A proud moment for the Indian contingent at the WSOP
Another clincher this year for team India came from Nikita Luther and tag team comrade Giuseppe Pantaleo as they took down the $1000 tag team event. The second bracelet for team India coming after Indian born duo Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant conquered the same event last year.
Delhi based Luther along with German professional vanquished a field of 1,032 teams to win $175,805, making it their first ever bracelet of the series.
While many teams were made up of couples or groups of friends, Luther and Pantaleo had no type of relationship before the event. They met playing an event in last year’s wsop, however, the partnership materialized only recently. While it was her playing style that caught Pantaleo’s eye, it was intuition driven for the Indian.
The team had to blend their schedules, juggling their individual events. Luther finished 17th in the $3,000 big blind ante event and Pantaleo fired the $5,000 no-limit hold’em six-max event, all while the tag team event was underway. Focusing on the chips flowing their way, the duo took turns at the table, with no set strategy as to who was going to play when.
Pantaleo dominated heads-up play with a soaring 8-to-1 advantage. “All of her friends were screaming for the deuce of spades and it really came,” said Pantaleo to WSOP after the win. “I don’t know. The Indian people have a sick vibe.”
Final Table Results:
1st: Giuseppe Pantaleo – Nikita Luther – $175,805
2nd: Kazuki Ikeuchi – Hiroki Iwata – Sho Mori – $108,608
3rd: Manig Loeser – Peter Weinand – Joelle Parenteau – $76,797
4th: Alex Rocha – Megan Milburn – Joanne Milburn – $55,016
5th: Gabriel Neto – Carlos Caputo – $39,936
6th: Adam Lamphere – Ao Chen – Yijie Zhang – $29,380
7th: Salah Levy – Frank Mariani – Cord Garcia – $21,910
8th: Bon Koo – Bienvenido Caballero – $16,565
9th: Loni Harwood – Kelly Minkin – Haixa Zhang – $12,700
The world of work is traditionally an area where many Indian women battle to find the same level of success and respect as their male counterpart. With news like this one coming in, the Indian women of poker have paved the way for more to follow.