Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:29 AM Local Time
Super Santhosh Suvarna Wins WSOP Europe €50,000 Diamond High Roller (€650,000)
If there are high-stakes poker games taking place, you can bet your last dollar that Santhosh Suvarna will be at the table. Suvarna, one of India's fastest-rising poker players, has been in the news recently for winning seven-figure cash game pots as well as banking seven-figure tournament scores. Now he's made the headlines once again after taking down Event #12: €50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller inside King's Resort in Rozvadov at the 2023 WSOP Europe.
While his €650,000 winner's prize may seem like a drop in the ocean to him, Suvarna has shown he's more than just a VIP but someone who can go toe-to-toe with some of the world's best poker players. He defeated the jovial and talented Ren Lin in heads-up play to seal the victory for his maiden WSOP bracelet.
Lin was once again the runner-up in a bracelet event, having finished second in the $50,000 High Roller at the 2021 WSOP. Daniel Dvoress rounded out the podium finishes and narrowly missed out on back-to-back WSOP high roller wins.
€50,000 Diamond High Roller Payouts
Learning From the Best
For many poker players, they can go their entire lives without getting a whiff of winning a bracelet. For Suvarna, it's just taken seven years, but you could count that as two as the first five years of his foray into poker centered around cash games. How has he done, you ask? Simply by "battling against the best players in the world," said Suvarna as he thanked osmosis for his latest triumph, "that's how I improve my game," he added.
Suvarna also introduced himself to wider audiences during Hustler Casino Live's PLO week, where he was giving action left, right and center and garnered a following of fans.
"That was so fun, actually, and I'm also going to be on the Hustler 24-hour live stream," Suvarna excitedly revealed to PokerNews.
Suvarna also plans to take the poker world by storm and already has a jam-packed poker itinerary. He'll be making the trip to the Bahamas for the first-ever WSOP Paradise that gets underway in December, and after that, he plans to journey to any poker stop that has big buy-in events.
Final Day Recap
The start of the final day saw seven players join the 18 players who bagged and tagged chips from Day 1. Stephen Chidwick, Chris Brewer, GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos, Timothy Adams, Leon Sturm, Roman Hrabec and Emil Bise were the players who sat down with fresh starting stacks.
When late registration closed, the event's entry count hit 37, ten less than the previous year. The payouts were announced, and it was confirmed that the €1,739,925 prize pool would be distributed among the top six finishers.
Chidwick bought in twice on the final day but was gone before the field merged into two tables. Hrabec and Sturm soon joined him on the rail alongside Wing Po Liu, Felipe Ketzer, Adrian Mateos, Teun Mulder, Hyunsup Kim and Nacho Barbero.
Leonard Maue and Adams were next to go, and after the break, 14 players returned to the felt where the start of day chip leader Lin maintained his spot at the top of the counts.
Defending champion Orpen Kisacikoglu relinquished his title as he exited not long after when play resumed. Francisco Benitez bowed out moments later after Daniel Dvoress went runner-runner to make quad fives. The bust-outs of Gab Yong Kim and Ben Heath set up the final table bubble. Tamas Adamszki found a trio of doubles but could not survive on his fourth all-in preflop encounter.
A huge three-way all-in took place not long after the final table got underway, with Suvarna being the victor. His ace-king rivered a flush to send out Emil Bise and Quan Zhou, who held ace-king and ace-jack, respectively.
Bubble play then began as the top six players made the money. Ramos was the final player to leave empty-handed after his suited ace-deuce ran failed to improve against Dvoress' pocket jacks.
A more subdued Martin Kabrhel was the first to bust inside the money and collected €103,925. This made for a €3,925 profit as he had fired two bullets on Day 1. Online crusher Ioannis Angelou-Konstas departed next and was awarded €135,000. Both players were ousted by Suvarna.
The 2023 WSOP Europe marked Brewer's first time in Rozvadov, and it's proved to be fruitful for this summer's WSOP $250K winner. His run ended in fourth place, where he received €185,000. His two entries in the Diamond High Roller and his appearance in Event #8: €25,000 NLH GGMillion€ have put him in the black for €60,000 over the last few days. That figure could rise should he make a deep run in the ongoing Main Event.
