WSOP 2019: PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved Trailblazes His Way Into Day 6 of the Main Event

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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly July 11, 2019
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A horde of 354 runners, including three Indians, had assailed into Day 5 of Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship. Following 248 eliminations that took place over the course of around 15 hours of play, only 106 participants were left in contention for the grandest prize of the poker world!

PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved led a trio of Indians to Day 5, including Yudhishter Jaswal and Akshay Nasa. While Jaswal (261st for $43,935 – ₹30.03 Lakhs) and Nasa’s (307th for $38,240 – ₹26.14 Lakhs) run came to an end before the day’s proceedings wrapped up, Ved bettered his performance from last year and made it through to Day 6 with the 43rd biggest stack of 5,085,000 (51 big blinds). Ved is now assured a minimum payout of $59,295 (₹40.53 Lakhs) which will undoubtedly surpass his 128th place finish from last year.


A total of nine Indians has cashed in the Main Event so far.

Team India Cashes at the 2019 WSOP Main Event

PlayerFinishPrize Money
Yudhishter Jaswal 261st $43,935 - ₹30.03 Lakhs
Akshay Nasa307th $38,240 - ₹26.14 Lakhs
Ankit Ahuja822nd$18,535 - ₹12.70 Lakhs
Aditya Agarwal844th$18,535 - ₹12.70 Lakhs
Ashish Kasaraneni864th$18,535 - ₹12.70 Lakhs
Siddharth Karia944th$17,135 - ₹11.74 Lakhs
Goonjan Mall1,115th$15,000 - ₹10.28 Lakhs
Jaideep Sajwan1,055th$15,970 - ₹10.94 Lakhs
Romit Advani1,005th $15,970 - ₹10.94 Lakhs


Timothy Su (19,235,000 – 192 big blinds) emerged as the Day 5 chip leader and will headline the 106 survivors to Day 6 at 11 AM (Pacific Time Zone) on July 11.


Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship – Day 5

354 participants returned to the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for Day 5 of the $10K Main Event, including three Indian challengers. Following five levels of play, only 106 players were left in the running.

Akshay Nasa was the shortest stack among the trio of Indians who had made it through to Day 5 with 28 big blinds (670,000). Seated alongside three-time WSOPC ring winner Allen Kessler and former bracelet winner Sam Greenwood, Nasa’s stay did not last very long. He was eventually eliminated during level 21, finishing 307th for $38,240 (~₹26.14 Lakhs). This is Nasa’s best score at the WSOP, and his second-best score overall. His present WSOP winnings stand tall at $44,526 (~₹30.43 Lakhs).

Akshay Nasa
Akshay Nasa

London-based Yudhishter Jaswal, who also happens to be the spouse of PokerStars India Team pro Muskan Sethi, was another Indian making a back-to-back deep run in the Main Event. Last year, he had finished 977th in the Main Event for $15,920 (~₹10.93 Lakhs). This year, he was already assured of a better finish as he made the cut for Day 5 with 1,333,000 (56 big blinds) in the bag. Though Jaswal had started on a steady note, during level 22, he lost a big pot to Ross Ward when Jaswal’s were unable to get past Ward’s . The board bricked and Ward managed to double up through Jaswal as the latter’s stack came down to 1,240,000. Things quickly went downhill for the Indian challenger from there on, and he was eliminated by the end of the level. Jaswal netted $43,935 (~₹30.03 Lakhs) for his 261st place finish. This is Jaswal’s sixth cash at the 2019 WSOP and his highest score at the series this year.

