Main Event

Seat 2: Pratyush Buddiga, 24 - Colorado Springs, USA - 13,075,000 chips

Pratyush Buddiga

Pratyush Buddiga is the former Spelling Bee champion turned rising poker star, who has built on a sensational introduction to this game last year to find himself on the final table of one of the biggest events in the world. After winning the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee contest in 2002, two years before his younger brother took down the same title, he made four World Series cashes in 2011 before starting to appear on the EPT during season eight. He made the final table in Berlin then had two deep runs in Monaco, either side of another successful trip to the World Series. Buddiga turned poker pro a year after graduating from Duke University where he studied economics. He also used to receive coaching from Mike McDonald, who was eliminated on day two of this tournament.

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