Day 2 of the Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em at the ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas came to an end with India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal and the 2018 WSOP Main Event best Indian finisher Nishant Sharma being among the top 10 stacks among the 271 remaining of the 2,053 players from Day 2. A total of 6,051 entered the tournament across the two flights and the remaining players will return for Day 3 tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time.
Agarwal, who had kicked off Team India’s WSOP 2022 campaign with a 9th place finish for $23,634 (INR 18.36 Lac) in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout NLH, is sitting with the 6th highest chip stack, while Nishant Sharma is placed 9th with 3,135,000 chips. The Indian community will be pinning hopes on both Agarwal and Sharma. Currently ranked 3rd on India’s All Time Money List with $1,448,404 in live cashes, Agarwal has already final tabled Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout NLH of the ongoing series and had finished runner-up for $286,705 in Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLH at the WSOP 2021. Given his current form backed by years of experience, he is all set for the kill in this event.
Talking about Nishant Sharma, he is a terrific talent from India with plenty of WSOP cashes under his belt. Sharma’s best finish at the prestigious series happens to be a 34th place for $230,475 at the WSOP 2018 Main Event. In the same event of the WSOP 2019, Sharma was leading the pack of 15 Indian players into Day 2 but ended up finishing 143rd for $6,593. This time sitting among the top stacks, he is in good position to ship the event and win the first bracelet for India at the WSOP 2022.
Given their stacks and experience, both Agarwal and Sharma have raised the bracelet hopes for the country but the road to gold is not going to be easy as they will be facing tough competition from other big-stacked players like Two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Calvin Anderson (chip leader), three-time WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Leng, and one-time bracelet winner Arash Ghaneian (1,940,000).
Team India Cashes So Far In This Event
in A total of 976 players are paid out in this event from the $8,678,835 and it is turning out to be a big event from Team India’s perspective with two Indian players still in contention for the bracelet and several Indians already cashing the tournament, namely Tarun Goyal (329th for $5,054), former bracelet winners in Aditya Sushant (474th for $3,610) & Abhinav Iyer (870th for $2,400), Himmat Singh (537th for $3,278), Muskan Sethi (676th for $2,625), and Dilip Ravindran (927th for $2,400).
The $1,500 buy-in event has a prize pool of $8,678,835 and each of the 271 players has locked at least a min-cash of $5,054. The player who emerges the winner will get a paycheque of $966,577.
Day 3 has a total of 10 levels with each lasting for 60 minutes. There will be a 15-minute break after two levels are played and a dinner break after the completion of Level 29. Day 4 of the event will see a winner being crowned and walk away with the coveted WSOP bracelet and a whopping top prize.
The remaining 271 players are led by two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Calvin Anderson who bagged a stack of 4,080,000 (135 BBs). Hot on the heels is John Simonian with a stack of 4,020,000 chips.
Top 10 Chip Counts After The End Of Day 2
- Calvin Anderson – 4,040,000
- John Simonian – 4,020,000
- Sebastian Toro – 3,520,000
- George Abi-Zeid – 3,495,000
- Joao Simao – 3,490,000
- Josh Weiss – 3,465,000
- Joseph Bartholdi – 3,340,000
- Aditya Agarwal – 3,240,000
- Nishant Sharma – 3,135,000
- Rahul Deevara – 3,065,000