Thursday night on the virtual felts saw poker pros polishing their poker skills ahead of the big weekend. From Adda52’s staple Godfather tournament to PokerBaazi’s NPS #72 with a ₹1 crore guarantee. Thursday night was indeed an energetic and action-packed affair. Here’s what the night looked like:
The NPS Highroller on PokerBaazi was expected to be a blockbuster as numerous players battled it out in the satellite tournament but only the best 84 could win a ticket to this highroller event. The advertised guarantee of ₹1 crore was crushed and the final prize pool stood at ₹1.13 crore. Out of the 84 players, the top 76 were paid out. The min-cash at this highroller was ₹36,240.
The winner of this tournament was Shashank Jain aka ‘Westworld.’ Jain had a payday of a little over a massive two million rupees (₹20.31 Lakh), making him the biggest winner of the night. The second position was claimed by poker pro Kunal Patni aka ‘VasooliChacha,’ who managed to add ₹14.05 Lakh to his bankroll. The third position was held by mystery player ‘pablo_escobar,’ who took home a pay cheque of a million rupees(₹10.01 Lakh).
Vinay Rajpal (6th, ₹4.51 Lakh), Dhinesh Kumar (8th, ₹2.82 Lakh), WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant (9th, ₹2.13 Lakh), Sanish Chhabra (16th, ₹1.13 Lakh), Harshit Sanghi (17th, ₹1.13 Lakh), Kritagya Sharma (23rd, ₹86,070), Guruprasad Gupta (34th, ₹65,690), Chirag Sodha (38th, ₹57,760), Myron Pereira (42nd, ₹49,830), Sagar Choudhury (49th, ₹49,830), WSOP bracelet winner Kartik Ved (60th, ₹43,040), IOPC January 2021 winner Laksh Pal Singh (66th, ₹36,240), Ankit Wadhawan (71st, ₹36,240) and Sanat Mehrotra (72nd, ₹36,240) were among the ones who made it in the money in this tournament.
Those who got busted without making any money included Shashank Desai (80th) and Rubin Labroo (82nd). Online reg Manish Lakhotia (77th), was also the bubble boy in this tourney.
The NPS #73 Thursday Thunder tourney on PokerBaazi was indeed a thundering affair with a lot of action and thrill. The tournament, which attracted 696 entries, crushed the initial guarantee of ₹40 Lakh to generate a final prize pool of ₹51.2 Lakh. The min-cash of ₹13,050 was paid at this tournament and the top 81 places enjoyed a portion of the prize pool.
Bharath Kumar aka ‘hzgod’ shipped the tournament by re-entering twice and adding ₹9.64 Lakh to his bankroll. Anonymous player ‘InAutumn’ finished second and cashed out ₹6.76 Lakh, while Rahul Melwani aka ‘slowroller’ finished third for ₹4.36 Lakh.
Players Kritagya Sharma (7th, ₹1.61 Lakh), Vinay Rajpal (9th, ₹96,570), Kartik Ved (11th, ₹70,990), Chirag Sodha (20th, ₹43,330), Aditya Sushant (22nd, ₹38,630), Aman Parakh (24th, ₹38,630), Sanish Chhabra (27th, ₹33.930), IOPC January 2021 Main Event winner Laksh Pal Singh (28th, ₹29,750), Vivekk Dube (36th, ₹29,750), Neel Joshi (41st, ₹25,580), Rubin Labroo (49th, ₹21,920), Prince Singh (50th, ₹21,920) and Sagar Choudhury (81st, ₹13,050) also made in the money.
Myron Pereira (94th), Ritwik Khanna (97th), Arjanveer Singh (103rd), Kanchan Sharma (105th), Manish Lakhotia (114th), Goonjan Mall (116th), Kunal Patni (123rd), Ram Kakkar (132nd), Sanat Mehrotra (136th) and Nitin Arora (139th) were among the ones who could not make it in the money.
PokerBaazi’s NPS #75 Sprint was indeed a sprinting tournament. The Sprint crushed the advertised guarantee of ₹6 Lakh as the final prize pool stood at ₹13.5 Lakh. The tournament attracted 900 entries and paid out a min-cash of ₹2,295. The 108 places were paid out.
Shagun Jain aka ‘sogani22’ topped the table, taking home a pay cheque of ₹2.36 Lakh. Mystery player ‘sheeshaking’ grabbed the runner-up position adding ₹1.66 Lakh to his bankroll. Monish Annthem aka ‘Monish1221’ cashed ₹1.07 Lakh at the third spot.
Kunal Patni (5th, ₹59,130), Amar Iyer (12th, ₹17,550), Vinay Rajpal (21st, ₹10,800), Laksh Pal Singh (31st, ₹7,290), Kumar Vatsal (39th, ₹6,210), Rubin Labroo (44th, ₹6,210), Kunal Yadav (45th, ₹6,210), Kritagya Sharma (56th, ₹4,320), Ankit Wadhawan (59th, ₹4,320), Ram Kakkar (79th, ₹3,375), Ritwik Khanna (80th, ₹3,375) and Arjanveer Singh (102nd, ₹2,295) were among the top 81 places who made in the money.
Notable names who got busted early included Aman Parakh (113rd), Arun Sriram (126th), Myron Pereira (132nd), Sanat Mehrotra (135th), Chirag Sodha (142nd), Sahil Mahboobani (155th), Nitin Arora (171st), Aditya Sushant (188th) and Pranav Khandalkar among others.
