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WSOP 2018: Team India’s Aditya Agarwal Close to the Money in $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed

Team India seems to have found its mojo at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) with deep runs piling up non-stop. The very next day after finishing 77th in the in Big Blind Antes $1,500 NLHE for $3,517 (₹2.35 Lakhs), India`s poker poster boy and Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal (cover image) is just 16 places away from the money in Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed.

This deep run comes at the back of Paawan Bansal`s trailblazing 13th place finish in the COLOSSUS that saw him banking $35,087 (₹23.51 Lakhs).

Agarwal climbed his way up through the field of 1,663 entries in the $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em 6-Handed event that kicked off on Thursday, to make it to Day 2 with 35,700 chips! Agarwal stands 151st in the assorted end of day chip counts, with a stack of 35,700 (35 big blinds).

All eyes are on Agarwal, who is well versed with the format and style of this event, having finished 71st in the same event last year, and with a long-standing exposure to 6-max events across different buy-ins.

In the meantime, six players now remain in $1,500 Big Blind Ante No Limit Hold ‘em that will resume on Saturday. Three more events – $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold ‘em Championship, the $1,500 HORSE and the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed are well underway. While the former is now down to just four players, the other two played out Day 2 and Day 1 respectively.

Event #17: $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em 6-Handed

The $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em 6-Handed event opened in the late hours of Thursday and attracted a huge player field with 1,200 players lining up at the registration desk. Later, along with later entries, the field grew to a massive 1,663, building up a prize pool of $2,245,050. The Day 1 play has concluded with 264 players bagging up a stack for Day 2.

On Day 2, Bart Lybaert from Belgium will be headlining the player field with a stack of 181,000. Lybaert, who had built a stack of 50,000 in the initial levels, bagged the overnight chip lead.

For Agarwal, there were some difficult hands that put him at risk. However, he slowly picked up through the levels, sidestepping eliminations to quickly improve his chip count.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

By Level 3, where the blinds were 75/150, his stack was 12,500. Thereon, he sailed through and by the time the play reached Level 8, where the blinds were 250/500 (75 ante), he had climbed up to 53,000 in chips. Losing some, Agarwal came down to 30,000 at Level 10, but just as the Day 1 was getting over, he won a few pots to bag 35,700 in chips.

Other top stacks coming into Day 2 are Thomas Muehloecker (145,300), Alexando Tricarico (143,900), Victor Figueroa (127,200), Chris Aiello (122,000) and Matt Silva (116,500).

Notable pros that have made it to Day 2 include, multiple bracelet winners Barry Greenstein, Adrian Mateos, Jeff Madsen, former WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson and WSOP bracelet winner Mark Radoja.

Later entrants to the play had 42 bracelet winners jumping in, including Phil Hellmuth, Tom Marchese, Ben Yu, Dutch Boyd, Steven Wolansky and Bryan Kenny.

Ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey got busted during Level 9 in a hand against Kimmo Eskelinem. A few hands before him, Justin Ouimette eliminated Chris Ferguson.

Others who hit the rail include Anthony Marquez, Andre Akkari, Fabrice Soulier, Steven van Zadelhoff, Chris Moorman, Ana Marquez, Ryan D’Angelo, Alex Foxen, Thomas Boivin, Ari Engel, Niall Farrell, and Michael Gathy.

With the money bubble looming – 264 players bagged and 250 players will make it in the money, the money bubble is expected to burst early on Day 2.

Bart Lybaert
Bart Lybaert

Top 10 Chip Counts End of Day 1

1. Bart Lybaert – 181,200

2. Thomas Muehloecker -145,300

3. Alexandro Tricarico – 143,900

4. Victor Figueroa – 127,000

5. Felix Bleiker – 124,400

6. Christopher Aiello – 121,000

7. Enio Bozzano- 120,000

8. Kainalu Mccue-Unciano – 119,900

9. Jason Brin – 110,500

10. Matthew Silva – 110,500

Event #13, Big Blind Antes $1,500 NLHE

A day after Indian pro Aditya Agarwal finished 77th in the $1,500 Big Blind Ante No Limit Hold ‘em, 30 remaining players returned to the poker tables to fight it out for the prized bracelet. Six players have made it to the final table – scheduled to get underway early on Saturday.

Benjamin Moon, with a stack of 2,760,000 is leading the pack, and Colin Robinson stands second with 2,660,000, followed by Nhathanh Nguyen, Romain Lewis, Steven Snyder and Bohdan Slyvinskyi.

Within fifteen minutes on Day 3, three players, Damien Le Goff, Daniel Strelitz and Ademir Cuch busted out. The tables were redrawn again and former WSOP bracelet winner Ankush Mandavia was the next to go and was followed to the rail by Tony Ruberto and Joel Ettedgi.

