Weekend action on poker felts is expected to be aggressive and enthralling. Last night was indeed full of action and thrill. With two ₹1 crore+ guarantee tournaments, you know Sunday wasn’t an ordinary one. While the big names in poker battled it out on the virtual felts, the not-so-familiar players weren’t too far behind when it came to showing off some killer poker skills. Let’s do a quick recap of what last night looked like.
UVS #43 Main Event on Spartan Poker offered ₹10 Lakh in guarantee.The tournament offered some intense drama which kept all players on their toes. The final prize pool stood at ₹10.83 Lakh surpassing the initial guarantee of ₹10 Lakh. The tournament attracted a massive 1,083 entries. The top 95 places were the ones who made some money from this tournament with the min-cash being ₹3,194.
Anonymous player ‘OfcourseOfcourse’ topped the table by adding ₹2,06,636 to his bankroll. It was a jolly day for ‘JollyGuy’ as well who cashed the last six-figure prize of ₹1,27,577 from the pot. ‘Jagraa’ walked away with ₹91,188 at the third spot with the highest five-figure amount.
PokerStars Summer Series set the temperatures soaring with all the 327 entries playing the nail-biting tourney with full gusto. However, only the top 41 places were paid a min-cash of ₹8,493.
IOPC January 2021 winner, Laksh Pal Singh fought tooth and nail to finally secure the top spot. He took a pay cheque of ₹2,01,831. ‘The Annihilator’ took home ₹1,86,709 in prize money at the runner-up spot after making a deal with Singh to make peace after a tough battle. Shubham Chaudhary aka ‘theViperArena’ grabbed ₹1,19,189 in prize money in third place. WSOP bracelet winner Kartik Ved was busted at 39th spot for ₹8,493 at this tournament.
Akshay Asawa aka ‘powershell’ was seen leaving the virtual felt at the fourth spot with a pay cheque of ₹1,19,189. Akshay Gupta aka ‘VaahBhaiVaah’ and Arun Sriram aka ‘realruny,’ who shipped Adda52’s DOPT June Special tournament for ₹4 Lakh, were also seen at the final table. While Gupta walked away with ₹46,002 at the sixth position, Sriram added another ₹37,245 to his bankroll on the same night. Harsh Dembla aka ‘kakori kabab’ finished ninth taking ₹30,155 in prize money. Devang Mehta aka ‘Infic11’ had a hard day after buying in twice and yet finishing at the bubble.
PokerBaazi’s NPS #6 Sprint was an action-packed tournament. The event crushed its initial guarantee of ₹10 Lakh and the final prize pool stood at ₹14.98 Lakh. This ₹2,200 buy-in tournament attracted 749 entries, with the top 90 places being paid a min-cash of ₹3,295.
Veteran poker player Anant Purohit aka ‘Pro_Pro’ proved that he indeed is a pro at the game. He had a pay day of ₹2.52 Lakh. Navdeep Sahi aka ‘Psychonaut’ and Prince Singh aka ‘NaNki’ took home the remaining two six-figure prizes of ₹1.75 Lakh and ₹1.57 Lakh at the second and third place respectively.
Siddhant Kriplani (8th, ₹36,100) and Varun Nagpal (9th, ₹27,110) also made it to the final table of the tournament. Sanish Chhabra (13th, ₹16, 030), FTS 2.0 winner Siddharth Karia (16th, ₹13,930), Prakash Gupta (20th, ₹12,280), Ram Kakkar (25th, ₹9,587), Mohammad Azhar (27th, ₹9,587), Devvrat Arya (29th, ₹8,388), Kaushik Tibrewal (30th, ₹8,388), two time IOPC leaderboard topper, Bhanu Prakash (32nd, ₹83,88), Manish Lakhotia (44th, ₹7,190), WSOP bracelet winner Kartik Ved (60th, ₹5,093) and The Summit winner Kunal Patni (71st, ₹4,344) also made their presence felt at this tournament.
The Sunday Marathon tournament on PokerBaazi was another action-packed event. It saw 832 entries battling it for the top spots and featured a buy-in of ₹4,400. The initial guarantee was crushed and the final prize pool stood at ₹33.28 Lakh. Top 99 spots were paid a min-cash of ₹6,323.
Anonymous player ‘Damage’ won the tourney and also managed to do some real damage to those battling it out for the top spot. This unknown player defeated WSOP bracelet winner Kartik Ved aka ‘TheInternetKid,’ to win the top spot. ‘Damage’ added ₹5.91 Lakh to his bankroll, while Ved had a pay day of ₹4.14 Lakh. Sanish Chhabra aka ‘Sanish21’ finished third with ₹2.68 Lakh.
Poker players like Vinod Megalmani (4th, ₹1.98 Lakh), Prakash Gupta (99th, ₹6,323), Anirban Das (8th, ₹78,870) and Sanket Arora (10th, ₹43,600) fought hard for the winner’s title but could not make it.
The Evening Slam Dunk was a massive hit on PokerBaazi. The exciting and exceptional gameplay forced the final prize pool to almost double the initial guarantee. The ₹1,375 buy-in tournament with 1535 entries witnessed its final prize pool shoot up to ₹19.19 Lakh. The top 144 places received a min-cash of ₹2,494.
Sameer Tavanandi aka ‘Killersam’ with his three re-entries won the tournament. He cashed an impressive sum of ₹3.22 Lakh. Umang Kakarania aka ‘Umang94’ managed to finish second and took a pay cheque of ₹2.26 Lakh. Tanmay Benara aka ‘truman’ walked away with ₹1.47 Lakh in third spot.
