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Mrinal Gujare
Posted on 20 Jan, 2023
By Mrinal Gujare
On 20 Jan, 2023
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By Mrinal Gujare
On 20 Jan, 2023
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IOPC Day 1: Dhruvin Kothari Grabs The Biggest Pay Cheque


Day 1 of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) Jan/Feb 2023 on Spartan Poker kick-started with a bang. And the 14th edition of the massively popular series turned out to be the most profitable on Day 1 for Dhruvin Kothari. This player shipped the biggest tournament of night—Thursday Night ₹45 Lakh GTD for a hefty payday. Other winners of Day 1 include regs like Anuj Yadav, Gopal Bajaj, Ujjwal Narwal, Abhishek Sonu and Kiran Ainala. Let’s take a look at how the exciting night unfolded on the virtual felts.

IOPC #1 – Launch Party – ₹20 Lakh GTD

Mystery players ‘Haywire910’ and  ‘jaybholay’ ended the tournament in a deal. The title winner took home ₹2,73,382 and ‘jaybholay’ had a payday of ₹2,68,821.

  • Total entries: 4,352 (2,278 entries, 941 re-entries and 1,135 rebuys)
  • Prize pool: ₹21,77,000
  • Buy-in: ₹550
  • Places paid: 415
  • Min-cash: ₹1,502

IOPC #2 – ₹11 Lakh GTD

A well-known name from the online poker circuit, Snehil Agarwal took down the top title after striking a deal with Michael Keishing. Agarwal’s prize money stood at ₹2,08,503 while Keishing added ₹1,94,831 to his bankroll.

  • Total entries: 861 (424 entries, 118 re-entries and 319 rebuys)
  • Prize pool: ₹12,91,500
  • Buy-in: ₹1,650
  • Places paid: 79
  • Min-cash: ₹4,391

IOPC #3 – ₹6 Lakh GTD

This event also ended in a deal between Abhishek Sonu (₹1,06,307) and a mystery player called ‘harryputtar24’ (₹1,00,865).

  • Total entries: 923 (438 entries, 106 re-entries and 389 rebuys)
  • Prize pool: ₹7,46,400
  • Buy-in: ₹880
  • Places paid: 79
  • Min-cash: ₹2,537

IOPC #4 – Monster Stack – ₹8 Lakh GTD

Online reg Ujjwal Narwal shipped the Monster Stack event for a payday of ₹2,15,341. The second place finisher was IOPC July 2021 leaderboard champ Anuj Yadav. He added ₹1,30,987 to his bankroll. Online reg Tarush Gupta finished 10th for ₹13,201 while Thursday Prime’s second place holder Parag Shah finished 12th for ₹11,807.

  • Total entries: 1,270 (643 entries, 173 re-entries and 454 rebuys)
  • Prize pool: ₹11,43,000
  • Buy-in: ₹990
  • Places paid: 119
  • Min-cash: ₹2,571

ALSO READ: What’s Unique About Spartan Poker’s IOPC Jan/Feb 2023?


IOPC #5 – Thursday Prime – ₹45 Lakh GTD

A not so popular player from the circuit, Kiran Ainala struck a deal with online reg Parag Shah to end this tourney. Ainala laughed his way to the bank with ₹7,61,607. Shah bumped up his bank account by ₹6,48,427. FTS Main Event champion Arsh Grover took the fourth spot for ₹3,03,408. Harshad Barve finished seventh for ₹1,39,513 while FTS 3.0 winner Ankit Wadhwan ended in the 10th spot for ₹62,758.

  • Total entries: 903 (424 entries,155 re-entries and 324 rebuys)
  • Prize pool: ₹45,15,000
  • Buy-in: ₹5,500
  • Places paid: 79
  • Min-cash: ₹15,351

IOPC #6 – Thursday High – ₹35 Lakh GTD

The winner of this tournament became the biggest winner of the night. And that title clincher is Dhruvin Kothari for ₹8,75,215. This marquee tournament ended in a deal wherein a mystery player called ‘KAKAROT98$’ took an impressive pay cheque of ₹7,12,824. Fifth spot was taken by Neel Joshi for payday of ₹2,95,200. Kanchan Sharma took the seventh spot for ₹1,78,000.

IPC Megastacks May 2022 Mystery Bounty winner Vivek Singh finished sixth for ₹2,32,800.

  • Total entries: 200 (105 entries, 27 re-entries and 68 rebuys)
  • Prize pool: ₹40,00,000
  • Buy-in: ₹22,000
  • Places paid: 17
  • Min-cash: ₹62,800

IOPC #7 – Thursday Spotlight – ₹20 Lakh GTD

Gopal Bajaj and Kovid Saraswat struck a deal to end the Thursday Spotlight event. Bajaj, who’s an online reg won ₹3,66,725 in prize money while Saraswat added ₹3,43,012 to his bankroll. Gutshot’s Jan 2021 cover star Gaurav Sood came fourth for ₹1,54,761.

  • Total entries: 752  (381 entries, 105 re-entries and 266 rebuys)
  • Prize pool: ₹22,56,000
  • Buy-in: ₹3,300
  • Places paid: 71
  • Min-cash: ₹8,572

IOPC #8 – All Rounder Deepstack – ₹11 Lakh GTD

Vikas Yadav ended the last event of the night in a deal with a mystery player called ‘JIMMY BOY.’ Yadav had a payday of ₹2,04,206 while the anonymous player added ₹1,93,333 to his poker winnings. 

  • Total entries: 853 (486 entries, 110 re-entries and 257 rebuys)
  • Prize pool: ₹12,79,500
  • Buy-in: ₹1,650
  • Places paid: 87
  • Min-cash: ₹3,966

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