Friday night on the poker felts was nothing less than a war, as poker pros fought hard to clinch top spots. The players welcomed the weekend with a night full of big tourneys, massive prize pools and some enthralling poker games of course. Here’s what the night looked like.
PokerBaazi’s NPS #79 Friday Force kick-started with full force, as top players battled it out vigorously. The tourney attracted 782 entries and paid the top 90 places. The initial guarantee of ₹30 Lakh was crushed and the final prize pool stood at ₹39.10 Lakh, while the min-cash stood at ₹8,602.
Mohammad Azhar aka ‘chandlerbing’ topped the table with 13 re-entries. Azhar took home ₹7.08 Lakh in prize money. Vinayak Bajaj aka ‘salmanbhai’ finished second and had a payday of ₹4.96 Lakh. The third spot was claimed by Gokul Raj aka ‘Nygma’ for ₹3.2 Lakh.
Sanat Mehrotra (10th, ₹52,390), Vinay Rajpal (15th, ₹41,840), Vikranth Varma (18th, ₹36,360), Chirag Sodha (24th, ₹28,540), Mohit Mehta (27th, ₹25,020), IOPC January 2021 leaderboard winner, Bhanu Prakash (28th, ₹21,900), IOPC Jan 2021 Main Event winner, Laksh Pal Singh (34th, ₹21,900), Surbhit Grover (41st, ₹18,770), Ritwik Khanna (42nd, ₹18,770), WSOP bracelet winner, Kartik Ved (46th, ₹16,030), Ram Kakkar (52nd, ₹16,030), Myron Pereira (59th, ₹13,290), Kritagya Sharma (62nd, ₹13,290), Ankit Wadhawan (64th, ₹11,340), The Summit winner, Kunal Patni (81st, ₹9,775) made it in the money.
Shashank Jain (93rd), IOPC reg Arjanveer Singh Chadha (96th), Shagun Jain (105th), Aman Parakh (107th), Shashank Desai (124th), Goonjan Mall (132nd), DOPT JAQK winner, Abhimanyu Mittal (137th) and Nitin Arora were among the ones who left the table empty handed.
NPS #81 Sprint on PokerBaazi was nothing less than a real sprint. Players put their best foot forward and crushed the initial guarantee of ₹10 Lakh. The 911 entries generated a final prize pool of ₹18.22 Lakh. The top 108 places were paid a min-cash of ₹3,097.
The tournament title was claimed by Harrish Chaudary aka ‘Realfc,’ who grabbed an impressive sum of ₹3.19 Lakh with six re-entries. Vivekk Dube aka ‘Vivek25’ grabbed the runner-up spot and took a pay cheque of ₹2.23 Lakh. Third spot was clinched by ‘bababones’ who cashed ₹1.44 Lakh.
Ankit Wadhawan (10th, ₹23,690), Mithun Mahesh (12th, ₹23,690), Arjanveer Singh Chadha (24th, ₹12,940), Godfather 6.0 winner, Sahil Mahboobani (27th, ₹11,300), Ritwik Khanna (45th, ₹8,381), Aman Parak (52nd, ₹7,105), Running Hot winner, Abhimanyu Mittal (65th, ₹5,101) and Myron Pereira (107th, ₹3,097) made it to the top 108 places paid.
Those who could not make it in the money included Vinayak Bajaj (124th), WSOP bracelet winner, Aditya Sushant (135th), Sameer Tavanandi (154th), Mohammad Azhar (160th), Manish Lakhotia (162nd), Sanat Mehrotra (182nd) and Kartik Ved (185th).
PokerBaazi’s NPS #78 Megastack successfully managed to accumulate a mega prize pool (more than double) of ₹10.16 Lakh which crushed the initial guarantee of ₹4 Lakh. PokerBaazi’s virtual felts attracted 1,016 entries. The top 126 places were paid a min-cash of ₹1,524.
Prince Singh aka ‘NaNki’ ret-entered five times and ended up winning the tourney for ₹1.73 Lakh. Prakash Gupta aka ‘pinnug’ claimed the runner-up spot and added ₹1.21 Lakh to his bankroll. Anonymous player ‘ginishvadera’ grabbed the highest five-figure prize money of ₹78,540 at the third spot.
