The Main Event The Crown of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) Jan 2023 has finally concluded with industry veteran Aditya Agarwal aka ‘Yennefer’ finally taking down the prestigious title.
The event ended in a deal between Agarwal and Arsh Grover aka ‘BigggTymeR.’ According to the deal, Agarwal takes home the title, the diamond-studded gold crown and a pay cheque of ₹57,73,214. Grover on the other hand, takes the runner-up spot for ₹48,35,055.
The second runner-up was four-time IOPC leaderboard topper Bhanu Prakash aka ‘MafiaGaming,’ who walked away with ₹26,64,700. The fourth place was taken by Eka Vedantham aka ‘Live2Bluff’ who took home ₹17,79,614.
It was indeed Agarwal’s day, as he entered Day 2 of the Main Event with not one, not two, not three but four stacks. And guess what?! All his four stacks made it in the money at this event. One of his stacks just survived the bubble and took the 765th spot for the min-cash of ₹20,120. Three of his stacks ran deep, with one busting at the 21st place for ₹1,71,020, while two of his stacks made it to the final table, taking the first and eighth place respectively. For the eighth-place finish, he cashed an additional ₹6,28,750.
His total winnings from the Main Event alone stood at ₹65,93,104. Now that’s what ending a Main Event like a boss looks like!
Agarwal continued to dominate the final table by gradually chipping up and showing his chip-lead dominance, especially when the table was down to the final four players.
When the game was down to the final four, Grover asked his opponents if they wished to check the numbers. Prakash and Vedantham obliged, while there was no response from Agarwal. However, after Prakash busted in the third place, the final two settled for an ICM deal.
The IOC Jan/Feb 2023 Main Event featured an advertised guarantee of ₹5 Crore, which was surpassed the guarantee to record a final prize pool of ₹5,03,00,000, thanks to the 5,030 entries across eight starting flights. From these, a total of 771 entries (406 players) marched their way to Day 2 of the event. The top 765 entries ensured a spot in the money, as the min-cash stood at ₹20,120.
While we talk about Agarwal finally adding The Crown title to his name, we’re reminded of IOPC July 2021 Main Event. Prior to this, Agarwal had narrowly missed The Crown during the July 2021 edition, wherein he finished runner-up to Vaibhav Temani. The heads-up saw Agarwal holding a 10:1 chip lead over Temani. Later, Temani managed to turn the tables and ship the IOPC July 2021 Main Event The Crown. Back then, Temani had laughed his way to the bank with ₹57,26,064, while Agarwal had settled for ₹33,20,756.
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