Jenil Mepani is the Fifth Destiny 2.0 Winner

Posted On 21 Sep, 2017 0

Day 3 of the ongoing Spartan Super Series saw a huge turnout at the day’s four scheduled events which was headlined by SSS Event #12 Destiny (20L GTD) with INR 5 Lakhs GTD going to first place all for a value buy-in of INR 5,500. Jenil ‘JMAce’ Mepani emerged victorious in this tournament for INR 5,08,175 which includes a ticket worth INR 1 Lakh to the Destiny SnG Finale which is scheduled on 29 October at 9:30 PM. Along with shipping the Destiny tournament, Mepani is currently on top of the SSS leaderboard at the end of Day 3. The tournament drew a total of 459 entries generating a prizepool of INR 22,95,000 which was distributed to top 40 players with a min cash of INR 11,475.

Mepani defeated Anant ‘Pro’ Purohit in heads-up battle in Level #49 with blinds running 40,000-80,000-10,000. Both the players were pre-flop all-in with ‘JMAce’ holding 5s Ks and ahead of ‘Pro’ who had 9d 8c. The board ran 3c 4d 6d Jc 6s and ‘JMAce’ shipped the title with pair of sixes and the better kicker. Purohit collected INR 3,78,675 for his second place finish.

22-year old Jenil ‘JMAce’ Mepani completed his management studies and Masters from New York and usually travels to Mumbai for his diamond business. He got into poker 2 years back on Zynga. A year later his friend introduced him to where he started playing real money poker scoring some decent cashes. While completing his Masters in New York he in the local poker clubs there honing his live skills. Mepani has credited Jaydeep ‘GOOGLE’ Dawer, Mani ‘king.of.Queens’ Singh and Mitul Mehta for improving his game and improving his consistency.

This is not his first win on TheSpartanPoker as earlier Mepani has shipped quite a few big tournaments on the site including the Super Satty to all India Online Poker Championship tournaments (July 2017 edition) and the The Big Freeze (150K GTD) among others. Gutshot caught up with Jenil Mepani and here are some of the excerpts:

Congratulations Jenil! Please describe your journey in the Destiny tournament.

The Destiny tournament was a pretty smooth journey given that I have got some early double ups. With Quads and with some other great hands in the middle stage it was a little difficult to play for me because I couldn’t make my stack so I started bluffing at points. I was forced to make some big bluffs with T3 off and 63 off as I was low in stack but after ITM it was smooth again. I lost a flip at 3-handed but survived to make it to HU.

Any particular turning points in the tournament.

In the heads-up, the opponent was leading with 3:1 lead but in one hand I flopped Full House and then we were equal and later somehow I managed to cover his stack. 

This was about Online, please share your start in live poker tournaments.

My first live poker tournament was Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT), Goa last year in month of November. It was a pretty good experience then it continues to Atlantic City, Panama City and one more in DPT. 

What are your future plans in the live and online space?

At present, I have no plans but I am looking forward for World Poker Tour, India.

What do you plan to do with this money?

At this time I will party with it and also keep for WPT, India.

Day 3 of SSS also had 3 more tournaments and let’s take a quick round-up:

SSS #9 INR 660 (175K GTD) (RE)

The first event of the day drew 333 players created a prizepool of INR 1,99,800 which was distributed to top 27 players with a min-cash of INR 1,798. India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) Super HighRoller July 2017 winner Sumit ‘boronyx’ Sapra shipped the first event of the day for INR 43,956. Sapra defeated ‘micandi’ in heads-up battle who took home INR 29,770 for second place finish.

SSS #10 INR 550 (250K GTD) (R+A)

This event saw 511 players coming together making a prizepool of INR 2,55,500. Top 24 players took a share of the prizepool with a min cash of INR 2,555. ‘rocketarchie’ took down the title defeating ‘theDreamer’ in heads-up battle. ‘rocketarchie’ collected INR 58,765 on the win while ‘theDreamer’ took INR 39,475 for runner-up finish.

SSS #11 INR 1,650 (300K GTD) (FO)

The second last event of the day attracted 219 players and making a prizepool to INR 3,28,500. The top 30 players took a share of the prizepool with a min cash of INR 2,464. ‘tantrum’ outlasted these entries and shipped the title for INR 68,985. ‘soorajtodi’ took second place in this tournament for INR 48,290.

This was the round-up of SSS Day 3 and Jenil Mepani has now overtaken Vivek Rughani in first place after winning the Destiny tournament last night.



Event Dates Buy In
WPT Japan 2018 1 Sep - 17 Sep JPY 30,000
2018 APT Philippines Championships II 13 Sep - 24 Sep PHP 55,000
WPT Korea 2018 18 Sep - 24 Sep KRW 1,100,000
WPT Vietnam 2018 26 Sep - 4 Oct VND 22,000,000
Deltin Poker Tournament Xpress 27 Sep - 30 Sep INR 15,000
PokerStars Live Manila Super Series 9 1 Oct - 7 Oct PHP 10,000