After an hour of three-handed play, Dvoress found himself betting into Lin's trip sixes, where the former appeared to reluctantly call off his stack after being jammed on. With that, Lin and Suvarna were heads-up for the bracelet and first-place spoils where the chip counts were dead even.
Lin struggled to find any momentum and was continually run over. The final hand of the night saw Lin all-in and at risk with jack-deuce, and his bracelet hopes ended after his opponent's king-six remained best following the runout.
This concludes PokerNews coverage of Event #12: €50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller, but the live reporting team will be back tomorrow with all the action from the WSOP Europe Main Event, so be sure to stick around.
Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:28 AM Local Time
Ren Lin Eliminated in 2nd Place (€400,000)
Santhosh Suvarna open-jammed from the button for 2,900,000 chips effectively and Ren Lin gave his hand much thought before eventually committing to a call for his final six blinds.
The players embraced while the was slowly but surely put on the table by the dealer. Lin congratulatefd Santhosh on his victory and left to collect his €400,000 in winnings.
Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:23 AM Local Time
Suvarna Pips Lin
Santhosh Suvarna limped in from the button with and Ren Lin checked his big blind with . Both players flopped top pair on and Suvarna called a 500,000 lead from Lin.
On the turn, Lin checked and called the subsequent 1,500,000 bet of Suvarna. The river gave Suvarna the checkmark next to his name, but Lin led out for 1,800,000.
Suvarna made a swift call and his better kicker meant that Lin was left with just eight big blinds
Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:16 AM Local Time
Lin Snap-Calls for Tournament Life
Santhosh Suvarna limped in with from the button, and Ren Lin checked his option with . Lin led out for 500,000 on the flop and was called.
Lin continued for another 800,000 after improving to two pair on the turn. Suvarna jammed with ace-high, and Lin snap-called for the 1,900,000 he had behind. The river completed the board, and Lin breathed new life into his stack.
Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:14 AM Local Time
Level 25 started
Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:14 AM Local Time
Lin Tries to Catch a Bluff
Ren Lin limped in from the button and Santhosh Suvarna checked his in the big blind.
The flop of was checked by Suvarna, followed by a 400,000 bet from Lin, which Suvarna called. The turn gave Lin bottom pair and this time he checked behind after Suvarna checked first.
The river saw Suvarna hit trips and he led out for 1,000,000 chips. Lin was a non-believer and put in the call with his bottom two pair. He saw the bad news when Suvarna tabled his hand and forfeited more chips to his adversary.
Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:08 AM Local Time
Lin Loses Another One
Santhosh Suvarna limped his button with and Ren Lin checked his from the big blind. Lin then led for 600,000 on the flop and Suvarna called with his bottom pair.
The turn was checked through before Lin made a bet of 1,300,000 on the turn. However, Suvarna sniffed the bluff out and called his bottom pair off, increasing his lead in the heads up battle.
Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:04 AM Local Time
Suvarna Hits Quads
Ren Lin limped in from the button with and Santhosh Suvarna raised to 900,000 from the big blind with . Lin made the call and called the 500,000 bet of Suvarna on the flop as well.
The then appeared on the turn and Suvarna opted for a deceptive check with top set. Lin checked behind and the river brought Santhosh quad queens.
He opted for a bet of 2,300,000, but Lin found this too much and folded his ace-high.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:57 PM Local Time
Lin Starts a Comeback
Ren Lin raised to 900,000 from the button with and Santhosh Suvarna defended his big blind with . The flop was subsequently checked by both players, as was the river.
The river did not see any bets either, and Lin's ace-high won him some chips back.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:53 PM Local Time
Lin Slips Down Further
Santhosh Suvarna limped in with from the button and Ren Lin checked his big blind with . Lin then led for 500,000 chips on the flop and Suvarna made a swift call.
Lin upped his sizing to 1,500,000 on the turn, but Suvarna was not going anywhere with his nut flush draw and called again. The river did not stop Lin from completing his triple barrel, as he forwarded 4,500,000 chips to the middle of the table.
Suvarna thought it over for a good while but eventually made the correct call with his top pair. Lin showed his bluff and the big pot was shipped Suvarna's way.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:48 PM Local Time
Suvarna Makes a Straight
Santhosh Suvarna limped in from the button with , and Ren Lin checked his in the big blind. Lin then check-called Suvarna's 500,000 bet on the flop before both players checked the turn.
