The action-packed Thursday night saw the top regs strolling out with their prize packages. Truly after some mid-week crisis and relatively lower guarantees, we are once again approaching the weekend, to observe the guarantees shoot up. The entire week noted major players of the country bagging titles, but the star performer was Kavish Kukreja who took down three tournaments halfway through the week. So, let’s have a quick look at the Thursday majors…
A part of the SSS that is currently underway, Ultron INR 25 Lakhs GTD on Spartan Poker made its Thursday run with a record-breaking field of 603 entries. Each player chipped in a buy-in of INR 4,400 and in due course the prize pool was split among the top 55 places. Riding past the massive field was the prominent figure in the live and online circuit, Arsh Grover aka ‘BigggTymeR’ adding another feather to his heavy poker cap after striking a heads-up deal with Vikranth Varma aka ‘borntrouble’. With Grover carrying a larger stack finished in the first place, pushing Varma into the runner-up position.
Other notable players finishing in the money include Ayush Garg aka ‘Lazyman’ (5th), SSS Day 3 Event #16 winner Kanav Parwal aka ‘Shakerchi’ (6th), Dhaval Mudgal aka ‘MandirYahinBanayenge’ (7th), Ashish Ahuja aka ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ (14th), Pulkit Goyal aka ‘Championplayer’ (17th), Ram Kakkar aka ‘TheLagLawyer’ (19th), Siddhant Kapoor aka ‘bullzeye’ (31st), Neeraj Kumar aka ‘SelfClaimedPros’ (32nd), Aniket W aka ‘Anteman’ (33rd), Sriharsha Doddapaneni aka ‘Fish2050’ (38th), Ashish Kaushik aka ‘mmonas’ (51st), Kartik Ved aka ‘TheInternetKid’ (53rd), PokerStars Highroller winner (read below) Hitesh Batra aka ‘hitesh bhai’ (54th) Adda52 Godfather winner (read below) Kavish Kukreja aka ‘Dietchips’ (55th) and so on.
Thursday headliner tournament on PokerBaaazi was The Summit INR 15 Lakhs GTD. Once again, the event outdid last week’s field and observed 275 entries, each one of whom registered for a buy-in of INR 8,250. A remarkable run was made by Harsh Kumar aka ‘100crdream’ for INR 4.55 Lakhs triumphing over Ajitesh Bhargava aka ‘bazzinga29’, the runner-up who settled for INR 3.19 Lakhs.
Smashing the guarantee to generate a bigger prize pool of INR 20 Lakhs, the top players well-received a portion from the same including Jayjit Ray aka ‘england’ (4th), Armaan Kochhar aka ‘Armaan007’ (5th), Aditya Kulkarni aka ‘adit11’ (7th), PokerStars Night on Stars winner Kartik Ved aka ‘TheInternetKid’ (13th), Anirban Das aka ‘pottysingh’ (14th), Pranay Chawla aka ‘setmeup’ (17th), Neeraj Kumar aka ‘SelfClaimedPro’ (19th), Sahil Mahboobani aka ‘ImHighIshove’ (20th), Rubin Labroo aka ‘kornkid’ (23rd), Hitesh Batra aka ‘hiteshbhai’ (30th), Goonjan Mall aka ‘gmtesting’ (32nd), Kavish Kukreja aka ‘Narcos’ (36th) and so on.
Fate was in favour of Kavish Kukreja adding another victory to an already illustrious list of poker achievements. Kukreja aka ‘narcoss’ took down Thursday’s Godfather INR 20 Lakhs GTD on Adda52 and this time boosting his poker bankroll with INR 5 Lakhs. The champion defeated online reg Ankit Agarwal aka ‘ankitag182000’ in heads-up. In the end, Agarwal walked out with INR 3 Lakhs for the runner-up position.
Winning back-to-back titles in Spartan’s Sunday SuperStack and ReCharge, Kukreja is also a familiar face in the live circuit. Besides, several hopefuls took to their seat and only the top 38 finished in the money including Pranay Chawla aka ‘setmeup’ (5th), Sumit Sapra aka ‘Hammer_Head’ (9th), Karan Radia aka ‘Reg_Slayer’ (10th), Ayan Ray aka ‘gutshotguru1’ (11th), Neel Joshi aka ‘neeljoshi23’ (14th), Ragesh Mishra aka ‘ragesh91’ (24th), Moola Udaya aka ‘udaymoola’ (25th), Abhishek Garg aka ‘thegrinder’ (29th), Guneet Kwatra aka ‘guntz’ (33rd), Goonjan Mall aka ‘gmtesting’ (34th) and others.
PokerStars hosts Highroller INR 12 Lakhs GTD each Thursday, and yesterday it was the June’s Millionaire winner Hitesh Batra aka ‘hiteshbhai999’, the online reg who shipped the tournament for INR 2.7 Lakhs eliminating Chirag Sodha aka ‘WhyworrY_56’ in heads-up. The runner-up survived to settle for INR 1.9 Lakhs.
Batra outlasted a field of 197 players who registered in the tournament for INR 7,700, the advertised guarantee was surpassed creating a higher prize pool of INR 13.79 Lakhs which was later distributed among the top finishers including Goonjan Mall aka ‘gmtesting’ (3rd), Ashish Ahuja aka ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ (7th), Ujjwal Narwal aka ‘CougarHunter69’ (10th), Kartik Ved aka ‘TheInternetKid’ (12th), Rubin Labroo aka ‘kornkid4’ (13th), Anuj Yadav aka ‘brockLesnar95’ (20th), Gaurav Sood aka ‘3betPanda’ (27th), Ashish Munot aka ‘chipcharity999’ (29th), Tathagata Sengupta aka ‘RadioActivity’ (31st) and so on.
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