Santosh Suvarna
Santosh Suvarna won his second WSOP bracelet - and first in Las Vegas - in the big one on Sunday night.

Six WSOP bracelet events took place on Day 27 of the 2024 World Series, and four men won bracelets as the action ramped up in Las Vegas in events such as the $5k 6-Max NLHE And the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, both of whom crowned new winners of the WSOP gold. In the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (PPC), there were strong starts for some of the biggest names in the game.

Santosh Suvarna Wins Epic Super High Roller for Career High Score

“He’s the nicest guy ever in poker, win or lose. He’s super classy and I’m over the moon for him.” ~ Nik Airball on Santosh Suvarna

Indian player Santosh Suvarna has swept the high roller scene by storm over the past 12 months and in winning Event #55, the $250,000 Super High Roller, he has stamped his authority on the six-figure buy-ins events this series.

A busy day in the event saw 14 players return to action but only 12 cash as first Mikalai Vashaboinikau then Brian Kim busted to miss out on a payday and put the remaining dozen players in the money. After Jonathan Jaffe left in 12th for $506,757, there was a collective groan around the arena as the 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey followed him in 11th place for the same amount.

There was a surprise exit in 10th as the overnight chip leader Adrian Mateos cashed for the same score when his QdTc was no good on a board showing Th8s2c7sTd. Ben Tollerene had started the day winning a seemingly endless series of pots and he held Jh9d for a well-hidden straight that ousted the Spaniard and racked up a huge lead for the American online poker legend.

The final table began with Tollerene well in charge on 91 big blinds, with Austrian Matthias Eibinger closest to him on just 39 big blinds. Soon, nine became eight as Sean Winter bowed out for $550,878. Winter snap-called pre-flop with KsKh after Taylor von Kriegenbergh had five-bet shoved with QdQc but the board of Qh9d3d6d7d crushed Winter’s dreams, sending him to the rail with $550,878 instead.

After exits for Mikita Badziakouski (8th for $629,407) and Jeremy Ausmus (7th for $754,052), von Kriegenbergh himself lost out, as a board of Kc6d3h9hQd was good enough for von Kriegenbergh to call off his stack, only to watch in horror as Tollerene turned over JcTd for rivered straight. Von Kriegenbergh left with $945,219.

Charles Hook busted next for $1.23 million, before Austrian Matthias Eibinger slid out in fourth for $1.68m after losing a flip to Tollerene. At this stage, the American had 82.1 million chips, with Chris Hunichen (16.4m) and Suvarna (14m) way behind. Suvarna was on the edge of a heater, however, doubling through Tollerene before taking more off ‘Big Huni’. Hunichen, who won his first bracelet just the other day, fell two places short some time after, his Ks3s losing to Suvarna’s Td2d as ‘Texas Dolly’ survived a spade flush sweat from the flop against the Indian’s flopped two pair.

Huncihen collected another $2.39m for his efforts, multiplying his buy-in ten times over for by far the most successful year of his poker life but fell just short of glory. That arrived for Suvarna after he swiped the lead following a flopped straight then beat Tollerene’s two-pair with another flopped straight. Suddenly, Suvarna had a 10:1 chip lead and he didn’t drop the ball. Tolleren doubled once but soon after, Tollerene’s Qd4c couldn’t hold when Suvarna’s Th7c hit a ten on the river and handed him his second WSOP bracelet, the first on American soil.

“I’m feeling very happy,” Suvarna said after his victory. “Every day I’m learning, I’m going deep in every tournament.”

Friend and fellow poker enthusiast Nik Airball was complimentary about Suvarna’s dedication and desire.

“He [came] here to win a bracelet,” he said. “He won a WSOP Europe bracelet, but he really wanted to take down one in the U.S. this summer. He’s the nicest guy ever in poker, win or lose. He’s super classy and I’m over the moon for him.”

