Kalyan Chakravarthy wins 2018 DeepStack Championship
It has been a fantastic month for Indian poker players in Las Vegas, not just at the 2018 World Series of Poker, but at other tournaments on the strip as well. Just recently, we reported news of Harshil Dhingra and Kunal Patni cashing big at a WPT500 event in Las Vegas.
Another famous series called the 2018 DeepStack Championship Poker Series (DCPS) was ongoing at the Venetian Las Vegas and top Indian poker pro Kalyan Chakravarthy registered to Event #99: $600 NLHE Monster Stack, which had an advertised guarantee of $750k.
Chakravarthy not only registered to the event but kept the Indian flag flying high in Las Vegas by beating a massive field of 2,532 entries and taking down the title. He had a lot of friends supporting him on the rail, as he reached the final day of the tournament and took a massive chip lead on the final table.
The guarantee was crushed a new prize pool of $1,291,320 was collected, which was distributed to the top 279 players. He got through a tough field including 2002 WSOP Main Event champion Robert Varkonyi. He won his first live poker title in Las Vegas and took home a career best live cash of $147,233 (~INR 1.01 crore).
Not many Indians have a 6-figure cash in USD and Chakravarthy is now one of those few who have one. He also cashed out for finishing 87th in the recent Wynn Summer Classic for $5,207. He is now under $10k away from recording $300,000 in live poker winnings. His previous best was the HKD 599,600 ($76,680) he earned for finishing 2nd at the Doupai Cup in February 2018.
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