Even as India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) July 2021 entered its 18th day, the high-intensity action on the virtual flyers did not lose steam. The most surprising fact about yesterday’s tourneys was that many of them were clinched by relatively unknown players. This proves that with a little dedication and hard work, even the underdogs can beat the pros. Let’s take a look at the full action.
IOPC #107 got the ball rolling for the 18th day of IOPC July 2021 and saw 657 total entries participating in the event. The ₹660 buy-in event surpassed its initial guarantee, and the final prize pool stood at ₹3,94,200. The top 55 places were paid a min-cash of ₹1,931.
Ginish Vadera aka ‘ginishvadera1’ shipped the title for ₹76,474 while Archit Aggarwal aka ‘Arch129’ was the runner-up with ₹48,486 in his pockets. Vadera, who owns a YouTube channel titled ‘Vadera Poker,’ was estatic about the win and said, “I had been craving for an IOPC title for a long time now. I am super pumped up after shipping the title and know for a fact that this win will take my poker career to a different level. Keeping my fingers crossed for the dream of playing poker professionally and thank you Gutshot Magazine for giving me this opportunity to feel like one.”
The night was still young, when this tournament welcomed 343 players into its fold. Those who made it to the top 31 spots took home a min-cash of ₹4,169.
Online reg Vikram Mishra aka ‘MentalScience’ clinched the title spot and cashed ₹1,00,219. In second place was player Kritika Sharma aka ‘bobdebuilder’ who walked away with ₹67,476. Mishra entered level 47 with the a chip stack of 2,634,773 and was dealt hole cards J♣ A♦. Sharma with hole cards Q♥ K♦ went all-in pre-flop. The board opened with 4♣ 5♣ 5♥ A♣ 3♦ and Mishra won the event with a two pair (AA55).
The action further intensified with the Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) event where 622 total entries joined the field to compete. For those who got into the top 47 spots, a min-cash of ₹1,995 was awaiting them.
Player Rajesh Kumar Kushwaha aka ‘R.K.K’ and Sarthak Sharma aka ‘$enior@dvocate’ ended the tournament in a deal. Bothe took home ₹54,841 and ₹50,030, respectively.
This event was the biggest tournament of the night, which witnessed a sea of 938 total entries battling it out. After grinding hard, only the top 87 players made it in the money and were given a min-cash of ₹15,500.
The prime spot was taken by Vishal Tulsyan aka ‘Tokio999’ for an impressive ₹9,57,500. While the runner-up Pranay Chawla aka ‘CurbYour3bets’ got ₹5,96,000 for his efforts. With a chip stack of 11,051,736 Tulsyan was leading the heads up battle. In the final hand he had hole cards 9♦ A♦ while Chawla held K♣ 5♠ and went all-in pre-flop. When the board opened to 5♥ 7♠ 9♠ J♦ 4♥, both players had a pair but the winning pot went to Tulsyan who had a pair of nines.
Another crucial tournament of the night was the Wednesday Spotlight event which welcomed 815 total entries. The original guarantee was surpassed with ₹12,22,500 being the final prize pool. The top 71 places were paid a min-cash of ₹4,645.
It was Ujjwal Vishnani ‘Mr vishnani’ who nailed the top spot. He made a deal with Narendra Singh aka ‘khudde’ at the final table. Both the players added ₹1,68,651 and ₹1,63,711 respectively to their bankrolls.
Tying up the entire day in a neat bow was the All Rounder PKO event. A total of 502 entries were grinding away and the advertised guarantee was surpassed. The final prize pool was ₹10,04,000. The top 39 spots made it in the money and each of them were paid a min-cash of ₹6,234. The winner was ‘calyx420’ who took home a pay cheque of ₹1,81,171. Runner up Dhaval Doshi aka ‘Ace of hearts’ walked away with ₹1,20,449 in prize money.
Donna Amo is 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.
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