July 9, 2024 – In 2007, Aditya Agarwal made his World Series of Poker debut. Since that first summer, the seasoned poker pro—who was previously a regular contender for the Card Player Online Player of the Year race—has made the money 65 times.

This summer, in a $1,000 no-limit hold 'em tournament, Agarwal finally broke through to win his first bracelet—more than fifteen years in the making. The Indian poker player from Kolkata won $189,661 and his first bracelet, defeating 1,424 other competitors.

The event, starting at 7:00 PM on July 6, was completed in two days, attracting players from day 1D of the 2024 WSOP main event. Only 214 players advanced to day 2, securing a share of the $1,253,120 prize pool. Big names like David Peters, Wing Po Liu, Chance Kornuth, and Jim Collopy ran deep. Aditya Agarwal, initially near the bottom, eliminated two players to climb the leaderboard.

Frank Lagodich (6th - $35,975) was eliminated by Jesse Wigan's rivered straight. Agarwal and Wigan then knocked out Alexander Holtz (5th - $48,313) and Suhail Khan (4th - $65,731). Wigan finished third ($90,584) after losing to Agarwal's pocket nines. Agarwal, with a 6:1 chip lead, quickly defeated Augusto Hagen in heads-up play. Hagen, with 10-8, lost to Agarwal's straight, securing Agarwal the title and $126,424 for Hagen.

Place Player POY Points


Aditya Agarwal $189,661 960
2 Augusto Hagen $126,424 800
3 Jesse Wigan $90,584 640
5 Suhail Khan $65,731 480
6 Alexander Holtz $48,313 400
7 Frank Lagodich $35,975 320
8 Tengqi Zhan $27,143 240
9 Robert Macri $20,754 160
9 Lucas Regier $16,085 80

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