WSOP Event #55: $250,000 NLHE Super High Roller Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Santhosh Suvarna India $5,415,152
2nd Ben Tollerene United States $3,537,135
3rd Chris Hunichen United States $2,397,312
4th Matthias Eibinger Austria $1,688,278
5th Charles Hook United States $1,237,296
6th Taylor von Kriegenbergh United States $945,219
7th Jeremy Ausmus United States $754,052
8th Mikita Badziakouski Belarus $629,407
9th Sean Winter United States $550,878

Mo Haidary Takes 6-Max Crown in Emotional Victory

Australia’s Mostafa Haidary won the $5,000-entry Event #52, the 6-Max No Limit hold’em (NLHE) event, taking a top prize of $656,747 after beating Bernd Gleissner heads-up. Just four players came back to contest the event at its finale and Haidary was chip leader. The action moved very quickly early on as Haidary eliminated Brandon Schwartz, with the final four who had returned for the extended final day quickly reduced to three.

Schwartz said, “Let’s do it!”, calling off his stack pre-flop with 9s2s and lost to Haidary’s Jh5h as the board came Jd8s3hAc6h to send the American home with a score of $206,606. Soon, three-handed play became a lopsided heads-up battle. Krasimir Yankov ran short and shoved pre-flop with AsTh, called by the German Bernd Gleissner with Qd8d. The board of Ts9s2dQc9h paid off Gleissner and Yankov, so dominate on previous days of the event, slid out in third for $300,293.

That pot gave Gleissner 12.65 million chips but he was still way behind Haidary on 28.2 million. Gleissner flirted with parity before Haidary moved even further ahead with two pair, before the final hand played out. All-in pre-flop with 3s3d, Gleissner needed to hold but couldn’t when Haidary’s Ad9d prevailed across a board of 9s8h5sThQc to send Gleissner home with the runner-up prize of $437,821 as Haidary helped himself to the bracelet and $656,747.

“I’m so happy!” Haidary eulogised afterwards to PokerNews. “My plans for the moment are to play more poker and celebrate with my wife and kids who are back home. I’m appreciative to be here. We have a great poker scene. There are a lot of great players in Australia and I’m lucky to be one of them.”

Haidary credited three big bluffs previously in the event where he was virtually all-in on the turn on a trio of occasions, surviving each time, as pivotal. He had a positive attitude from the moment he faced the final day.

“I just woke up this morning and said I’m as close as it gets to winning. Everything went smoothly so it was great.”

WSOP Event #52: $5,000 6-Max NLHE Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Mostafa Haidary Australia $656,747
2nd Bernd Gleissner Germany $437,821
3rd Krasimir Yankov Bulgaria $300,293
4th Brandon Schwartz United States $206,606
5th Pedro Madeira Brazil $148,939
6th Matthew McEwan United States $107,770
7th Max Kruse Germany $79,436

Moulder Makes Mixed Triple Draw Champion

Patrick Moulder took down the $2,500-entry Mixed Triple Draw event, winning heads-up against the Canadian Ian Chan at the all-North-American final table. After big-hitters Anthony Hu (7th for $19,106) and Shaun Deeb (6th for $26,033) went close, Chad Eveslage was the player left with the most experience, but his elimination in fifth was key, as Moulder took out the three-time WSOP champion in A-5 Triple Draw after Eveslage had lost a couple of key pots in Badugi.

Entering heads-up with slightly fewer chips than Chan, Moulder managed to get into the lead without cards going to showdown before a hand of A-5 Triple Draw went his way. Shortly after, the bracelet and $177,045 top prize was his.

“It means so much to me,” Moulder confessed in the aftermath. “My goal coming into the summer was to make one final table. I got to one early in the summer and got knocked out right away, [so] it was nice to have a long Day 3 and get across the finish line. I didn’t take anything for granted. I was excited as we kept getting closer and closer, and I caught a lot of good cards when we were three and four-handed, which is key to winning a tournament.”

WSOP Event #56: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Patrick Moulder United States $177,045
2nd Ian Chan Canada $115,073
3rd Yuebin Guo United States $76,547
4th Chad Eveslage United States $52,140
5th Matthew Smith United States $36,387
6th Shaun Deeb United States $26,033
7th Anthony Hu United States $19,106

Funaro Finishes Off Super Turbo in Style

Frank Funaro claimed his second WSOP title as the only two former bracelet winners from nine finalists in Event #57 ended up battling for the bracelet. Day 1 of the $10,000-entry Super Turbo Bounty event saw Phil Hellmuth ousted in a monumental hand against Scottish poker pro Ludovic Geilich before the Poker Brat exploded upon his exit. Day 2 was a lot more serene, as the nine remaining players raced to a turbo conclusion.

