Indian challengers are making their presence felt by making deep runs at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments. India’s ace player Paawan Bansal notched up yet another cash in WSOP Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack NLHE finishing 74th and taking home a prize of $6,803 (INR 4.63 Lac), while Indian origin player Nipun Java who was running hot in this event ended his quest for his third WSOP gold bracelet finishing in the 87th place for a cool $5,752 ( INR 3.91 Lac). Three other Indians who made money in this event included the young gun Nishant Sharma (365th for $2,508), Adda52 Team Pro Nikita Luther (525th for $2,038), and Akash Malik (664th for $1,717).
The $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold ‘em drew an impressive field with a total of 5,700 entries over two starting flights. Five Indian players made it to Day 2 in this event, including Nikita Luther, Paawan Bansal, Nishant Sharma, Akash Malik and the Indian origin Nipun Java. While Luther, Sharma, and Malik exited on Day 2 itself, Bansal and Java continued their runs and entered Day 3.
On Day 3, 162 survivors came out to battle it out for the coveted title and the WSOP gold bracelet and unfortunately our Indian challengers Bansal and Java were eliminated from the tournament.
With 5,700 entries, a whopping $5,130,000 prizepool was created with $644,224 reserved for the winner. While there were not many previous bracelet winners remaining in it, it was a still tough field and Java was busted in 87th place for $5,752, ending his quest for the third gold bracelet.
Bansal became a smaller stack on Day 3 and eventually went out in 74th place for $6,803. This was his second cash of WSOP 2018, after previously finishing 13th for $35,087 in the Colossus. He has been enjoying a crazy run and is the strong contender to win a bracelet for India.
In this event, a total of 855 players are to be paid out with a min-cash of at least $1,500. The final day is currently underway. There are only three players remaining in the field and they all are from the USA. Among the remaining ones, it is Robert Peacock who leads the way with 29,300,000 in chips. Following him are Joshua Turner (13,300,000) and Nicholas Salimbene (12,500,000).