Guarav Raina, a 33 year-old pro poker player has won $2,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event of World Series of poker 2017 for $456,822. He defeated James Calvo in a heads-up match, who pocketed $282,276 from this particular poker championship, while Asi Moshe eliminated to third position in this match for a total winning share of amount $199,718.
The tournament attracted 1,086 players, but it was Raina’s day, who eliminated each and every player and took home the title of the championship. This is his first ever gold bracelet win in just fourth cash in a WSOP event.
Raina said after the match that “I was very fortunate to get all the hands and win all the flips”. Once, I was thinking about the title of the championship and a gold bracelet then it became tough for me to concentrate and then I decided to move on with the game, I just decided to not give it any attention at all and just play the game as best as I can.
Raina is a professional poker player who is from New Jersey, but currently lives in Athens, with his girlfriend. He was just a cash game player but after seeing that most of his friends were doing well at poker tournament, he decided to play real money poker games festivals like World Series of poker and others.
In the interview he said that ‘I was a cash game player, but when I saw some of my friends were doing very good in tournaments like these, I decided to move forward with these kinds of games in tournaments.
He further said that “I decided to play the games and for that I did everything that I could in previous months”.
Raina said that “I would play tomorrow’s game of $1k bracelets, but I haven’t checked out the schedule yet” or I will play in any game which is suitable for me , because I’m here to play games and not bypassing anything.
Final result of the Event was as follows:-
1st: Guarav Raina – $456,822
2nd: James Calvo – $282,276
3rd: Asi Moshe – $199,718
4th: Eddy Sabat – $143,148
5th: Eric Cloutier – $103,957
6th: Griffin Abel – $76,506
7th: Henric Stenholm – $57,068
8th: Giuseppe Pantaleo – $43,154
9th: Scott Margereson – $33,087