While we are almost half-way through the month of January, poker players have continued to show love for this game of skill. Last night poker players swarmed the online poker platforms and brought their A-game to the felts. As participation in the poker tournaments grew so did their prize pools resulting in many of the events crushing their advertised guarantees. The day also saw top pros like Gutshot’s January 2021 cover star Gaurav Sood and India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) January 2021 Millionaire United winner Siddhanth Kripalani nail top titles. Here’s a full recap of yesterday’s action.
Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday tournament witnessed a surge in player participation with the event recording a total of 506 entries. The number of entries along with a buy-in of ₹5,500 saw the final prize pool shoot up to ₹25,30,000 which crushed the original guarantee. Players who found themselves in the top 47 places made the money. The min-cash given in the tournament was ₹14,421.
Online reg Siddhanth Kripalani aka ‘PluRibu$’ shipped the tournament and bagged his first title of the year for ₹4,93,097. Kripalani is no stranger to the online poker scene with multiple marquee titles like Deltin Online Poker Tour (DOPT) Wednesday Feature, IOPC Millionaire United, and The Elite on Spartan Poker. This is also his second Trending Thursday title on Spartan Poker. The runner-up was player Amit Dhall aka ‘dhallamit’ who took home ₹3,13,214 in prize money.
PokerStars is currently hosting its Winter Series and yesterday the platform hosted its Highroller event with a ₹11 Lakh guarantee. The tournament hit all the right notes with its players as the event had a total of 205 entries. The ₹7,700 buy-in tournament also crushed its initial guarantee and recorded ₹14,35,000 as the final prize pool amount. Those who made it to the top 27 spots of the tournament finished in the money. The min-cash stood at ₹15,334.
The tournament ended in a deal between the final two players. Grabbing the title spot was poker pro, Aditya Singh aka ‘ukid767’ who pocketed ₹2,80,043 in prize money. Singh recently took home the Heads-Up Master title on Adda52 and has other titles like Voyager on Adda52, The Weekly Highroller on PokerBaazi, and World Poker Tour (WPT) Battlefield on PokerBaazi under his name. Online reg, Mithun Mahesh aka ‘ThePokeRajaIN’ was the runner-up for ₹2,12,772 after firing three bullets. Mahesh also shipped the Sunday Highroller on PokerStars for ₹2.69 Lakh.
The Godfather on Adda52 is a Thursday classic and this time the event had a total of 570 entries fighting for the top spot. The event had a ₹5,500 buy-in and crushed its advertised guarantee. The final prize pool generated was ₹28,50,007. The top 63 players made the money with the min-cash being ₹12,113.
In the winner’s seat was player Chidambar Prasad aka ‘Chidu’ who had a lucrative payday of ₹5,42,611. Prasad has also shipped the Adda52 Millions title back in September 2017 for ₹3.98 Lakh and had a runner-up finish in Adda52 Carousel for ₹3.47 Lakh. The runner-up of the event was player ‘samir108’ who took home ₹5,17,589 in prize money.
PokerBaazi’s The Summit tournament witnessed a successful run as it impressively crushed its original guarantee. The tournament had a total of 318 entries and a buy-in of ₹8,250. Last night the tournament generated a final prize pool worth a whopping ₹23,85,000. The top 36 places were paid and the min-cash was ₹16,220.
Online reg Gaurav Sood aka ‘gaug17’ walked away with his first title of the year and prize money of ₹5,27,000. Sood is among the top online pros in the country and has first-place finishes in tournaments like DOPT Highroller and WPT Super High Roller on Adda52, Asia Poker Tour (APT) Championship on PokerBaazi, The Millionaire on Spartan Poker, and Final Table Series Kick-Off.
The runner-up Siddharth Gangwar aka ‘GangnamGangi’ went home with ₹3,70,000 in his pockets. Gangwar is also a prolific online pro with winning titles like The Big Deal on Spartan Poker, Ultrasonic on PokerStars, and WCS Monster Stack on Spartan Poker.
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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