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The two events that saw sizeable Indian participation at the 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) yesterday were the Marathon and the $600 PLO Deepstack events.
After busting the Millionaire Maker, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer lost no time and jumped straight into the Marathon. By the end of the day, he had collected a stack of 96,200 – the largest among a group of six Indians and is placed among the top 50 stacks to start Day 2.
Accompanying Iyer on Day 2 will be Sriharsha Doddapaneni (72,100), Raghav Bansal (42,500), Nishant Sharma (35,100), Aditya Sushant (32,700), and Paawan Bansal (8,500).
At the same time, Deepak Bothra (406,000) and Abhishek Goindi (312,000) made Day 2 in the $600 PLO Deepstack and are now in the money assured to take away at least $1,130 (~₹78,455).
Vivek Rughani was another Indian who enjoyed a deep run in the event. He finished 264th for $1,026 (~₹71,234).
Both the events will resume their respective Day 2`s later today. While Peter Hong (179,000) will return as the chip leader in the Marathon, Corey Wright (1,726,000) will lead the 215 Day 1 survivors in the $600 PLO Deepstack.
Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em Marathon – Day 1
A total of 941 entries were registered on Day 1 of Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em Marathon. With registrations open till level 8 on Day 2, the field size is sure to increase. Several Indians had jumped into the action of the Marathon; however, only six were able to advance to Day 2.
Leading the charge is Young Gun Abhinav Iyer. After busting the Millionaire Maker where he finished 133rd for $8,893 (~₹6.17 Lakhs), he managed to bag a stack of 96,200 in the Marathon, taking him through to Day 2. In fact, he is among the top 50 stacks of Day 1.
Joining Iyer for Day 2 will be Sriharsha Doddapaneni (72,100), Raghav Bansal (42,500), Nishant Sharma (35,100), Aditya Sushant (32,700), and Paawan Bansal (8,500).
Similar to Iyer, Doddapaneni and Bansal had also jumped into this event after busting Day 2 of Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’Em.
The Indian-origin players who also managed to carry their stacks to Day 2 include Anuj Kwatra (90,300), Ajay Gnanasambanthan (48,100), and Gaurav Raina (41,300).
Grabbing hold of the chip lead at the end of Day 1 was Peter Hong who accrued a stack of 179,000 and leads the 467 Day 1 survivors who will return for Day 2 later today.
Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 1
Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack – Day 1
The two-day Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack locked in 2,577 entries on its opening day, generating a prize pool of $1,352,925. Out of the 215 participants who bagged up at the end of the day were two Indian contenders – Deepak Bothra and Abhishek Goindi.
WSOP debutant Deepak Bothra has been on a phenomenal run at the series. He picked scores in two of the most significant events so far, namely the Millionaire Maker (382nd for $5,144 – ₹3.57 Lakhs) and the BIG 50 (1,090th for $1,953 – ₹1.35 Lakhs). He was seen playing the $600 PLO Deepstack where he progressed to Day 2 with 406,000 in chips.
Joining Bothra on Day 2 will be seasoned pro Abhishek Goindi with a stack of 312,000. He shared the update on his Instagram story.
Vivek Rughani was another Indian challenger who made a deep run but was eliminated in 264th place for $1,026 (~₹71,234).
Other notables who also finished in the money included Jesse Sylvia (238th for $1,130), Raghuram Jonnalagedda (302nd for $1,026), Chris Ferguson (312th for $1,026), and Sumit Bhattacharya (326th for $942).
Indian-origin players Jaspreet Panchhi (510,000), Paul Dhaliwal (394,000), Paresh Doshi (306,000), Rajeev Mathur (243,000) and Adithya Sundar (86,000), also successfully advanced to Day 2.
Corey Wright captured the overnight chip lead with a stack of 1,726,000 and will be leading the 215 Day 1 survivors to Day 2 when play commences later tonight.
Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 1
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