The Event #69: $1K Mini Main Event of the 2019 WSOP commenced on July 1 and drew 5,521 entries, generating $4,968,900 prizepool. The inaugural event saw several Indians in action with four of them progressing to Day 2, namely Kunal Punjwani (1,765,000), Paawan Bansal (890,000), Nipun Java (820,000) and Sirjan Singh (250,000). However, Team India’s run came to an end on Day 2 itself as all four Indians got eliminated before the day had culminated with 8 players remaining in contention.
The first Indian to exit the tournament was Sirjan Singh who finished 320th place for $2,762, his first WSOP cash. He was followed by Paawan Bansal (250th place for $3,125) and Kunal Punjwani (99th place for $4,772). The last Indian to hit the rail was two-time bracelet winner – Nipun Java and he finished 51st for $11,460, which happens to be his largest cash at the series.
Out of the 546 players who had returned for Day 2, only 8 players are remaining after almost 20 levels of the fast-paced action. The play for Day 2 was halted after James Stewart got eliminated in 9th place for $55,118). The player to emerge as the chip leader from Day 2 was Former WSOP bracelet winner Andres Korn (75,000,000 chips) and he along with other 7 players will be returning for the final day later tonight.
Chip Counts Of Remaining 8 Players:
- Andres Korn – 75,000,000
- Jeremy Saderne – 64,000,000
- Yi Ma – 62,600,000
- Koji Takagi – 44,000,000
- Lula Taylor – 30,500,000
- Stefan Widmer – 28,400,000
- Ben Alloggio – 13,900,000
- Philip Gildea – 12,400,000
All remaining eight players are guaranteed at least $71,199 for their efforts, but the eventual winner will take home the coveted gold bracelet and a massive top prize of $628,654.
15 Indians Cash In WSOP Event #64: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em Event
Day 2 of Event #64: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em saw 1,223 participants and there were 15 Indians headlined by Madhav Gupta (545,000 chips) and Adda52 Team Pro Tarun Goyal (477,000 chips). Although none of the Indians could progress but they all scored ITM finishes on Day 2.
Unluckily for Tarun Goyal, he was the first Indian to exit. He finished 1,093rd for $1,500. Following him were Sanjay Taneja (1,073rd -$1,622), Akshay Nasa (1,064th – $1,622), Meherzad Munsaf (1,038th – $1,622), Navkiran Singh (985th – $1,729), Adda52 Team Pro Kunal Patni (958th – $1,729), Rahul Byrraju (937th – $1,729), Rohan Roshi (890th – $1,859), Karik Ved (853rd – $1,859), Raghav Bansal (780th – $2,015), Naresh Veeravalli (731st – $2,202), Siddharth Mundada (461st – $3,013), Ashish Ahuja (432nd – $3,013) and Lawrence Xavier who exited in 271st place for $4,424.
Baadshah Gaming’s Madhav Gupta was the last man standing from Team India, and he finished 188th for $7,318, his bet live cash at the 2019 WSOP till date. He had started Day 2 among the 15 Indians as the chip leader and he used his stack to his advantage, finishing 188th place.
A total of 91 players were left by the end of Day 2 with Natalia Panchenko leading them all into Day 3. Only 10 players out of 91 made it to the final day with Aleksandras Rusinovas leading them with 114,625,000 in chips. While all remaining players are guaranteed at least $82,130, they will have their eyes on the coveted gold bracelet and the top prizemoney of a whopping $888,888.
Chip Counts of Remaining 10 Players:
- Aleksandras Rusinovas – 114,625,000
- Thomas Drivas – 58,600,000
- Vivian Saliba – 43,500,000
- Uselis Gediminas – 43,400,000
- Mark Radoja – 36,100,000
- Patrick Clarke – 36,000,000
- Vlad Darie – 26,750,000
- Rick Alvarado – 21,150,000
- Mario Hofler – 15,200,000
- Keun Kwak – 12,000,000