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WSOP 2019: Luis Zedan Takes Down Event#30: $1,000 PLO

Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was another tournament that had to be assigned an additional day of play at the 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). Attracting 1,526 hopefuls, the tournament welcomed its final five contenders on June 16, where they played down to the champion. In the end, it was Florida native Luis Zedan (cover image) who came out trumps and took home the bracelet along with a payday worth $236,673.

Two players from the Indian camp, Nipun Java and Pranay Kapoor, had made it to Day 2 in the event. While Java fell out empty-handed, Kapoor finished 95th for $2,077 (-₹1.44 Lakhs).

Pranay Kapoor
Pranay Kapoor

For Zedan, this was his first bracelet win and undoubtedly one that meant a lot to him.

“It’s been my dream! I started to play poker seriously back in 2009 and after watching Moneymaker win in 2003, I believed that anybody could win. I’ve been coming here since 2011 or 2012. It’s been my dream and I’ve gotten very deep in tournaments three times. Finally, I’ve gotten first place. I’m very, very happy!” Zedan said in his post-win interview.

Zedan was second in chips when the final table began but bagged the largest stack among the five survivors on the penultimate day of play. He kept a strong lead on the final day, never letting the bracelet off his sight.

“At the end of yesterday I felt very good and this morning I came in focused. I woke up at 9 a.m. and went to the spa, then had something to eat. This is my fourth final table and I had a very deep run in August. At that time I was very tense, I wanted to get everything in.”

A total of 229 top finishers pocketed at least the $1,502 min-cash. Among the notables who took home more were Dennis Durante (11th for $14,155), Anton Morgenstern (14th for $11,151), Martijn Gerrits (24th for $7,182), and Kyle Montgomery (195th for $1,556).

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Thida Lin – 5,350,0000
  2. Luis Zedan – 4,950,000
  3. Ryan Robinson – 4,900,000
  4. Sam Razavi – 4,355,000
  5. Ryan Goindoo – 3,190,000
  6. Erik Wilcke – 2,900,000
  7. Christopher Conrad – 2,525,000
  8. Stanislav Parkhomenko – 1,975,0000
  9. Gregory Donatelli – 1,000,000

 

Final Table Recap

Erik Wilcke, Stanislav Parkhomenko, and Christopher Conrad were eliminated in quick succession in places ninth to seventh respectively.

Greroy Donatelli was out next, in sixth place and with his elimination, the bags were brought out.

Zedan was a firm chip leader coming into Day 4 with a stack of 15 Million and a reasonable distance ahead of the next big stacks, Thida Lin (6,190,000) and Ryan Robinson (4,675,000).

 

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Luis Zedan – 15,670,000
  2. Thida Lin – 6,190,000
  3. Ryan Robinson – 4,675,000
  4. Ryan Goindoo – 2,985,000
  5. Sam Razavi – 1,050,000

 

Five-handed play
Five-handed play

Final Day Recap

The first one out was Ryan Goindoo who met with an unexpected end after he ran two-pair of aces and kings into Thida Lin’s flopped two-pair of fives and fours. His fate changed as a four on the turn improved Lin to a full house, eliminating Goindoo in fifth place.

It was Zedan who scored the next knockout, relegating Ryan Robinson to the rail in fourth place. Robinson with announced pot on the flop . Zedan immediately raised holding . Robinson called with the nut flush. The on the turn improved Zedan’s set to a full house with the river proving inconsequential.

Sam Razavi who had started the day as the shortest stack laddered his way up all the way to a third-place payday where his run ended. Last year too he had missed out on the bracelet, finishing runner-up in $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker for 724,756. Here again, it was a close call that saw him fall short by two places. The dismissal hand saw his all-in move from the big blind with getting a challenge from Zedan who tabled . “We three kings!” Razavi happily sang out to his rail but then the flop fell bringing a pair for Zedan. The on the turn got Zedan ahead with two-pair. The river bricked Razavi’s hope, setting the heads-up play in motion.

Both Zedan and Thida Lin took a short break before the heads-up action began. Zedan with a stack of 26.4 Million had over 6 times the number of chips as Lin`s 4.1 Million. The final hand saw Zedan limping in on the button, and Lin checked her option. Lin fired a bet of 300K on the flop , and Zedan made it 1.22 Million to call. Lin called to see the open on the turn. Lin moved her last 3.4 Million in, evincing a snap-call from Zedan who shouted, “Nuts!”

The cards were tabled, Lin showing against Zedan’s . Lin was desperate for a ten or six to stay in the game, but it was the that opened on the river instead, and Zedan went into a frenzy celebrating his first bracelet victory!

