Online poker tournaments are a hit among players. Why so? Well, to begin with, the COVID-19 pandemic, in a way, put a stop to live tourneys and the fun that came along. This is when online tournaments took centre stage not only because they offered the comfort of grinding from home, but also impressive guarantees; not to forget entertainment—means of which were restricted due to the lockdown curbs. In this article, we will take a look at the top five online cashes of 2021. So, without any further ado, let’s take a look.
This Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate grabbed the biggest share of the ₹5 crore prize pool on PokerBaazi’s EndBoss 2021. Chugh struck a three-way deal with Divanshu Khurana and Dhiraj Lakhotia to add a gigantic sum of ₹71.48 Lakh to his bankroll. And oh boy that prize money was head-spinning. This Delhi based player received a free ticket to the EndBoss tournament, which he turned into gold, and captured the biggest cash prize of the year.
This recreational poker player went full throttle during the EndBoss 2021 tournament to grab a pay cheque of ₹63.37 Lakh. This poker event with its gob-smacking guarantee witnessed 4,816 entries slogging real hard for the top spot. But Divanshu Khurana who also made his presence felt at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in 2017 and later in WSOP 2020, defeated pros and online regs alike to add the second largest prize money of 2021 to his bank account. Talk about striking a balance between your day job and playing poker, looks like Khurana got his balancing formula right.
This name is no stranger to the virtual felts of various online poker rooms. But this time around, Dhiraj Lakhotia kept grinding like there was no tomorrow. And damn right he was. The EndBoss tourney gave Lakhotia the third highest prize money of the season. The Big Show winner slayed the online felts of PokerBaazi to grab ₹57.30 Lakh in prize money. With his EndBoss finish, Lakhotia definitely made it clear that he is here to stay.
Thinking of Pav Bhaji? Oh yeah, goes without saying. Vaibhav Temani aka ‘AllinPavBhaji’ took the poker world by storm when he went head-to-head with Aditya Agarwal, at India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) July 2021’s Main Event (ME) on Spartan Poker. We all know how the ME ended (with people believing in the underdog even more), the ₹57,26,064 prize money figure left audiences feeling dumbstruck, but in awe. The world says, give credit where due, and Temani deserves all the credit for holding his solid ground and clinching the IOPC title like a true hero.
The National Poker Series (NPS) on PokerBaazi could easily remind you of the beloved GoT. Oh yes, Game of Thrones. It indeed was a fierce battle, which ended in Mohammad Azhar being declared as the winner. This 23-year-old grabbed truckloads of cash home after winning the title. How much cash exactly? Well, it’s ₹50.13 Lakh. It would surely be an impressive pay cheque to drop in at your bank, isn’t it? Of course. But is that all? Not quite. Azhar nailed three gold medals throughout the series which had 83,793 players battling it out across 64 tournaments. The NPS 2021 winner’s total earnings stand at ₹72.35 Lakh. Yes, you totally get to admire this BBA graduate’s grit and determination to make it big.
Well folks, the above mentioned cashes were the top five online cashes of 2021. Yes, those jaw-dropping figures can make anyone go weak in their knees. But, take a step back for a moment to think of all the hard work that goes into prepping and executing years of training, learning and evolving. Kudos, to the poker champions.
With a Masters’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, Mrinal Gujare currently is cruising through an exciting genre of writing and editing at Gutshot Magazine. Apart from being an Editor, Mrinal is an avid reader and a former contemporary dancer. She is also perennially hungry for intriguing scoops from across the globe. No holds barred is the rule Mrinal follows in life.
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