Amar Anand opened up his chip lead through the first level of Day 3 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. He started the day with 603,500, went to break with 834,600 and more than a 270,000 chip lead.
Anand isn’t the most likely leader as he only has one tournament cash on record – a 382nd place finish in the 2014 WPT500 for $750. “I’m not much of a tournament player,” he said. “I actually don’t even play poker all that often. I have a real job, but I like to play the Main Event.”
Anand is a Product Manager for Airbnb in San Francisco and had a Day 2 run players dream about. He began the day with 69,800, after the second level he had 210,000 and going into the dinner break he chipped up to 314,000.
Then, he moved up to around 500,000 going into the last level of the day and added 100,000 more in the last two hours to end with 603,500.
Anand was modest about increasing his stack by ten-fold. “”definitely made some hands and stole a lot of pots,” he said.
Two hours into Day 3 Anand grew his stack by 230,000 and is pulling away from the field. Second-in-chips Calvin Lee hasn’t matched Anand’s Day 3 starting stack yet and the tournament average is right around 140,000.
“I wouldn’t say I’m running over my table today but I made a big hand with aces into a guy who had queens,” said Anand. “That’s where the majority of my chips came from today.”
Anand has a bit of extra motivation as the field marches towards the money – he virtually bubbled the 2014 WSOP Main Event. “I busted seven spots off the money – I ran kings into aces with about 200,000,” he said.
Anand recognizes his chip stack is significant at this point and is thinking beyond the money bubble. He said, “It’s a mix for me – you want to stay in the moment but you need to think about maximizing your chances in the long run for making a very deep run.”
Even though 1,300 players remain, Anand has high expectations for the tournament and said, “At this point anything less than the final table will be a disappointment.”
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