Luis Zedan
Luis Zedan takes down $1,000 PLO

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Luis Zedan – $236,673
  2. Thida Lin – $146,196
  3. Sam Razavi – $104,888
  4. Ryan Robinson – $76,101
  5. Ryan Goindoo – $55,845
  6. Gregory Donatelli – $41,453
  7. Christopher Conrad – $31,130
  8. Stanislav Parkhomenko – $23,654
  9. Erik Wilcke – $18,188

 

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WSOP 2019 Daily Spotlight – June 13

In this daily feature, we will bring you the key highlights of the 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) to keep you abreast with the ongoings at the ‘World’s Biggest Poker Festival.’

June 13 was an intense day at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and brought a mixed bag of results for Team India that had four challengers gunning across two tournaments.

Stealing the limelight at least in the Indian camp yesterday was Yasheel Doddanavar who stormed his way into the final day of Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em 6-Handed. He will be coming into Day 3 with a stack of 685,000 – placed 8th in chips among 20 finalists. His fellow countryman and PokerStars India Team Pro Aditya Agarwal had come in for Day 2 as well, but he busted before the money bubble.

The other bracelet event with an Indian presence – Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha saw Pranay Kapoor and Nipun Java amidst a group of 358 survivors on Day 2. While Java fell out empty-handed, Kapoor did relatively better finishing 95th to win his first WSOP score this year worth $2,077 (~₹1.44 Lakhs).

Headlining the bracelet wins was Michael Mizrachi who justified his self-given moniker ‘The Grinder’ by taking down Event #27: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 Or Better for $142,801 and his fifth WSOP bracelet.

 

Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 2

Day 2 saw two Indians in the mix, Nipun Java and Pranay Kapoor.

Kapoor was the only one among the duo to cash, and he took 95th place for $2,077 (~₹1.44 Lakhs). Java, on the other hand, was not so lucky as he hit the rail empty-handed.

Pranay Kapoor
Pranay Kapoor

The day played down to 58 survivors where bagging the overnight chip lead was Las Vegas resident Gary Bolden.

Gary Bolden
Gary Bolden

Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em 6-Handed – Day 2

Day 2 resumed with 140 players from a starting field of 754 entries, and part of the group were two Indian pros, Aditya Agarwal and Yasheel Doddanavar. Doddanavar was the only Indian to advance, and he did phenomenally well to run up his 103,500 stack to eventually end the day with a massive 685,000 in chips.

Yasheel Doddanavar
Yasheel Doddanavar

Agarwal, on the other hand, had another disappointing run where he busted before the money bubble.

At the forefront of 20 surviving finalists is Upeksha De’Silva who holds 1,965,000.

Upeksha De Silva
Upeksha De Silva

 

Event#28: $1,000 NLHE – Day 3

Topping the six-handed final table on Day 3 was 23-year-old Stephen Song who claimed his first-career bracelet along with a meaty $341,854 for his impressive run.

Stephen Song
Stephen Song

The event paid out a total of 372 players , and that included a very impressive six Indians. Aditya Sushant really went on a dash chasing that second bracelet, eventually finishing 13th for $17,409 (~₹12.09 Lakhs). The other five scores were contributed by Paawan Bansal (64th for $4,283 -₹2.97 Lakhs), Yudhishter Jaswal (99th for $2,738 -₹1.90 Lakhs), Muskan Sethi (180th for $2,144 -₹1.48 Lakhs), Nipun Java (275th for $1,753 -₹1.21 Lakhs), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (309th for $1,612 ~₹1.11 Lakhs).

 

Event #26: The Marathon $2,620 NLHE – Day 4

A starting field of 52 survivors played down to the six-handed final table on Day 4. The frontrunner for the bracelet is Russia’s Roman Korenev with 3,125,000 in chips.

Roman Korenev
Roman Korenev

The sole Indian to score was Abhinav Iyer who had busted in 75th place on Day 3 for $5,444 (-₹3.78 Lakhs).

 

Event #27: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 Or Better – Day 4

The cynosure of all eyes at the Rio was Michael Mizrachi who topped the six-handed final table in the event to make himself the proud winner of bracelet no five! The Grinder took away with him $142,801 in prize money as well.

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

 

Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship – Day 3

The event attracted a starting field of 172 entries, and only 20 among them made it as far as Day 3. The event is now down to the seven-handed final table with Dario Sammartino in the chip lead with a stack of 5,030,000.

Dario Sammartino
Dario Sammartino

 

Event #32: Seniors No-Limit Hold ‘em – Day 1

Allowing entry to players aged 50+ only, the tournament registered a massive 5,917 entries on its opening day. Dominick Scarola was in dominating position when play halted and carries a stack of 990,300 to Day 2 amidst 1,786 survivors.

India’s Sanjay Taneja had entered the tournament but failed to make it further. As per his update, “his pocket aces were cracked by pocket kings that improved to a set on the river.”

