Are you excited for the forthcoming India Poker Championship (IPC) Megastacks May 2022 to arrive? If yes, well, we’re in the same boat as you. We cannot wait for all the action to unfold where top pros battle it out for the crowning glory. Its return after two long years following a global pandemic makes it more special, isn’t it? The IPC Megastacks May 2022 edition commences on 17th May, 2022 at Casino Vegas in Nepal.
We surely cannot contain our excitement, but then we remind ourselves that the fruits of patience are sweet. As we await the goodness of our patience, sweet fruits, let’s have a look at the past winners of the previous IPC editions. In this article, we will look at the current reigning India Poker Champion, Rubin Labroo, who won the 50k Main Event of the last live IPC in January 2020.
Labroo successfully surpassed 693 entries across two starting flights to enter the final table with the largest stack. Others on the final table included Jagdeep Singh, Pradeep Sharma, Siddharth Mundada, Alexander Moiseev, Alok Birewar, Manish Gandhi, Abhishek Katiyar and Mubeen Saudagar.
Finally, the anticipated Main Event ended with a four-way deal between Labroo, Mundada, Birewar and Sharma. After Birewar and Sharma busted at the third and fourth spot respectively, the heads-up between Labroo and Mundada was set with a 4:1 chip lead. Labroo took home a ₹20 Lakh Spartan Poker sponsorship package and a Panerai MS Dhoni limited edition watch and the IPC trophy, along with ₹45,34,922 as the top prize.
“It’s amazing! I’ve been trophy-hunting for a while now. My last trophy was in April 2017, in the DPT. So, it was a long back. And I came second in the WPT Vietnam Kick-Off. I’ve final tabled here and there, but nothing converted,” were his words after nailing the title.
The computer engineer-turned-professional poker player has been crushing for about 13-14 years now and is a well-known name among the Indian poker contingent. When live poker came to a halt during the pandemic, Labroo was seen grinding on the virtual poker felts regularly.
Apart from the IPC, he also has some notable international poker cashes to his credit. These include his runner-up finish at the No-Limit Hold’em – WPT Vietnam Kickoff (Event #1) in 2019, and a third-place finish at APT Vietnam No-Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack (Event #1) in the same year among several others.
With the IPC back in its live format, will this reigning India Poker Champion be able to retain his title or is he up to meet a new contender? Well, only time will tell. Let’s wait and watch what this spectacular edition has in store for poker enthusiasts, across the country.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by manifesting herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in drawing and DIY crafts.
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