Thursday Roundup: Gaurav Sood, Rajat Sharma among title winners
While APT Vietnam is all warmed-up with a number of Indian participants, it is interesting to look around and watch the online felts jammed as well. While Ashish Munot could be found representing India in the live felts, he never disappeared from online tournaments held yesterday night. But Thursday was all about Gaurav Sood winning back-to-back, fighting tooth and nail to become the popular star of the night. And here is sneak peek into Thursday's daily majors…
Spartan – Head-Hunter INR 15 Lakhs GTD
Every Thursday night, Spartan Poker hosts a bounty tournament called Head-Hunter INR 15 Lakhs GTD which seems to be growing in popularity in recent times. After 6 intense hours of grinding, ‘[email protected]’ took away the valuable title along with the first-place prize money. The player who wished to stay anonymous has had previous records of excellence attached to his name. The tournament saw a 3-way deal in the final hand and the winner finished ahead of ‘potripper16’ and ‘Shakerchi’.
- Total Entries – 303
- Prize Pool – INR 15,15,000
- Places Paid - 27
- Min-Cash – INR 15,150
As usual, the guarantee was crushed and the top places received a minimum pay-check including Siddharth Karia aka ‘schemer77’ (4th), yesterday’s 9stacks winner (read below) Gaurav Sood aka ‘mozzie17’ (7th), Vinayak Bajaj aka ‘tuktuki’ (9th), Eka Vedantham aka ‘gettingthere’ (15th), Yowan Patel aka ‘PAPITO’ (16th), yesterday night’s PokerStars Highroller winner (read below) Rajat Sharma aka ‘Garammasala’ (22nd) Ashish Munot aka ‘Donkey 07’ (24th) and so on.
Pokerbaazi – The Summit INR 15 Lakhs GTD
The guarantee was smashed last night at Pokerbaazi hosting The Summit INR 15 Lakhs GTD. At 8 pm sharp, each player registered for a buy-in of INR 8,250. Topping the field and claiming the day was Gaurav Sood aka ‘gaug17’ defeating Sanket Arora aka ‘blackcod’. Sood pocketed INR 5,05,308 while the runner-up ended with INR 3,54,562.
- Total Entries – 305
- Prize Pool – INR 22,87,500
- Places Paid- 36
- Min-Cash – INR 15,555
This came as the second win for Sood as Pokerbaazi wrapped up the tournament at 3:12 am, the winner was overwhelmed by his back-to-back victories. While others who cashed include Romit Advani aka ‘tilt83’ (6th), Kanishka Samant aka ‘Highness’ (7th), Tuesday Adda52 Hitman winner Manish Lakhotia aka ‘thekid’ (24th), Eka Vedantham aka ‘gettingthere’ (28th), Siddhanth Kapoor aka 'Bullzeye' (32nd) and so on.
Adda52 – Godfather X1
Thursday night Adda52 hosted Godfather XI at 8 pm sharp, and ‘xoredvoid’ appeared to be taking away the title and shipping the tournament for INR 5,70,850 after defeating Sahil Mahboobani aka ‘ImHighIshove’, a leading online contender, who eventually settled for runner-up position for INR 3,37,850.
- Total Entries – 466
- Prize Pool – INR 23,30,000
- Places Paid - 49
- Min-Cash – INR 12,815
Other notable players to cash include Arjanveer Singh aka ‘arjan30’ (11th), Ayush Garg aka ‘lazyman’ (23rd), Deepak Singh aka ‘Peacelover’ (36th), Kunal Sharma aka ‘cvc’ (48th) and so on.
PokerStars – Highroller INR 12 Lakhs GTD
Now, any active player would know Rajat Sharma aka ‘sharabikebabi’, who has been doing well in online tournaments across a number of Indian sites, PokerStars racking up titles and numerous deep money finishes so far. Sharma took the limelight at the Highroller tournament on Thursday night at 1:31 am walking away with INR 2,87,372 after pushing ‘you3betl4bet’ to the runner-up position. The players settled for a deal in the final hand of the tournament.
- Total Entries – 215
- Prize Pool – INR 15,05,000
- Places Paid- 34
- Min-Cash – INR 13,460
With total live earnings of over $33k, the popular Indian player in live felts was recorded earning his career-best live cash for finishing 3rd in 2019 DPT Colossus 50k Warm-Up event. And as the tournament progressed, the guarantee was surpassed, creating a prize pool that was later shared among the top finishers.
9stacks – Thunder INR 5 Lakhs GTD
It was a happy ending for both 9stacks as well as Gaurav Sood aka ‘mozzie17’ winning another title in the one day. The guarantee was ultimately crushed! Each player entered for a buy-in of INR 4,400, and at 1:08, Thunder INR 5 Lakhs GTD came to a standstill. The star appearing tonight was Sood who took away INR 1,49,040 of prize money only after defeating Mukesh Surana aka 'SittingOut' in heads-up.
- Total Entries – 103
- Prize Pool – INR 5,52,000
- Places Paid - 15
- Min-Cash – INR 7,728
The champion has quite a remarkable live finish to be remembered. Runner-up in 2019 APT Vietnam PLO held in July, he also finished 10th in 2019 Baazi Poker Tour PLO, Panaji. Other notable players include Goonjan Mall aka ‘gmtesting’ (7th), Wednesday’s StackUp winner ‘Dhappa’ (8th) and so on.
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