Sanjay Taneja
Sanjay Taneja

Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw – Day 1

467 players came in on Day 1, and only 139 have advanced to Day 2. Benny Glaser holds the chip lead with 79,500 in chips.

Benny Glaser
Benny Glaser

 

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WSOP 2019: Pranay Kapoor Places 95th in Event #30: $1K PLO (~₹1.44 Lakhs)

The 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) has just entered its third week of play, and almost every event so far has seen a prominent Indian presence. Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was no different. Day 2 on Thursday welcomed 309 survivors from a starting field of 1,526 players with two Indians still in the running. Pranay Kapoor (cover image) was the only one from the duo to cross the money line. He finished 95th for his second-ever WSOP cash and his first this year for $2,077 (~₹1.44 Lakhs).

Pranay Kapoor
Pranay Kapoor

The other Indian on Day 2 was two-time bracelet winner Nipun Java who came into play with 69,500 in chips. Java started off well by chipping up to 106,500 early on, but lost his tournament life to Matt ‘All In At 420’ Stout. As usual, Java kept us railbirds informed on his progress on Twitter.

The bags came out after nine hours of intense action, and only 58 stacks were bagged. Leading the way is local player Gary Bolden (1,700,000) who got ahead in the last few levels of the day. Gregory Donatelli (1,563,000) and Anton Morgenstern (1,305,000) are the next top stacks.

All 58 survivors are assured to take home at least $3,472, but all eyes will be on poker’s crown jewel and the hefty top prize worth $236,673.

Among the poker elite still in the running include Sam Razavi (512,000), Christopher Conrad (343,000), Martijn Gerrits (286,000), Jon Turner (193,000), JC Tran (176,000), Steve Rassi (30,500), and Eric Goldstein (20,000).

There are a host of Indian-origin players still in contention as well like Adithya Sundar (664,000), Jaspal Brar (243,000), Jaspreet Panchhi (70,500) and Pushpinder Singh (56,500).

Many others busted through the course of the day, but those who made it in the money were Paresh Doshi (202nd for $1,556 ~₹1.08 Lakhs) and Ajay Chabra (219th for $1,502 ~₹1.04 Lakhs).

Other hotshots who managed to cash include Mike Linster (86th for $2,313), Gary Kosakowski (93rd for $2,077), Erik Seidel (131st for $1,746), John Racener (154th for $1,636), Phil Laak (157th for $1,636), Chris Moorman (179th for $1,636), Joao Vieira (224th for $1,502), and Dietrich Fast (227th for $1,502).

Gregory Donatelli
Gregory Donatelli

Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 2

  1. Gary Bolden – 1,700,000
  2. Gregory Donatelli – 1,500,063
  3. Anton Morgenstern – 1,350,000
  4. Erik Wilcke – 1,332,000
  5. Ryan Goindoo – 1,211,000
  6. Luis Zedan – 1,208,000
  7. Dan Martin – 1,000,000
  8. Ken Fishman – 929,000
  9. Ryan Robinson – 906,000

 

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WSOP 2019 Daily Spotlight – June 12

In this daily feature, we will bring you the key highlights of the 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) to keep you abreast with the ongoings at the ‘World’s Biggest Poker Festival.’

India’s first WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant was the star performer of the day, and he had his second bracelet in sight. Sushant was part of a group of six Indians who came back to play Day 2 of Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em, and he ran the deepest finishing 13th for $17,409 (~₹12.09 Lakhs).

Sushant was not the only Indian chasing that gold bracelet yesterday. Young Gun Abhinav Iyer was on his third deep run this series and took 75th place in Event #26: $2,620 NLHE The Marathon for $5,444 (~₹3.78 Lakhs).

Even as Sushant and Iyer kept the scorecard ticking, Pranay Kapoor (127,000) and Nipun Java (69,500) made Day 2 in Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, while Yasheel Doddanavar (103,500) and PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal (90,500) advanced to Day 2 in Event #31: $3,000 NLHE.

The other notables scores of the day came from Paawan Bansal (64th for $4,283 -₹2.97 Lakhs), Yudhishter Jaswal (99th for $2,738 -₹1.90 Lakhs), Muskan Sethi (180th for $2,144 -₹1.48 Lakhs), Nipun Java (275th for $1,753 -₹1.21 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (309th for $1,612 ~₹1.11 Lakhs) in Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em.

 

Event PlayerFinishPrize Money
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘emAditya Sushant 13th$17,409 - ₹12.09 Lakhs
Event #26: $2,620 NLHE The MarathonAbhinav Iyer75th$5,444 - ₹3.78 Lakhs
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘emPaawan Bansal64th$4,283 - ₹2.97 Lakhs
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘emYudhishter Jaswal99th$2,738 - ₹1.90 Lakhs
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘emMuskan Sethi180th$2,144 - ₹1.48 Lakhs
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘emNipun Java275th$1,753 - ₹1.21 Lakhs
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘emAshish Ahuja309th$1,612 - ₹1.11 Lakhs
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘emKartik Ved348th$1,500 - ₹1.04 Lakhs

 

Event#28: $1K NLHE – Day 2

Day 2 started with 264 returning players and six among them were Indians. All six of them finished in the money with Aditya Sushant posting the deepest run for Team India so far. He finished at 13th place for $17,409 (~₹12.09 Lakhs).

