Keeping his winning spree on, Jasthi Kumar nailed the $600 Big Blind Ante No-Limit Hold’em at the 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harveys Lake Tahoe for the second year in a row.
Jasthi And WSOP
Jasthi battled a field of 181 players vying for a share from a prize pool of $93,215. He replicated his 2017 victory where the Indian-origin IT professional outlasted a field of 228 players in the same tournament at the WSOPC. The buy-in, though, was tagged at $580. Jasthi pocketed the first prize of $28,502 along with his first WSOPC gold ring. Kumar, this year too, grabbed the coveted gold ring when he defeated Mack Ham in the heads-up and collected prize money of $24,238. This makes it 21 WSOP cashes pocketed by Kumar whose current winnings stand at $341,045.
Rejoicing his second WSOPC title, Kumar said he felt “really great” when he “made it to the final table.” Kumar went on to say how confident he was about repeating his victory when he found himself “second in chips.”
The event guaranteed minimum cash to top 21 spots. And, the list of notables who cashed that at least includes Stephen Bierman (11th for $1,768), Samuel Renshaw (14th for $1,456), Jeffrey Sager (17th for $1,217) and Ivan Zarate (21st for $1,033).
The Final Day
The onset of the final day saw seven contenders lock horns at the tables. Mack Ham started off with the highest number of chips. A massive 1,736,000 is what he had in his bag. Min-cash for the day was fixed at $3,482.
Derek Sudell was the first to leave at position number seven. Matthew Pena followed, and soon, Brian Sherrier and Jacob Dahl also walked out at fifth and fourth place respectively. It was now Iris Angeleri’s turn to make an exit so that the heads-up could begin between Ham and Kumar. The latter, quite effortlessly, defended his championship title and walked away with a well-deserved prize.
Final Table Results (USD)
- Jasthi Kumar – $24,238
- Mack Ham – $14,971
- Iris Angeleri – $10,810
- Jacob Dahl – $7,939
- Brian Sherrier – $5,931
- Matthew Pena – $4,507
- Derek Sudell – $3,482
- Kevin Johnson – $2,734
- Edward Singelyn – $2,181