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The last 50 days have witnessed some of the most exciting and electrifying poker action at the 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP)! And at the center of all the thrilling action was the largest-ever contingent of Indian players who put on quite a show for the Indian poker audiences around the world! This has been the best performance by Team India at the WSOP so far, eventually ending with the much talked about solo gold bracelet finally coming home.
Now that the series has culminated and the players are making their way back home, we will bring to you interviews featuring some of the top performers from Team India at the 2019 WSOP. Sharing their experiences at the series, analyzing their performances and offering suggestions for players who are yet to take the WSOP plunge or are new to the world of poker, these interviews are sure to be appealing as they will be informative.
Kicking off this series of interviews is our very own PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (cover image). He has been a standout performer at the 2019 WSOP, picking up a total of seven cashes for cumulative winnings of $215,107 (~₹1.48 Crores) at the 50th annual series.
Unlike his debut appearance at the WSOP last year, Ved was one of the early arrivals at the 2019 WSOP and immediately got down to work by cracking the top 30 in Event #3: BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em where he finished 29th for $34,279 (~₹23.77 Lakhs). He scored in five more events before his deep run in Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship. Ved had picked up his first-ever WSOP score in last year’s Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship where he was one of the only three Indians to make it to Day 5 – ultimately finishing 128th for $57,010 (~₹39.20 Lakhs).
This year, he not only repeated his feat from 2018 but bettered his previous score and narrowly missed making it in the top 50 in the Main Event, as he finished 51st for $173,015 (~₹1.18 Crores). He was the last Indian standing in what is the most prestigious tournament in the game and was the only Indian to advance to Day 6 in the Main Event. This score was not only Ved’s personal-best score to date but also the second-highest score by an Indian at the series this summer.
Kartik Ved Cashes At the 2019 WSOP
|Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship||51st||$173,015 - ₹1.18 Crores|
|Event #3: BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em||29th||$34,279 - ₹23.77 Lakhs|
|Event #64: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em||853rd||$1,859 - ₹1.28 Lakhs|
|Event #12: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty||110th||$1,598 - ₹1.10 Lakhs|
|Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em||348th||$1,500 - ₹1.04 Lakhs|
|Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em||907th||$1,499 – ₹1.04 Lakhs|
|Event #42: $600 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed||164th||$1,357 - ₹94,499|
On his way back from Sin City, PokerGuru was able to catch up with Ved for a quick chat regarding his experiences at the 50th WSOP, especially his back-to-back deep runs in the Main Event. Here are the excerpts.
Hi Kartik, thank you for speaking with PokerGuru and congratulations on your deep run in the Main Event! What according to you were the key factors that helped you make a deep run in the Main Event in consecutive years?
I thank ‘Intervention’ [Aditya Agarwal] for all that he has taught me about poker. I implemented everything that I have learned and grasped from his coaching and put it into practice at the tables, which in turn helped me run good at the Main Event both years.
Navigating such a large field of a prestigious tournament two years in a row is a feat on its own. What would you attribute this deep run to?
The Main Event is unlike any other tournament in the world. It is the most prestigious tournament ever, but it’s also an exhaustive one. While discipline and patience are crucial to succeeding in this 10-day tournament, luck too plays an important role.
I managed to maintain a 100 BB+ stack each day until I entered Day 6, so suffice to say I was comfortably cruising through as the field around me began to narrow down.
Lasting in the Main Event till Day 6 is quite a challenge. Can you recall some of the key hands and tight spots that you got involved in? We would also like to know your thoughts on the critical 3-way pot that you lost against Florian Duta and Christopher Wynkoop.
Day 6 was a rollercoaster ride for me. I had a tough spot early into Day 6. I 3-bet the pot preflop since I had top two on K726A all spades. The opponent bet more than half his stack. I ended up calling and was good, which sent me to the top of the stacks.
In the three-way hand, short stack [Florian Duta] jammed with J9 and the guy after him [Christopher Wynkoop] raised with QQ. I shoved with AA from the small blind. This was the turning point of my tournament life that day. I ended up losing the main pot of 30 BB, which was average stack vs 2x average if I had won main and side pot.
After that, I shoved QJs from the hijack, and the big blind called with AKs. I lost that pot and was left with 3BBs after that.
PokerGuru Ambassadors are performing exceedingly well both online and live. What are your views on their performances? Are you planning to take more players into the stable?
I am thrilled to see all of our PokerGuru Ambassadors beast it out on the live and online felts. All their hard work and dedication to better themselves is starting to pay off.
We are always open to having potential candidates join us.
Now that you have been to the WSOP twice, what are your thoughts on the two-month-long summer grind?
This is what I live for! This is the ultimate dream of all poker players. The WSOP dream and the dream to win the Main Event someday are the goals that I am working towards achieving the most in life. I can’t wait to head there next year! #WSOP2020
With those words, Ved signs off.