The Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) by Adda52 in association with one of India’s premium casino brands Deltin Royale, is undoubtedly a poker event that Indian poker players look forward to. Ever since its inaugural season in January 2016, DPT has never looked back (the COVID-19 pandemic played a spoilsport!), thanks to its ever increasing popularity and a massive turnaround of players.
While the usually 3 – 4 days long event features a handful of tournaments, the most sought-after tournament after the Main Event is the High Roller. Although it was only in the second season that this tournament was introduced, it continues to be one of the favourites among the players. What started off as a ₹60K buy-in event, now has a buy-in of a whopping 110K. It goes without saying that the High Roller offers a bomb amount in reward to the player who clinches the title.
So why not have a look at the winners and how much they cashed by shipping the DPT High Roller over the years.
The first-ever High Roller at the DPT was shipped by Rohit Tiwari. With a buy-in of ₹60,000, the event promised a guarantee of ₹40 Lakh, however, the entry field of 171 players ended up doubling up the prize pool to record a massive ₹1.02 Crore. The top 18 finishers got a taste of the prize pool and the min-cash stood at ₹1,03,000. Tiwari clinched the title and walked away with ₹27,70,000, the heftiest paycheque of the edition. On the final table he beat, DPT champions Y J Kim (2nd, ₹17,45,000) and Raghav Bansal (5th, ₹6,65,000), along with Keshav Chadha (3rd, ₹12,31,000), Manpreet Chadha (4th, ₹9,25,000), and Lawrence Melvin (6th, ₹5,15,000).
The High Roller event in this edition saw 92 entries battling it out for the ₹55,20,000 prize pool. Finally it was Gagandeep Malik who emerged at the top and pocketed ₹17,66,000 in prize money. Finishing as the runner-up was Vivek Rughani, who cashed ₹10,76,000. The top nine finishers were Ronak Gidwani (3rd, ₹7,73,000), Aditya Sushant (4th, ₹6,07,000), Danish Shaikh (5th, ₹4,42,000), Praveen Dwarkanath (6th, ₹3,31,000), Vaibhav Sharma (7th, ₹221,000), Sahil Agarwal (8th, ₹1,66,000), and Vikas Singh (9th, ₹1,38,000).
This event, which had a guarantee of ₹50 Lakh GTD, welcomed 202 entries which generated a final prize pool worth ₹1.21 Crore. It was eventually distributed among the 20 players. Visakhapatnam-based Manoj Pentakota took down the title ₹33 Lakh as the top prize. Manish Jain finished second for ₹21 Lakh. Others like Lakshamanan S (3rd, ₹13.8 Lakh), WSOP Online bracelet winner, Kartik Ved (4th, ₹1.02 Lakh), Rajat Jain (5th, ₹8.7 Lakh), Aseem Jain (6th, ₹6.9 Lakh), Sandipan Das (7th, ₹5.4 Lakh), Santosh Govindraj (8th, ₹3.6 Lakh), and Prashant Rawat (9th, ₹2.4 Lakh) were also seen on the final table.
This edition featured the highest buy-in at 100K. The High Roller attracted 122 entries and collected ₹1.22 Crore as the final prize pool. The top 12 players walked away with a pay cheque. Bangalore’s Vidwath Shetty took ₹36,20,000 for the top spot followed by WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant who cashed ₹22,94,000. Other players who cashed at this event included Pradeep N Sharma (3rd, ₹16,00,000), Samay Parikh (4th, ₹12,68,000), Chiraag Patel (5th, ₹9,05,000), Romit Advani (6th, ₹6,64,000), Santhosh Suvarna (7th, ₹4,52,000), Rohan Dhawan (8th, ₹3,62,000) and Sumit Sapra (9th, ₹2,71,000).
