WSOP 2019 Daily Spotlight – June 9

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  • Namita Ghosh June 10, 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.’

Sports fans were in for quite a treat this weekend. Not only did the Indian National Cricket Team convincingly defeat their Australian counterparts at the ICC Cricket World Cup on Sunday, but the Indian battalion at the 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) too made deep runs in several events. Keeping Team India`s first solo bracelet campaign going in Event #19: Millionaire Maker – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em later today will be two of the country’s more promising talent`s – PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (996,000), and Young Gun Abhinav Iyer (381,500).

Apart from Ahuja and Iyer, 12 other Indians were also seen in action with Deepak Bothra, Abhishek Goindi, Neel Joshi, Raghav Bansal, Aditya Sushant, Vivek Rughani and Sriharsha Doddapaneni, all finishing in the money.

After busting the Millionaire Maker, Doddapaneni, Romit Advani and Sushant jumped into Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’Em where they were joined by the likes of Paawan Bansal, PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal and Kunal Patni. While Bansal (612,000), Doddapaneni (493,000) and Advani (294,000), are still in the running for Day 2 – Agarwal, Sushant, and Patni busted Day 1.

The series’ second online WSOP bracelet – Event #24: $600 ONLINE PLO 6-Handed also played out last night where ‘loofa’ decimated the 652-strong field (including 564 rebuys) to win the WSOP bracelet and a $139,740 payday.


Event #19: Millionaire Maker – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Day 2 of the Millionaire Maker began with 2,268 survivors; however, only 309 of them lasted the day. In the field were 14 Indian challengers, but only PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (996,000) and Young Gun Abhinav Iyer (381,500) bulldozed through to Day 3, while the other 12 busted out before the day concluded.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja
Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

Seven Indians finished in the money.

PlayerFinishPrize Money (USD-INR)
Deepak Bothra 382nd$5,144 – ₹3.57 Lakhs
Abhishek Goindi484th$4,106 – ₹2.85 Lakhs
Neel Joshi534th$4,106 – ₹2.85 Lakhs
Raghav Bansal757th$3,113 – ₹2.16 Lakhs
Aditya Sushant946th$2,699 – ₹1.87 Lakhs
Vivek Rughani1,101th$2,421 – ₹1.68 Lakhs
Sriharsha Doddapaneni 1,217th$2,324 – ₹1.61 Lakhs


Muskan Sethi, Nipun Java, Vinod Megalmani, Romit Advani and Prashray Rai fell short of the money line.

Sam Cosby is the overnight chip leader with a stack of 3,023,000 and will be leading in the 309 survivors later tonight.

Sam Cosby
Sam Cosby

Event#22: $1,000 Double Stack NLHE

The event kicked off on June 9 with 3,253 entries generating a prize pool of $2,927,700. After 10 levels of 30-minutes each, only 430 players were standing.

A sizeable Indian group entered the event and three among them; namely, Paawan Bansal (612,000), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (493,000) and Romit Advani (294,000), made it through to Day 2.

Paawan Bansal, Sriharsha Doddapaneni & Romit Advani
Paawan Bansal, Sriharsha Doddapaneni & Romit Advani

In the chip lead coming into the final day will be Ivan Uzunov (1,912,000).

Ivan Uzunov
Ivan Uzunov


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

Frankie O’Dell got his hattrick on Sunday when he took down a third Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better WSOP event. O’Dell outlasted 183 entries including the five players who returned on Day 4 to win Event #18: $10,00 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better for a career-best $443,641.

Frankie O'Dell
Frankie O’Dell wins $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better


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

Day 3 of Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud saw play begin with 10 finalists from a starting field of 285 players.

Following the eliminations of Joshua Mountain (7th for $10,920), Scott Seiver (8th for $8,337), and Timothy Frazin (9th for $6,510), the play was stopped with six players left and Eli Elezra (1,221,000) in the lead.

Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra


Event #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

Day 2 from the field of 91 players down to seven. Jean-Robert Bellande leads the group with 1,231,000 in chips.

Jean Robert Bellande
Jean Robert Bellande

Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix

The event set a new record for this variant with an unprecedented 612 players joining the action. Only 225 among them survived through to Day 2 and carrying forward the largest stack is Aleksandr Gofman with 95,800 in chips.

Alexandr Gofman Event 23
Aleksandr Gofman

Event #24: $600 ONLINE PLO 6-Handed

The second online bracelet event on the schedule Event #24: $600 ONLINE PLO 6-Handed crowned a champion in ‘loofa’ who rose atop the 652-player field (including 564 rebuys) to stake claim to his/her very first online bracelet and a $139,740 payday.


Content & Images Courtesy: World Series of Poker

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