WSOP win for Pulusani
Thursday, 27 June 2013
A staggering 166 players sat down for the start of the $111,111 The Big One For One Drop high-roller event at the WSOP on Wednesday to create the largest ever six-figure buy-in poker tournament.
The chance to play for a WSOP bracelet and millions of dollars while helping a charitable caused proved too much for many of the game’s best players to resist and the three-day event soon saw its prize pool reach $17,891,148.
The Big One For On Drop welcomed a cross-section of the game’s finest with the rail soon littered with talent including Isaac Haxton, Philipp Gruissem, Sam Trickett and Phil Ivey.
By the close of play last night the mantle of ‘chip leader’ went to Brandon Steven with 1,398,000 chips. This was just ahead of Tobias Reinkemeier with 1,225,000, Dan Shak holding 999,000 and Jason Mo at 975,000.
Across the Rio, Sandeep Pulusani was crowned champion of the $3,000 buy-in no-limit hold‘em Event #44 after making his way past more than 1,000 competitors. The American overcame Niall Farrell’s imposing chip stack to defeat the British grinder heads-up and take his second WSOP title and career best payout of $592,684.
Final results from WSOP Event #44 ($3,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em):
1 Sandeep Pulusani $592,684
2 Niall Farrell $366,815
3 Michael Rocco $229,500
4 Martin Hanowski $166,579
5 Zo Karim $122,974
6 Mark Teltscher $92,186
7 Nam Le $70,120
8 Pedro Rios $54,053
9 Phillippe Vert $42,230