|Aug 7 - 8, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em - Megastack Shot Clock & BB Ante (Event #9)
Hailing from Chennai, India, Aditya Sushant aka Sushi, is recognized as the first player to bring home a World Series of Poker bracelet. Along with fellow compatriot Nippun Java, they won the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Tag Team event during the WSOP 2017. Not only did they capture the gold, but they also split the $150,637 winnings – $75,318 each. This remains to be Sushant’s largest live tournament score.
Sushant’s live tournament poker career took off in late 2010 on home soil. For three years, he ran deep in numerous local events, earning his first five-digit victory payout of $13,680 at the Indian Poker Championship.
In 2014 he dreamed big. Sushant headed to the big hub Las Vegas, and like many, was looking to fulfill those aspirations. For a newbie, he fared very well, winning his first international tournament at the Rio Daily Deepstacks for $3,614. He also min-cashed in two events at the WSOP. In November, he picked up a decent score in Macau, placing 17th at the ACOP Warm Up event for $9,954. Overall, he cashed 9 times that year.
The following year was another good one at the felt.. He upped the bar, attending higher buy-in tournaments both within and outside of India. This produced 10 cashes which included a 12th place finish in Las Vegas at the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event of the Deep Stacks Extravaganza. He earned $38,358, his second five-digit career score.
In 2016, Sushant kicked off the year with a runner-up berth at the High Roller event of the India Poker Championship for $14,697 then closed it out with a $9,105 score at another High Roller event, this time at the Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) . In between, heposted some light cashes plus a sizable one of $42,285. at the WSOP for his 216th finish at the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event.
Sushant continued to rise up the charts in 2017 piling in a strong list of cashes amounting to over $235K. In April, he placed 2nd at the DPT High Roller event for $35,387. Days after, he won his first PLO title at the same tour for $7,357.
Then in the summer, his efforts paid off handsomely. Sushant headed back to the world’s gambling mecca and cashed an impressive 10 times at the WSOP. He reached a major milestone by becoming the first player in India to win a coveted bracelet. As mentioned above, he claimed $75,318, his single largest live score to-date. He also collected a hefty five-digit payout worth $44,255 at the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for his 8th place finish. Before leaving Vegas, Sushant won one of daily events at the Rio, besting a field of 395 entries. This padded up his earnings another $16,054.
Wrapping up a stellar 2017 year, Sushant landed his first Main Event title at the Baadash Gaming Live Tournament in Goa. He won $11,857.
Into the new year, the first four months of 2018 has already seen Sushant run deep in a few events. At the Macau Millions, he finished 5th at the Main Event for $35,159.
Sushant is currently ranked 6th in India’s All Time Money List and is nearing the half a million marker with around US$465,000 in live tournament earnings.
Cover Photo by Long Guan – Courtesy of PokerStars