Yudhishter Jaswal
Yudhishter Jaswal

With Nasa and Jaswal out of the competition, the eyes of the Indian rail at the WSOP and the railbirds back home are firmly trained on the one and only, PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved. A well-known name in the domestic circuit, Ved made his WSOP debut last year when his mentor and PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal offered to pair up with him in the 2018 Tag Team event. The duo did not make much of a headway in the Tag Team event, which was eventually won by Nikita Luther and her partner Giuseppe Pantaleo. Nevertheless, Ved made quite an impression on his debut trip by scoring in the event that matters the most – 2018 WSOP Main Event. He was one of the three Indian contenders, along with Nishant Sharma and Vivek Rughani to make Day 5. Ved’s run in last year’s Main Event came to an end towards the end of Day 5, when he was sent to the rail in 128th place ($57,010 – ₹39.20 Lakhs) by Shaun O’Donnell.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved

This year, Ved was in sublime form right from the onset on Day 5 which he entered with a stack of 2,243,000 (93 big blinds). He was first seen in action in the day’s live coverage when he sent tablemate and former bracelet winner Tom Cannuli to the rail. The latter had 3-bet jammed with in the small blind, and Ved called him off holding . The board was of no help to Cannuli, making him one of the first players to be eliminated on Day 5 as he walked out in 354th place for $34,845.

Tom Cannuli
Tom Cannuli

Less than an hour later, Ved won a massive pot against Joshua Gordon. With a pot of 800,000 already brewing and the board open , Gordon led out for 570,000 on the river. Ved, who was on the button, tanked for almost three minutes, before deciding to call. Gordon revealed , while Ved turned over for a rivered two pair and raked in the nearly 2 Million pot. His stack swelled to 3,660,000.

During level 23, Ved lost some of his chips when his was bested by Kevin Unkel‘s which bettered to a full house on the board . Unkel doubled up through Ved as the latter’s stack was brought down to 2,600,000.

However, not one to stay on the back foot for too long, Ved quickly saw his stack crossing the 4 Million-mark when he eliminated Caleb Furth. Furth’s was no match for Ved’s which hit a set of eights on the runout , ending Furth’s run in 181st place for $50,855.

Caleb Furth
Caleb Furth

Two levels later, Ved won yet another nice-sized pot against Carlos Garcia. With the board showing and the pot touching 550,000, Ved bet 175,000. Garcia called to see the river . Garcia checked, and Ved led out for 425,000. Garcia snap-called and Ved tabled . Garcia mucked face up, as Ved’s count touched 4.7 Million.

Ved eventually wrapped up the day’s proceedings with 5,085,000 (51 big blinds) which is the 43rd biggest stack overall out of the 106 Day 5 survivors.

Paul Dhaliwal (3,370,000) and Mukul Pahuja (1,560,000) were the only Indian origin players who advanced to Day 6.

Notables who finished in the money on Day 5 included Henrik Hecklen (108th for $59,295), Brian Yoon (111th for $59,295), Anuj Agarwal (123rd for $59,295), Adam Friedman (150th for $59,295), Chance Kornuth (184th for $50,855), Todd Brunson (191st for $50,855), Mike Matusow (199th for $50,855), Sulabh Choudhury (223rd for $50,855), Shyam Srinivasan (230th for $43,935), Anthony Spinella (237th for $43,935), Galen Hall (246th for $43,935), Danielle Andersen (301st for $38,240), Jaspal Brar (308th for $38,240), Sai Sirandas (327th for $38,240), Eric Froehlich (331st for $38,240) and Maxim Lykov (353rd for $34,845).

Among the big names who also qualified for Day 6 were Florian Duta (8,550,000), Antonio Esfandiari (6,630,000), Yuri Dzivielevski (3,530,000), Alex Foxen (2,655,000), Jeff Madsen (1,795,000) and Dario Sammartino (860,000).

Day 2AB chip leader Timothy Su reclaimed his pole position and bagged the largest stack of 19,235,000 (192 big blinds) among the 106 Day 5 survivors.

Timothy Su
Timothy Su

Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 5

1. Timothy Su – 19,235,000

2. Sam Greenwood – 11,950,000

3. Duey Duong – 11,765,000

4. Warwick Mirzikinian – 11,430,000

5. Luke Graham – 11,280,000

6. Nicholas Marchington – 10,835,000

7. Milos Skrbic – 10,715,000

8. Romain Lewis – 10,600,000

9. Laurids Nielsen 9,955,000

10. Ian Pelz – 9,635,000

Content & Images Courtesy: World Series of Poker

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