WPT India: Main Event Registers 630 Entries, Ujjwal Narwal Leads 210 Qualifiers to Day 2

WPT India ME Day 1B & 1C Recap
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  • Namita Ghosh October 20, 2019
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It was a busy day for the World Poker Tour (WPT) India staff at Casino Deltin Royale on Saturday with two Main Event starting flights lined up one after the other. There was also the ₹7,000 buy-in Ship IT event playing along the sidelines. Fortunately, the weather played friendly, allowing the schedule to go on as planned with Day 1B beginning at 2 PM sharp, followed by Day 1C kicking off at 11:30 PM last night.

In total, the Main Event clocked in 630 entries across all three starting flights, generating a prize pool of approx. ₹3.285 Crores. As with the side events, the Main Event, too, saw a substantial decline in numbers compared to last year – the event registered an almost 10% fall in numbers from the 697 entries in 2018. The Day 1B flight yesterday brought in 256 entries and Day 1C 147 entries. Eighty-two survivors on Day 1B added to the 64 advancing players from Day 1C and 64 survivors from Day 1A makes for a total of 210 players who will be returning to play Day 2 at 3 PM today.

With only 79 places assured a payday, crossing the money bubble will be the first significant hurdle for all the Day 2 qualifiers today. There is a lot at stake as along with the boasting rights of winning the coveted WPT Main Event title is a life-changing ₹63.49 Lakhs up top.

Both the former WPT India Main Event champions, Vikash Mantri (76,500) and Nikunj Jhunjhunwala (199,500) are in the running (having made the cut on Day 1B);

Vikash Mantri & Nikunj Jhunjhunwala
Vikash Mantri & Nikunj Jhunjhunwala

However, it is our Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal (cover image) who will be returning with the most massive stack of 347,500 today. The young IIT-ian had scored in the WPT India Main Event last year, finishing 26th for ₹2.12 Lakhs and will most certainly be looking to improve upon that finish this time. He has worked himself quite a resume since then and, more notably, won the Adda52 National Poker Champion ₹1 Crores GTD tournament this year in April for ₹16 Lakhs.

Though Narwal is comfortably positioned on the top, the path to glory is going to be far from easy with some of the best tournament pros in the country alongside a very accomplished Robert Mizrachi (148,000) in contention.

Robert Mizrachi
Robert Mizrachi

Day 1A chip leader Bhavdeepsingh Jhala Rana (336,500) holds the second largest stack overall while well-known pros Samay Parikh (312,500) and Prabhat Kiran Mukherjea (272,000), both Day 1B qualifiers, carry the next big stacks heading into Day 2.

Bhavdeepsingh Jhala Rana, Samay Parikh & Prabhat Mukherjea
Bhavdeepsingh Jhala Rana, Samay Parikh & Prabhat Mukherjea

The 82-name-long Day 1B survivor list features many other notables like Ganesh Kompella (247,000), Alok Birewar (211,000), Nishant Sharma (193,000), Robert Mizrachi (148,000), WSOP champion`s Nikita Luther (124,000) & Aditya Sushant (89,000), Kunal Patni (122,500), Maria Kirloskar (118,500), Rubin Labroo (91,000), PokerGuru Ambassadors Gokul Raj (101,500), Naresh Veeravalli (88,500) & Tathagata Sengupta (76,000), Shravan Chhabria (69,000), Arsh Grover (49,000), Rachita Salla (39,500) and Muskan Sethi (23,500). Many among them, like Jhunjhunwala, Sushant, Chhabria, and Kirloskar, were successful in their second bullet.

The Day 1C (Turbo) flight offered a final opportunity for players to make it through to Day 2, and many players – pros and recs alike – were seen firing another bullet. Topping the 63 survivors was Somashekar KM (190,500). Following Somashekar were Raghav Bansal (181,500) and Yohan Patel (148,500), with a number of others like Jasven Saigal (124,000), Kartik Ved (120,500), Rajeev Kanjani (109,500), Vivek Rughani (94,500), Minissha Lamba (91,500), Madhav Gupta (85,000), Vidur Singhal (81,000), Romit Advani (79,000), Goonjan Mall (62,000), Abhishek Rathod (40,500) and PokerGuru Ambassadors Ashish Ahuja (62,000) & Jayjit Ray (31,500) succeeding in securing a berth. Some of them, including Bansal, Rughani, Lamba, and Kanjani, had to fire multiple bullets to make Day 2.

