Tournament grinder Pratyush Buddiga from Colorado has just taken down the $2,500 World Poker Tour Event 2 at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He outlasted 577 other competitors in the three-day event to take home the title and a cool $243,714 in cash.
Day 1 started out with 578 entrants, creating a prize pool of a whopping $1,289,518. Casey ‘bigdogpocket5s’ Jarzabek ended Day 1 with 277,500 and the overall chip lead, while Buddiga finished with a top-five chip stack with his total of 219,200 in chips.
134 players came into Day 2 needing to survive 62 more eliminations for a min-cash to guarantee themselves at least $3,998. Unfortunately, Day 2 was not so kind to the Canadian, Jarzabek. He was unable to get anything going and finished 44th for $6,448. WSOP November Niner and sixth-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event, Marc McLaughlin, came into Day 2 near the bottom of the chip count but went on a bit of a run and managed to cash and move up the pay ladder finishing 22nd for $9,800.
The opposite can be said for Buddiga, as he went on a tear making the final table and finishing Day 2 fourth in chips with almost 1.2 million. Bo Wang of Scarborough, Ontario led the remaining eight players into Day 3 with 3.8 million in chips.
Top Canadian notables are Neal Thornton of Burlington, Ontario who lost heads up to Buddiga but took home $170,861. Bo Wang finished third, taking home $109,867. Joeseph Andres of Mississauga, Ontario came into the day as the short stack but managed to run it up and finish in fourth for $81,369.
With this win, Buddiga has added to a growing list of recent cashes. This past June, Buddiga finished 8th in the GuangDong Asia Millions for $772,870. In December, Buddiga finished 5th for $48,888 in the High Roller event during the WPT Playground Poker Fall Classic. The win pushes Buddiga’s live cash earnings over $1.3 million.