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Event #10: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 5,000

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Players Left
Entries 843
Prize Pool $758,700
Event #10: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 Completed

Team Aditya Sushant - Nipun Java Captures Event #10: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'Em for $150,637

ajlamers • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Team Aditya Sushant - Nipun Java
Team Aditya Sushant - Nipun Java

In dramatic fashion, Team Aditya Sushant - Nipun Java have won their first-ever WSOP gold bracelets in Event #10: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'Em. Together, they will take home $150,637 and two very big smiles.

Java and Sushant are two Indian-born friends who met in the United States about three years ago. Java lives here now, but Sushant still calls India home. Along with his newly acquired bracelet, Java boasts just shy of two million in career tournament earnings, along with a WSOP Circuit ring. He had a close call at the 2015 WSOP when he finished as runner-up in Event #46: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Handed for $270,509, which is also his largest-career cash. Sushant has a little under $300,000 in cashes, with this result being his biggest.

"Poker is booming in India", said Java. He explained that there is a large Indian contingent in Las Vegas for the summer, and he is even more happy for his fellow countrymen. He hopes this win is just the start of his country's success in poker.

When asked how he felt about his first bracelet win, he said, "Amazing. Amazing feeling. I'm so happy I was with a fellow Indian. We won something. This was a last-minute call for us to team up. I had another teammate drop out because he couldn't wake up on time. Otherwise, we wouldn't be a team, and who knows what would've happened. It was destiny. Meant to be."

Sushant closed out the tournament for the team, and it was actually by accident, more or less. Java needed to use the bathroom, and Sushant tagged in. The rest was history, and the two players have earned their first WSOP gold bracelets. When asked what was going through his mind in the final hand, Sushant laughed and said, "What was going through my mind? That I need to hit an ace and ace, two aces back-to-back."

Sushant called the all-in bet of Pablo Mariz with {A-Spades}{8-Hearts} and was up against {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. The flop came {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, giving the team from India only one way to win. The board needed to run out ace-ace. The turn was the {A-Clubs}, giving them and their rail some hope, and when the {A-Diamonds} hit the river, everyone was sent into a frenzy.

This unique event attracted a total of 843 entries, which created a prizepool of $758,700 and paid 127 spots. The bubble burst during the latter part of Day 1, and a total of 94 teams bagged chips to return on Day 2. The action was fast-paced on Day 2, as teams were eliminated early and often. After 10 levels of play, the final table was reached, and the remaining nine players bagged chips to return on Day 3. DJ MacKinnon and Esther Taylor came into the day as chip leaders but could not get anything to go their way, finishing in sixth place.

Here is a look at the final table results:

PlaceTeam NamePrize (USD)
1Aditya Sushant - Nipun Java$150,637
2Pablo Mariz - David Guay$93,074
3Kiryl Radzivonau - Mikhail Semin$65,190
4Charalampos Lappas - Georgios Zisimopoulos$46,318
5Mukul Pahuja - Jonas Wexler$33,391
6DJ MacKinnon - Esther Taylor$24,430
7Ryan Laplante - Sam Cohen$18,143
8Austin Buchanan - Lanie Foster$13,680
9Joseph Choueiri - Rafael Lopez - James Gibson$10,475

Some of the notables to finish in the money include Allyn Shulman - Jessica Horan - Barry Shulman (11th Place - $8,148), Jamie Kerstetter - Chris Horter - Eric Wasserson (31st Place - $3,506), Maria Ho - Fedor Holz - Rainer Kempe - Philipp Zukernik (58th Place - $2,225), Ben Yu - Jacob Wilson (62nd Place - $2,225), and Nick Yunis - Nacho Barbero (88th Place - $1,659).