Among the notables who failed to make the cut was WPT India Big Bounty champion Sriharsha Doddapaneni. After being eliminated from Day 1B, Doddapaneni fired another bullet on Day 1C but was eliminated by Rughani in the last level of play. Like Doddapaneni, Zarvan Tumboli was another known pro who fired multiple bullets but was unable to bag a stack for Day 2. Abhinav Iyer, Meherzad Munsaf, Akshay Nasa, Rishab Jain, and Jaydeep Dawer are some other tournament regulars we will not see on Day 2.

Sunday is going to be a busy day at WPT India, with Day 2 of the Main Event kicking off at 3 PM. The play will resume at Level 14 with opening blinds at 1,500/2,500. There are two other events on tap today – the ₹20K Shootout NLH starting at 3.15 PM followed by the ₹100K High Roller that is scheduled to kick off at 7 PM.

Ujjwal Narwal
Ujjwal Narwal

Top 10 Chip Counts For Day 2

  1. Ujjwal Narwal – 347,500
  2. Bhavdeepsingh Jhala Rana – 336,500
  3. Samay Parikh – 312,500
  4. Prabhat Kiran Mukherjea – 272,000
  5. Sahil Chuttani – 253,000
  6. Ganesh Kompella – 247,000
  7. Ashish Munot – 240,000
  8. Gagandeep Malik – 228,000
  9. Haresh Kukreja – 219,500
  10. Alok Birewar – 211,000

 

