WSOP 2019: Joseph Cheong Leads Final 6 in Double Stack; Ashish Ahuja Finishes 15th for $37,421

Day 4 of Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack NLHE is in the books with just 6 players remaining for the final day. Leading them is Joseph Cheong with a humongous stack with 100,300,000 in chips. Although Cheong has over $6,000,000 in WSOP cashes and 3 WSOP Circuit rings, he will be chasing his first bracelet when he returns along with the other 5 players at noon today. All remaining players are guaranteed at least $133,970 but they will be eyeing the top prize of $687,782 and the bracelet.

With his monstrous stack, Cheong is the strongest contender for the title. He is followed by David Ivers who has 60,400,000 and this would be Ivers’ sixth and biggest WSOP cash. Day 3 chip leader Zinan Xu is sitting at 3rd place with 53,900,000 in chips. He holds a total of 11 cashes in the WSOP tournaments and is already guaranteed to more than double his lifetimes WSOP cashes when he cashes this tournament. Italy’s Andrea Buonocore who has already cashed twice in the ongoing WSOP series has collected 17,800,000 and will be looking to claim his first-ever bracelet.

Ido Ashkenazi holds 11,700,000 in chips. However, he is no stranger to the FT stage and will be doing his best to turn things around. The shortest stack is the female player Arianna Son with a stack of 4,500,000. She will be facing a tough battle to become the first woman this summer to win a bracelet. And this FT will serve as a great warm-up for her to compete in ‘Ladies Event’ ahead.

Given below are the chip counts of remaining 6:

  1. Joseph Cheong – 100,300,000
  2. David Ivers – 60,400,000
  3. Zinan Xu – 53,900,000
  4. Andrea Buonocore – 17,800,000
  5. Ido Ashkenazi – 11,700,000
  6. Arianna Son – 4,500,000

Team India

Team India has been going strong at the 2019 WSOP. While the gold bracelet is still to come, Indian challengers have already made their presence felt by running deep across various tournaments. This event too saw many Indians in action and 8 of them managed to score. The first ITM player from Team India to exit was Kartik Ved (907th for $1,499) and he was followed by Gokul Parvathaneni (890th for $1,499), Dhaval Mudgal (723rd for $1,690 ) and Madhav Gupta (716th for $1,690).

A total of four Indians- Yasheel Doddanavar (1,412,000, Ashish Ahuja (1,181,000), Aditya Sushant (846,000) and Vinod Megalmani (668,000) had come for Day 3 but only Ahuja could survive the day and the rest three players – Doddanavar (68th for $8,685), Sushant (136th for $4,501) and Megalmani (139th for $4,501) exited the tournament before the day’s play concluded.

There were lots of expectations from Ahuja (6,725,000) as he held 14th largest stack for Day 4 and he was second to none among the remaining 40. When he returned for Day 4, he played some brilliant poker on his chase to the bracelet for India. He was chipping up nicely and had even reached 17,000,000 in chips when he got a runner-runner flush with Ah Kd to beat pocket queens of Steven Filipovic. A few hands later, he then lost a chunk of his chip. Eventually, he ran his pocket queens into the A8 of the chip leader Joseph Cheong from South Korea. The board came 9 T A 6 5 with Cheong flopping top pair and Ahuja’s amazing run ended in 15th place for $37,421 (INR 26.05 Lac).

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