event for $593,985), Nacho Barbero (Won Event #67: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $587,520), Paul Hizer (Won Event #51: $400 Colossus for $414,490), Massoud Eskandari (Won Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em for $330,609), Dash Dudley (Won Event #62: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty Freezeout for $301,396), Tamas Lendvai (Won Event #57: $600 Deep Stack Championship NLHE for $299,464), Lawrence Brandt (Won Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $289,610), Shota Nakanishi (Won Event #60: $10K Short Deck NLHE for $277,212), Konstantin Angelov (Won Event #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for $199,466), Jessica Teusl (Won Event #61: $1,000 Ladies NLHE Championship for $166,975), James Todd (Won Event #54: $500 Salute to Warriors for $161,256), Sane “Ooohwee213” Chung (Won Online Event #7: $500 NLHE Deepstack for $149,729), and Patrick Leonard and Espen Jørstad (Won Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team for $148,067) won the other bracelets this week.

 

Team India at 2022 WSOP

India has won zero bracelets so far in the series. Still, these past few days were not dull for the Indian contingent in Las Vegas. Last year`s only Indian bracelet winner, Kartik Ved, gave us all a bracelet sweat unlike any this year by placing third in Event #66: $1,000 Mini Main Event for a career-best $275,593 (~2.17 Crores). Ved’s winnings in the Mini Main Event are the most by an Indian in the ongoing series and the fourth-highest score overall, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

 

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Young Gun Neel Joshi delivered the other standout performance this week, finishing 12th in Event #65: $3K Freezeout NLHE for $30,435 (~24.02 Lakhs).

Neel Joshi
Neel Joshi

 

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Nirav Parekh opened his WSOP scorecard with a deep run in Event #68: $1K Million Dollar Bounty, placing 60th for $14,130 (~11.17 Lakhs).

Nirav Parekh
Nirav Parekh

 

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Last year`s Super Turbo Bounty runner-up finisher Aditya Agarwal made back-to-back deep runs in the super-fast event. He fell out in 44th place in Event #67: $10K Super Turbo Bounty NLHE for $13,730 (~10.84 Lakhs).

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

 

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Team India Cashes at WSOP 2022

RankPlayerEventPrize Amount
3rdKartik VedEvent#66: $1K Mini Main Event$275,593 (~₹2.17 Crores)
125thSonam JainEvent #61: $1,000 Ladies Championship$1,750 (~₹1.38 Lakhs)
12thNeel JoshiEvent #65: $3K Freezeout NLHE$30,435 (~₹24.02 Lakhs)
60thNirav ParekhEvent #68: $1K Million Dollar Bounty$14,130 (~₹11.17) Lakhs)
44thAditya AgarwalEvent #67: $10K Super Turbo Bounty NLHE$13,730 (~₹10.84 Lakhs)
89thNishant SharmaEvent #68: $1K Million Dollar Bounty$8,360 (~₹6.63 Lakhs)
16thNishant SharmaEvent #64: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack$7,779 (~₹6.14 Lakhs)
95thAbhinav IyerEvent #65: $3K Freezeout NLHE$6,803 (~₹5.37 Lakhs)
217thGokul KrishnaEvent #68: $1K Million Dollar Bounty$5,260 (~₹4.17 Lakhs)
194thKartik VedEvent #65: $3K Freezeout NLHE$4,818 (~₹3.80 Lakhs)
234thAditya SystlaEvent #68: $1K Million Dollar Bounty$4,560 (~₹3.62 Lakhs)
142ndSiddharth KariaEvent #51: $400 COLOSSUS$3,180 (~₹2.50 Lakhs)
183rdYudhishter JaswalEvent #62: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty Freezeout$2,063 (~₹1.63 Lakhs)
216thNathan RaoEvent #57: $600 Deep Stack Championship NLHE$1,902 (~₹1.50 Lakhs)
124thNikita Luther & Dinesh AltEvent #55: $1,000 Tag Team$1,611 (~₹1.27 Lakhs)
200thPaawan BansalEvent #54: $500 Salute to Warriors$1,277 (~₹1.01 Lakhs)
202ndMuskan SethiEvent #54: $500 Salute to Warriors$1,277 (~₹1.01 Lakhs)
143rdNeel JoshiOnline Event #7: $500 NLHE Deepstack$1,167 (~₹92,535)
768thParth JhaEvent #51: $400 COLOSSUS$1,020 (~₹80,637)
972ndAbhishek GoindiEvent #51: $400 COLOSSUS$890 (~₹70,109)
463rdJaydeep DawerEvent #54: $500 Salute to Warriors$800 (₹63,200)
1374thPaawan BansalEvent #51: $400 COLOSSUS$700 (~₹55,142)
1845thVinay PatelEvent #51: $400 COLOSSUS$640 (~₹50,596)
192ndAshish AhujaOnline Event #7: $500 NLHE Deepstack$973 (~₹77,151)
204thAkash MalikOnline Event #7: $500 NLHE Deepstack$973 (~₹77,151)

 

And with this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from poker. We will return next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

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