The NPS #72 Deepdive at PokerBaazi indeed took a deepdive to surpass the advertised guarantee of ₹5 Lakh and generate a final prize pool of more than double (₹11.91 Lakh).
Anonymous player ‘MAP8989’ claimed the title at this tourney with his two re-entries, and took home ₹2 Lakh in prize winning. Rajat Mahajan aka ‘happyfish’ grabbed the runner-up spot with a paycheque of ₹1.41 Lakh, and mystery player ‘Badimachli’ grabbed the third spot for ₹91,110, which was also the highest five-figure prize amount of the tournament.
Others who made in the money included IOPC veteran Sanat Mehrotra (12th, ₹15,130), Myron Pereira (20th, ₹9,289), Aman Parakh (27th, ₹7,146), Kartik Ved (57th, ₹3,811), Naman Puri (58th,₹3,811), Advait Rajguru (59th, ₹3,811), Deep Patel (74th,₹2,739), Kanchan Sharma (82nd, ₹2,382), WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant (83rd, ₹2,382), Vinay Rajpal (86th, ₹2,382), Tanmay Benara (91st, ₹2,024), Manish Lakhotia (95th, ₹2,024), Ved Prakash (107th, ₹1,667), Ram Kakkar (110th, ₹1,667), Chirag Sodha (125th, ₹1,667), Kunal Patni (130th, ₹1,667) and Ritwik Khanna (135th, ₹1,667).
Prince Singh (139th), Arun Sriram (149th), Laksh Pal Singh (150th), Sagar Choudhury (161st), Sameer Tavanandi (166th), Shagun Jain (169th), Sahil Mahboobani (172nd), Kunal Bajaj (173rd), Pranav Khandalkar (174th), Sanish Chhabra (197th) and Ankit Wadhawan (202nd) among others couldn’t make in the money.
Spartan Poker’s Thursday staple Trending Thursday was also a bustling tournament. It attracted 453 entries who generated a prize pool of ₹23 Lakh. The top 39 places were paid out as the min-cash stood at ₹15,870.
Kaushik Tibrewal aka ‘ikigai’ topped the trending Thursday table by adding the winning prize of ₹4,61,150 to his bankroll. Anonymous player ‘TejuHel’ finished at the runner-up spot for ₹3,06,590. Prakash Gupta aka ‘Robin Van Charsi’ walked out for ₹2,24, 250 at the third spot.
Anant Purohit (18th, ₹24,840), Utkarsh Vaish (20th, ₹24,840), Anirban Das (21st, ₹22,540), Dhaval Mudgal (26th, ₹20,240), Manish Lakhotia (29th, ₹17,940), Kunal Patni (35th, ₹15,870), Muskan Sethi (36th, ₹15,870) and WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer (38th, ₹15,870) finished in the money.
Rajeev Kumar bubbled at the 40th spot at this tourney. Ankit Wadhawan (41st), Abhishek Goindi (43rd), Kartik Ved (46th), Pranav Bang (49th), Siddharth Gangwar (50th), Anmol Narang (52nd), Laksh Pal Singh (53rd), Shardul Parthasarathi (69th), Ashish Ahuja (73rd), Vivek Singh (75th), Siddhanth Kriplani (76th) and Gaurav Sood (79th) were among the ones to get busted before the money.
PokerStar’s Highroller was an action-packed tournament. The 162 entries generated a final prize pool of ₹11.34 Lakh, by surpassing the guarantee of ₹10 Lakh. The min-cash paid at this tourney was ₹15,847 and the top 20 places were paid out.
Anirban Das aka ‘nocluewho’ topped the table adding an impressive sum of ₹2,28,621 to his bankroll. Arsh Grover aka ‘BiggggTymeR’ finished second for ₹1,76,892, while Goonjan Mall finished third for ₹1,36,868.
Shagun Jain (9th, ₹31,871), Sreekanth Narayan (10th, ₹26,763), Nitin Arora (12th, ₹22,473) and Ashish Ahuja (20th, ₹15,846) were among the top 20 who made the money at this tournament. Gaurav Sood (24th), Manish Lakhotia (29th), Harsh Dembla (36th), Sanish Chhabra (37th), Laksh Pal Singh (39th), Bharath Kumar (54th), Sagar Choudhury (61st), Kartik Ved (77th), Ankit Wadhawan (81st) and Neel Joshi (82nd) were among the ones who got busted before the money.
Adda52’s staple and most loved tournament Godfather wasn’t a lowkey affair. With poker pros battling it out for the top spots, only the top 49 places out of the 469 entries could make it in the money. The final prize pool stood at ₹25 Lakh as the min-cash paid was ₹13,750.
Karann Dembla aka ‘ICMsucks’ won the Godfather title with a paycheque of ₹6,12,500. Gaurav Sood aka ‘gauravarod’ had a payday of ₹3,62,500 at the second spot, while anonymous player ‘padma37’ finished third for ₹2,50,000.
Laksh Pal Singh (6th, ₹87,500), Ritwik Khanna (11th, ₹31,250), Arjanveer Singh (15th, ₹25,000), Sahil Mahboobani (18th, ₹21,250), Gagandeep Singh (21st, ₹18,750), Siddharth Karia (23rd, ₹18,750), Mohit Mehta (24th, ₹18,750), Rubin Labroo (30th, ₹16,250), Vishal Bajaj (35th, ₹13,750), Kunal Patni (40th, ₹13750) and Deepak Bothras (49th, ₹13,750) also made it in the 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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