Event #10: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Turbo at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit came to an end, declaring California’s Kenneth Turner as the champion. At the same event, Ram Kakkar’s magnificent run has surely made the Indian poker fraternity very proud. Ram finished as the first runner-up, right after Champion Turner and bagged $9,596 (₹6,89,079).
Ram is not a very popular player in the Indian poker circuit. Before this, he has only cashed twice in his poker career. The first cash he made was at the ₹12,000 No Limit Hold’em – Headhunter at the India Poker Championship (IPC) in 2015 where he was placed 10th for ₹21,750. Next, he cashed $674 (₹48,399) at the Event #5: $400 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 on finishing in the 13 place.
Post the event, Ram said, ” I was in good space having min-cashed in Omaha 8 event (13/121) and coming 40/318 in the monster stack, learning and making small adjustments to the game. Had among top 10 stacks throughout the day and went into the final table as chip leader. Wanted the WSOP ring real bad. The last hand in the tourney was brutal. It’s was 25k-50k blind levels. I had about 11 Lakhs chips and Ken had about 14 Lakhs odd. I raised the button with AA. He called with 9-10 offsuit. He check-called the Q 10 5 rainbow board and check shoved when 4 opened on the turn. I called and he hit another 10 on the river. We were both a little shocked and Dealer then got an ‘I love you’ from Ken.”
Ram At The Event
The event registered a significant number of 169 runners which culminated into a prize pool of $55,440. The top 18 seats were reserved with paychecks. Some of the players who cashed are:
- Charles Jenco(8th for $1,852)
- Roger Bailey (9th for $1,332)
- Denis Lee (10th for $1,332)
- Stuart Crooks (11th for $959)
- Shawn Quinn (12th for $959)
- Francis Witek (13th for $687)
- Micah Mooney (14th for $687)
- Duane Wilson (15th for $687)
- Timothy Woodward (16th for $687)
- Indian origin player Navroop Shergill (17th for $687)
- Jeffrey Vertes (18th for $687).
Brent Lickiss finished in 7th place for $1,852 and bubbled the final table.
The final table has started with six players and after the elimination, the heads-up was between Ram and Turner. Eventually, it was Turner who took down the title by an inch.
Post-win, Turner stated, “I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play in these events, to come to a great venue like this at Thunder Valley, and just give it a shot.”
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Kenneth Turner – $15,525
2. Ram Kakkar – $9,596
3. Ali Hamidizadeh – $6,931
4. Alan Cutler – $4,982
5. Maxwell Young – $3,581
6. Zion Carl – $2,574