Hosted by PokerBaazi, India’s biggest standalone poker tournament EndBoss, with a monumental prize pool of ₹5 Crore, concluded its second edition. Delhi based 31-year-old MIT graduate, Ishaan Chugh, emerged as the winner of the tournament and took home over ₹71 Lakh as the prize money. The five-day action-packed tournament witnessed the participation of over 4800 poker players from different parts of the country, each trying to take down the mammoth prize pool.
With the closing of the second edition of EndBoss Tournament, Navkiran Singh, Founder and CEO at Baazi Games, said, “Tournaments of this scale are a testament to the fast-growing poker landscape in India. What was interesting to see was how we had players from different age groups, and from different walks of life take part in the event.” The 7-year-old homegrown poker company, which has built award-winning products and technology, has been instrumental to the growth of poker in the country.
The tournament came down to its final eight around 9 PM on Sunday night. While Ishaan took away the top spot and earned the EndBoss title which got him the reputed golden EndBoss knuckle along with the handsome prize money, Dhiraj Lakhotia who hails from Darjeeling emerged as the runner up, followed by Divanshu Khurana from Gurgaon, who bagged the third prize.
Ishaan is the CEO of Abacus- a boutique AI consulting firm. He is a graduate from MIT with a bachelor’s in computer science and is currently pursuing a research program at INSEAD.
The first edition of the EndBoss poker tournament was held in April 2020, in which Pune based 28 years old Abhishek Maheshwari had won the title along with the biggest prize won by any Indian in any Indian poker tournament so far.
The final table of the 2021 EndBoss, which was played by the top 8 players of the event, also saw 23-year-old Mohammad Azhar, (Winner of National Poker Series and Indian poker’s first gold-medalist) emerge seventh. Interestingly, poker in India is witnessing an enthralling mix of players from different career paths and ages who are coming forward and taking part in the mind sport.
Notably, participation in such interesting poker events is open to all audiences above the age of 18. PokerBaazi.com, which is India’s biggest poker platform, provides a variety of poker games running 24X7, thereby making the game available for all segments of the audience.
PokerBaazi is India’s biggest online poker platform that provides potential customers with an opportunity to play poker professionally in a safe and secured manner. The 24/7 customer support, user-friendly interface as well as wide array of tournaments, makes PokerBaazi.com an engaging platform to get involved with. Spearheaded by Founder & CEO of Baazi Games – Navkiran Singh, the platform currently has 2 million-plus registered users, which depicts a mushrooming growth of the platform’s reach since its inception in late 2014. The achievements of PokerBaazi.com are unprecedented, as it stands as a pioneer in the online poker landscape by introducing the first-ever loyalty program – ‘Baazi Rewards’ alongside organizing India’s hunt for gold medalists in poker through the prestigious National Poker Series. The constant innovations and loyalty rewards attract potential and new customers to this game of skill as PokerBaazi.com’s strong suit are to drive innovation and incremental changes for the organization at a holistic level.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by manifesting herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in drawing and DIY crafts.
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