This Friday, online poker platforms were bustling with energy as players flooded the virtual felts to participate in marquee tournaments. The poker action on the virtual felts also resulted in most of the tournaments crushing their advertised guarantees. With online regs like Tanmay Benara, Anuj Yadav, Vinayak Bajaj, Anant Purohit claiming top spots, Friday night came to a thrilling end. Here’s a full recap of the events.
Spartan Poker’s The Elite tournament is a Friday night favourite among players for its high guarantee. With a total 330 entries and buy-in of ₹11,000 the tournament also managed to crush its advertised guarantee. The final prize pool generated was ₹33 Lakh. Players who found themselves in the top 31 places made the money. The min-cash of the event was ₹29,040. The tournament ended in a deal. Poker pro Tanmay Benara aka ‘PlusEv’ grabbed the top spot for ₹5,01,913. The runner-up was Ujjwal Narwal aka ‘Lord Hendrix’ who walked away with ₹4,99,679 in prize money.
PokerStars hosted its Super Highroller tournament with a buy-in of ₹12,500. The event witnessed top pros battling it out for the title. There were a total of 108 entries and the original guarantee was crushed. The final prize pool was recorded as ₹12,27,312. Amid stiff tough competition the players who grabbed the top 13 spots, finished in the money.
India Online Poker Championship July 2021’s leaderboard topper Anuj Yadav aka ‘brockLesnar95’ won the title and pocketed ₹2,82,815 in prize money. Ritwik Khanna aka ‘Fisherman1997’ was the runner-up for ₹2,17,209.
Among the 13 players who made the money were Neel Joshi (3rd, ₹1,66,822), Bharat Vasan (4th, ₹1,28,123), Ashish Ahuja (5th, ₹98,402), IOPC January 2021 Main Event winner Laksh Pal Singh (6th, ₹75,575), Anmol Mehta (7th, ₹58,043), Rajat Sharma (8th, ₹44,579), Sahil Mahboobani (9th, ₹34,237), Sanat Mehrotra (11th, ₹30,375), and Gokul Raj (13th, ₹30,375).
The Ballers on Adda52 drew in a total of 369 entries and many were excited to play this ₹7,500 buy-in event. The tournament was a massive success and crushed its initial guarantee of ₹20 Lakh. The final prize pool generated was ₹25,27,655. Players who finished in the top 38 places were paid. The min-cash stood at ₹15,166. Shipping the tourney was online reg Anant Purohit aka ‘Pro_baba’ who had a payday of ₹6,31,913. The runner-up was poker pro and Gutshot Magazine’s January 2021 cover boy Gaurav Sood aka ‘gauravrod’ who took home ₹3,82,939 in winnings.
Other players who finished in the money were FTS 3.0 Friday Special winner Haider Madraswala (3rd, ₹2,78,042), Vaibhav Sharma (4th, ₹2,02,212), Mithun Mahesh (8th, ₹63,191), Annanya Agarwal (9th, ₹50,553), Vishal Bajaj (11th, ₹37,915), Sanish Chhabra (13th, ₹27,804), Raghav Bansal (14th, ₹27, 804), Vinayak Bajaj (20th, ₹20,221), Sreekanth Narayan (23rd, ₹20,221), IOPC January 2020 Millionaire winner Anurag Srivastava (25th, ₹17,694), IOPC Millionaire Legends and IOPC Mastermind winner Aniket Waghmare (30th, ₹17,694), Kanchan Sharma (31st, ₹15,166), poker coach Abhishek Goindi (32nd, ₹15,166), PokerStars’ Super Highroller winner Anuj Yadav (33rd, ₹15,166), and Karan Radia (37th, ₹15,166).
The online felts of PokerBaazi were buzzing with high-octave action with PokerBaazi Classics running currently. This Friday it was the Weekly Highroller with a ₹30 Lakh guarantee that grabbed a lot of attention. The tournament had a ₹11,000 buy-in and also crushed its original guarantee. The final prize pool stood at a whopping ₹41.4 Lakh. The top 54 places were paid and the min-cash was ₹19,040.
Taking home the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool was Vinayak Bajaj aka ‘salmanbhai’ who walked away with ₹6.28 Lakh. Bajaj also clinched the Godfather title on Adda52 for ₹5.88 Lakh. In the runner-up position was Arun Poply aka ‘Yoda’ who had a payday of ₹6.01 Lakh.
Other players who made it in the money were Spartan Poker’s The Elite runner-up Ujjwal Narwal (4th, ₹2,77,000), Sandy Lamba (8th, ₹1,11,000), WSOP bracelet winner, Kartik Ved (9th, ₹83,210), Ritwik Khanna (12th, ₹60,860), Shardul Parthasarathi (16th, ₹42,640), Vaibhav Saigal (17th, ₹42,640), Anurag Srivastava (18th, ₹42,640), IOPC Blaze of Glory winner Harshad Barve (19th, ₹37,260), Ankit Modi (20th, ₹37,260), Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni (25th, ₹29, 390), Sanket Arora (33rd, ₹25,670), Ghanshyam Tripathi (34th, ₹25,670), and Gaurav Sood (39th, ₹22,360).
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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