Nishant Sharma and Vivek Rughani, both members of 9stacks Team India, have accomplished what no other Indian poker players have ever achieved; becoming the first Indian poker players to finish within the top 100 places in the World Series of Poker 2018 Main Event.
Indian Poker Pros Have Great Run At Main Event
The 2018 WSOP Main Event is finally over and done with poker pro John Cynn winning the Main Event championship and a whopping $8.8 million. The Indian poker industry will be very encouraged to know that two of their players had a great run at the WSOP Main Event.
Sharma finished in 34th place while Rughani exited in 87th at the $10,000 Main Event. Both Nishant and Rughani made it to their places in the top 100 after six grueling days of playing. They made it past WSOP Main Event mainstays like Phil Ivey, Phil Helmuth and other veteran poker players.
The Main Event saw a total of 7,874 players who all wanted a shot at the $74 million pool. Other 9stacks Team India members who also took part in the Main Event were Mayank Jaggi, Vishal Tulsyan, and Rishab Jain. Nishant took home $230,475 or approximately 1.6 crore rupees for his efforts while Rughani went home with $77,695 or roughly 53 lakh rupees.
9stacks Makes A Name For Itself In India
While every poker players want to play the WSOP Main Event most of them cannot afford the $10,000 buy-in. Nishant and Rughani were able to qualify through the #LFGVegas online promotion on 9stacks, which they accomplished by accumulating loyalty points gained by playing on the site. They were two of 25 #LFGVegas contest winners who were given the chance to play in various WSOP events.
9stacks.com is making a name for itself as the new company to watch out for in the Indian poker industry with their constant promotion of poker, offering promising players not just the chance to participate in big poker tournaments via the #LFGVegas, but also by awarding iPhones and trips to Las Vegas.
In a statement, Sudhir Kamath, CEO of 9stacks said “Our effort has yielded spectacular results with Vivek and Nishant’s deep run to the top 100 of the Main Event – especially when you think this was the first WSOP for both of them. We look forward to providing many more Indian poker players a platform to participate in some of the biggest tournaments across the globe.”
Playing poker online is on the rise in India, with many seeing playing poker as a better career option compared to holding a steady job. This shift in attitude is being attributed to the sharpening of mathematical and decision-making skills among the youth. The success of young poker players like Nishant and Rughani is also helping to promote this idea.