After a grueling four hours of gameplay, the Adda52 Champions Leaderboard (ACL) title was shipped by Arun Sriram. In a spectacular final table which was live-streamed, Sriram beat top pros like Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Manish Lakhotia, three-time leaderboard winner Bhanu Prakash, and five others to emerge victorious. He took home the coveted ACL Player of the Year title, an impressive ₹20 Lakh in prize money along with the Adda52 Pro contract!
The ACL live event was held in the opulent Deltin Royale Casino in Goa and was hosted by Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni. This epic ACL race ran throughout 2021 and had nine of Adda52’s most consistent players to battle it out in the highly-anticipated ACL finale. Making it to the final table were players Manish Lakhotia, Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Devrat Singh, Gagandeep Malik, Deepak Singh, Arun Sriram, Bhanu Prakash, Aditya NG, and Sandeep Dagar.
Deepak Singh was the first to bust. He went all-in preflop with pocket jacks while his opponent Devrat Singh called with ace-king. Devrat Singh scored a higher two pair (AA,88) and knocked Deepak Singh out in ninth position.
Next to go was Gagandeep Malik in the eight position after he called Chadha’s preflop all-in with pocket queens. The board opened 224K3 to give Chadha (ace-king) his win with a higher two pair (KK,22) as opposed to Malik’s QQ,22.
After a few rounds, Devrat Singh was the third player to be eliminated from the finale. Singh went all-in preflop with ace-ten which was soon called by Sriram who had a suited ace-queen. The board opened to 4K98Q giving the win to Sriram who’s pair of queens knocked out Singh’s high card. Singh finished in the seventh position.
Three-time IOPC leaderboard winner Bhanu Prakash locked horns with online reg Manish Lakhotia. Prakash shoved preflop with K9 which was soon called by Lakhotia with cards A9. With 76610J running out on the board, the hand was won by Lakhotia with a six pair and an ace for kicker. Prakash exited the table in the sixth position.
The game did not last long for Lakhotia who soon followed Prakash after his king-queen did not hold against Chadha’s ace-king. Lakhotia had gone all-in pre flop which was called by Chadha. As the board opened 93533, both players scored trips but Chadha’s ace-king triumphed over Lakhotia’s king-queen. Lakhotia finished in fifth place. Aditya NG, the youngest player on the FT soon busted in fourth position.
Now down to three, Dagar was the next to exit the final table after being knocked out by Chadha. The two had gone pre flop all-in while holding cards KJ and AT, respectively. The board ran out to 3AQA5 and Chadha’s trips (AAA) defeated Dagar’s pair of aces. Dagar finished in third place.
Chadha entered the final table heads up match against Sriram with the biggest chip stack. However, he soon lost that lead after Sriram chipped up. In the end, Chadha was left with 3.5K chips and went all-in pre-flop with pocket sixes. Sriram called with king-nine and the board opened to A25K5. With this, Sriram won the heads up, and Chadha finished in the runner-up position.
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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