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Guarav Raina Gets the Gold in WSOP Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Guarav Raina shut the door to every one of his competitors for the gold bracelet in the latest 2017 World Series of Poker event. Defeating a field of 1,086 poker players and renown pros he managed to lay his hands on the shiny bracelet and the prize of $456,822.

In the unscheduled Day 4 of the WSOP event, Guarav Raina defeated his opponent, the 51-years-old attorney and real estate investor James Calvo in a dynamic heads-up battle. Their match was halted around 1:00 a.m., which gave Raina the opportunity to think through his strategy and prepare his plan for action for Day 4. With Calvo’s unconventional style of playing one can never be sure what to expect, so Raina made a good use of his time while waiting, skipping on sleep as much as possible and contemplating his next move in the duel.

According to the initial schedule the 2017 WSOP $2,500 No-limit Hold’em event should have lasted three days in total, but on the third day there were still more than 30 players left in it. This left the people in charge with no other choice, but to extend it with one extra day and this turned the tables for Raina. He was quite short at stack and thanks to the additional day, he regained his balance.

On the forth day of the tournament both players returned for the anticipated second half of their duel. Early in it Raina doubled up his chips and this made him more confident in the outcome of the heads-up battle. The whole duel lasted about two hours and it was very dynamic, because both of the pros has very good timing of their attacks. Ultimately, the full house Raina had guaranteed the gold bracelet for the New Jersey native.

On the $2,500 No-limit Hold’em event the 33-year-old demonstrated his newly gained knowledge and skills in the poker world and slew his rivals effortlessly. Prior to the tournament Raina took two months as a time for rest and truly immersing himself in the poker game. He devoted these months to study the game in depth and freshen up his skills. Hard work and dedication always pay off, so the results were not a surprise to anyone.

Guarav Raina spends most of his days in Athens, Georgia and has already achieved intriguing wins in WSOP before. He has two cashes for a combined total of $9,794 and before this latest event on Sunday he had amassed more than $200,000 from various live tournaments. So far his biggest cash is from the 2014 $560 No-Limit Hold’em $2 Million Guarantee where he won $144,794. However, his biggest prize in 2017 so far is $49,635 at the $560 No-Limit Hold’em $1 Million GTD in April.