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The 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) hosted its second online bracelet tournament, $600 WSOP.com Online PLO on June 10. The event attracted 652 entries (including 565 re-buys) and after 13 hours of non-stop play, crowned a winner in Josh ‘loofa’ Pollock.’ Pollock defeated Jason “TheBigGift” Gooch heads-up to stake claim to the top prize of $139,740 and his second WSOP gold bracelet.
Team India has been consistently performing better at the WSOP with each passing year, and a part of the accomplishments have been coming in through the online events. The most significant of these achievements was Nipun Java’s bracelet victory in the $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE NLHE Championship in 2017. Another bracelet winner Aditya Sushant took ninth place in this same event last year.
This time around, it is Sikandar Rajwade who finds mention for his 43rd place finish ($2,692 – ₹1.86 Lakhs) in the $600 WSOP.com Online PLO. This deep run is no flash in the pan for Rajwade, who is a well-known PLO player. Rajwade boasts of an impressive poker resume headlined by his runner-up finish in the record-breaking The Game Changer ₹2 Crores GTD on PokerBaazi back in February where he had won ₹39 Lakhs. This is his second WSOP trip, and he’s already picked up two scores – his first was a 1,128th ($800 – ₹56,893) place finish in the BIG 50.
The biggest story on the final table was Run It Once (RIO) founder Phil Galfond, who was chasing his fourth bracelet. Galfond kept a low profile for the majority of the tournament but jumped into prominence once the field was down to the last 20 players. With eight players remaining, Galfond was the chip leader and an overwhelming favorite to win the tournament holding 4.90 Million in chips, a reasonable distance away from his closest competitor. However, the tide turned quickly, and a couple of hits resulted in Galfond taking fifth place.
The tournament featured 20-minute blind levels and allowed for unlimited re-entries. The top 99 places were paid at least $1,642 and a good number of notables earned from the $656,640 prize pool including Shaun Deeb (13th for $5,647), Jason Somerville (17th for $4,596), Kyle Montgomery (21st for $3,809), Tom Marchese (26th for $3,809), James Obst (42nd for $2,692), Ben Yu (64th for $1,904) and Jake Schwartz (80th for $1,773).
Indian-origin player Gaurav Raina (69th for $1,904 -₹1.32 Lakhs) also made it in the money.
Final Table Recap
There were three successive eliminations with Anthony ‘Tane’ Lombard (8th for $12,017) and Jack “FlushStr8ted” Shea busting back-to-back, the latter in seventh place.
The chain of eliminations continued with Chris “babycow” Back hitting the rail in sixth place.
‘Phil “HeyGuys” Galfond`s bid for a fourth bracelet could only take him as far as a fifth-place finish. He had lost a big pot to Jason “TheBigGift” Gooch and resultantly was the next one out. Galfond moved all in on the river with an ace-high flush, but Gooch with his flopped full house eliminated Galfond in fifth place.
Gooch scored another knockout by eliminating Martin “BathroomLine” Zamani in fourth place with his pair of kings dominating the latter’s pair of queens.
One hand later, it was Jared “jebronlames1” Bleznick`s turn to depart, and with him gone in third place, the heads-up play began.
The final hand took no time coming. Pollock with flopped the nut flush on the runout . Gooch who had was in serious danger. The on the turn did bring a ray of hope for Gooch, but it was short-lived as the on the river declared Pollock the champion!
Final Table Results (USD)
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