Day 2 of the Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em at the ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas came to an end with India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal and the 2018 WSOP Main Event best Indian finisher Nishant Sharma being among the top stacks among the 271 remaining of the 2,053 players who started Day 2. A total of 6,051 entered the tournament across the two flights and the remaining players will return for Day 3 tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time.
Agarwal, who had kicked off Team India’s WSOP 2022 campaign with a 9th place finish for $23,634 (INR 18.36 Lac) in Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout NLH, is sitting with the 6th highest chip stack, while Nishant Sharma is placed 9th with 3,135,000 chips. The Indian community will be pinning hopes on both Agarwal and Sharma. Currently ranked 3rd in India’s All Time Money List with $1,448,404 in live cashes, Agarwal has already final tabled Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout NLH of the ongoing series and had finished runner-up for $286,705 in Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLH at the WSOP 2021. Given his current form backed by years of experience, he is expected to kill it in this tournament.
Talking about Nishant Sharma, he is a terrific talent from India with plenty of WSOP cashes under his belt. Sharma’s best finishes at the prestigious series happens to be a 34th place for $230,475 at the WSOP 2018 Main Event. In the same event of WSOP 2019, Sharma was leading the pack of 15 Indian players into Day 2 but ended it up finishing 143rd for $6,593. Once again sitting among the top stacks, he is in good position to ship the event and win the coveted first bracelet for India at the WSOP 2022.
Given their stacks and experience, both Agarwal and Sharma have raised the bracelet hopes for the country but the road to gold is not going to be easy as they will be facing tough competition from other big stacked players like Two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Calvin Anderson (chip leader), three-time WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Leng, and one-time bracelet winner Arash Ghaneian (1,940,000).
The $1,500 event has a prize pool of $8,678,835 and each of the 271 players has locked at least get paid a min-cash of $5,054. The player who emerged the winner will get a pay cheque of $966,577.
Day 3 has 10 levels scheduled with each lasting for 60 minutes. There will be a 15-minute break after two levels are played and a dinner break after the completion of Level 29. Day 4 of the event will see a winner being crowned and walk away with the coveted WSOP bracelet and a whopping top prize.
The remaining 271 players are led by Two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Calvin Anderson who bagged a stack of 4,080,000 (135 BBs). Hot on the heels is John Simonian who bagged a stack of 4,000,000.
Top 10 Chip Counts After The End Of Day 2
- Calvin Anderson – 4,040,000
- John Simonian – 4,020,000
- Sebastian Toro – 3,520,000
- George Abi-Zeid – 3,495,000
- Joao Simao – 3,490,000
- Josh Weiss – 3,465,000
- Joseph Bartholdi – 3,340,000
- Aditya Agarwal – 3,240,000
- Nishant Sharma – 3,135,000
- Rahul Deevara – 3,065,000