Goa’s Casino Carnival has witnessed some top-notch card-flinging action with yesterday’s conclusion of the inaugural four-day India Poker Open. The poker schedule was jammed with four separate events, headlined by the large INR 100,000 buy-in Main Event. Here’s a quick rundown of results:
As reported, Rakesh Aggarwai won Thursday’s launch 5k No Limit Hold’em Rebuy event. He beat a field of 50 to claim the first prize of INR 205,000. After entering the final table as a relative short-stack, Aggarwai went on to assert his dominance, eventually defeating Vedant Thadani (INR 118,000) in the heads up battle.
Friday’s 10k No Limit Hold’em Freezeout event saw 54 runners tussle for a share of the INR 486,000 prize pool. Rakesh Argarwal was the player to make the most of his time at the tables, taking home the INR 175,000 first prize. Meanwhile, the last side event in the schedule – the 15k Pot Limit Omaha Freezeout – represented the first time an official tournament of PLO was held in India. It was perhaps only fitting then that the organiser of the India Poker Open tournament, Pranav Bagai won it, much to the enjoyment of the Goa poker community.
However, the event that received the most amount of attention was the 100k No Limit Hold’em Main Event. Thirty participants coughed up the hefty buy-in, which created a total prize pool of INR 2.7 million, but victory belonged to Mihail Stoykov. He came into the final table as the third highest chip stack and eliminated three of his opponents before reaching heads up with Dhaval Mudgal. The last hand saw Stoykov call the preflop all in of Mudgal with K♠ 8♠ and was in good shape against the Mudgal’s 9♦ 7♠. A king on the flop sent Stoykov way in front and he didn’t look back, raking in INR 1.2 million for his efforts while Mudgal left with INR 800,000 for second place.
Tournament organiser, Pranav Bagai, was happy with the success of the tournament. “This was our first event under the India Poker Open brand and hosted by a new poker room and we are delighted at the response and feedback from players. Frankly, we did not know how the main event would do given the high buy-in and the PLO event was a first for Indian Poker. It’s been a great four days for us; and a great day for poker here in India. Things can only get bigger and better from here,” he said.
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