The 75K High Roller had a strong field of 162 entries, which collected ₹1.21 Core as the final prize pool. The top 18 players shared the prize pool, with Rajnish Kumar from Patna nailing the top spot for ₹32.47 Lakh. Akshay Nasa finished second for ₹20,44,800. Zarvan Tumboli (3rd, ₹15,33,600), Karan Khushwani (4th, ₹12,02,850), Sunny Vijaywari (5th, ₹9,02,000), Vikram Kumar Palanisamy (6th, ₹6,61,500), Ritesh Goyal (7th, ₹4,51,000, and Vaibhav Sharma (9th, ₹2,70,000).
This edition attracted 114 entries playing the costliest event of the tournament. The amount of ₹85,50,000 as the final prize pool was eventually shared by the top 12 players. The then Adda52 Team pro Amit Jain from Mumbai clinched the title and added ₹24.94 Lakh to his bankroll. Sahil Agarwal was the runner-up for ₹15,80,000, while Ashish Jain came 3rd for ₹11,02,000. Other like Jaydeep Dawer (4th, ₹8,73,200), Vikas Kumar (5th, ₹6,23,700), Ronak Vyas (6th, ₹4,57,400), Vishrut Jain (7th, ₹3,11,900), Pradeep Sharma (8th, ₹2,49,500) and Danish Shaikh (9th, ₹1,87,000) cashed on the final table.
The DPT February 2018 edition had a 65K High Roller event that attracted 100 players battling it out. IPC Megastacks May 2022 High Roller winner Alok Birewar shipped the title and cashed a hefty ₹17,74,000 as the top prize. Nikhil Jain finished second for ₹12,04,000, while Vaibhav Sharma, Kapil Arora and Muskan Sethi cashed ₹7,60,400, ₹5,86,000 and ₹4,27,000 at the third, fourth and fifth position respectively.
Eka Vedantham shocked the defending 65K High Roller champion Alok Birewar in heads-up to taste victory at this event for ₹27,15,000. Birewar was the runner-up who cashed ₹18,70,000. The field of 166 entries included some well-known pros. The event had names like Ashish Kaushik (3rd, ₹11,10,000), Vishrut Jain (4th, ₹8,51,000), Tarang Patel (5th, ₹6,40,000), Amrita Sethi (6th, ₹5,32,000), Jugal Advani 7th, ₹4,25,000), Niwesh Sharma (8th, ₹3,72,000) and Jasven Saigal (9th, ₹3,19,000).
The 2019 edition of the High Roller event was shipped by none other than poker coach and pro Abhishek Goindi himself. The two-day long event attracted 86 entries that paid a buy-in of ₹65,000. The Poker Boot Camp India (PBCI) founder beat Pradeep Sharma in heads-up to win the title for ₹14.50 Lakh. On the other hand, Sharma pocketed ₹9,90,000. The top 11 players cashed at this event.
DPT July 2019 was the last edition before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Cash game specialist Nikunj Jhunjhunwala emerged victorious over a field of 146 entries at the 65K High Roller event of this edition and took a pay cheque of ₹27,50,000. The heads-up saw Jhunjhunwala beat pro Ashish Ahuja who settled for the second spot and a payday of ₹16,90,000. Other players on the final table included Ronak Vyas (3rd, ₹10,10,000), Shawn Chatterton (4th, ₹6,60,000), Goonjan Mall (5th, ₹5,10,000), Ashish Kaushik (6th, ₹4,20,000), and Prashob P.J (7th, ₹3,55,000).
The tournament returned in April 2022 after the COVID-19 lull and saw a total of 281 entries accumulating a prize pool worth ₹1,65,86,025. Aayush Arya nailed the top spot for ₹36,63,725 after beating Paawan Bansal, who pocketed ₹25,70,800. Bhavesh Patel (3rd, ₹16,53,600), Ranjeet Negi (4th, ₹12,24,000), Rajashekhar Puttamsetty (5th, ₹9,18,900), Siddhanth Kripalani (6th, ₹7,34,800), Goonjan Mall (7th, ₹6,10,400), and Jason Fernandes (8th, ₹4,89,300) finished on the final table.
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