Two World Series of Poker bracelet victories for Chicago including a Triple Crown win for Mohsin Charania, and a win in Stud for Tom Koral.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
Talking to Mohsin Charania about the future of the Triple Crown he had this to say about prestige in poker.
“I don’t think anyone says, “Oh man, I would rather win a $1,500 NL WSOP bracelet event for $390k instead of a $5k side event somewhere that no one’s heard of for $410k for example.”
Less than a fortnight later, Charania registers for a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event and takes it down for $364,438.
After watching his rail cause more havoc than a set of hunting rifles in the middle of a duck disco, I wonder if the experience has changed his mind?
What is it about this event?
Charania took it down after defeating 1,580 players, 12-months after David Peters did the same, after wading through the 15% thicker haze of 1,860 players.
The victory means that Charania becomes the sixth player to win the Triple Crown of European Poker Tour (EPT), World Poker Tour (WPT), and World Series of Poker (WSOP) events.
Could he be the last?
— John Duthie (@JohnnyDuthie) June 30, 2017
Charania’s party were able to bust out the pretzels and pina colada’s after he overcame a final table that housed the former WPT Player of the Year, Andy Frankenberger, and one of the best non-professionals in the game, Cary Katz.
Frankenberger, himself a two-time bracelet winner, hit the rail in fourth place for his best performance since beating Phil Ivey. Heads-Up, for his second bracelet back in 2012.
Katz would make it all the way to the end zone, but could not overcome a 3:1 chip deficit. It’s the second time that Katz has reached the last two of a WSOP event only to leave feeling like a pair of chopsticks had been jabbed deep into his eyeballs.
The WSOP grind can be a torture machine, but something tells me the multi-millionaire will dust himself off, pick himself up, and get back to business in double-quick time.
Charania joins Gavin Griffin, Roland de Wolfe, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jake Cody, and Davidi Kitai in the Triple Crown club.
Final Table Results
1. Mohsin Charania – $364,438
2. Cary Katz – $225,181
3. Brandon Ageloff – $161,844
4. Andy Frankenberger – $117,611
5. Mikhail Rudoy – $86,424
6. Samuel Phillips – $64,226
7. Ian Steinman – $48,276
8. Yanki Koppel – $36,708
9. Milan Simko – $28,239
Other notable players who went so deep in this one the air had started to congeal in their lungs were the former Super High Roller Bowl winner Rainer Kempe (15th), the former November Niner Phil Collins (16th), and the reigning WSOP Player of the Year, Jason Mercier (17th).
Tom Koral Wins Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
From one talented poker player from Chicago to another, and Tom Koral has taken down Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud. Koral has been coming to the WSOP for 13-years and was relieved to capture his first gold bracelet after cashing in 53 events and making five final tables.
The event turned out to be one of the smallest of the series with only 298 players registering, 10% down on last year when Shaun Deeb defeated 331 players.
Koral took the first prize of $96,907 after overcoming a 17:1 chip deficit against Tsong Lim who must be kicking himself with Michael Jordan’s right boot right now.
Chris Tryba, who made the final table finishing in eighth place, only banked $8,726, and you don’t see that at a WSOP Final Table very often.
Final Table Results
1. Tom Koral – $96,907
2. Tsong Lin – $59,894
3. Yueqi Zhu – $41,349
4. Alex Freund – $29,102
5. Todd Bui – $20,888
6. Cheryl Denzik – $15,297
7. Daniel Mogavero – $11,433
8. Chris Tryba – $8,726
Other players who went in search of a gold bracelet but ended up with a fake jade one was the three-time bracelet winner Ian Johns (11th), PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari (16th), and partypoker Ambassador Marcel Luske (20th).