It was a busy day for Indian challengers at 50th World Series of Poker with so many of them chasing the solo bracelet in three different events. Apart from Event #3: BIG 50- $500 No-Limit Hold’em and Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em, the tournament that witnessed Indian representation was Event #9: $6,000 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack.
The icons of Indian poker- Paawan Bansal and Aditya Sushant were the only Indians who made it to Day. They are poker powerhouses and are capable of going the distance in the event given their track record at the WSOP. Sushant is India’s first WSOP bracelet winner while Bansal holds the record for posting the single largest score by an Indian at the series.
With only top 923 spots assured payouts, Raghav Bansal (771st for ₹63,928) and Gokul Parvathaneni (834th for ₹63,928) managed to finish in the money, while Dhaval Mudgal busted out early. The 582 Day 1 survivors are being led by Indian origin player Paul Dhaliwal who won the chip lead with a stack of 1,612,000 and will return for Day 2.