Sachin Bhargava Takes a Personal Day, Wins $104,263

Sachin Bhargava WinnerEvent #2
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $500
Total Entries: 806
Prize Pool: $485,000
May 3-5, 2014

$500 no-limit hold’em event concludes with amateur Sachin Bhargava defeating WSOP and WPT final tablist Mike Mustafa for six-figure score.

Hammond, Ind. (May 5, 2014) — An unlikely victor emerged in Event 2 at the sixth-annual Chicago Poker Classic as Sachin Bhargava outlasted Mike Mustafa heads-up to earn $104,263. Bhargava began the final table with the chip lead, but play dragged on and on rendering each chip more useless than the level before. For a while it appeared Mustafa, the more experienced player with WPT and WSOP final table experience, would break through for a win in his home state, but Bhargava righted the ship and sent Mustafa to the rail second.

“It feels great,” Bhargava said. “Yesterday I entered the event and just wanted to have fun and play and it worked out.”

Bhargava bagged the opening day of play in the $500 event 58th of the 97 players remaining and had a decision on his hands – to call in to work the next day or not.

“…I had to go to work and I had 28 big blinds going into Day 2,” he said. “I just told them I needed a personal day and it was fine. I never expected I’d end up winning $104,000. I did not call in sick. I didn’t lie – a personal day.”

Bhargava is employed by Innova Financial and lives and works in downtown Chicago. While he undoubtedly does well for himself in the financial industry, one has to think he made the right choice forgoing the workday to bag Event 2’s six-figure first prize.

While the 806-entry field generated a stout prize pool of $354,640, the final tally fell short of the property’s $500,000 guarantee and the casino juiced the pot in the form of a $145,360 overlay. Bhargava reaped the biggest reward, but others to cash in on the added value included Shawn Reed (74th), Paul Bianchi (54th), Dan Heimiller (27th), Ben Keeline (10th) and Pavlin Karakikov (sixth).

Bhargava was born in India and now resides in Chicago with his wife. The amateur’s poker resume boasted a modest $6,885 in reported earnings prior to Event 2, but now with a bankroll bigger than he’d ever imagined, he just may take his hobby to the next level.

“Now I see more light in the hobby… I’ll probably be playing more tournaments this year,” he laughed.

Event 2 final table results:

1st: Sachin Bhargava – $104,263
2nd: Mike Mustafa – $64,452
3rd: Brad Sailor – $42,219
4th: Richard Frye – $29,226
5th: Matthew Rosen – $21,316
6th: Pavlin Karakikov – $16,335
7th: Musa Taher – $13,124
8th: Marc Bernal – $11,034
9th: Michael Giorango – $9,685

Full results available via our friends at

2014 Chicago Poker Classic results:

  • Event 1: $350 NLH Re-Entry – Chris Karambinis defeated 3,092 entries for $168,039
  • Event 2: $500 NLH – Sachin Bhargava defeated 806 entries for $104,263
  • Event 3: $400 PLO – Ben Sagan defeated 194 entries for $19,854
  • Event 4: $350 NLH – Matt Kirby defeated 285 entries for $20,321
  • Event 5: $600 NLH Six-Handed – TBD

2014 Chicago Poker Classic upcoming events:

  • Event 6: $500 HORSE – Wednesday, May 7, 12 p.m.
  • Event 7: $350 NLH – Thursday, May 8, 12 p.m.
  • Event 8: $1,500 Main Event – Friday/Saturday, May 9-10, 12 p.m.
  • Event 9: $250 NLH Re-Entry – Saturday/Sunday, May 10-11, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Event 10: $350 NLH Turbo – Monday, May 12, 12 p.m.

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