In a shocking turn of events, well-known poker player Karan Malhotra has passed away at the age of 35. As per information received from sources close to the matter, Malhotra passed away due to multiple organ failure while suffering from a bout of Dengue. He was being treated for Dengue at Gurugram for over two weeks. Malhotra who hails from Agra is survived by his wife Akanksha Malhotra and an eight year old son.
Malhotra was a full time poker player who was also into teaching. He was teaching at Phychematics Classes which Malhotra operated alongside his wife. One of Malhotra’s close friends from the poker circuit, Gurpal Singh said that Malhotra was a very passionate and dedicated poker player. Singh also informed us that Malhotra was sihfted from Agra when he was detected with Dengue. The poker player’s health went south when Dengue impacted his liver and kidney and was eventually put on ventilator. Sadly, Malhotra’s condition only worsened and he passed away on the morning of 4th October 2023.
Singh further added, “You will be remembered each day right from the start, for the memories that we shared forever live within our hearts 💕. Rest in power my friend!”
At the time of writing this article, only a handful of players knew of Malhotra’s unfortunate passing. Live and online poker player Gurpal Singh had shared the news of Malhotra’s death on his Instagram Stories. Singh’s Instagram Stories read, “I never knew it will be our first and last trip to Vietnam. Gone too soon. RIP my friend.”
Online poker players may know of Malhotra as ‘Karangogo’ or ‘Engineerlonda’ who reportedly had over 200 recorded tournament titles to his credit (Pokerguru).
Last we’ve seen of Malhotra was at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime India 2023 at Deltin Royale in Goa. He was grinding in the Main Event Day 2. He was eliminated pretty close to the money bubble by Deepak Singh.
Before this, Malhotra was also seen at WPT Prime Vietnam 2022. Here, the poker player exited the WPT SuperStack Turbo event in the 8th spot for approximately ₹80K (~$965).
Malhotra was a regular at the virtual poker felts and was seen grinding across online poker platforms like Spartan Poker, PokerBaazi, Adda52, and PokerStars. Malhotra’s last recorded major win came on PokerBaazi in the BSS High Roller ₹20 Lakh GTD event. He finished first and took home a pay cheque of close to ₹4 Lakh.
Online and live poker player Harsh Dev Jhirmiria responded to Malhotra’s passing. He said, “He was a kind hearted and jolly guy, I have played with him a lot online as well as live. Gone too soon 💔 RIP.”
We offer our heartfelt condolences to Malhotra’s family and may god give them the strength to deal with this loss.
With a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communication, Mrinal Gujare currently is cruising through an exciting genre of writing and editing at Gutshot Magazine. Apart from being an Editor, Mrinal is an avid reader and a former contemporary dancer. She is also perennially hungry for intriguing scoops from across the globe. No holds barred is the rule Mrinal follows in life.
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