The enthusiasm of poker players from across the country was evident on Tuesday night as brands hosted their marquee events. Definite crowd pullers like Mega Stack on Spartan Poker, The Mint on Adda52, Endeavour on PokerBaazi, and Bounty Builder on PokerStars attracted many players to the felts. The high-octane action resulted in top players like Harsh Bubna, Saurabh Rohila, and Vinayak Bajaj shipping flagship tournaments.
Spartan Poker hosted its Mega Stack event which had an advertised guarantee of ₹16 Lakh. The ₹3,300 buy-in event welcomed 269 unique players, 107 re-entries, and had 231 rebuys which brings the total number of entries to 607. Due to this, the tournament also surpassed its advertised guarantee and recorded ₹18,21,000 as its final prize pool. The top 55 places were paid and the min-cash stood at ₹8,922. The event was shipped by player Tanmay Bhalerao aka ‘Tandroid’ who had a payday of ₹3,53,274. The runner-up was Saahib Bawa aka ‘JuntaDel’ who walked away with ₹2,23,983 in prize money.
Spartan Poker held another marquee event called the Tuesday High Roller which promised players a ₹15 Lakh guarantee. The ₹11,000 buy-in event was a roaring success as the final prize pool crushed the original guarantee. The final prize pool amount generated was ₹24,20,000. There were 242 total entries out of which 111 were unique players, 54 re-entries, and 77 rebuys. The top 23 players were paid, and the min-cash given was ₹28,072. India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) June 2022 Main Event winner Saurabh Rohila aka ‘darksider’ shipped the event and pocketed ₹5,62,650 in prize money. The runner-up position was taken by Shrey Baj aka ‘Kingsb30’ who went home with ₹3,81,150 in his pockets.
Adda52’s Mint with its ₹14 Lakh guarantee drew in a total of 410 entries, which is made up of 231 registered players and 179 re-entries. The event had a buy-in of ₹3,850 and the final prize pool was ₹14,35,016 which surpassed the initial guarantee. In the end, the top 43 players were paid and the min-cash was ₹7,893. The event ended in a deal between Harsh Bubna aka ‘harsh1327’ and ‘Sunny73.’ They took home ₹2,86,588 and ₹2,84,542 in prize money respectively.
PokerBaazi hosted the Endeavour with a ₹12 Lakh guarantee and the buy-in of the event was ₹3,850. The total entries were 411 out of which 208 were unique entries and 203 were re-entries. The event crushed its original guarantee and recorded ₹14,38,000 as its final prize pool. The top 45 places were paid and the min-cash was ₹8,050. Online reg Vinayak Bajaj aka ‘salmanbhai’ clinched the title for ₹3,02,000 while Manish Lakhotia aka ‘thekid’ took home ₹2,11,000 in prize money.
Talking about shipping the title Bajaj said, “I’m extremely happy as this is a win that came after quite some time!”
“Poker is a brutal game. You have to take those beats on the chin and keep showing up every day. Consistency is key and trusting the process is super important. Keep showing up, and the game will reward you,” he continued.
The Bounty Builder on PokerStars had a ₹10 Lakh guarantee and a buy-in of ₹7,700. There were 128 total entries that participated in the event. Out of these 74 were unique entries and 54 were re-entries. The top 13 places were paid and the min-cash given stood at ₹11,980. Karan Kapur aka ‘JUNIOR1-KK’ grabbed the title and earned ₹1,48,740 in bounty money and ₹1,08,798 from the regular prize pool. Online reg Sahil Mahboobani aka ‘inaboobham’ was the runner-up and scored ₹25,921 in bounty money and ₹1,08,798 from the regular prize pool.
Donna Amo is 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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