WSOP 2017 Update: Team India makes some noise, captures first-ever bracelet; Agarwal lands Final Table

The Asian contingent that’s currently at the WSOP 2017 may be comprised of a light scatter of different nations however one country out in full force is most definitely Team India. Since the start of the series, Indian players have been seen at the felt, and two days ago two of them had smiles tantamount to euphoria. Top ranked players Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant became the first players from India to win the coveted WSOP bracelet.

Another player also making some noise at the series is Aditya Agarwal aka “Intervention”. Agarwal has been cashing every other day with a final table berth at his latest event.

Have a read below on those exciting stories.

Team Nipun Java – Aditya Sushant win India’s first-ever WSOP bracelet

Team India - Photo WSOP
Team India – Photo WSOP

Runner runner full house! What a way to close out the US$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Tag Team event! Two nights ago, Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java etched themselves in history as the first representatives of India to ever capture a WSOP bracelet. The well known pros outlasted a field of 843 teams with a dramatic finish to top it all off. For those at the scene, they witnessed one of the most mind-blowing thrilling victories at the WSOP; a moment to be relived and remembered for quite some time.

And it all came down to the final hand.

With all the chips in the middle, Sushant had As8h while at-risk team, Canada’s Pablo Mariz David Guay – held KsQd. The flop came QsQc3c instantly improving the Canadians to a dominating three-of-a-kind. However, there were still two cards to come and with an Ac spiking on the turn, this gave Team India a very small yet glowing glimmer of hope. With many Indian fans piled on the sidelines, the room quickly erupted with calls for another ace to come out. And sure enough, the poker gods were there to grant just that. An Ad fell on the river and Nipun-Sushant completed a higher full house for a breathtaking victory.

Undoubtedly, this was an incredibly special moment for the champions, who only formed their duo at the last minute.  Initially, Java was partnered with another Indian player who eventually had to be replaced because he was still asleep. Despite having to multi table with another event, Sushant filled in, and as the saying goes… the rest is history. The Java-Sushant tandem pocketed a cool US$150,637 in cold hard cash.

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Aditya Sushant – Nipun Java $150,637
2 Pablo Mariz – David Guay $93,074
3 Kiryl Radzivonau – Mikhail Semin $65,190
4 Charalampos Lappas – Georgios Zisimopoulos $46,318
5 Mukul Pahuja – Jonas Wexler $33,391
6 DJ MacKinnon – Esther Taylor $24,430
7 Ryan Laplante – Sam Cohen $18,143
8 Austin Buchanan – Lanie Foster $13,680
9 Joseph Choueiri – Rafael Lopez – James Gibson $10,475

Final table appearance for Indian pro Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal - Photo
Aditya Agarwal – Photo

Prior to the start of the WSOP 2017 we knew we needed to keep a very close watch on Aditya “Intervention” Agarwal. This Indian pro has been returning to the WSOP year after year since 2007 and while the gold bracelet has eluded him, he has consistently cashed in many events including the Main Event multiple times.

In 2014, Agarwal visited the cage six times – for his highest number of WSOP cashes – and boasted of an impressive 16th place finish out of 1,914 entries at a US$1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. This was his deepest recorded run at the WSOP. Hours ago, he broke past that marker when he made it to the final table of Event #12: US$1,500 No Limit Hold’em and eventually finished 9th out of 1,739 entries. He collected US$30,773.

In addition to Agarwals latest achievement, he also cashed in three of the earlier events bringing his total earnings over US$42K. Here’s a list of those events:

    • 46thplace in Event #10: US$1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Tag Team – (843 teams total) – teamed up with USA’s David Novak
    • 361stplace in Event #5: US$565 No Limit Hold’em – The Colossus III (18,054 entries)
    • 30thplace in Event #3: US$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout – (369 entries) – he was one shootout victory away from reaching the final table

With the WSOP 2017 just over a week in, and a multitude of events yet to played, we can certainly speculate with confidence that Agarwal will be posting many more high marks before the series concludes.

Article by Triccia David

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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