Complete Start of Day 2 Chip Counts

Player
Flight
Chip Count
Ujjwal Narwal
Day 1B
347,500
Bhavdeepsingh Jhala RanaDay 1A
336,500
Samay Parikh
Day 1B
312,500
Prabhat Mukherjea
Day 1B
272,000
Sahil Chuttani
Day 1A
253,000
Ganesh Kompella
Day 1B
247,000
Ashish Munot
Day 1A
240,000
Malik Gagandeep
Day 1A
228,000
Haresh Kukreja
Day 1A
219,500
Alok Birewar
Day 1B
211,000
Gaurav Chauhan
Day 1A
210,500
Raj Talwar
Day 1A
206,000
Sanish Chhabra
Day 1B
203,500
Nikunj Jhunjunwala
Day 1B
199,500
Nishant sharma
Day 1B
193,000
Somashekar K M
Day 1C
190,500
Ankit Wadhawan
Day 1A
188,500
Jayant Yewale
Day 1A
185,500
Raghav Bansal
Day 1C
181,500
Amit Mishra
Day 1A
179,500
Yuvraj Choudhary
Day 1B
175,500
Sameer Chaturvedi
Day 1A
173,500
Alok Pawar
Day 1B
172,000
Abhishek Chinya
Day 1A
170,500
Kshitij Dhingra
Day 1B
166,000
Ankit Jajodia
Day 1B
162,000
Vinod Megalmani
Day 1A
149,500
Yohan Patel Peiris
Day 1C
148,500
Rishabh Malik
Day 1C
148,500
Rob Mizarachi
Day 1B
148,000
Vaibhav Sharma
Day 1A
147,000
Jai Kumar Saha
Day 1B
146,000
Vaibhav Shah
Day 1B
143,500
Ramandeep Gujral
Day 1A
138,000
Kshitij Kucheria
Day 1A
135,000
Yash Punjawat
Day 1A
134,500
Yudhishtir Jaswal
Day 1A
134,000
Avijit Jaiswal
Day 1B
125,500
Nikita Luther
Day 1B
124,000
Jasven Saigal
Day 1C
124,000
Danish Singh
Day 1B
123,500
Kunal Patni
Day 1B
122,500
Kartik Ved
Day 1C
120,500
Sanket Arora
Day 1B
119,500
Abhishek Goindi
Day 1A
118,500
Maria Kirlosker
Day 1B
118,500
Avinash Rajpal
Day 1B
118,000
Sameer Shivhane
Day 1C
116,000
Yasheel D
Day 1A
115,500
Mahesh Kalra
Day 1A
115,500
Tyrone Ror Krishan Tracy
Day 1A
112,000
Govardhan R
Day 1B
110,500
Shawn Chatterton
Day 1C
110,500
Sashikant Koya
Day 1A
109,500
Rajeev Kanjani
Day 1C
109,500
Chiraag Patel
Day 1A
107,500
Manas Kalita
Day 1C
104,500
Hareesh K N
Day 1A
104,000
Eka Vedantham
Day 1A
103,000
Sahil Nair
Day 1A
101,500
Gokul Raj
Day 1B
101,500
Kanishk Upreti
Day 1A
100,500
Sami Sipila
Day 1C
99,000
Aditya Agarwal
Day 1A
98,500
Pratik Budhraja
Day 1B
98,500
Nitish Gupta
Day 1A
98,000
Gaurav Bhandari
Day 1B
96,500
Krishna K A
Day 1B
95,600
Maulik Desai
Day 1A
95,000
Harsh Jain
Day 1B
95,000
J Raju
Day 1B
95,000
Vivek Rughani
Day 1C
94,500
Alaparthy N V Prasan
Day 1B
92,000
Vijay Reddy
Day 1A
91,500
Minissha Lamba
Day 1C
91,500
Rubin Labroo
Day 1B
91,000
Vaibhav Arora
Day 1A
90,500
Shaswat Agarwal
Day 1C
89,500
Aditya Sushant
Day 1B
89,000
Naresh Veravalli
Day 1B
88,500
Varun Vohra
Day 1B
88,500
Anuj Kumar Kodam
Day 1A
88,000
Prabhit Paliya
Day 1C
86,000
Nikhil Kedia
Day 1C
85,500
Astad Randeria
Day 1B
85,000
Madhav Gupta
Day 1C85,000
Sunil Saraf
Day 1A
84,500
Rohan Singh
Day 1B
84,000
Arjun Pasricha
Day 1C
84,000
Manish Lakhotia
Day 1C
84,000
Himmat Singh
Day 1C
84,000
Sumit Sapra
Day 1A
83,000
Nirav Parekh
Day 1B
83,000
Gaurav Kaul
Day 1B
82,000
Sumit Chandani
Day 1B
81,500
Ayush Garg
Day 1A
81,000
Vidur Singhal
Day 1C
81,000
Anil Adiani
Day 1A
79,500
Aseem Jain
Day 1A
79,500
Manoj Singh
Day 1A
79,500
Shazman N Shroff
Day 1A
79,000
Romit Advani
Day 1C
79,000
Ansar Khan
Day 1C
77,500
Vikash M
Day 1B
76,500
Gaurav Gupta
Day 1B
76,000
Tathagata Sengupta
