This Thursday, poker platforms hosted some of their highest value tournaments and drew in players from all over the country. The online felts on PokerBaazi were crowded as the platform hosted its ₹5 crore GTD Classics tournament series. With most of the marquee tournaments crushing their advertised guarantee, the Thursday night action was nothing short of spectacular. Let’s take a look at some of the night’s biggest winners.
Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday tournament hit all the right spots with its high guarantee of ₹16 Lakh. This drew in a total of 483 entries and the ₹5,500 buy-in tournament crushed its initial guarantee, generating a total prize pool of ₹24,15,000. The top 39 players made the money and a min-cash of ₹16,663 was given.
Taking the title spot was online reg Mohit Mehta aka ‘thejoker’ who had a payday of ₹4,84,207. Mehta also shipped the Millionaire #2 on Spartan Poker for ₹1.25 Lakh in November 2021 and the Courageous Arjan tournament in Adda52 for ₹4.49 Lakh in December 2021. Currently, having a bit of a dry run on the platform, Ashish Ahuja aka ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ managed to finish in the runner-up position and took home ₹3,21,919 in prize money.
PokerStars rolled out its Highroller tournament which attracted a total of 143 entries. The tournament had a final prize pool of ₹10,01,000 which surpassed its original guarantee. The buy-in of the tournament was ₹7,700. The top 17 places were paid and the min-cash was ₹16,531. The tournament ended in a deal between Rajat Sharma aka ‘sharabikebabi’ and India Online Poker Championship January 2021 Main Event winner Laksh Pal Singh aka ‘B00MTilt23.’ They walked away with ₹1,86,661 and ₹1,86,661, respectively. Singh also shipped the Sunday Special – Progressive KO on PokerStars for ₹2,87,421.
Other players that made the money were Amit Kaushik (3rd, ₹1,26,779), Arun Sriram (4th, ₹98,479), Ritwik Khanna (7th, ₹46,157), Arjanveer Singh (13th, ₹20,061), Trending Thursday runner up Ashish Ahuja 14th, ₹16,531), Sanish Chhabra (15th, ₹16,531), Partho Dutta (16th, ₹16,531), and IOPC July 2021 Leaderboard topper Anuj Yadav (17th, ₹16,531). Online reg Mithun Mahesh was the bubble boy of the tournament finishing in the 18th position.
Adda52’s Godfather witnessed phenomenal participation from players with 542 total entries. The ₹5,500 buy-in tournament generated a final prize pool of ₹27,10,000 which crushed its initial guarantee. In the end, the top 55 players finished in the money and the min-cash was ₹12,195. Clinching the top spot was poker pro Vinayak Bajaj aka ‘bhai_on_mary_jane’ who had a paycheck of ₹5,88,999. Bajaj also played the DOPT ME Finale where he finished 4th but had his second-biggest cash of ₹9,31,068. Vinay Rajpal aka ‘vinay0902’ was the runner-up and went home with a prize money of ₹4,40,801.
Players that made the money were Manish Lakhotia (3rd, ₹2,57,450), Kunal Patni (10th, ₹33,875), Trending Thursday winner Mohit Mehta (15th, ₹27,100), Anuj Yadav (23rd, ₹20,325), Vaibhav Sharma (38th, ₹14,905), Sanat Mehrotra (41st, ₹14,905), Amit Kaushik (43rd, ₹14,905), Aniket Waghmare (46th, ₹12,195), Ravindra Arikeri (49th, ₹12,195), Gaurav Sood (53rd, ₹12,195), and Ankit Wadhawan (55th, ₹12,195).
From the ongoing PokerBaazi’s Classics series, the Summit tournament drew in a total number of 597 entries. The ₹8,250 buy-in tournament’s final prize pool was bumped up to ₹44,78,000 which ultimately crushed the advertised guarantee. Finishing in the money were the top 72 players. The min-cash was ₹13,880.
Player ‘intervntion’ shipped the tournament and took home the lion’s share of the prize pool worth ₹8,46,000 for his victory. In the runner up position was player ‘mikeknp’ who walked away with ₹5,93,000 in his pockets.
Other players who made the money were Kunal Yadav (3rd, ₹3,81,000), Subhayan Das (10th, ₹62,240), Jasven Saigal (12th, ₹62,240), Godfather winner Vinayak Bajaj (17th, ₹43,430), Nitin Arora (21st, ₹38,060), siddonuts (28th, ₹25,970), thatssosick (31st, ₹25,970), Vishnu Khandelwal (32nd, ₹25,970), Sanish Chhabra (35th, ₹25,970), Ankit Modi (40th, ₹22,390), Anurag Srivastava (42nd, ₹22,390), Ritwik Khanna (43rd, ₹22,390), Anmol Mehta (44th, ₹22,390), Aditya Singh (50th, ₹19,250), Anuj Yadav (63rd, ₹16,120), Sanat Mehrotra (68th, ₹13,880), and Harsh Dembla (72nd, ₹13,880).
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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