Friday, November 3, 2017 6:30 PM Local Time
"Finally a Ring" for Jasthi Kumar
Indian-American part-timer breaks through for first Circuit victory
Jasthi Kumar has just become the WSOP Circuit’s newest first-time winner. Kumar outlasted a field of 228 entries in the $580 event, winning the ring and the top prize of $28,502. He’s earned more than a half-million dollars from tournaments in the last five years as a part-time player.
Kumar, 51, is an IT manager originally from the south of India. He now makes his home in the Bay Area of California where he’s become a part of the local poker scene. Originally cutting his teeth in tournament chess, Kumar has been playing poker for about seven years.
"Outside of my job, I try to play poker as much as possible,” Kumar said. "It’s sort of a passion for me.”
His passion has turned the game into a rather successful hobby. He’s already cleared the half-millon-dollar mark in career tournament earnings, including a 58th-place finish in the 2016 WSOP Main Event for a six-figure payout.
All that is well and good, but Kumar has now achieved one of his major goals on the felt.
“Finally,” he said in the moment after his victory. “Finally a ring.”