WSOP 2019 Daily Spotlight – June 8

WSOP 2019 Day 11 Recap
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  • Arpit Jain June 9, 2019
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In this daily feature, we will bring you the key highlights of the 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) to keep you abreast with the ongoings at the ‘World’s Biggest Poker Festival.’

In what turned out to be a frantic day at the 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP), there were four bracelets given away with several other events running in tandem. The event of interest for Team India was Event #19: Millionaire Maker – $1,500 No-Limit Hold ’em that saw an even larger Indian participation on its second and final starting flight as compared to Day 1A. Nine of our Indian challengers made it through Day 1B taking the total Team India Day 2 tally to 14 players where leading the way is Young Gun Abhinav Iyer (Day 1B) with 299,900 in chips.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


Team India Chip Counts For Day 2 (Millionaire Maker)

PlayerFlightChip Counts
Abhinav IyerDay 1B299,900
Ashish Ahuja Day 1A238,900
Deepak BothraDay 1B233,800
Sriharsha DoddapaneniDay 1B211,500
Neel JoshiDay 1A195,900
Abhishek GoindiDay 1A165,200
Raghav BansalDay 1B117,800
Romit AdvaniDay 1A117,300
Aditya SushantDay 1B116,700
Vinod MegalmaniDay 1B110,000
Prashray RaiDay 1B97,000
Nipun JavaDay 1B96,700
Muskan SethiDay 1B78,500
Vivek RughaniDay 1A65,100

The four gold bracelet winners were Murilo Souza (Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. – $207,003), Sean Swingruber (Event #15:$10,000 Heads-up NLHE – $186,356), Isaac Baron (Event #16:$1,500 6-Handed – $407,739), and Brett Apter (Event #17: $1,500 NLHE Shootout – $228,824).


Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. crowned Brazil`s Murilo Souza as the champion after an unplanned Day 4 was added to the event. Souza had entered the event with zero WSOP scores to his name, but he claimed his first score in style. He overcame a 751-strong field on Saturday defeating USA`s Jason Stockfish to win his first bracelet and $207,003. Indian-origin Ashish Gupta finished 11th for $11,415 (~7.92 Lakhs).

Murilo Souza
Murilo Souza

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Event #15: $10,000 Heads-up NLHE

Event #15: $10,000 Heads-up NLHE was down to the semi-finals on June 6 with only four players in the running. A day’s break later, the semi-finals got going where Ben Yu beat Keith Lehr, and Sean Swingruber took down Cord Garcia.

The championship match between Yu and Swingruber saw the latter emerge victorious and take home the bracelet for $186,356 in prize money.

Sean Swingruber
Sean Swingruber

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Event #16: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed

A large field of 1,832 entries in Event #16:$1,500 6-Handed was down to heads-up play at the end of Day 3. The prolonged heads-up match that reportedly went on for over 100 hands necessitated the need of an additional fourth day. Ultimately, USA`s Isaac Baron proved dominant over his Singaporean opponent Ong Dingxiang to claim the WSOP title and $407,739 in prize money.

Isaac Baron
Isaac Baron

Four Indian challengers, namely, Nipun Java (78th for $4,290 – 2.98 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (142nd for $2,742 – 1.90 Lakhs), Siddharth Mundada (236th for $2,265 – 1.57 Lakhs), and Sriharsha Doddapaneni (239th place for $2,265 – 1.57 Lakhs) finished in the money.

Nipun Java
Nipun Java

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Event #17: $1,500 NLHE Shootout

The field was trimmed down fast in Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Shootout had opened on June 7 with 917 runners and only 100 of them made it to Day 2 (Round 2). The final Day 3 (Round 3) began with 10 players and topping them all was USA`s Brett Apter who defeated Russia’s Anatolii Zyrin heads-up to win the bracelet and $228,824 in prize money.

Brett Apter
Brett Apter

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Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better

The penultimate day began with 23 returning players from a starting field of 183 runners. After five 90-minute levels, play was down to the six-handed final table where leading the way is Robert Mizrachi (3,905,000) a reasonable distance ahead of the next two big stacks, Nick Guagenti (2,000,000), and Owais Ahmed (1,850,000).


Event #19: $1,500 NLHE – Millionaire Maker

The second and final flight in Event #19: $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker turned out to be a much bigger hit than the first. With 4,887 entries coming in, the total field size touched 8,817 entries (Day 1A- 3,930), a personal best for this event that was introduced at the WSOP six years ago! As expected there was a sizeable Indian contingent in attendance, and an incredible nine among them made it past Day 1B bringing the total tally of Indians returning for Day 2 play at 14.

Young Gun and APT 2019 Vietnam Main Event Champion Abhinav Iyer leads the group with a stack of 299,900.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

The others making it further from Day 1B include Deepak Bothra (233,800), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (211,500), Raghav Bansal (117,800), India’s first WSOP bracelet champion Aditya Sushant (116,700), Vinod Megalmani (110,000), Prashray Rai (97,000), 2-time WSOP bracelet winner Nipun Java (96,700), and PokerStars India Team pro Muskan Sethi (78,500).

USA`s Noam Schwartz from Day 1B leads the 2,281 survivors for Day 2. He’s also the only one in the field with over 1 million in chips – 1,100,300 to be exact. Following Schwartz are Erasmus Morfe (Day 1B – 666,000), and Day 1A chip leader Garrett Greer (570,600).

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Event #20: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud

From a starting field of 285 players, only 103 had made it through to Day 2. On Saturday, they played down to 10 players and leading the way with a stack of 733,000 is USA`s Anthony Zinno followed by Joshua Mountain (445,000), and Valentin Vornicu (409,000).


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