Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
The second WPT India Main Event attracted a total of 270 players on Day 1a, beating last year's number by 36. However, with two more flights tomorrow, the overall figure of 527 entrants from last year's tournament looks eminently beatable.
Several well-known players entered today, including Adda52 Team Pro Kunal Patni and Celebrity pro Minissha Lamba. They were joined by PokerStars Team Pro Muskan Sethi and Sahil Agarwal.
None of the aforementioned players made it through to Day 2, so will have to make use of either Day 1b - starting at 12 pm tomorrow - or the Day 1c turbo flight starting at 9:30 pm; a new addition for the 2018 Main Event.
One Indian poker star that made it through Day 1 is bracelet-winner Aditya Sushant who became the first Indian-born player to win a bracelet when he took down Event #10: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Tag Team alongside Nipun Java for $75,319.
"It feels like a very long day," he said shortly after bagging up 134,500 in chips. "I managed to chip up early, won a couple of hands and a few big pots, and then tried to hold onto the chips. I really wanted to make Day 2 today so I don't have to play again tomorrow. It means I can have the day off so I'm very relieved to make Day 2 with an above average stack."
When he first sat down, the player to his right Masha Soboleva already had over 100,000 and Sushant said he had to be very careful when entering pots with her.
"She was playing a very unpredictable, aggressive game and it was very hard to play against her. You pretty much were hoping to have a hand when you were up against her. I ran well against her in a couple of big pots and that's where I kind ended up chipping up."
Sushant took down the Kickoff Event earlier this week, the first event on the WPT festival schedule.
"That was a fun one," he told PokerNews. "Winning the first one; obviously winning the Main Event...there would be nothing like it. There's still a long way to go, so let's see what happens.
"The vibe has been great. The numbers seem to be up. Last year we got a great response and this year it seems even better. The place is buzzing and it's full of people. I'm sure the numbers are going to be great."
Leading the remaining 85 players after Day 1a is Naranjan NJ with 284,500 from his starting stack of 30,000. He benefitted from the elimination of Soboleva in the penultimate hand of the night, calling off the bluff of his opponent with a full house leaving Soboleva drawing to a chop that she did not make.
Other big stacks include Pranay Kapoor (231,500), Keran Kakkad (229,500), Vaibhav Shah (216,000) and Tarun Goyaz (206,500).
While Adda52 Team Pro Patni failed to make it through to Day 2, after running queens into kings earlier in the day, fellow Team Pro Amit Jain bagged up 154,000 and will be looking forward to running deep in this event.
Also through to Day 2 is Shuchi Chamaria (102,500) and Raghav Bansal (140,000).
Stay tuned tomorrow for more PokerNews coverage from the WPT India right here in Goa.
Tournament officials have announced that there will be three more hands before players bag for the end of Day 1c.
Stay tuned for a recap of the day's play.
On a board, one player checked and Anuj Yadav bet 50,000 into a pot of around 40,000. His opponent tanked before eventually quietly sliding a stack of chips forward to call.
"You call?" said Yadav and his opponent pointed to the stack of chips in front of him. "House," he said, showing for a full house and his opponent's head dropped before he slid his cards into the muck.
All of these players including WPT Vietnam champion Dhaval Mudgal will have to get through Day 1b or Day 1c tomorrow after being eliminated on Day 1a.
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On a flop, Anmol Narang and another player got it in with Narang just covered by 200 chips for an all in of 31,200.
The turn and river meant that Narang doubled up leaving his opponent desperately short.
On the very next hand, he was all in from under the gun. Masha Soboleva raised from the button and the blinds folded.
The flop came giving Soboleva two pair. The turn gave her opponent a gutshot, but the river was the and he was eliminated.
Registration on Day 1a of the WPT India Main Event has closed with a total of 270 entrants. This is an increase of 36 from last year's mark.
It also comes close to beating the 283 that Day 1b attracted last year. This year there is also the addition of a Day 1c, meaning that the record of 527 set last year looks likely to be broken.
There are currently just 125 players remaining with just over two levels remaining in the day.