Last night was a big one for poker lovers across the country as The Spartan Poker hosted some of most high value tournaments on its platform. Be it the INR 1 crore GTD Millionaire and the 5L GTD Big Daddy tournament (where players get to win a free travel package to Goa) to the always action-packed Sunday SuperStack tournament, it was a great day to grind online. The SuperStack which guarantees INR 20 Lakhs on a buy-in for INR 5,500 also guarantees INR 5 Lakhs to the first place finisher. The tournament which is part of the Hot Leaderboard Challenge at Spartan started at 7:30 on Spartan saw 481 participants come together to make a juicy prizepool of INR 24.05 Lakhs. This amount easily crossed its original guarantee and the monies were distributed to the top 50 places with a min-cash of INR 12,025.
It was Avadh ‘Joka240’ Shah who claimed the title for the second time in a row for INR 6,25,300. Yes, you read that right! Last week Shah won this SuperStack for INR 5,86,975 outlasting 443 entries as well as his headsup opponent ‘sparpoker’ to lay claim to the title. The following weekend he came on top outlasting 481 entries and ‘bajiraoKK’ in the headsup battle. bajiraoKK took the second place prize of INR 3,84,800.
Coming back to the champion, Shah started playing poker in his college days when he was doing his MBA at IIM Calcutta in 2011. Then he started playing poker for real money by watching his seniors play. Speaking to Gutshot he said, “Sunday SuperStack is my favourite tournament! I love the semi-fast structure and I have shipped it 4 times now including the last two which were back to back.”
Shah was getting good cards and more importantly, his reads were going well at the same time, “I was running good where I was dealt Aces and Kings a lot and managed to get full value (laughs). One hand on the FT was where I was trying to bluff my 6x 8x against the opponent. I called a huge bet on the river but surprisingly; I was good! Well, that was a weird hand. Apart from that it was standard play right on through. I am not looking to be a full time in poker. I am just happy to play poker as a hobby but to be clear it’s a serious hobby and I love the game. It’s my regular priority and I am really lucky as a semi-pro, recreational player to be a part of both Poker Sports League (PSL) and the Match Indian Poker League (MatchIPL) because I get to learn from the best minds out there!”
Congratulations to Shah and the other winners on their achievement and you can stay tuned to GutshotMagazine.com for more such news and info from the world of poker.