India’s Yagyavalk Bhatt has etched his name in poker history by shipping his maiden live title at the PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 18 in Event 8 Win the Button. Bhatt emerged victorious from a player field of 16 to win his first-ever live title in this Asian poker series.
The Indian player won a prize money of PH₱ 68,276 (~USD 1,202 / ₹99,918). This event was scheduled for 20th September and saw three players make it in the money. The runner-up in this event was Canadian player William Evans. He won a sum of PH₱41,000 (~USD 720.57) for his second place finish.
The third player to get paid was Kirill Gladchenko from Russia. He took a pay cheque of PH₱27,300 (~USD 479). Event 8 had a buy-in of PH₱ 10,000 (~USD 177) and generated a final prize pool of PH₱ 136,576 (~USD 2,410).
Talking about the winner of Event 8, Bhatt has total recorded live earnings of $3,800 and a best live score of $1,528 (Hendon Mob). Bhatt’s first recorded live tournament was Pedro Poker Tour, Vienna wherein he finished 14th for a payday of €310 (~₹27,295).
Another Indian player grinding at the Manila Super Series 18 was Chirag Shah. He finished sixth in the PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 18 Main Event for a payday of PH₱430,000 (₹6,28,247).
This much awaited event was shipped by Paolo Boccaletti from Italy. He added PH₱ 1,692,000 (~USD 2,970) to his bankroll for his first place finish.
🇮🇹 Paolo Boccaletti came out as the champion of the Manila Super Series 18
🏆 Main Event and earn a top prize pay-out of ₱1,692,000 ($30,793)
and Manila Megastack Package.
He defeated 🇨🇳 Qi Xia taking home a ₱1,415,000 payout after 4 way deal. pic.twitter.com/GpsMVC0CgK
— PokerStarsLIVEManila (@PSLiveManila) September 25, 2023
The Main Event of this poker series ran from 20th to 24th September and came with a buy-in of PH₱ 15,000. The total number of entries recorded stood at an impressive 1,034 which generated a final prize pool worth PH₱ 13,239,336 (~USD 233,240).
With Indian players making some incredible moves at the poker table, it is a matter of time when more Asian poker series will witness Indians shipping top titles.
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