WSOP 2021: Mukul Pahuja Bags Day 1A Chip Lead In Event #68: $1,111 Little One for One Drop; India’s Kunal Patni & Dhaval Mudgal Advance To Day 2

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2021 is running full steam with the $10,000 Main Event being the focal point. Meanwhile, Event #68: $1,111 Little One For One Drop of the series kicked off the first of its three opening flights on Monday with three-time circuit ring-winning Indo-American Mukul Pahuja (518,300) bagging the chip lead among the 143 survivors out of 490 entries. Fernando Ribeiro (428,000) & Poorya Nazari (377,500) rounded out the top 3 stacks from the opening flight.

Pahuja has a remarkable POKER resume with over $5.50 Million in live tournament earnings. He has already cashed thrice at the ongoing series and will now be eying his career-first WSOP bracelet.

The good news for the Indian poker community is that there are two Indians advancing from Day 1A of the event and they are well-known names in Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni (86,100) and MPL Poker Team Pro Dhaval Mudgal (33,700). Both Patni and Mudgal joined the event after busting Day 1D of the Main Event and we expect more Indians to join in one of the two remaining flights.

Patni has already picked up two cashes at the ongoing series. He first cashed in Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack, finishing 168th for $3,124. He then teamed up with Nikita Luther in Event #59: $1K Tag Team, and the duo placed 15th for $4,576. As for Mudgal, the musician-turned poker pro has also cashed twice at the ongoing series, finishing 154th for $3,124 in Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack and then placing 30th for $7,120 recently in Event #61: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship.

Both Patni and Mudgal are well-experienced players with a lot of international exposurre. They will be chasing their first WSOP bracelet on Day 2, slated to start at 1 PM (local time) on November 11. Two more flights are still to go, with Day 1B starting at 3 PM (local time) on Tuesday, November 9.

Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts:

  1. Mukul Pahuja – 518,300
  2. Fernando Ribeiro – 428,000
  3. Poorya Nazari – 377,500
  4. Steven Stolzenfeld – 376,200
  5. Jorge Briones – 319,500
  6. Osmin Dardon – 296,000
  7. Christopher Smith – 295,400
  8. Wai Kit Lo – 292,300
  9. Richard Weathington – 286,000
  10. Michael Weber – 270,600

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