Chabra the latest bracelet winner as the GGPoker WSOP events play on
After coming close in three previous attempts in 2020, Ajay ‘Ross_Geller’ Chabra finally won a WSOP bracelet.
Chabra took down the win in Event #72: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship in the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events series. Chabra previously finished in the top ten in four other events in the 2020 GGPoker WSOP series.
His fifth deep run resulted in a win, as Chabra topped a field of 337 entries and claimed the first-place prize of $77,475. Chabra outdueled Canada’s Carter Swindler (2nd – $65,737) in the heads-up match between the final two players.
Event #72 marked the second of two limit hold’em events on the 2020 GGPoker WSOP schedule. Other top finishers included Russia’s Apti Dzhabrailov (3rd – $48,296), Japan’s Kosei Ichinose (4th – $35,483), and Canada’s Mike Watson (5th – $26,069).
Bracelet breakthrough for Chabra
Chabra, a well-accomplished American player, came into the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship with a resume that included more than $1.3 million in career live earnings according to the Hendon Mob database.
Those results have expanded to include the all-online edition of the 2020 World Series of Poker. Chabra’s list of accolades in 2020 WSOP Online Bracelet Events includes 12 cashes, three final table appearances, and a quintet of five-figure paydays.
Chabra’s dozen cashes come across a variety of game variants. Two of his biggest cashes have come in Pot-Limit Omaha events, including Event #40: $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (10th – $14,108) and Event #53: $800 Double Stack Pot-Limit Omaha (8th – $12,080).
The player known as ‘Ross_Geller’ on the GGPoker network also made a deep run in Event #54: $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship (9th – $24,832). Event #72: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship finally yielded a bracelet win for Chabra.
Dzhabrailov exited in third place after taking the losing end of a 5♣5♠ versus A♠K♣ battle against Swindler. Dzhabrailo’s elimination set up Chabra (18 big blinds) with nearly a two-to-one chip lead over Swindler (just under 10 big blinds) going into the final heads-up battle.
Swindler took over the chip lead minutes later, only to see the match go to dead even shortly after that. Chabra regained the advantage and never looked back for the remainder of the tournament.
The final hand saw all of Swindler’s chips go in on a 5♠T♥8♣ flop, with Chabra making the call. Swindler turned over 2♠2♥, which at the time was ahead of Chabra’s K♠Q♥.
Chabra found top pair on the Q♥ turn, however, putting him in the lead for good. The river fell an inconsequential 5♣, and Chabra claimed the championship.
Other notable finishers
The 337-entry field produced 47 money finishers, with plenty of top-tier names finishing on the payout ladder. Some of those names included former WSOP bracelet winners Luke Schwartz (43rd – $3,312), Alek Stasiak (39th – $3,312), and Georgios Sotiropoulos (22nd – $4,616).
Other former bracelet winners making a deep run in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship included Joseph Cheong (21st – $4,616), Anson Tsang (16th – $5,449), and Arkadiy Tsinis (13th – $6,434).
Shannon Shorr made a final table appearance (9th – $7,595), adding to a resume that includes more than $8 million in live tournament earnings.