The river then completed the board and Lin checked to Suvarna again. The Indian player made a big bet of 1,800,000 chips with his straight and Lin let his queen-high go, granting another pot to his opponent.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:44 PM Local Time
Suvarna Draws First Blood
Ren Lin raised his button to 900,000 with and Santhosh Suvarna defended the big blind with .
Suvarna then checked the flop and Lin checked behind, leading to the turn, on which the players followed the same recipe.
The river was also knuckled down, and Suvarna's bottom pair won at showdown.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:29 PM Local Time
Preparing the Heads Up
The players are taking a ten-minute break while the stage is being made ready for the forthcoming heads up battle between Santhosh Suvarna and Ren Lin.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:27 PM Local Time
Daniel Dvoress Eliminated in 3rd Place (€266,000)
Daniel Dvoress limped in from the small blind with before Ren Lin raised 1,200,000 from the big blind with . Dvoress made the call and a flop of found its way to the table.
Dvoress checked his top pair and Lin bet 700,000 chips with his bottom one. Dvoress called and the hit the turn, which both players checked.
The river brought Lin trips, but it was Dvoress who bet out for a hefty 2,800,000 chips. Lin rechecked his cards and took a moment before putting Dvoress at risk with a virtual all-in for 6,100,000 chips.
Dvoress looked visibly distraught with the situation he found himself in and spent the majority of his time bank extensions while deep in the tank.
After a few minutes, he came up with a call and saw the bad news when Lin tabled his hands. Dvoress' top pair was no good and he exited in third place, just missing out on his second heads up of the week.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:17 PM Local Time
Level 24 started
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:13 PM Local Time
Suvarna Finds Rockets
Santhosh Suvarna raised to 700,000 on the button with . Daniel Dvoress folded his small blind before Ren Lin called with in the big blind.
Lin then check-called Suvarna's 500,000 continuation-bet on the flop and checked again on the turn. Suvarna sneakily checked behind his overpair and river completed the board.
Suvarna put 1,700,000 chips in the pot after a third check from Lin, who threw in his time bank cards to think the situation over. Ultimately, though, he made the right fold and let his hand go.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:09 PM Local Time
Dvoress Flops Two Pair
Santhosh Suvarna limped in from the small blind with and Daniel Dvoress checked his in the big blind. On the flop, Suvarna check-called a 300,000 bet from Dvoress, leading to the turn appearing.
Suvarna checked again and Dvoress made a large bet of 1,200,000 chips. Suvarna let his ace go, chipping up Dvoress
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:05 PM Local Time
Suvarna and Lin See a Board
Santhosh Suvarna raised to 700,000 from the button with and Ren Lin defended his big blind with .
Both players then checked the flop before Lin led out for 700,000 on the turn. Suvarna folded his hand and Lin raked in the first post-flop pot in a while.
Friday, November 10, 2023 11:03 PM Local Time
The 2023 WSOPE Winners So Far
If you're just tuning into the PokerNews coverage of the 2023 World Series of Poker Europe, then get up to speed by checking out the winners so far. Click the links below to see how they managed to get their hands on a WSOP bracelet.
|Event #1: €350 NLH Opener
|Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-max
|Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event
|Event #4: €2,000 Pot Limit Omaha
|Event #5: €550 NLH Colossus
|Ermanno Di Nicola
|Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
|Wing Po Liu
|Event #7: €1,650 NLH 6-Max
|Event #8: €25,000 NLH GGMillion€
|Event #9: €1,100 NLH Mystery Bounty
|Event #10: €2,000 8-Game Mix
|Event #11: €1,100 NLH Turbo Bounty Hunter
Friday, November 10, 2023 10:54 PM Local Time
Suvarna Takes It on the Turn
Ren Lin limped in from the small blind with before Santhosh Suvarna raised to 800,000 from the big blind with . Rin obliged with the extra chips, and a flop of was dealt, which both players checked.
The turn saw Lin check for a second time, but Suvarna made a bet of 600,000 this time around. It was enough to let Lin fold his bottom pair, and Suvarna's bluff won him the pot.