Final Table Action

Team Joseph Choueiri - Rafael Lopez - James Gibson (9th Place - $10,475) were the first ones eliminated from the final table when Choueiri got all of his chips in the middle with pocket jacks but ran into Aditya Sushant's pocket kings. Team Austin Buchanan - Lanie Foster (8th Place - $13,680) were eliminated next. Buchanan had been grinding a short stack since the start of play and lost a flip with ace-jack against Nipun Java's pocket fours. Team Ryan Laplante - Sam Cohen (7th Place - $18,143) bowed out next when Laplante ran his pocket eights into Nipun Java's pocket jacks. Laplante was unable to connect with the board, and he took his partner to the cage to collect their winnings.

Just three hands later, Team DJ MacKinnon - Esther Taylor (6th Place - $24,430) were sent to the rail when MacKinnon four-bet shoved with {A-Spades}{J-Spades} into Kiryl Radzivonau's {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. Radzivonau flopped a set of kings, and MacKinnon was drawing dead on the turn. Shortly thereafter, Mukul Pahuja was on the short stack and moved all in with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. He, too, was up against pocket kings of Pablo Mariz, and Team Mukul Pahuja - Jonas Wexler (5th Place - $33,391) were ousted from the tournament. It took over 40 hands before the next elimination. Georgios Zisimopoulos called an all-in bet from Kiryl Radzivonau on a flop of {8-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and was out in front with a pair. Unfortunately for him, Radzivonau ran down a bigger pair, and Team Charalampos Lappas - Georgios Zisimopoulos (4th Place - $46,318) was eliminated.

The three remaining players were all about equal in chips, and the average stack was nearly 50 big blinds. Needless to say, three-handed play continued for a long while until Kiryl Radzivonau found himself on the short stack. He got his remaining chips in the middle with {7-Spades}{5-Spades}, but when four aces landed on the board, Sushant's queen-high knocked out Team Kiryl Radzivonau - Mikhail Semin (3rd Place - $65,190). Heads-up play lasted 37 hands and ended when Sushant went runner-runner to make a bigger full house against Team Pablo Mariz - David Guay (2nd Place - $93,074), who were left in awe.

The final tag team event has finished up for the 2017 WSOP, but with the growing popularity of this team format, it seems likely that it will return in the following years. Continue following along with PokerNews as the team brings you all of the live updates in the coming events.

Tags: Allyn ShulmanAustin BuchananBarry ShulmanBen YuDavid GuayDJ MacKinnonEric WassersonEsther TaylorFedor HolzGeorgios ZisimopoulosJamie KerstetterJeff ShulmanLanie FosterMaria HoNacho BarberoNick YunisNipun JavaPablo MarizRyan LaplanteSamantha Cohen

Team Pablo Mariz - David Guay Eliminated in 2nd Place ($93,074)

ElleSriracha • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Pablo Mariz
Pablo Mariz

Hand #235: Aditya Sushant raised to 125,000 on the button, and Pablo Mariz moved all in for about 980,000. Sushant called.

Mariz tabled {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}, and Sushant showed {a-Spades}{8-Hearts}.

The flop came {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, and Mariz took a commanding lead with trip queens. The turn was the {a-Clubs}, and Sushant picked up some outs to improve.

"Ace!" yelled the rail.

Sure enough, the dealer peeled the {a-Diamonds} off on the river, and the entire rail went wild. Sushant backed into a bigger full house, and Team Pablo Mariz - David Guay had to settle for second place, pocketing $93,074 for their deep run.

Aditya Sushant - Nipun Java 4,215,000 915,000
Pablo Mariz - David Guay Busted

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Hands #228-232: Mariz is in Shoving Mode

ajlamers • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #228: Pablo Mariz limped on the button, and Aditya Sushant raised to 150,000. Mariz jammed all in, and Sushant quickly tossed his hand away.

Hand #229: Aditya Sushant raised to 125,000, and Pablo Mariz folded.

Hand #230: Pablo Mariz called on the button, and Aditya Sushant raised to 150,000. Mariz called, and the flop came {K-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. Sushant bet 100,000, and Mariz folded.