Soon thereafter Romain Villar, Gerald David and Stephen Song were also eliminated, setting up the unofficial final table. The players were then moved to the ESPN Arena for remainder of the day’s play.

Unofficial Final Table Recap

The first casualty on the unofficial final table was Jan Christoph von Halle who busted out after he lost a massive flip to Dutch Boyd. Von Halle’s pocket jacks were no match for Boyd’s ace-queen suited and his fate was sealed when a queen opened on the turn. Later, he lost another flip with his pocket fives to the ace-jack of Benjamin Moon and got eliminated in the tenth place for $18,360.

Boyd, who had doubled up through Von Halle earlier, busted out next in ninth place for $23,605 after he came up against Colin Robinson’s full house.

Next, Raymond Ho lost a huge blind-on-blind all in with pocket fives against Steven Snyder’s sevens, and was left with just two big blinds. Ho built up his stack again but finally, his pocket-eights lost to Robinson’s ace-king, and he bounced off in eighth place.

Finally, the day’s play came to close when Eric Polirer who was by now short-stacked, moved all in and Snyder re-shoved. Polirer held against Snyder’s pocket tens. The board brought and Polirer was already drawing dead on the turn, bowing out in seventh place for $40,549.

Benjamin Moon
Benjamin Moon

Final Table Chip Counts

1. Benjamin Moon – 2,760,000

2. Colin Robinson – 2,660,000

3. Nhathanh Nguyen – 1,403,000

4. Romain Lewis – 1,295,000

5. Steven Snyder – 1,065,000

6. Bohdan Slyvinsky – 590,000

Event #16 $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold ‘em Championship

After a two-day run, the much-awaited $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold ‘em Championship – the only event of its kind on the WSOP schedule, has reached its final stage. Four players now remain in the field, and the battle for the bracelet will begin on Day 3, to crown a winner for the event who will also win $185,965 in prize money.

All the four players will cash a minimum $31,086 and the fourth place finisher will take home $73,179. The event garnered a prize pool of $571,600.

Day 2 began late on Thursday with a field of sixteen survivors out of the initial 114. After some long play that rolled on till the wee hours on Friday, Day 2 concluded.

Justin Bonomo has been on an incredible winning streak through different tournaments this year, and his grind at the current WSOP seems to have gathered pace with his dominant play in the event.

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo

“The $10,000 Heads Up is still a big tournament. There’s something about heads-up that gets the adrenaline flowing and it feels like there’s a lot more pressure on the line so that helps me maintain focus”,Bonomo said, on his day’s performance.

The play on the final feature table will see Bonomo face Dutchman Martijn Gerrits in the first semi-final, as Juan ‘Malakastyle’ Pardo Dominguez from Spain will battle British pro Jason McConnon. All the four players look equally hungry for the bracelet. Pardo, who’s won three High Roller scores this year, is another top contender for the title.

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Event# 18: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed

The Day 1 of $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handedconcluded on Friday, with 41 players set to return for Day 2.

Creating a prize pool of $968,200, 103 players entered the event that offered players an opportunity to play a few high stakes games usually not taken up in tournament poker. Former bracelet winners, Bryce Yockey and Adam Friedman are leading the chip counts with Yockey holding 328,500 and Friedman with 316,700.

Yockey won the majority of his stack from John Racener in a Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo hand while Friedman bluffed big against Chris Vitch in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo to collect chips.

Notables who couldn’t make it to the next day include Mike Leah, Phil Galfond, Paul Volpe, John Hennigan and Stephen Chidwick.

Event #15: $1,500 HORSE

Event #15 – $1,500 HORSE has moved on to Day 3, with 24 players surviving the day’s play that began with 217 players. Damjan Radanov who entered Day 2 as the chip leader has maintained his stack and dominant position in the field. He holds 518,000 in chips. Michael Berger has the second-biggest stack of 439,000 while Tim Frazin rounds up the top three stacks with 416,000 in chips.

Notable players who will be seen on Day 3 feature the likes of Brian Hastings, Scott Clements andIsmael Bojang.

Three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein (47th for $3,595), Calvin Anderson (49th for $3,170), Chris Tryba (80th for $2,435), and two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris (88th for $2,319), all finished in the money on Day 2.

Meanwhile, Doug Lorgeree bubbled the event, after he was eliminated by Sandeep Vasudevan, halfway through Level 14.

Poker heavyweights like Phil Helmuth, Andrey Zaichenko, Chris Bell, Rep Porter, James Obst, and Ian Johns also had to leave the event empty-handed.

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