Indian poker players Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java who reached the final table and now as per the WSOP.com they have won their very first career bracelet for themselves and for Team India, and also a first place prize for $150,637 which will be equally shared among team members.
Sushant and Nipun Java play online poker. Sushant has impressively won the Indian Poker Championship in 2010 and regularly wins titles at the Deltin Poker Tournament.
Sushant and Java conquered 843 teams and Sushant beat Pablo Mariz heads-up to clinch their first career bracelets and $150,637. Mariz tagged with fellow Canadian online grinder David Guay. They settled for second place and earned $93,074.
Austin Buchanan and Lanie Foster arrived the final table eyeing to make it a second title for couples in the said format, but ultimately fell early . They finished in eighth for $13,680. Ryan Laplante too fell just shy of his second career WSOP bracelet. He was partnered with fellow poker pro Samantha Cohen and they ended up in seventh.
DJ MacKinnon and Esther Taylor began the day as chip leaders, but never got their gears going in the right direction. They were dismissed in sixth place for $24,430.
Mukul Pahuja is one of the best players that has not yet earned a bracelet. The Florida based pro was paired with the likes of Jonas Wexler in the event and was knocked out in fifth for $33,391.
Java and Sushant really picked up the pace during four-handed play. Java slotted a huge double up with his ace-king up versus Kiryl Radzivonau’s king-queen. Java then sent Georgios Zisimopoulos packing in fourth place. Zisimopoulos and his partner Charalamapos Lappas, earned $46,318 for their fourth place finish.
After many hours of three-handed play, Sushant dismissed Radzivonau in third place to surmount a huge chip lead into heads-up play versus the team of Guay/Mariz.
Guay earned an double up at the start of the heads-up, but it didn’t quite of a dent in Sushant’s chip lead or stack. Sushant held off advances made by Guay and ultimately finished him off when his ace-eight held up versus Guay’s king-queen.
Final Table Standings:
1st: Nipun Java / Aditya Sushant – $150,6372nd: David Guay / Pablo Mariz – $93,0743rd: Kiryl Radzivonau / Mikhail Semin – $65,1904th: Charalampos Lappas / Georgios Zisimopoulos – $46,3185th: Mukul Pahuja / Jonas Wexler – $33,3916th: DJ MacKinnon / Esther Taylor – $24,4307th: Ryan Laplante / Sam Cohen – $18,1438th: Lanie Foster / Austin Buchanan – $13,6809th: Joseph Choueiri / Rafael Lopez / James Gibson – $10,475
For those who can’t live a day without playing India’s most popular card game, here is some great news.
More than a month ago the Gujarat High Court had judged poker to be a game which relied considerably on chance; a judgement which affected the countless individuals who play poker in India.
In what can be dubbed as a boost to poker in India, a top government official has stated that Goa’s offshore casinos may soon be shifted on land in the coming years