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Posted on 06 Feb, 2023
By Mrinal Gujare
On 06 Feb, 2023
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By Mrinal Gujare
On 06 Feb, 2023
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Aditya Agarwal Wins IOPC Jan/Feb 2023 Main Event Title


Finally, the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) on Spartan Poker concluded with Aditya Agarwal nailing the coveted Main Event (ME) title, the crown and the hefty prize money of ₹57,73,214. Arsh Grover took second place in the ME. Four-time leaderboard champ Bhanu Prakash came third and might we say the top three spots were grabbed by one of the most popular pros in the country. Let’s take a look at what last night looked like on the virtual felts.

IOPC #134 (8 Lakh GTD) 

This IOPC event ended after Utkarsh Vaish and Biplob Rana struck a deal. The title winner added ₹1,50,540 to his bankroll and Rana took home ₹1,69,240 in prize money. The total entries were 479 while the final prize pool touched ₹9,58,000. The ₹2,200 event had paid the top 39 spots and min-cash was ₹6,610.

  • Total entries: 479
  • Prize pool: ₹9,58,000
  • Buy-in: ₹2,200
  • Places paid: 39
  • Min-cash: ₹6,610

IOPC #135 Monster Stack (₹8 Lakh GTD)  

This event with 1,045 entries did not disappoint when it came to bullfighting among the players for the top spot. The event title went to online reg Shagun Jain for ₹1,78,130. The min-cash in this tourney was 2,539 and 103 places were paid. The ₹990 buy-in event saw its final prize pool as ₹9,40,500.

  • Total entries: 1,045
  • Prize pool: ₹9,40,500
  • Buy-in: ₹990 
  • Places paid: 103
  • Min-cash: ₹2,539

IOPC #136 Sunday Prime (₹70 Lakh GTD)  

This feature tournament was nailed by Md Asraf Ali for a sum of ₹16,52,259. The 11K buy-in event paid the top 79 places and the min-cash stood at ₹29,274. The total entries in Sunday Prime stood at 861 while the final prize pool stood at ₹86,10,000. 

  • Total entries: 861
  • Prize pool: ₹86,10,000
  • Buy-in: ₹11,000
  • Places paid: 79
  • Min-cash: ₹29,274

IOPC #137 All Rounder SNG (₹6 Lakh GTD)  

This event paid only the top three spot and the buy-in was a qualifying ticket. The top spot was nailed by Vikas Yadav for ₹3,00,000. This tourney had a total of 11 players grinding and the min-cash was ₹1,20,000.

  • Total entries: 11
  • Buy-in: ₹50,000
  • Places paid: 3
  • Min-cash: ₹1,20,000

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IOPC #138 Sunday High (₹40 Lakh GTD)

This 44K buy-in tourney saw the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer take down the title for a prize money of ₹14,61,460. The initial guarantee was smashed and the final prize pool stood at ₹57,20,000. Top 15 places were paid and min-cash was ₹1,02,960. Total entries who battled it out were 143.

  • Total entries: 143
  • Prize pool: ₹57,20,000
  • Buy-in: ₹44,000
  • Places paid: 15
  • Min-cash: ₹1,02,960

IOPC #139 Value Millionaire (₹50 Lakh GTD) 

This ₹2,750 buy-in tourney had  a mystery player ‘Likita Nuther’ taking the top spot and a prize money of ₹8,71,484. The total entries stood at a massive 2,320 and the final prize pool was ₹58 Lakh. 239 places got paid and the min-cash was ₹6,438.

  • Total entries: 2,320
  • Prize pool: ₹58,00,000
  • Buy-in: ₹2,750
  • Places paid: 239
  • Min-cash: ₹6,438

IOPC #140 Value Mine (₹35 Lakh GTD)  

The Value Mine title went to a mystery player called ‘driller’ for ₹4,12,928. The event had 1,159 entries and the final prize pool surpassed the initial one and stood at ₹38,41,400. The top 665 places were paid and the min-cash was ₹1,344.

  • Total entries: 672
  • Prize pool: ₹38,42,400
  • Buy-in: ₹660
  • Places paid: 665
  • Min-cash: ₹1,344

IOPC #141 The Crown (Main Event) (₹5 Crore GTD)  

This coveted title was won by Aditya Agarwal who’s also considered as the God of poker in the country. He took a pay cheque of ₹57,73,214 for his impeccable play and following him was another heavy-duty name from the Indian poker circuit, Arsh Grover. He added ₹48,35,055 to his bankroll for his second place finish. The event had 1,177 entries battling it out for the top spot. ₹5.03 Crore was the final prize pool in this marquee event while 765 places got paid. The min-cash was ₹20,120. 

Talking about Agarwal, he’s known as the God of poker in the country. He has been grinding for a long time now with several heavy-duty titles to his credit across live and online poker. In IOPC Jan 2023, this pro shipped the Friday Prime (IOPC #69) for over ₹13 Lakh. In IOPC July 2021, Agarwal had a 10:1 chip lead against Vaibhav Temani in heads-up but couldn’t convert that into a title win and finished as runner-up. But this time around the pro who grinds on Spartan Poker as ‘Yennefer’ was in no mood to settle for a second position, he went for the ultimate online poker title in India and now has the diamond-studded gold crown to his name.

Coming to Agarwal’s live poker exploits, this player has made a mark there. Not just on the domestic felts but internationally too. Agarwal finished second in World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2021 in Event #76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em for $286,705 (approx. ₹2,36,84,470). In WSOP 2022, the newly crowned IOPC ME winner had a deep run in the Day 1C of Event #75 $777 Lucky 7’s. In the same edition, Agarwal was among the 39 survivors who made Day 4 of Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack and eventually finished in the 18th position for $38,231. 

Now coming to the runner-up Grover, he has 156 online poker titles to his name. He won the Final Table Series (FTS) Main Event in March 2022. He took home a pay cheque of ₹40,23,590. Grover has ₹13.82 Crore as his lifetime earnings from online poker as of February 2023. The online reg registered his largest cash by finishing second in IOPC Jan 2023. Grover is also an avid live poker player. He has regularly shared Instagram Stories from his grind in Las Vegas. Grover took down the $400 Monster Stack at Venetian in Aug 2022. In Sep 2022, Grover shipped the Stairway to Millions Event #3: $900 No-Limit Hold’em for a prize money worth $12,510. Coming to his live exploits in India, Grover was seen grinding at the IPC Megastacks May 2022. He finished second for ₹31 Lakh in the 100K High Roller event after striking a deal with the title winner Alok Birewar.

  • Total entries: 1,177
  • Prize pool: ₹5.03 Crore 
  • Buy-in: Ticket
  • Places paid: 765
  • Min-cash: ₹20,120

IOPC #142 (₹15 Lakh GTD)  

This IOPC title went to four-time IOPC leaderboard champion Bhanu Prakash for ₹302485. Prakash also came third in the IOPC Jan/Feb 2023 Main Event. This event saw 905 entries slogging hard for a prize pool worth ₹18.10 Lakh. The top 87 places were paid and the min-cash was ₹5,611.

  • Total entries: 905
  • Prize pool: ₹18,10,000
  • Buy-in: ₹2,200
  • Places paid: 87
  • Min-cash: ₹5,611

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