When the world was still reeling from the effects of COVID-19, APT decided to brighten the mood and hosted the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Online Series India 2021 in association with PokerBaazi. The entire series had a whopping ₹8.07 Crore guarantee and hosted 44 events. Today we are going back in time and looking at this series and the incredible feat Vinay Rajpal achieved in this series.
From 1st to 8th August, players on PokerBaazi were treated to a spectacular series. In the end, nine players took home APT event trophies while two walked away with APT event rings. It was in this series that Vinay Rajpal took home the APT Player of the Series award. This was a monumental feat achieved by the online reg who has a long list of online titles under his belt.
The APT Player of the Series is an award that is given to the top performing player of the series. Throughout the event, players who consistently performed well, like finishing in the money (ITM) or shipping the tournament are awarded leaderboard points. The more points you earn the higher you can climb on the leaderboard. Last year, after eight days and 44 tournaments later, it was poker pro Vinay Rajpal who received this prestigious award.
Rajpal achieved this awesome feat after he ended up making 27 ITM cashes out of the 40 games that he played! Playing under the moniker ‘vinay09’ on PokerBaazi, Rajpal shipped not one tournament but three of the 44 events in the series. He first shipped the APT #12 Pot Limit Omaha for ₹1.9 Lakh, the APT #28 Megastack for ₹98.11 Lakh, and finally the APT #34 Knockout for ₹1.05 Lakh. Wow! In total he scored 8,904 leaderboard points and was ultimately awarded the APT Player of the Series.
When he was declared the leaderboard topper, Rajpal took home an APT Play of the Series Trophy, Player of the Series Ring, a luxury watch, and ₹6 Lakh in cash reward for his amazing performance.
Rajpal is no stranger to the online poker scene as he has around 275 titles under his belt, according to PokerGuru. He has accumulated over ₹4.31 Crore in online earnings and his largest online cash was ₹12,49,500 which he won when he finished in the runner-up spot in Adda52’s Full House Finale. He also shipped Spartan Poker’s Destiny in April 2022 for ₹3,47,098. He also topped the Final Table Series (FTS) 3.0 Leaderboard in September of 2021 for ₹10 Lakh.
While he’s more of an online player, Rajpal also made a few splashes on the live felts. According to Hendon Mob, he has total live earnings worth $13,181 and came third in WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS) India in November 2018 for $10,131. Talking about the latest edition of APT Online Series India 2022, the series kick-started today and will run till 10th July 2022. To know more about the current edition of the series click here.
Donna Amo was 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.