The World Poker Championship (WPC) Hanoi 2022 of the South East Asian Poker Tour (SEAPT) is running in full swing at the Grand Loyal Poker Club. The live poker series is currently hosting Day 2 of the Main Event with 128 survivors across four starting flights. Among the lot are a number of well-known Indian pros who made the cut and are now in the money.
The WPC Main Event had a buy-in of VN₫ 20,000,000 (~US$ 843) and saw a staggering number of players participate in the event. In total, the event welcomed 1,020 entries across four starting flights. Day 1A had 187 entries out of which 23 players qualified, Day 1B had 292 entries and 37 survivors, Day 1C had the highest number of 356 entries and 45 players made it to Day 2, and Day 1D attracted 185 entries with 23 survivors.
The advertised guarantee was VN₫ 8,000,000,000 (~US$ 338,087), however, due to the overwhelming number of entries, the final prize pool was crushed, and an amount of VN₫ 17,809,200,000 (~US$ 751,126) was generated.
Out of the 128 players that survived to Day 2, 10 of them are Indian poker pros. Shardul Parthasarathi had the highest chip stack among the Indian contingent with 463,000 chips. In the past few months, Parthasarathi has clinched an APT Vietnam 2022 Main Event title and shipped the Super High Roller in WPT Prime Cambodia 2022. He’s also made multiple final table in live events and has a good shot at the WPC Main Event title as well.
Others to make it were Siddharth Mundada (432,000), Deepak Bothra (398,000), WSOP bracelet winners Kartik Ved (374,000) and Abhinav Iyer (348,000), Gaurav Sood (291,000), Ankit Wadhawan (252,000), Jasven Saigal (161,000), Sumit Sapra (146,000), and Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni (138,000).
From these, Bothra had a good run in APT VSOP 2022 when he led the final table and finished third at the Championship event. Saigal has even clinched a victory title in APT Philippines 2022 when he won the No-Limit Hold’em event.
Patni is also an experienced player on the South East Asian felts as he clinched a WPT Prime Cambodia title after winning the Deepstack event in August 2022. Back in October 2014 he also shipped the HK$ 2,500 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy Championship at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour – APPT Asia Championship of Poker in Macau.
With a talented Indian team on Day 2 of the WPC Main Event, we’re hoping that another title comes home. Just yesterday, Nishant Sharma took home his first WPC title when he shipped the High Roller Single Day for VN₫ 679,500,000.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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