While most 20 somethings are figuring out what to do with their lives, another Sharmaji Ka Ladka has created history and put all of us lesser mortals very inspired.
26 years old #9stacksTeamIndia member and professional poker player Nishant Sharma has finished day 6 at the Main Event of the World Series of Poker 2018 in Las Vegas at rank 34! The poker maestro is the first Indian poker player ever to reach the top 40 ranks, in the Main Event tournament that saw 7874 entries this year. Nishant won 230,475 (~INR 1.58 crore). Believe it or not, this is the Bina Dare player’s maiden foray at the WSOP Vegas!
During the 40 + hour long 6 day grind, Nishant fought against 7874 other participants to reach the top 100 on Day 5. Infact, he shut the day down by reaching rank 13, amassing a stack of 5,80,000 chips. The chip leader in the tournament had a stack of 12 MN. Fellow #9stacksTeamIndia member, Vivek Rughani was also going strong with a stack of 1,545,000 at rank 93.
Day 5 was brutal as it started out with 309 challengers and ended with only 109 survivors for Day 6.
On Day 6, armed with his trademark bright blue headphones and the black mask, Nishant played a very focussed, consistent game and has remained completely unfazed and patient in high pressure situations. The strategy to survive and do well throughout the Main Event has been the same. This is the first time any Indian poker player has gotten so deep in the Main Event.
Nishant started playing poker during college with his gamer friends and within a span of almost two years quit his job in event management to focus on poker professionally! In India too,he has been conquering major Multi Table Tournaments and has been doing exceedingly well at the international tournaments in his characteristic, #BinaDare style.
All that grinding for long hours over the years has led up to this moment.
With this win, Nishant and Vivek both have heralded the beginning of a whole new chapter in Indian poker. We wish them all the best and hope to see more such players throng the SinCity next year with 9stacks.