The second edition of the National Poker Series (NPS) wrapped up with the Golden Rush event finding its champion in Sankesh Jain. The event had a ₹550 buy-in and recorded a whopping 14,881 entries across 14 flights. Day 2 had 1846 survivors. The top 1845 places were paid while the min-cash stood at ₹1,000. Jain took home the title, a lion’s share of the ₹1 crore prize pool, and a shiny gold medal.
Jain was the chip lead when the final table (FT) was set. He continued his way up to the heads up battle against Arbaaz Ahmed. The heads-up did not last long and was soon won by Jain who took home a career best of ₹10 Lakh in prize money. Ahmed was the runner-up and went home with ₹6.01 Lakh and a silver medal.
The FT action was live-streamed and had eight finalists. Among these, the first to go was player Kritarth Pant. While he had the most experience, he busted in eighth place shortly after the final table began and had a payday of ₹1.49 Lakh.
Pramod Ashokkumar was the next one to be eliminated as opponent Dilip Tomar kicked him out of the game with trips. Ashokkumar finished in 7th place for ₹1.81 Lakh.
After a short 10 minutes break, the play resumed and the FT claimed another victim in Nitin Tomar. He was knocked out by Jain. Tomar shoved with T8 suited while Jain called with AK. The board ran out to show TA495. Jain knocked Tomar with his pair of aces. Tomar finished in 6th place for ₹2.22 Lakh.
Karan Walia was the next victim in the game after being knocked out in 5th place for ₹2.89 Lakh.
Priyanka Choudhary, the only woman player was the next one to go. She went all-in with pocket nines which was called by Dilip Tomar with KT suited. The board opened J55TA, giving Tomar the win with a higher two pair (TT55). Choudhary finished in 4th place for ₹3.62 Lakh.
However, for Dilip Tomar the journey soon came to an end after he got eliminated in 3rd place by Jain. The third place finisher walked away with a pay cheque of ₹4.38 Lakh and a bronze NPS medal.
Donna Amo was 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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