Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:13 PM Local Time
Elite tournament pro has a monster Monday at Horseshoe Hammond
Hammond, Indiana (October 26, 2016) — Ravi Raghavan is the champion of Event #12 at Horseshoe Hammond, defeating a field of 83 entries to win the $5,300 High Roller event. Raghavan has a long list of impressive tournament results, but this victory was his first on the WSOP Circuit. He earned the top prize of $132,798 and his first gold ring. The win also clinched Casino Champion honors for Raghavan, awarding him one of the limited tickets to the WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Those are the facts, but the full context of Raghavan’s performance will be remembered for a long time on the Circuit.
Raghavan’s Monday began in the $1,675 Main Event, where he was among the final 28 remaining from a huge starting field of 1,308 entries. This High Roller event had gotten underway the previous afternoon, an event that he would typically play, if not for being otherwise occupied in the Main.
Late registration was still available until the Day 2 restart at 3:00 PM, though, and Raghavan was eliminated from the Main in 16th place at about 2:58. By the time his bustout hand was posted to the live updates at 3:02, he was already in the High Roller field, the second-to-last player to sneak in before registration closed. Only Jean Gaspard got in after Raghavan, and Gaspard was the first player eliminated on Day 2. Raghavan would not be eliminated at all.
Ten hours later, 98 of the 99 tournament tables were empty, and only a few custodians were milling around, tidying up the unnecessaries in the cavernous tournament theater. In a far corner, Raghavan and Keven Stammen were the last two players in action, battling back and forth in a light-hearted heads-up match for the series’ final gold ring. Raghavan closed the series with a victory, defeating Stammen to put the exclamation point on a remarkable day at Horseshoe Hammond.
Although they were the only two left playing at that hour, there was one more player whose fate hung in the balance of that match. Art Harb, a Chicago police sergeant, had cashed three times and made two final tables during the series, and he was clinging to his spot atop the Casino Champion leaderboard with one event left to fade. One player left to fade, really.
Raghavan had begun the day with just 2.5 points, trailing Harb by 67.5 -- not even on the radar as a threat to challenge for the crown. Raghavan's Main Event performance was worth 20 points, though, bringing him to 22.5 and suddenly putting him in contention with his late-entry into the High Roller. He need nothing short of a win to earn the title, and he got it, stealing the Casino Champion honors away from Harb on the series' final river card.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:24 AM Local Time
Ravi Raghavan raises to about 200,000 on the button and Keven Stammen takes a few moments in the tank before moving all in for about 500,000. Raghavan calls.
Raghavan shows and is in the lead against Stammen's .
The flop is , giving Raghavan the lead with a pair of queens and leaving Stammen drawing thin. The turn is the and Stammen needs to hit a king to make a straight, double up and stay alive. The river is the , however, and Raghavan wins the pot with queens and sixes.
Raghavan wins the pot and eliminates Stammen in second place. Stammen earns $82,075 for his runner-up finish and Raghavan takes home the ring and $132,798. Raghavan also wins the Casino Champion title and guarantees himself a seat into the next Global Casino Championship.
Ravi Raghavan - High Roller Champion ($132,798)
Keven Stammen - Eliminated in 2nd Place ($82,075)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:19 AM Local Time
After Ravi Raghavan wins a pot without a showdown, the next hand, he raises on the button and Keven Stammen calls. The flop is and Stammen checks. Raghavan bets 75,000 and Stammen calls.
The turn is the and Stammen checks again. Raghavan bets 100,000 and Stammen calls. The river is the and Stammen checks for a third time. Raghavan bets 500,000, which almost all of Stammen's remaining chips.
Stammen folds the face-up and Raghavan wins the pot.
Ravi Raghavan - 2,800,000 (90 bb)
Keven Stammen - 550,000 (18 bb)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:09 AM Local Time
Keven Stammen limps in on the button and Ravi Raghavan checks his option out of the big blind. The flop is and Raghavan checks. Stammen bets 40,000 and Raghavan check-raises to 140,000 and Stammen calls.
The rest of the hand is checked down as the board is completed with the and the . Stammen shows Jx5x and Raghavan mucks his hand.
Keven Stammen - 1,200,000 (40 bb)
Ravi Raghavan - 2,100,000 (70 bb)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:05 AM Local Time
Keven Stammen limps in on the button and Ravi Raghavan checks his option in the big blind. The flop is and Raghavan checks. Stammen bets 35,000 and Raghavan calls.
The turn is the and Raghavan checks. Stammen bets 80,000 and Raghavan calls. The river is the and Raghavan checks for a third time. Stammen bets 225,000 and Raghavan quickly calls.
Stammen shows AdQh and Raghavan mucks his hand.
