The event #28: $1K No-Limit Hold’em of the 2019 WSOP is currently underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Day 1 of the event saw a total of 2,477 entries being registered, with only 346 surviving and advancing to Day 2. Among survivors for Day 2, there were 6 Indian players headlined by Yudhishter Jaswal with a stack of 207,000. He was followed by Paawan Bansal (176,000), Ashish Ahuja (126,500), Nipun Java (55,000), Muskan Sethi (50,000) and Aditya Sushant (45,500).
Day 2 of the tournament began with 346 players and saw the short stacks attempting to double-up or go home. Since eliminations were quick, the action-packed day finally ended with just 6 players remaining to battle it out for the bracelet and the first-place prizemoney of a whopping $341,854.
Among the players who got eliminated on Day 2, there were 6 Indians. WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant was the last Indian to exit the event. He finished 13th and earned $17,409 for his efforts. Chennai pro Sushant had started the day as the shortest stack with 45,500 chips among the Indians but he played some top notch poker and managed to finish deepest among the Indians.
Sushant was down to 745,000 and he shoved all-in with Ad 9c against Ah 8s of Scott Stewart. The board Qc 8h Kc 3c 3d brought bad news and he got eliminated in 13th place. We caught-up with Shushant who said, “happy with how I played and happy to have got a deep run this early”
Other Indians to cash were Paawan Bansal (64th for $4,283), Yudhishter Jaswal (99th for $2,738) who had started the day as the chip leader among the six Indians, Muskan Sethi (180th for $2,144), Nipun Java (275th for $1,753), Ashish Ahuja (309th for $1,612) and Kartik Ved (348th for $1,500).
Leading the remaining six at the end of the day was the US player Stephen Song who holds nearly half the chips in play with an outstanding count of 24,655,000. Song had a great day and he was the first player to cross the 1 million and from there on, there was no looking back as he went on to win some big hands throughout the day, including the last hand of the day when he picked up pocket Aces, which crushed the pocket queens of Pedro Ingles who got busted in 7th place for $48,101.
Song has already won a WSOP Circuit High Roller event this year and he will be now eyeing yet another WSOP title of the year 2019 here at the ongoing WSOP $1K No-Limit Hold’em. While he is the strong contender for the title with the massive chip lead, he will be facing tough competition from the other five players remaining in contention, namely Sevat Mikaiel (6,395,000), Scot Masters (5,315,000), WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (4,885,000), Brazilian Renato Kaneoya (4,875,000) who ran deep in the Millionaire Maker and Dominic Coombe holding 3,505,000 chips.
The final 6 players will return to play down to a champion at 12 PM today. Play will commence at Level 31 with blinds at 80,000/160,000 and a 160,000 ante. All remaining levels will be of 40 minutes.