WSOP: Double bracelet for Nipun Java; Heidi May reigns; 10th cash for Aditya Sushant, Martin Kozlov high rolls to 9th place

As the WSOP 2017 comes closer to its final days, many well known players from Australia and India continue to make headlines. Here is all the latest news on some of the biggest noise makers and notable pros.

Second Bracelet for India’s Nipun Java

Nipun Java
Nipun Java

What a thrilling series it has been for India’s #1 ranked player Nipun Java who became the second player at the WSOP 2017 to win two events! He now joins David Bach in the exclusive double bracelet winners group.

One month ago, Java celebrated his first gold bracelet after winning Event #10: US$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Tag Team with teammate Aditya Sushant. This historical victory gave India their first-ever gold bracelet.

A few days ago, that Indian flag was raised even higher after Java overcame the huge virtual field of 1,312 players at Event #71: US$1,000 Online No Limit Hold’em to capture his second title.

Along with the prestige, the recognition, and all the headlines blasting his incredible achievement, Java also saw his online bankroll increase a cool US$237,688, his first six-digit payout since the WSOP 2015. This is Java’s fourth pick up of the ongoing series, and seeing that it was a big one, it bumped up his total tournament career earnings to over US$2M.

Final Table Results

1. Nipun “Javatinii” Java – $237,668
2. Jason “jadedjason” James – $146,202
3. Richard “jklolz” Tuhrin – $103,326
4. Evan “YUDUUUUUUUUU” Jarvis – $73,911
5. Vinny “Mr_Sinister” Pahuja – $53,595
6. Jeffrey “Jeffrey27rj” Turton – $39,510
7. Sean “Hurricane27” Legendre – $29,415
8. Steven “meditations” Enstine – $22,185
9. Stanley “stanman420” Lee – $17,075

Heidi May wins the Ladies Event for her first WSOP bracelet

Heidi may - Photo WSOP
Heidi May – Photo WSOP

Once Heidi May was at the top, there was no way to bring her down. The young Australian 24-year old proved too tough to overcome at Event $70: US#1,000 No Limit Hold’em Ladies Championship.

The event saw a 718 strong female field with well known players the likes of Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boree, Allison Schultz, Amanda Sizemore, Celina Lin, Amanda Baker, Kitty Kuo, and many more heavy-hitter pro ladies take to the felt. While only some of them reached the money round, May entered the final day as the overwhelmingly stacked chip leader with five players remaining.

From there, she dominated the table, and amidst a wild cheering rail, she went on to defeat Deborah Worley-Roberts at the heads up round to seize her first-ever WSOP gold bracelet. Additionally, she earned her first ever six-digit live score of US$135,098 and now has a total of five cashes at the series.

Final Table Results

1. Heidi May $135,098
2. Deborah Worley-Roberts $83,459
3. Jana De La Cerra $57,930
4. Julie Dang $40,843
5. Katherine Ansorge $29,256
6. Alexis Sterner $21,298
7. Tiffany Lee $15,760
8. Margaret Zampino $11,858
9. Karen Hodge $9,075

Martin Kozlov takes 9th at the PLO High Roller event

Martin Kozlov – Photo WSOP

Martin Kozlov was hoping to make it two after winning his first gold bracelet last year however, the Aussie is not running that hot this time around. Although he just picked up his fourth cash of the series, finishing in 9th place at Event #67: US$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller, it was still amiss for a final table berth with only 8 players making the cut. Still, with a total of 205 players ponying up the entry fee, Kozlov did claim a decent chunk of US$87,813 out of the US$4.86M prize pool.

As for other pros, Dario Sammartino, Dan Smith, and Bejamin Tollerene all found their way into the final table while James Calderaro went on to win the event, pocketing over US$1.2M.

Aditya Sushant impressive WSOP records

At the start of the series, India’s Aditya Sushant was one of the Tag Team members that won India its first-ever WSOP bracelet. Since then, he has been burning up the felt, running deep in heavy-fielded events, and has now racked up a total of ten cashes. His latest dividend was an 8th place finish out of 1,956 players at Event #66: US$1,500 No Limit Hold’em. He pocketed his third five-digit payout of US$44,255 to bring his total earnings at the ongoing series to over US$145K.

USA pro Chris Klodnick went on to win that event on an unscheduled fourth day one-on-one final bout against Jamaica’s Emile Schiff.

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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