Keven Stammen - 975,000 (32 bb)
Ravi Raghavan - 2,350,000 (77 bb)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:57 AM Local Time
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:52 AM Local Time
Here are approximate heads-up chip counts for the final two players as heads-up play begins:
Ravi Raghavan - 2,700,000 (112 bb)
Keven Stammen - 650,000 (27 bb)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:51 AM Local Time
Keven Stammen raises to 50,000 on the button and Ravi Raghavan three-bets to 187,000 out of the small blind. Mark Sandness moves all in out of the big blind for 964,000 and Stammen quickly folds.
Raghavan asks for an exact count from the dealer. After getting a count, he takes a few moments of thought and calls. Sandness shows and is dominated by Raghavan's .
The board runs out and Raghavan makes the nut flush to eliminate Sandness in third place and get heads-up with a big chip lead against Keven Stammen.
Sandness heads to the exits in third place and takes home $57,453.
Ravi Raghavan - 2,700,000 (112 bb)
Mark Sandness - Eliminated
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:38 AM Local Time
Keven Stammen raises on the button and Mark Sandness calls out of the big blind. The flop is and Sandness check-calls a bet from Stammen.
Both players check the on the turn and the comes on the river. Sandness checks and Stammen bets 165,000. Sandness calls and Stammen shows .
"Wow," says Sandness with a laugh. "I was real light there too. Real light."
Keven Stammen - 950,000 (39 bb)
Mark Sandness - 675,000 (28 bb)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:34 AM Local Time
Ravi Raghavan raises to 70,000 out of the small blind and Mark Sandness calls from the big blind. The flop is and Raghavan bets 75,000. Sandness folds and Raghavan takes the pot.
Ravi Raghavan - 1,600,000 (66 bb)
Mark Sandness - 1,000,000 (41 bb)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:16 AM Local Time
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:05 AM Local Time
Players are going on a 15-minute break.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:04 AM Local Time
Mark Sandness raises on the button and Ravi Raghavan calls from the big blind. Both players check a flop of and the comes on the turn.
Raghavan checks again and Sandness bets 110,000. Raghavan raises to about 300,000 and Sandness quickly folds.
"That was the hand," says Raghavan as he is collecting the chips. "I needed you to have something there."
Ravi Raghavan - 1,820,000 (91 bb)
Mark Sandness - 920,000 (46 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:50 PM Local Time
Keven Stammen raises on the button and Mark Sandness defends his big blind. The flop is and Sandness checks. Stammen bets 50,000 and Sandness check-raises to 165,000.
Stammen calls and the turn is the and Sandness bets 245,000. Stammen doesn't waste too much time in folding and Sandness takes the pot.
Mark Sandness - 1,260,000 (63 bb)
Keven Stammen - 570,000 (28 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:43 PM Local Time
Millard Hale moves all in on the button for 85,000 and is called by Mark Sandness in the small blind and Keven Stammen in the big blind. Any further action will create a side pot between Stammen and Sandness.
The flop is and both players check. The comes on the turn and Sandness checks again. Stammen bets 105,000 and Sandness folds.
Stammen shows , good for two pair, and is in the lead against Hale's . The river is the and Stammen wins the pot to eliminate Hale in fourth place. Hale takes home $41,849 for his run and leaves the table three-handed.
Keven Stammen - 880,000 (44 bb)
Millard Hale - Eliminated
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:39 PM Local Time
Mark Sandness raises to 44,000 on the button and Keven Stammen calls out of the small blind. The are heads-up to a flop of and Stammen checks.
Sandness bets 59,000 and Stammen calls. Both players check the turn and the comes on the river. Stammen checks and Sandness bets 120,000. Stammen folds and Sandness drags the pot.
Mark Sandness - 1,300,000 (65 bb)
Keven Stammen - 750,000 (37 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:26 PM Local Time
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:25 PM Local Time
Millard Hale raises on the button and Keven Stammen moves all in from the big blind for 425,000. Hale calls and the cards are tabled. Stammen shows and is flipping with Hale's .
The board runs out . Stammen flops a set and fades Hale's flush and straight draw to double up.
Keven Stammen - 866,000 (54 bb)
Millard Hale - 170,000 (10 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:23 PM Local Time
Mark Sandness raises under the gun and Millard Hale calls out of the big blind. The flop is and both players check to the turn card.
Hale checks again and Sandness bets 55,000. Hale calls and the river is the . Both players check. Hale shows and Sandness wins the pot with a better ace high, showing .
Mark Sandness - 1,190,000 (74 bb)
Millard Hale - 590,000 (36 bb)
Monday, October 24, 2016 11:15 PM Local Time
Mark Sandness raises to 35,000 on the button and Keven Stammen calls from the small blind. Ravi Raghavan defends his big blind and they are three-handed to a flop of .
All three players check and the comes on the turn. Stammen bets 60,000, Raghavan folds, and Sandness calls. The river is the and both players check.
"You got it," says Stammen, showing .
Sandness shows and wins the pot.
Mark Sandness - 960,000 (60 bb)
Keven Stammen - 570,000 (35 bb)