Santhosh Suvarna from HCL's PLO Week Wins WSOP Europe 50K Diamond High Roller (650,000)
If there are high-stakes poker games taking place, you can bet your last dollar that Santhosh Suvarna will be at the table. Suvarna, one of India's fastest-rising poker players, has been in the news recently for winning seven-figure cash game pots as well as banking seven-figure tournament scores. Now he's made the headlines once again after taking down Event #12: 50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller inside King's Resort in Rozvadov at the 2023 WSOP Europe.
While his 650,000 winner's prize may seem like a drop in the ocean to him, Suvarna has shown he's more than just a VIP but someone who can go toe-to-toe with some of the world's best poker players. He defeated the jovial and talented Ren Lin in heads-up play to seal the victory for his maiden WSOP bracelet.
Lin was once again the runner-up in a bracelet event, having finished second in the $50,000 High Roller at the 2021 WSOP. Daniel Dvoress rounded out the podium finishes and narrowly missed out on back-to-back WSOP high roller wins.
50,000 Diamond High Roller Payouts
Learning From the Best
For many poker players, they can go their entire lives without getting a whiff of winning a bracelet. For Suvarna, it's just taken seven years, but you could count that as two as the first five years of his foray into poker centered around cash games. How has he done, you ask? Simply by "battling against the best players in the world," said Suvarna as he thanked osmosis for his latest triumph, "that's how I improve my game," he added.
Suvarna also introduced himself to wider audiences during Hustler Casino Live's PLO week, where he was giving action left, right and center and garnered a following of fans.
"That was so fun, actually, and I'm also going to be on the Hustler 24-hour live stream," Suvarna excitedly revealed to PokerNews.
Suvarna also plans to take the poker world by storm and already has a jam-packed poker itinerary. He'll be making the trip to the Bahamas for the first-ever WSOP Paradise that gets underway in December, and after that, he plans to journey to any poker stop that has big buy-in events.
Final Day Recap
The start of the final day saw seven players join the 18 players who bagged and tagged chips from Day 1. Stephen Chidwick, Chris Brewer, GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos, Timothy Adams, Leon Sturm, Roman Hrabec and Emil Bise were the players who sat down with fresh starting stacks.
When late registration closed, the event's entry count hit 37, ten less than the previous year. The payouts were announced, and it was confirmed that the 1,739,925 prize pool would be distributed among the top six finishers.
Chidwick bought in twice on the final day but was gone before the field merged into two tables. Hrabec and Sturm soon joined him on the rail alongside Wing Po Liu, Felipe Ketzer, Adrian Mateos, Teun Mulder, Hyunsup Kim and Nacho Barbero.
Leonard Maue and Adams were next to go, and after the break, 14 players returned to the felt where the start of day chip leader Lin maintained his spot at the top of the counts.
Defending champion Orpen Kisacikoglu relinquished his title as he exited not long after when play resumed. Francisco Benitez bowed out moments later after Daniel Dvoress went runner-runner to make quad fives. The bust-outs of Gab Yong Kim and Ben Heath set up the final table bubble. Tamas Adamszki found a trio of doubles but could not survive on his fourth all-in preflop encounter.
A huge three-way all-in took place not long after the final table got underway, with Suvarna being the victor. His ace-king rivered a flush to send out Emil Bise and Quan Zhou, who held ace-king and ace-jack, respectively.
Bubble play then began as the top six players made the money. Ramos was the final player to leave empty-handed after his suited ace-deuce ran failed to improve against Dvoress' pocket jacks.
A more subdued Martin Kabrhel was the first to bust inside the money and collected 103,925. This made for a 3,925 profit as he had fired two bullets on Day 1. Online crusher Ioannis Angelou-Konstas departed next and was awarded 135,000. Both players were ousted by Suvarna.
The 2023 WSOP Europe marked Brewer's first time in Rozvadov, and it's proved to be fruitful for this summer's WSOP $250K winner. His run ended in fourth place, where he received 185,000. His two entries in the Diamond High Roller and his appearance in Event #8: 25,000 NLH GGMillion have put him in the black for 60,000 over the last few days. That figure could rise should he make a deep run in the ongoing Main Event.
After an hour of three-handed play, Dvoress found himself betting into Lin's trip sixes, where the former appeared to reluctantly call off his stack after being jammed on. With that, Lin and Suvarna were heads-up for the bracelet and first-place spoils where the chip counts were dead even.
Lin struggled to find any momentum and was continually run over. The final hand of the night saw Lin all-in and at risk with jack-deuce, and his bracelet hopes ended after his opponent's king-six remained best following the runout.
2023 WSOPE Winners
|Event #1: 350 NLH Opener
|Event #2: 550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-max
|Event #3: 1,350 Mini Main Event
|Event #4: 2,000 Pot Limit Omaha
|Event #5: 550 NLH Colossus
|Ermanno Di Nicola
|Event #6: 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
|Wing Po Liu
|Event #7: 1,650 NLH 6-max
|Event #8: 25,000 NLH GGMillion
|Event #9: 1,100 NLH Mystery Bounty
|Event #10: 2,000 8-Game Mix
|Event #11: 1,100 NLH Turbo Bounty Hunter
|Event #12: 50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller
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