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant

The five other Indian challengers who added to their tally were, Paawan Bansal (64th for $4,283 -₹2.97 Lakhs), Yudhishter Jaswal (99th for $2,738 -₹1.90 Lakhs), Muskan Sethi (180th for $2,144 -₹1.48 Lakhs), Nipun Java (275th for $1,753 -₹1.21 Lakhs), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (309th for $1,612 ~₹1.11 Lakhs).

Stephen Song chip leads the six remaining players with 24,655, 000.

Stephen Song
Stephen Song

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Event #26: The Marathon $2,620 NLHE – Day 3

Young Gun Abhinav Iyer has been one of the most consistent players from Team India so far. After picking up scores in the two major events, the BIG50 and the Millionaire Maker, Iyer was the only Indian to return for Day 3 of The Marathon. Iyer started the day amidst 188 survivors and eventually finished 75th for $5,444 (~₹3.78 Lakhs).

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

Matt Russell leads the 52 remaining players to Day 4 with a stack of 1,260,000.

Matt Russell
Matt Russell

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Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 1

The event opened to a full house of 1,527 players with a few Indians in the fray.

Young Gun and PLO specialist Pranay Kapoor, whose last recorded live cash was a 263rd place finish in the $365 PLO – Giant last year for $750 (~₹52,151), is back again in Las Vegas chasing a PLO bracelet. He made it to Day 2 in the event with a stack of 127,000.

Pranay Kapoor
Pranay Kapoor

Two-time bracelet winner Nipun Java has been a busy campaigner having collected three scores already at the ongoing series. He is far from done yet having bagged 69,500 for Day 2 here.

Nipun Java
Nipun Java

Stefan Ivanov leads the 358 remaining players with a commanding stack of 386,000.

Stefan Ivanov
Stefan Ivanov

 

Event #31: No-Limit Hold ‘em 6- Handed

754 entered the event, and this included two Indian`s – PokerStars India Team Pro Aditya Agarwal and Yasheel Doddanavar. Both players have succeeded in securing a seat on Day 2. Agarwal carries forth a stack of 90,500, while Doddanavar has 103,500.

Aditya Agarwal & Yasheel Doddanavar
Aditya Agarwal & Yasheel Doddanavar

Leading the 140 Day 1 survivors is Griffin Benger with 427,500 in chips.

Griffin Benger
Griffin Benger

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Event #19: Millionaire Maker – $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em – Day 5

After a five-day run, the Millionaire Maker is finally is in the books, with John Gorsuch defeating Kazuki Ikeuchi heads-up to claim his first WSOP bracelet and the life-changing $1,344,930 cash prize.

John Gorsuch
John Gorsuch

At least 14 members of Team India had entered the event, and nine among them finished ITM.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (133rd for $8,893 -₹6.17 Lakhs) and Abhinav Iyer (274th for $6,657 -₹4.61 Lakhs) were the only Indians to make it as far as Day 3 in the event.

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Event #25: $600 PLO Deepstack – Day 3

Day 3 began with 12 finalists and topping them all was Andrew Donabedian, who defeated Todd Dreyer heads-up to take home his first WSOP gold bracelet and $205,605 in prize money.

Andrew Donabedian
Andrew Donabedian

Two Indians, Abhishek Goindi (52nd for $3,606 -₹2.50 Lakhs) and Deepak Bothra (83rd for $1,856 -₹1.29 Lakhs) had posted scores on Day 2.

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Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix – Day 4

The event spilled into an additional day for the heads-up to play out between Rami Boukai and John Evans. Boukai who commanded an overwhelming chip lead wasted no time in clinching his second bracelet and the $177,294 cash prize.

Rami Boukai
Rami Boukai

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Event #27: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 Or Better – Day 3

The event began with 460 runners in play and is now down to the six-handed final table after five-and-half hours of play on Day 3. Four-time bracelet winner Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi continuing his stellar run bagged the overnight chip lead for the second consecutive day.

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

 

Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship – Day 2

Day 2 saw 83 survivors from a starting field of 161 players returning for action. With entries still open on Day 2, the field size expanded to touch 172-strong. The money bubble burst during the later stages of the day with the top 26 places earning an assured $15,716.

Only 20 players currently remain standing with Brian Hastings holding the chip lead with 1,125,000.

Brian Hastings
Brian Hastings

 

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