Poker pro Sanat Mehrotra managed to finish fourth after re-entering six times. He took home ₹1.09 Lakh in prize money. Himalaya Tarani (9th, ₹32,240) also made it to the final table. Prince Sharma, who managed to finish third with ₹1.57 Lakh at NPS #6 Sprint, ended up being the bubble boy at this tournament despite re-entering thrice. Poker players Harsh Dembla (14th, ₹19,570), Nitin Arora (18th, ₹14,970), Rehmat Walia (24th, ₹13,240), Sagar Choudhary (26th, ₹11,510), Kunal Patni (28th, ₹9,785), Bhanu Prakash (38th, ₹8,442), Advait Rajguru (48th, ₹7,099), Sandy Lamba (58th, ₹5,948), Abhimanyu Mittal (64th, ₹4,988), Chirag Sodha (97th, ₹3,070) and IOPC regular Mohit Mehta (125th, ₹2,494) were also battling it out for the top spots.
Adda52’s DOPT June Special tournament saw 710 entries fighting valiantly for the winner’s title. The advertised guarantee was surpassed and the final prize pool stood at ₹16,15,261. The top 72 places were paid a min-cash of ₹3,231.
Arun Sriram aka ‘runyrules’ won the tournament and cashed ₹4,03,813. Rohan George aka ‘RickyRPG1997’ added ₹2,34,211 to his bankroll at the runner-up spot, while Ritesh Tripathi aka ‘Ritesh5812’ grabbed ₹1,58,295 by finishing third.
Adda52’s DOPT 6 Max Showdown tournament managed to put up a great show. 452 entries crushed the initial guarantee of ₹25 Lakh and generated a final prize pool of ₹31.64 Lakh. The top 49 places received a min-cash of ₹17,402.
Rohit Behal aka ‘kudos0505’ clinched the top spot and added ₹7,75,180 to his bankroll. Ankit Khattar aka ‘loser05’ finished second and took a pay cheque of ₹4,58,780, while Armaan Kochhar grabbed ₹3,16,400 at the third position.
Along with the top three, the tournament also witnessed poker pros like Manish Lakhotia(11th, ₹39,550), Vishal Bajaj(16th, ₹26,894), Goonjan Mall (19th, ₹26,894), Sanat Mehrotra (24th, ₹23,730), Sanish Chhabra (26th, ₹20,566) and Vaibhav Roy (33rd, ₹20,566) getting busted before reaching the final table. Akshay Asawa (37th), Srihari Bang (41st), Gaurav Sood (43rd), Aman Parakh (45th) and Surbhit Grover (47th) managed to draw the min-cash of ₹17,402 each from the tournament.
Adda52’s DOPT Main Event Finale was the biggest tournament of the night with the highest advertised guarantee of ₹1.5 crore. The tournament witnessed a total 171 entries with the top 161 places being paid a min-cash of ₹31,498.
Gagandeep Singh aka ‘gaganhyd’ was the biggest winner of the night. Singh laughed his way to the bank with ₹24,69,938 in prize money. Online reg Manish Lakhotia aka ‘newkidpoker’ won a mighty sum of ₹17,92,435 at the runner-up spot. Vishal Bajaj aka ‘GigaaBet’ took home an impressive sum of ₹13,00,770 as prize money at the third spot.
Anish Garg (4th, ₹9,43,968), Godfather winner, Sahil Mahboobani (7th, ₹3,60,767), and Ram Kakkar (10th, ₹1,37,880) were also battling for the winner’s title. Mithun Mahesh (14th, ₹1,00,059), Sumit Sapra (15th, ₹1,00,059), Arjanveer Singh Chadha (16th, ₹1,00,059), The Millionaire Series 2020 Main Event winner, Ashutosh Balodhi (17th, ₹1,00,059) and Vivek Singh (18th, ₹72,613) were some of the other notable players who put up a fight for the title spot.
Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire made sure the top players made millions. It attracted a massive 2,057 entries.
Kunal Vohra, the former FTS#17 winner claimed The Millionaire title and added ₹17.34 Lakh to his bankroll. Online reg Arsh Grover aka ‘BigggTymeR’ finished as the runner-up with ₹9.58 Lakh in prize money. Grover has been a Millionaire champion in the past. Additionally, Grover also managed to finish sixth at Adda52’s DOPT 6 Max Showdown on the same night.
The tournament was full of poker pros who were battling it out for the big bucks on offer. Pranav Bang finished third with ₹6.65 Lakh, while Abhijeet Kumar finished fourth with ₹4.80 Lakh. Karan Radia (5th, ₹3.92 Lakh), Bhanu Prakash (6th, ₹3.16 Lakh), WSOP bracelet winner Kartik Ved (7th, ₹2.41 Lakh) along with Mastermind and Millionaire Legends winner Aniket Waghmare (8th, ₹1.70 Lakh) fought very bravely to grab the title spot. It was a fruitful day for WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer who won Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack tournament for ₹8.14 Lakh. Iyer busted at the 26th spot in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire tournament for ₹79,297 and got placed at the 19th spot in Adda52’s DOPT Main Event for ₹72,613.
Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack was another super hit tournament. The initial guarantee of ₹40 Lakh was surpassed and the final prize pool stood at ₹42 Lakh. The tournament which featured a buy-in of ₹11,000 attracted 406 players. WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer nailed this tourney like a true pro. He laughed his way to the bank with ₹8.14 Lakh.
Raghav Madan cashed ₹5.41 Lakh at the runner-up spot, while Vinayak Bajaj aka ‘haayegarmi’ walked away with ₹ 3.96 in prize money.
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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