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Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em was meant to be a two-day event, but had to get an extra day added to the schedule due to the overwhelming participation! Featuring an affordable buy-in of $1,000, 3,253 entries were registered at the event, creating a prize pool worth $2,927,700. Walking away with the grand prize of $420,693 was Long Beach, California resident Jorden Fox (cover image).
It was a joyous occasion for the young man who celebrated winning his first WSOP gold bracelet crowded by his friends and family. Though his eight-month pregnant partner was not physically present at the rail to witness Fox’s glorious victory, she was able to see through the phone screen held by Fox’s father.
“It’s the most amazing thing,” said an excited Fox during the post-event interview. “I’m about to have a baby next month and I’m only here to play three tournaments. This is the third one and I just won it. It’s unbelievable.”
Fox had entered the final table with the third largest stack and steadily made his way to the top of the field. He eliminated Andrew Glauberg, Jeffrey Smith and eventual runner-up Jayachandra Gangaiah, en route to picking up his first gold bracelet and a career-best score of $420,693.
“I thought that was the best run ever,” Fox reflected. “It’s totally the opposite of the Main Event where you can sit and be really patient. For this one, you gotta be running good pretty much the whole time and weathering the bad beats. But the structure with more chips starting out, and the faster blinds, all seemed to work out for me this time.”
Talking about what he is going to do with his winnings, Fox said, “I’m gonna buy a lot of baby diapers. Probably a present for my wife, [other than that] keep living nice and playing poker. I’ve been playing for twelve years, and to win a bracelet at 32 is an absolute dream come true.”
Team India’s Participation
Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’Em welcomed a big group of Indians on Day 1, but only three pros managed to make the cut for Day 2, namely Paawan Bansal (612,000), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (493,000) and Romit Advani (294,000). While PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal, former WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant and Kunal Patni, were also in attendance, all three hit the rail before the money bubble burst.
Out of 419 players who were eliminated on Day 2 were the band of three Indians as well. Doddapaneni was the last Indian to be eliminated on Day 2 and narrowly missed finishing in the top 50 as he placed 52nd for $7,582 (~₹5.26 Lakhs). Bansal finished 79th for $4,385 (~₹3.04 Lakhs), while Advani pocketed $2,742 (~₹1.90 Lakhs) for his 103rd place finish.
Other notables who finished in the money included Sridhar Natarajan (11th for $28,443), Erkut Yilmaz (12th for $28,443), Timur Margolin (20th for $14,149), and Samad Razavi (25th for $14,149).
Following Atrayon Trevino’s 10th place elimination for $28,443, the nine-handed final table was convened.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Jeffrey Smith – 26,500,000
2. Scott Vener – 23,800,000
3. Jorden Fox – 20,500,000
4. Andrew Glauberg – 14,700,000
5. Christopher Andler – 12,800,000
6. Marco Garcia – 9,025,000
7. Ryan Teves – 8,450,000
8. Jayachandra Gangaiah – 8,400,000
9. Simon Legat – 7,900,000
Final Table Recap
The first elimination on the final table happened during the 23rd hand when Christopher Andler moved all-in with and was called by Jeffrey Smith, who held . The board brought and Smith rivered a Broadway straight to oust Andler in ninth place.
Five hands later, Andrew Glauberg‘s ran into Jorden Fox’s which bettered to a pair of aces on the flop, eliminating Glauberg in eighth place.
Scott Vener was the last player to be eliminated during level 38. His were cracked by Smith’s which turned to a pair of aces on the runout . Vener walked out in seventh place.
Finishing in sixth place was Ryan Teves. He pitted his against Jayachandra Gangaiah’s . The community revealed , and Gangaiah hit a set of fives on the turn to send Teves packing.
On the 54th hand, Gangaiah claimed his next victim in Marco Garcia. The latter’s were bested by Gangaiah’s , with the rundown offering no help to either player. Garcia was knocked out in fifth place.
At the start of level 40, Simon Legat moved all-in with , and Gangaiah called with . The board showed and missed both players. Gangaiah’s ace-queen kicker held on, ending Legat’s run in fourth place.
Down to three-handed, Fox’s outlasted Jeffrey Smith‘s , busting the latter in third place.
Smith’s elimination set up the heads-up finale between Jorden Fox (118,120,000) and Jayachandra Gangaiah (12,000,000), with the former enjoying a commanding lead over the latter. Gangaiah tried hard, but the overwhelming chip deficit was too severe was him to overcome, ultimately leading to his runner-up finish.
On the 102nd hand, which was also the final hand of the event, Fox moved all-in from the small blind, and Gangaiah tanked for a few seconds before calling and putting his tournament life on the line.
The board fanned out and Fox rivered two pairs of aces and fours to clinch his career-first WSOP gold bracelet, along with a best-live score of $420,693!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Jorden Fox – $420,693
2. Jayachandra Gangaiah – $259,834
3. Jeffrey Smith – $191,789
4. Simon Legat – $142,648
5. Marco Garcia – $106,917
6. Ryan Teves – $80,760
7. Scott Vener – $61,480
8. Andrew Glauberg – $47,173
9. Christopher Andler – $36,484
Content & Images Courtesy: World Series of Poker
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