6 Indians progress in TIPS 2 Main Event Day 1A

Posted On 08 Mar, 2019 0

The Indian Poker Series (TIPS), a creation of Jaydeep Dawer and Manish Goenka is currently taking place for the second time at the Kings Casino, Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The series will run between 6-11 March 2019 at the venue and the Welcome Event is already in the books, won by Romania’s Ciprian Paunescu. India’s Himanshu Dewan also ran deep and finished 3rd in the same event.

Coming to the gem of the series, the €330 Main Event saw Day 1A in the books yesterday. The field of the first starting flight amounted to 179 entries (including 38 re-entries). Around half of the field consisted of Israeli nationals, as was the case in the last major series that was held in Rozvadov, the 2018 WSOP Europe.

The first three chip leaders in the Main Event Day 1A are all Israelis, with the chip leader being Afif Khuri who bagged up 656k chips in all. He sits above Shahaf Hadaya and Liraz Weiman who have 518k and 511k chips respectively.

Our Indian contingent is also doing good in the series so far. A total of 6 Indians qualified for Day 2 from yesterday. Leading the Indian wolfpack in terms of chip counts is Bengaluru’s Satyam Surendra with 212k chips. Trailing behind Surendra among Indians and 23rd overall is Gurgaon’s Gourav Verma with 150k chips.

Rahul Kumar, another Bengaluru native is at 32nd in overall chip counts and behind him are Bathinda’s Pulkit Goyal (pictured below) at 33rd (118k chips) and Mumbai’s Neeraj Jumani at 34th (117k chips). Goyal is a well-accomplished Indian regular who has won a lot of tournaments and attractive prizes like Jeep Compass (for topping Spartan Super Series leaderboard) online.

Jumani won the TIPS package from a MadOverPoker promotion with just an INR 110 investment. It will be interesting to see how big a return on investment Jumani can make in the series. Vineet Kumar from Chandigarh has bagged 79k chips at the end of the day and is overall 41st among 43 survivors. Kumar also has a significant record and has titles like Spartan Destiny, Cool Leaderboard and Adda52 Grand FT Vegas package to his name.

Top 10 Chip Counts on Day 1A –

  1. Afif Khuri – 656,000
  2. Shahaf Hadaya – 518,000
  3. Liraz Weiman – 511,000
  4. ‘Surikatta’ – 476,000
  5. Lukas Klima – 429,000
  6. Hagay Cohen – 412,000
  7. Shalev Halfa – 359,000
  8. Chunk Fok Liang – 330,000
  9. Alexey Mishuk – 308,000
  10. Amnon Eisner – 268,000

Event #2 Turbo Noon Freezeout

Apart from the Main Event Day 1A yesterday, Event #2 of the TIPS 2.0 also went into the books. Winning the €90 buy-in event and beating a total of 30 entries was Pune’s Jayant Yewale for €700 (~INR 54,904). He was among the three players who made a deal which saw all three earn the same amount of €700. Top 5 Pay-outs are as follows –

  1. Jayant Yewale - €700
  2. Shaul Weinstein - €700
  3. ‘Rez’ - €700
  4. Kfir Zohar - €90
  5. David Levy - €90

Five more starting flights are to be hosted in the Main Event which will surely attract a lot of Indian names to the felts. Keep reading GutshotMagazine.com for timely upcoming TIPS updates as well as for general poker news from around the world.

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