Spartan Poker’s Thursday feature tournament, Flash is usually an INR 12 Lakhs GTD tournament but since it was a part of the much bigger Spartan Super Series (SSS) umbrella, its guarantee received a major boost.
Yesterday’s SSS #9 – The Flash INR 15 Lakhs GTD attracted a total playing field of 343 entries (including 51 re-entries and 139 re-buys). The tournament started at 7.30 pm in the evening and ended at 1.40 am today morning. It paid top 27 places for a min-cash of INR 17,150.
Outlasting the tough field was regular circuit player Amit Ajwani aka ‘kasuf’ beating ‘EasyMoneySniper77’ (SSS #4 Destiny runner-up) in the heads-up skirmish. Ajwani earned a wholesome amount of INR 3,79,872 as the first place cash prize after showcasing some good poker action.
The final hand of the tournament saw Ajwani with 7c Ah and his opponent with 2d Ad who decided to shove his remaining stack of a little over 956k pre-flop. Ajwani had decent enough cards and decided to make the call. The board of 9d 5h 6h 7d 9s returned two pairs Nines and Sevens for Ajwani, beating his opponent’s Nines only. The runner-up settled for INR 2,56,392 as the second place cash prize.
Ajwani is an acclaimed player and has respectable wins in the past. He has even won the prestigious Millionaire title on Spartan back in January 2018. (We did a comprehensive article on the evolution of The Millionaire which you can read here). Ajwani also likes to play live and has also made a few international trips to indulge in his love, poker.
We spoke to the champion after his victory and he said, “I’m very happy to close this one finally since I was tired of coming 3rd and 4th place. It was a fun tournament to win. It had a great structure at the later stage of the tournament and had a lot of play in it. The Spartan Team has done a great job!”
Ajwani is an MBA grad with a marketing background and has been dedicated to the game for over 9 years. Just recently, he made a title win in last month’s IOPC on Spartan too. This win will surely add a good chunk to his bankroll and enable him to add a few more stars to his already star-studded career.
Some knowns to rank in the money include MadOverPoker Pro and SSS #1 winner Zarvan Tumboli (6th – INR 88,151), SSS #3 winner Rajesh Shukla (10th – INR 32,585), Rubin Labroo (12th – INR 28,297), Anurag Srivastava (15th – INR 25,725), SSS #11 winner Pranjal Gandhi (17th – INR 23,152), Gaurav Sood (18th – INR 20,580), 2019 APT Kickoff Vietnam ME winner Abhinav Iyer (19th – INR 20,580), Goonjan Mall (22nd – INR 18,865) and Utsav Taneja (25th – INR 17,150).
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