The Indian Poker Series (TIPS) has returned to the same venue of Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic for the second edition. The series, an initiative of two friends and poker enthusiasts Jaydeep Dawer and Manish Goenka, is scheduled between 6-11 March 2019 and as promised, we are already witnessing bigger field and bigger guarantees.
Day 1 of the series was played yesterday and has already gone into the books with the opening event, TIPS €115 Welcome Event, seeing its winner.The total turnout for the event was 185 entries (including 63 re-entries). The tournament had a guarantee of €19,000 and paid out the top 20 places with the min-cash being €247.
Overcoming this field and winning the first-place cash prize of €4,557 (~INR 3.6 Lakhs) was Romania’s Ciprian Paunescu. He took home the awesome cash prize beating Israel’s Ezra Shekel in the heads-up battle. Shekel settled for a lesser amount of €3,107 as runner-up cash prize.
Rounding up the top 3 was India’s Himanshu Dewan who earned €2,052 (~INR 1.62 Lakhs) in the tournament. Dewan has added a good amount to his bankroll and will be looking to earn some more at the venue in side-events. Dewan is in Rozvadov, thanks to a PokerBaazi promotion which offered an all-expense paid package to play in the TIPS 2 Main Event. Dewan is the first of our Indian winners in the series and we expect more to be announced in the next one week.
Coming to the winner of the Welcome Event, Paunescu is a strong regional player and has over $75k in live earnings till now. He won his best live cash of $18,742 in 2017 888Live Easter Edition in London. He has played across the European continent in places like Bucharest, Nottingham, Barcelona, Rozvadov, etc. and will look to ship some more tournaments using this bankroll addition.
Apart from TIPS series, the Kings Casino hosts daily tournament offerings. In one of those called Special Tuesday tournament, India’s Abhishek Kumar won it on 5th March for €2,088 (~INR 1.65 Lakhs). Jaydeep Dawer and Delhi’s Ankit Kapoor were also contesting in the field and finished in the money at 5th (€593) and 6th (€464) respectively.
Top 10 Pay-outs in TIPS 2 Welcome Event:
The TIPS 2 Main Event will start Day 1A today with a buy-in of €345. Five more starting flights with the last one Day 1F Turbo are lined up. Stay tuned to GutshotMagazine.com for similar upcoming TIPS 2 updates and for general poker news from around the world.
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