Hand #231: Aditya Sushant raised to 125,000, and Pablo Mariz shoved all in. Sushant mucked his cards right away.

Hand #232: Pablo Mariz called from the button, and Aditya Sushant checked. The flop came {Q-Spades}{4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}, and Sushant folded to a bet of 50,000.

Tags: Aditya SushantPablo Mariz

Hands #222-227: Mariz Takes Some Back

ElleSriracha • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #222: Pablo Mariz limped in on the button, and Aditya Sushant moved all in. Mariz folded.

Hand #223: Sushant raised to 110,000 on the button, and Mariz folded.

Hand #224: Mariz limped in on the button, and Sushant checked his option. The flop came {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, and Sushant checked. Mariz bet 55,000, and Sushant check-raised to 140,000. Mariz folded.

Hand #225: Sushant moved all in and got no action.

Hand #226: Mariz moved all in and got no action.

Hand #227: Sushant raised to 110,000 on the button, and Mariz called. The flop came {q-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}=, and both players checked. The turn was the {2-Spades}, and Mariz bet 115,000. Sushant called. The river was the {3-Spades}. Mariz checked, and Sushant bet 150,000. Mariz snap-called. Sushant tabled {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} for a wheel, but Mariz tabled {8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} for a straight to the six and scooped the pot.

Aditya Sushant - Nipun Java 3,300,000 240,000
Pablo Mariz - David Guay 950,000 -210,000

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Hands #217-221: Small Pots

ajlamers • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #217: Aditya Sushant called, and Pablo Mariz checked. Sushant bet 50,000 on the flop of {K-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, and Mariz called. They both checked the {3-Hearts} on the turn, and the {Q-Hearts} landed on the river. Sushant bet 125,000, and Mariz called with a pair of kings, and it was good enough to win the hand.

Hand #218: Pablo Mariz limped the button, and Aditya Sushant raised to 150,000, getting his opponent to fold.

Hand #219: Aditya Sushant raised to 110,000, and Pablo Mariz called. The flop was {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}{2-Spades}, and Sushant bet 60,000. Mariz called, and both players checked the {Q-Clubs} turn. On the {3-Diamonds} river, Sushant bet 150,000, and Mariz folded.

Hand #220: Pablo Mariz limped the button again, and Aditya Sushant checked. The flop was {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}{2-Diamonds}, and Sushant bet 50,000, forcing his opponent to fold.

Hand #221: Aditya Sushant called on the button, and Pablo Mariz checked. The flop was {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}, and Mariz folded to a bet of 50,000.

Tags: Aditya SushantPablo Mariz

Hands #212-216: Sushant Continues to Chip Away

ElleSriracha • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #212: Pablo Mariz limped in on the button, and Aditya Sushant checked his option. The flop came {a-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, and both players checked to the turn, which was the {5-Hearts}. Sushant check-folded to a bet of 55,000 from Mariz.

Hand #213: Sushant limped in on the button, and Mariz checked. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, and both players checked. The turn was the {6-Diamonds}, and Mariz led out for 60,000. Sushant raised to 200,000, and Mariz called. The river was the {5-Diamonds}. Mariz checked, Sushant bet 225,000, and Mariz folded.

Hand #214: Mariz limped in on the button, and Sushant checked. The flop came {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, and Sushant checked. Mariz bet 50,000, Sushant raised to 150,000, and Mariz folded.

Hand #215: Sushant raised to 110,000 on the button, and Mariz called. The flop came {k-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, and Mariz checked. Sushant bet 75,000, Mariz moved all in, and Sushant folded.

Hand #216: Mariz limped in, and Sushant checked. The flop came {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, and Sushant bet 50,000. Mariz called. The turn was the {8-Diamonds}. Sushant bet 150,000, and Mariz folded.

Tags: Aditya SushantPablo Mariz

Level:
27
Blinds:
25,000/50,000
Ante:
5,000