PokerBaazi’s National Poker Series (NPS) has a new Main Event champion in Chirag Sodha. The Main Event (ME) final table (FT) took place today live at the PokerBaazi LIVE at Majestic Pride Casino in Goa. And believe us, it was no less than a battle. Finally, after an intense battle, Chirag Sodha emerged as the NPS 2022 ME champion.
The FT started on a rather dull note, as there was a delayed start, the live stream was canceled due to technical issues and two of the final tablist did not show up. It was rather unfortunate that Rajesh Pawar aka ‘path1716’ and Thakurlal Yadav aka ‘thakurlalyadav’ did not make it to play such an important event. However, the organizers decided to put their stacks of 851,400 and 597,800 respectively out on the table.
However, it wasn’t surprising that their stacks were blinded out within just an hour of play. Yadav blinded out in the eighth place for ₹5.30 Lakh and Pawar in the seventh-place for ₹6.61 Lakh after the first break.
The next to depart was the lady on the table Saroj Mehta. With her vibrancy, she did bring some entertainment to the table. However, she couldn’t survive for too long and ran out of chips in sixth place. Mehta took home a career-best of ₹8.09 Lakh.
Vikash Kumar was next in line as he departed after enjoying a dream run at the fifth place taking home ₹10.17 Lakh as prize money. Poker pro Vikram Mishra, surprisingly, became the next casualty as he got busted at the hands of the chip leader Chirag Sodha. Mishra left the table in fourth place with ₹13.99 Lakh.
Ashutosh Balodhi was eliminated next as he left Sodha and Riteish Kumar for a heads-up. Balodhi who entered the table with the second-highest stack succumbed at the third position for ₹20.90 Lakh.
During the break before the heads-up, the two finalists cracked up a two-way deal. Sodha, who had a chip-lead advantage agreed for ₹43.84 Lakh, while Kumar settled for ₹39.34 Lakh. The two players continued the heads-up play after the break for the coveted Main Event title, a gold medal, and ₹1 Lakh cash prize.
Finally, it was chip leader Chirag Sodha who shipped the event like a pro and took home the NPS gold medal and a career best ₹44.84 Lakh as the top prize. Riteish Kumar, who had qualified for the Main Event via deposit offers finished at the runner-up spot.
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