WSOP 2021: Anthony Denove Wins Event #43: $1K Double Stack; India’s Dhaval Mudgal, Kunal Patni & Neel Joshi Score

Another day, another champion crowned at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP)! The latest tournament to conclude at the prestigious series was #43: $1k Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em that drew a field of 3,991 entries to build a prize pool of $3,551,990 that was eventually shared by the top 599 finishers. After eight and a half hours of play on Day 4 of the event,  it was cash game player Anthony Denove who came out victorious to win the top $446,983 prize and his first gold bracelet.

It was a dream victory for the notable cash game player and talking about it, he said, “It’s been my dream to win a bracelet. I’ve been playing cash for six years but I do really love tournaments.”

“I knew a lot of those players would not be making any mistakes in a lot of spots,” he said talking about the line-up of players. “I try not to be too conscious of it, helps keep my expectations in check.”

Denove, who also recently became a father, began the final table as a chip leader and made good use of his chip advantage to outlast big name players like Michael Wang, Jeff Platt, and David Guay.

Denove started the FT in a thundering fashion with a double elimination in a hand, busting Matthew Raffoul and the start of the day chip leader Michael Wang in 10th and 9th places, respectively. It was the biggest pot of the tournament, putting Denove in the commanding lead. The next player to fall was Joshua Harrison whose ace-eight failed to beat the king-queen held by Frank Lagodich. Following him in seventh place was the start of the FT short stack in Kenneth Inouye.

Up next, Steven Stolzenfeld fell when he shoved his stack with pocket eights against Timothy Little’s A-5. He was followed by Frank Lagodich who was busted by the eventual runner-up David Guay.

Jeff Platt was a big story of the final table. He made an astonishing run in the event, making it all the way to the final table. While he spent most of his time on the short stack, he did well finishing 4th for $160,662. Platt has served the WSOP as a commentator and nice to see him do well at the tables.

Guay and Denove were almost equal in chips during the three-handed play, with Timothy Little being the shortest stack. Eventually, Little decided to shove all-in with ace-three against Guay’s ace-eight. An eight came on the river to pair up Guay and Little was busted in third place for $210,004.

Things were pretty even between Guay and Denove for chips at the start of the heads-up but Denove acquired a 2:1 lead within 30 minutes. Finally, he closed it out with a win. On the final hand, Guay picked up pocket nines and Denove got pocket tens. All of the chips got in before the flop. Guay failed to  improve on a board of Js 5s 5d Kd 8s and exited in second place, good for $276,269.

Team India

A total of 17 players made it to the final day of the event with Michael Wang leading them all. While none of the Indians made it to the final day, three  Indians managed to post ITM finishes. The MPL Poker pro Dhaval Mudgal finished 154th  for $3,124 – INR 2.35 Lac, while Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni finished 168th  for $3,124 – INR 2.35 Lac. The other Indian to score in the event was this year’s WPT India Mini Highroller champion Neel Joshi who finished 446th  for $1,752 – INR 1.32 Lac). 

Final Table Payouts (USD)


Anthony Denove –



David Guay –



Timothy Little –



Jeff Platt –



Frank Lagodich –



Steven Stolzenfeld –



Kenneth Inouye –



Joshua Harrison –



Michael Wang –



Matthew Raffoul –