Crushing the online poker felts like a true pro, Pulkit Goyal is a player who has been making headlines in the Indian circuit lately. In December last year, his winning bout at the World Series of Poker Online Circuit (WSOPC) brought his name to the forefront. Striving to constantly improve his game, he once again made a mark when he won the Final Table Series 2.0 (FTS) tournament called Head Hunter.
The 28-year-old hails from Bathinda, Punjab and is a successful businessman aside from his poker adventures. He was introduced to the game by his brother, Tarun Goyal, who is a well-known player and an Adda52 Pro. When asked what part of poker drew him in, Goyal replied, “Poker has a lot of elements that I enjoy especially the pleasure in the late stages of tournaments along with the adrenaline rush that one gets when winning big tournaments.”
Like we mentioned before, Pulkit Goyal shipped the FTS 2.0 Head Hunter tournament and walked away with INR 5,65,000 and his bounties. He also received a gold medallion and a game face mask for his win. “It was a good experience; everyone was playing pretty good. I’m thankful for India Poker Championship and Spartan Poker for organizing and live streaming such series.” Goyal commented.
But the wins didn’t stop there, as he also clinched the top spot in the FTS 2.0 leaderboard. A feat that is proof of his dedication to the game. Talking about his strategies and how he managed to score such a win Goyal replied, “The strategy was pretty simple – that I would play my best in whichever tournament I entered.”
Shipping a FTS 2.0 Head Hunter tournament and the leaderboard, were surely among the highlights of his journey. But when quizzed about what he enjoyed most about FTS 2.0, he surprisingly answered, “Series such as these bring a wide variety of players in the playing field. Building up different strategies for different kinds of players was in itself a big mental challenge which I thoroughly enjoyed.”
Just months earlier, Goyal made international news when he clinched the WSOPC 2020 Pot-Limit Omaha title back in December 2020. The tournament was hosted on GGPoker and aside from the INR 60 Lakh in prize money, it also fetched him the prestigious WSOP Winter Circuit Ring. This brings Goyal one step closer to the likes of WSOP bracelets winners like Aditya Sushant, Nikita Luther, Abhinav Iyer, and Kartik Ved. We asked him to talk a bit about this win, “It was my first big international win, so I was pretty happy with my efforts and look forward to playing more such events as well.”
Winning a WSOP Circuit Ring is not an easy feat, so we asked Goyal how he prepared for this event and whether he had any mentor for this tournament. “There were no such preparations but following good eating and sleeping habits helped a lot in getting good mental clarity and enthusiasm,” he told us. With so many successful runs, we also asked him what his upcoming poker plans look like, to which he replied, “I mostly enjoy playing international live tournaments so hopefully the lockdown busts soon so that I can play my dream tournaments.”
Finally, we asked him to share one word of advice to the young poker players that are just starting out. “Just follow a good personal and professional life balance. Put in enough hours of study and a consistent volume and you are good to go,” he answered.
With live events just opening up and more online tournaments on the way, the poker field is ready for anyone who is ready to take their skills to the next level. In this atmosphere of opportunity and excitement, we’re ready for Pulkit Goyal to clinch more mega titles in the Indian poker scene.
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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