After Aaron Johnson busted first, Geilich joined him on the rail after his Ah4d unluckily fell to Aliaksei Boika’s KhQs, a king on the flop doing the damage. Others were more fortunate with their chips on the line, Michael Rocco doubling up with aces,  then Steve Buell using them to take out Antoine Saout. Exits for Buell himself and Boika followed before the overnight leader Oliver Weis fell in fourth for $199,342. Rocco was busted in third when his 7h7s was shot down by Shota Nakanishi’s As7c, an ace landing on the flop to usurp the American’s hand, but heads-up, the Japanese professional couldn’t overcome Funaro.

Despite beginning the final duel with a 3:1 lead, Nakanishi lost with the best hand to double up Funaro before the American increased his chances further with a superb king-high call after Nakanishi bluffed with seven-deuce. A massive double with QsJd against the Japanese player’s Qh3h followed then Funaro got lucky, his Jd6d shoved, Nakanishi calling with the superior Ac9s. A board of Js6c4hJc4s gave Funaro a full house by the turn and his supporters went wild.

“This is my best poker moment. I feel like I’ve been close in a lot of these, and it feels really good to finally get one done. I tried to embrace the madness and got really lucky. I was short, I rounded it up, and then I was short again. It was a swinging Super Turbo. The table was full of professionals; it wasn’t the easiest final table. But luck was on my side. There were a lot of tough spots, and they all went my way. And I thought I played relatively well, all things considered. I’m very grateful.”

WSOP Event #57: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Frank Funaro United States $612,997
2nd Shota Nakanishi Japan $408,658
3rd Michael Rocco United States $282,983
4th Oliver Weis Germany $199,342
5th Aliaksei Boika Belarus $142,892
6th Steve Buell United States $104,261
7th Antoine Saout France $77,460
8th Ludovic Geilich United Kingdom $58,616
9th Aaron Johnson United States $45,195

Obst On Top in Poker Players Championship

Australians continue to have a roaring 2024 WSOP, with James Obst top of the remaining 58 players in this year’s $50,000 Poker Players Championship, otherwise known as Event #58. Having already won a WSOP bracelet this summer, Obst busted Dzmitry Urbanovich during Day 1as he topped the end of day leaderboard on 1,208,000 chips.

Others to reach the top five included former PPC winner Phil Hui, who racked up 733,000, while Aaron Katz (1,192,500) is Obst’s closest immediate challenger. Further down the top 10, however, the list of names in contention with above average chips read like a Who’s Who of poker, as Gus Hansen (652,500), Phil Ivey (567,000), Chino Rheem (567,000) and Daniel Negreanu (543,000) all made a profit on their starting stack.

There is a long way to go until even the money bubble in this highly prestigious event, let alone the top prize and Chip Reese trophy that will be on the line with the WSOP bracelet. Some big names to bag on Day 1 included John Hennigan (523,500), Michael Mizrachi (489,000), Josh Arieh (477,000), John Racener (414,000) and Viktor Blom (389,000), who will be hoping to go two places further than his third-place finishes in both the $50,000 and $100,000 WSOP High Roller events earlier in June.

WSOP Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship Day 1 Chipcounts:
Place Player Country Chips
1st James Obst Australia 1,208,000
2nd Aaron Katz United States 1,192,500
3rd Johannes Becker Germany 898,000
4th Bryce Yockey United States 780,000
5th Phil Hui United States 733,000
6th Maksim Pisarenko Russian Federation 693,000
7th Gus Hansen Denmark 652,500
8th Phil Ivey United States 567,000
9th Chino Rheem United States 567,000
10th Daniel Negreanu Canada 543,000

Finally, Event #54, the $1,500-entry Millionaire Maker event saw the 2019 WSOP Main Event winner Hossein Ensan piled up a stack of 315,000 chips on Day 1c of the event as Chris Dilts (462,750) took the chip lead on a day where 2,381 players battled down to the close of play. With 10,939 total entries in the event, others to make the cut included Jared Jaffee (260,000), Adam Hendrix (229,500), Joseph Cheong (197,000), Upeshka De Silva (170,000), Ren Lin (149,500), Toby Lewis (74,500), and Yuval Bronshtein (40,500).

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