After almost nine hours, Ajay "Ross_Geller" Chabra has won his first WSOP bracelet on GGPoker in Event #72: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Championship when he defeated Carter Swidler in a swingy heads-up.
The second and final Limit tournament of the series attracted 337 players to create a prize pool of $480,225 with Chabra logging off victoriously with the first-place prize of $77,475 and the WSOP Europe package.
Chabra had already collected $219,689 in cashes on the WSOP circuit which includes results on WSOP.com and has over $1.3 million in live tournament results according to The Hendon Mob. He has collected at least ten cashes on GGPoker with four top-ten cashes and can now cross off a win in his third final table appearance. With the victory, his results bring him close to the $200K mark in the 2020 series.
Chabra and Swidler were joined by familiar names and faces on the final table like Kosei Ichinose, Mike Watson, Rich "DadPoker" Dixon, and Shannon "Any2Cantu" Shorr.
WSOP Online Event #72: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
|1||Ajay "Ross_Geller" Chabra||United States||$77,475|
|3||Apti "deafandblind" Dzhabrailov||Russia||$48,296|
|6||Dzmitry "dendr0id" Yasiukevich||Ukraine||$19,153|
|7||Kevin "AnnieBot" Liu||Luxembourg||$14,071|
|8||Rich "DadPoker" Dixon||United States||$10,338|
|9||Shannon "Any2Cantu" Shorr||United States||$7,595|
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By the time the 3-hour late registration period closed, fewer than half of the field was left to battle it out for a spot in the top 47 as they would cash at least $3,312. GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu busted soon after when he lost his last few chips to Farid Jattin.
Fellow ambassador Felipe Ramos couldn't run his stack back up either, which was also the case for numerous bracelet winners like Yuri Dzivielevski, Benny Glaser, James Chen, Sam "samsam81" Higgs, Mike Leah, Juha Helppi, and Phil Hellmuth.
Two hours later, it was time for the bubble as Chris "nelanio" Ferguson busted before hand-for-hand play could start. It didn't last long as Belarmino De Souza got his last chips in with pocket tens. He was called by Kilian "Birdie Power" Loeffler and Mark "Beanboozled" Herm but Loeffler was forced out of the hand on the turn as Herm had flopped top pair with queen-seven which held on the river too to burst the bubble.
It would only take an hour before the field was reduced to the final two tables. Alek "astazz" Stasiak was in the running for a while for a third bracelet win this summer but it wasn't meant to be. Luke Schwartz, Georgios "blakjak19" Sotiropoulos, Joseph "jellopy77" Cheong all busted too.
Anson "[email protected]" Tsang, Arkadiy "Kamsky" Tsinis, and Mark "Beanboozled" Herm were quickly eliminated before Justin "LappyPoker" Lapka bubbled the final table when he couldn't hit his gutshot to a straight against Watson who had flopped a pair of nines and even improved to two pair.
The final table started with Kevin "AnnieBot" Liu in the lead but after a series of doubles by short stacks, Liu ultimately fell in seventh at the hands of Watson. Chabra started moving up the pack and took out Dzmitry "dendr0id" Yasiukevich before Swindler took down Watson and Ichinose.
Three-handed play lasted 20 minutes in which Swidler doubled up twice before dusting off Dzhabrailov. Chabra had a 2:1 chip lead at the start of the heads-up battle but Swidler won two big hands to turn things around.
Chabra hit quads to get the stacks to almost even to then hit a full house for a 3:1 chip lead before dealing the final blow with king-queen against deuces to cross the coveted price off his list.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on Wednesday, August 26 to bring you the coverage of Event #73: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed so make sure to follow along with those updates from 6 p.m. UTC.