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Ajay Chabra Wins First Bracelet In 2020 World Series of Poker Online $1,500 Limit Hold'em Event

New Jersey Resident Defeats Field of 337 Entries To Win $77,475


Ajay Chabra overcame a field of 337 total entries to win the 2020 World Series of Poker Online $1,500 buy-in limit hold’em event, earning his first gold bracelet and $77,475 as the champion. This was Chabra’s 12th cash of the series, with a number of deep runs recorded prior to this victory. He finished ninth in the Colossus for $40,529, eighth in the $800 pot-limit Omaha double stack for $12,080 and made the round of 16 in the $10,000 heads-up championship for $24,832. With this victory, Chabra now has more than $1.5 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

The top 47 finishers made the money in this event, with plenty of big names making deep runs including bracelet winner Luke Schwartz (43rd – $3,312), Connor Drinan (42nd – $3,312), two-time bracelet winner Alek Stasiak (39th – $3,312), bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos (22nd – $4,616), bracelet winner Joseph Cheong (21st – $4,616), Dan Shak (18th – $4,616), two-time bracelet winner Anson Tsang (16th – $5,449), bracelet winner Arkadiy Tsinis (13th – $6,434), and recent $8000 pot-limit Omaha event runner-up finisher Mark Herm (12th – $6,434).

Shannon ShorrKevin Liu held the chip lead when the final table began, with Chabra sitting in sixth chip position among the last nine players. Shannon Shorr was the first to be eliminated. He raised with ADiamond Suit10Heart Suit from the small blind and Apti Dzhabrailov called from the big blind with 7Club Suit4Club Suit. The flop came down JSpade Suit7Spade Suit5Heart Suit and Shorr bet and then called all-in when Dzhabrailov raised. Shorr had been outflopped, but picked up some outs to a straight on the KSpade Suit to go along with his overcards. The JHeart Suit on the river was of no help, though, and Shorr was knocked out in ninth place ($7,595).

Rich Dixon got the last of his short stack in with J-10 and was called in two spots. He failed to improve and the A-9 high of Dzhabrailov earned him his second knockout of the final table. Dixon was awarded $10,338 as the eighth-place finisher.

Despite starting the final table in the lead, Kevin Liu was the next to hit the rail. He got all-in preflop with pocket threes and found himself at risk against the pocket jacks of Canadian poker pro Mike Watson. The larger pair held up and Liu was sent home with $14,071 for his seventh-place showing.

Chabra earned his first knockout at the final table with AClub SuitADiamond Suit. He called the all-in of short stack Dzmitry Yasiukevich and held up on a 9Diamond Suit7Spade Suit3Diamond Suit3Club Suit10Heart Suit runout. Yasiukevich earned $19,153 as the sixth-place finisher.

Mike WatsonMike Watson fell to the bottom of the counts during five-handed play. He ultimately got his last chips in preflop with QDiamond Suit9Spade Suit facing the JHeart Suit7Heart Suit of Carter Swidler, who made a pair of sevens on the turn to secure the pot and send Watson packing in fifth place ($26,069).

Just a few minutes later Swidler sent another player home. He raised from the small blind with AHeart Suit5Heart Suit and Kosei Ichinose three-bet with ADiamond SuitJHeart Suit from the big blind. Swidler four-bet and then called Ichinose’s all-in. The board came down 7Club Suit6Heart Suit2Heart Suit10Heart Suit2Spade Suit and Swidler made the nut flush to lock up the pot and eliminate Ichinose in fourth place ($35,483).

Apti Dzhabrailov’s run in this event came to an end when his 5Spade Suit5Club Suit failed to outrun the ASpade SuitKClub Suit of Swidler. Dzhabrailov three-bet Swidler preflop and fired the ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit8Club Suit flop. Swidler just called with his top pair and the turn brought the 9Club Suit. Dzhabrailov bet and Swidler raised. Dzhabrailov called all-in and got the bad news. The 8Heart Suit changed nothing and Dzhabrailov earned $48,296 as the third-place finisher.

With that Swidler chipped up to 2.9 million heading into heads-up play with Chabra, who sat with just shy of 5.5 million. Swidler was able to overtake the lead briefly, but Chabra regained control before the final hand was dealt. Swidler picked up 2Spade Suit2Heart Suit on the button and raised. Chabra three-bet holding KSpade SuitQHeart Suit. Swidler made it four bets to go and Chabra called. The flop came down 10Heart Suit8Club Suit5Spade Suit and Chabra checked to Swidler, who bet his small pair. Chabra check-raised and Swidler three-bet all-in for 531,994 total. Chabra called with his overcards and promptly paired one of them with the QDiamond Suit on the turn to take the lead. The 5Club Suit on the river secured the pot and the title for Chabra. Swidler was awarded $65,737 as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings
1 Ajay Chabra $77,475
2 Carter Swidler $65,737
3 Apti Dzhabrailov $48,296
4 Kosei Ichinose $35,483
5 Michael Watson $26,069
6 Dzmitry Yasiukevich $19,153
7 Kevin Liu $14,071
8 Rich Dixon $10,338
9 Shannon Shorr $7,595

Chabra photo credit: Seminole Hard Rock Poker Blog.