Online regs like Kunal Patni (20th, ₹8,026), Mithun Mahesh (27th, ₹6,197), Sanat Mehrotra (36th, ₹5,283), Aman Parakh (40th, ₹4,572), Tanmay Benara (41st, ₹4,572), Myron Pereira (112nd, ₹1,524), Ankit Wadhawan (120th, ₹1,524) and Bhanu Prakash (122nd, ₹1,524) made some cash.
On the other hand, Advait Rajguru (134th), Mohammad Azhar (158th), Ram Kakkar (159th), Ritwik Khanna (160th), Laksh Pal Singh (167th), Chirag Sodha (205th) and Aditya Sushant (235th) could not add any money to their bankrolls.
Spartan Poker’s Futuristic tournament witnessed an exceptional game of poker being played on its virtual felts. The tournament attracted 1,205 entries to generate a final prize pool of ₹9.64 Lakh. Min-cash of ₹2,602 was paid to the top 103 places.
After more than nine long hours of gameplay, mystery player ‘acesnkings12’ topped the table and added ₹1,40,120 to his bankroll. Abhimanyu Mittal aka ‘IshqBector’ finished as the runner-up and took a pay cheque of ₹1,21,020. Another anonymous player ‘hariya1058’ cashed ₹1,12,987 at the third spot.
IOPC reg Guruprasad Gupta (13th, ₹10,122), Megastack winner, Manish Lakhotia (58th, ₹3,084), Anirban Das (69th, ₹3,084), Vinayak Bajaj (70th, ₹3,084) and Abhimanyu Mittal (88th, ₹2,795) grabbed some cash.
Players like Ankit Wadhawan (127th), Siddharth Gangwar (134th), Arjanveer Singh Chadha (142nd), 2018 WPT Main Event Vietnam winner, Dhaval Mudgal (144th), Anish Arora (170th), Mohit Mehta (182nd), Gaurav Sood (185th) and Muskan Sethi (192nd) could not get any return for their investments.
Spartan Poker’s much-loved tournament—The Elite definitely set the Friday night on fire. This tourney which featured a ₹11,000 buy-in and attracted 352 entries, was one of the biggest tourney’s of the night. The advertised guarantee of ₹33 Lakh was crushed as the final prize pool stood at ₹35.20 Lakh. The top 27 were paid a min-cash of 35,200.
Saurabh Rohila aka ‘darksider’ clinched the winner’s title and laughed his way to the bank with ₹7,79,680. Anonymous player ‘denoi’ managed to finish at the runner-up spot and cashed 5,26,240. The third spot was claimed by mystery player ‘Shikhahaha’ for ₹3,62,208.
Goonjan Mall (5th, ₹7,79,680), Arjanveer Singh (13th, ₹58,080), Shardul Parthasarathi (15th, ₹52,800), WSOP bracelet winner, Abhinav Iyer (24th, ₹35,200) and Gaurav Sood (27th, ₹35,200) were among the few who managed to make some money.
Heavy weight players like Ankit Wadhawan (32nd), Vivek Singh (34th), Anirban Das (49th), Kunal Patni (51st), Abhishek Goindi (52nd) and Vinayak Bajaj (62nd) were left empty handed.
Adda52’s staple tournament The Ballers was another exciting tourney of the night. The virtual felts pulled in 338 entries into its fold to generate a final prize pool of ₹23,15,297. The top 34 places were paid a min-cash of ₹16,207.
Ujjwal Narwal aka ‘fourteenk’ managed to top the table and cashed ₹5,78,825. The runner-up spot was claimed by Abhishek Garg aka ‘thegrinder’ for ₹3,50,768. Kaushik Tibrewal aka ‘cosh’ finished third and added ₹2,54,683 to his bankroll.
Vikranth Varma (5th, ₹1,33,130), Adda52 Godfather winner, Sahil Mahboobani (14th, ₹25,468), Gaurav Sood (18th, ₹21,995), Vaibhav Roy (25th, ₹18,522), Kunal Patni (29th, ₹16,207) and Ritwik Khanna (31st, ₹16,207) were some notable players who grabbed a share from the final prize pool.
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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