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Heads-Up with Ankush Mandavia: WCOOP Chop Leads to Biggest Score of His Career

Ankush Mandavia

Once known primarily as a heads-up specialist, Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia is now recognized as one of the most decorated online tournament players in the world. Mandavia has racked up victories across many of the major online tournament series, including the WCOOP and SCOOP at PokerStars and the FTOPS at Full Tilt Poker, and has recorded earnings of more than $2.3 million (according to

More than $585,000 of those earnings came this past weekend at PokerStars, where Mandavia finished runner-up in WCOOP Event #23: $10,300 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max. As you'd expect, the event featured one of the hardest-hitting final tables of the series, one that included Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit, Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky, Dimitar "KuuL" Danchev, and Doug "WCG|Rider" Polk.

Ultimately, Mandavia negotiated a deal with Vicente "vicenfish" Delgado Zamorano before losing to the Portuguese pro heads-up.

WCOOP Event #23 Final Table Results

1Vicente "vicenfish" Delgado Zamorano$637,436*
2Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia$585,313*
3Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit$392,375
4Leo "leoc00" Cheng$282,875
5Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky$191,625
6Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist$136,875
7Dimitar "KuuL" Danchev$100,375
8Doug "WCGRider" Polk$82,125

*Reflects heads-up deal's Frank Op de Woerd sat down with Mandavia after the tournament to discuss his biggest score ever, as well topics such as tournament preparation, staking and deal negotiating. Check out the full interview below:

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