The Indian National Match Poker Team emerged victorious in the Nations Cup Qualifier which was hosted on Sunday, 13 June. This qualifier was mainly for teams from the Asian region and Team India became the first Asian country to qualify for the Nations Cup Finals. India played against Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia and Kazakhstan on Sunday.
Talking about the victory, Jagdeep Singh, captain, team India said, “Match Poker is an interesting concept. And it’s always challenging to find an optimal strategy for it. We wanted to use this event to try out a few different strategies and see how they work in different stages of the game.” Singh further added, ”We will now learn from this experience and fine tune our strategy for the Nations Cup Finals. It will be an exciting challenge and we are looking forward to it.”
The members of team India had players like Pratibha Arya, Amit Varma, Gaurav Kalra, Ishaan Punjani, Anujkumar Kodam, and Tanmay Bagga. Ishaan Punjani aka ‘IshaanP’ ranked fourth in the individual player leaderboard. Gaurav Kalra aka ‘GauravK’ was right behind Punjabi in the rankings in the fifth rank.
The ninth, tenth and eleventh spots were taken by Tanmay Bagga aka ‘TanmayB’, Amit Varma aka ‘AmitV’ and Jagdeep Singh aka ‘JagdeepS’ respectively. In the qualifiers, a total of 200 hands were played.
Team India had previously secured the fourth position in the 2020 Virtual Nations Cup and lifted the winner’s title in Taiwan at the 2019 Asian Nations Cup. The team is now ready to participate in the Nations Cup Finals scheduled to take place at the end of this year.
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