Day 1B
76,000
Sam Anand
Day 1A
73,500
Prashhanth Sekar
Day 1B
73,000
Vinay Rajpal
Day 1B
72,000
P Raja Sekhar
Day 1B
71,500
Vishnu S M
Day 1B
71,500
Saurabh Bahl
Day 1A
70,000
Sanjay Sharma
Day 1C
69,500
Mohit Pratap
Day 1B
69,000
Shravan Chhabria
Day 1B
69,000
Rajnish Kumar
Day 1B
69,000
Anand Shankar
Day 1C
69,000
Kamal Kishore Naidu
Day 1C
68,000
Vikaash Shah
Day 1C
68,000
Myron Pereira
Day 1B
67,000
Kiran Kumar
Day 1C
67,000
Ronak Agarwal
Day 1C
67,000
Viren Singh
Day 1B
66,000
Bebhav Sharma
Day 1A
65,500
Ujjwal Vishrani
Day 1A
65,000
Dhaval Mudgal
Day 1A
64,000
Ranjit Negi
Day 1B
64,000
Gautam Sachdeva
Day 1C
64,000
Gaurav Pasricha
Day 1B
63,500
Rahul Melwani
Day 1C
63,500
Anant Purohit
Day 1C
63,000
Abhishek Mazumder
Day 1B
62,000
Ashish Ahuja
Day 1C
62,000
Goonjan Mall
Day 1C
62,000
Garvit Patodia
Day 1A
59,000
Akshat Jaiswal
Day 1C
59,000
Rajat Singh Dhingra
Day 1C
58,500
Sanjay Kandampully
Day 1A
58,000
Ankur Naranival
Day 1B
58,000
Kavish Chouhan
Day 1C
58,000
Himmat Singh
Day 1B
56,500
Faiz Alam
Day 1A
56,000
Mayank Agnihotri
Day 1B
54,500
Aakash Diwan
Day 1B
54,000
Mayank Agarwal
Day 1A
53,000
Sahil Agarwal
Day 1A
53,000
Kaizad Pestonji
Day 1A
52,500
Yuvraj Singh
Day 1C
52,500
Laksh Singh
Day 1A
52,000
Sangeeth Mohan
Day 1B
51,500
Aishwary Singh
Day 1B
51,000
Ronish Shetty
Day 1A
50,500
Arsh Grover
Day 1B
49,000
Sagar Choudhury
Day 1B
49,000
Manish Fatepuria
Day 1A
48,000
Parvathaneni Gokul Krishna
Day 1A
47,000
Raul Fernandes
Day 1C
47,000
Shardul Parthasarathu
Day 1C
47,000
Ashraf Ali Nepal
Day 1B
46,000
Dhirendra Kumar
Day 1B
46,000
Asheesh Naag
Day 1C
45,500
Rishabh Vekaria
Day 1B
45,000
Bibek Karki
Day 1A
43,500
Vishnukaran N S
Day 1B
43,000
Sarala Ramakrishna
Day 1C
43,000
Rajat Singh Dhingra
Day 1B
42,500
Kapil Garg
Day 1B
42,500
Santhosh Kumar Gottagoni
Day 1B
41,000
Abhishek Rathod
Day 1C
40,500
Ankit Bajaj
Day 1A
40,000
Ratul Steves
Day 1B
40,000
Krishna Kumar
Day 1A
39,500
Rachita Salla
Day 1B
39,500
Akanksha Singh
Day 1B
39,500
Abhishek Kumar
Day 1B
39,000
Mukunda Dashrathy
Day 1C
39,000
Sagar Suri
Day 1B
38,500
Aditya G S
Day 1B
38,500
Kato
Day 1B
38,500
Akhilendra Singh
Day 1C
38,500
Phanindra Akkina
Day 1A
37,500
Alnoor Pujani
Day 1C
37,500
Pratik Mehta
Day 1C
36,500
Anmol Mehta
Day 1A
35,500
Michael Dorevklint
Day 1A
35,500
Daxesh Patel
Day 1C
35,500
Clive Kikia
Day 1C
35,500
Charu Vikram Kaushik
Day 1C
34,500
Khorshed Alam
Day 1A
34,000
Jayjit Ray
Day 1C
31,500
Kuldeepsinh Jagtad
Day 1C
31,000
Siddarth Singhvi
Day 1C
31,000
Saurabh Rohila
Day 1C
31,000
Anubhav Deswal
Day 1A
30,500
Anshul Bagaio
Day 1C
30,000
P Srinivas Naidu
Day 1C
29,500
Abhay Bokadia
Day 1C
29,000
Vineet Kumar
Day 1B
28,000
Anshul Garg
Day 1B
28,000
Anmol Narang
Day 1C
27,500
Kuang Hung Lee
Day 1C
27,000
Kanav Parwal
Day 1C
26,000
Shahswat Agarwal
Day 1B
24,000
Hitesh Kanungo
Day 1C
24,000
Muskan Sethi
Day 1B
23,500
Jeevendra Arora
Day 1B
22,500
Saurabh Arora
Day 1B
18,000
Guneet Kwatra
Day 1C
17,000
Abhishek Tibrewala
Day 1C
12,000
Pavan Jain
Day 1C
7,500

Content & Images Courtesy: Online Poker News, India

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