Akshay Nasa-Sajal Gupta headline Tag Team Event Day 1
This is the one tournament every Indian poker enthusiast was waiting for at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. Aditya Sushant brought home India's first WSOP gold bracelet when he won this Tag Team Event in 2017 along with Indian-origin American Nipun Java. Female pro Nikita Luther then followed suit in 2018 when she won the same event tied up with Germany's Guiseppe Pantaleo.
India's 'Bracelet Buddies' were on the cover story of our latest print magazine and after shipping this tournament in the last couple of years, they decided to team up in WSOP 2019 for Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em. Unfortunately, however, they weren't able to reproduce the magic, busting on Day 1 of the tournament itself.
However, there were other Indian teams involved on Day 1 of the event, where a total of 976 teams registered. From them, only 278 teams progressed to Day 2. The Indian teams among them were Akshay Nasa-Sajal Gupta, Kevin MacPhee-Dhaval Mudgal-Abhinav Iyer-Siddharth Karia, and Aditya 'bitti' Agarwal-Ankush Agarwala.
Nasa and Gupta are the best stacked Indian participants at this point of time with 144,800 chips to their names. The Dhaval Mudgal team has a stack of 125,100 while the Kolkata duo barely made it to Day 2 with a stack of 12,500 chips. The team of Jared Jaffee - Ralph Massey - Aaron Massey have the chip lead at the moment with a bag of 255,000 chips.
Top 10 chip counts:
- Jared Jaffee - Ralph Massey - Aaron Massey - 255,000
- Martijn Gerrits - Preston Lee - Kane Kalas - 236,100
- Skylar Stillwagon - James Browning - 205,000
- Michael Wang - Dan Zack - Ajay Chabra - 197,000
- Jeffrey Lutes - Eric Garma - 186,100
- Aaron Soulliere - Eric Longpre - 181,800
- Andrew Brown - Max Elisman - Richard Tuhrim - 172,500
- David Petrus - Suzanne Petrus - 171,700
- Aleks Dimitrov - Nikol Nikolaeva - Stoyan Obreshkov - 170,400
- Shaotong Chang - Jie Xu - 165,700
Come back to GutshotMagazine.com tomorrow to see whether our Indian teams chip up on Day 2 and keep the bracelet dream alive three years in a row.
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