The opening event of the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) 2020 edition, ₹10K Kick-Off is officially in the books! Dominating a guarantee-smashing field of 286 entries was PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja who came out on top to win his first-ever BPT title and a ₹6.18 Lakhs payday. This is Ahuja’s second recorded live title and comes almost two years after he took down the ₹20K Bounty title at DPT in February 2018.
The Kick-Off got the series off to a cracking start, collecting a guarantee-smashing ₹26 Lakhs+ in prize money. It also rode past the turnout of 257 entries that the event had registered in its last edition in October.
The money bubble burst mid-way during Level 17 and it was PokerGuru Ambassador Nadeem Basha who ended up hitting the rail in 33rd place, leaving the remaining 32 survivors in the money for at least ₹23,700.
Amid the Day 1 action, PokerBaazi came out with a BIG announcement! The site announced the launch of the ‘the biggest poker tournament in Indian history’, called ‘End Boss’. The tournament promises to award a colossal ₹1 Crore to the winner, which will be the biggest first-place cash prize to be given away in an online tournament held in the country to-date. Players can win a free ticket to the event by guessing the guarantee of the tournament.
Day 2 began today with Sriharsha Doddapaneni in pole position among the 13-player field that had many heavyweights in contention.
PokerBaazi CEO Navkiran Singh (13th for ₹35,500) was the first elimination of the day.
Incidentally, nine players were to find a seat on the final table but with Zook Kurup (9th for ₹59,400) and Anuj Yadav (10th for ₹43,300), both busting out almost simultaneously on separate tables, the final table began with eight players.
Even though Ahuja was among the shorter stacks in the field when the day had begun, he quickly improved his position and was second in chips behind Doddapaneni by the time the final table began.
He went on a rampage thereon knocking out six players from the final table to spin himself into a massive chip lead! By the time he reached the heads-up play with Doddapaneni, Ahuja was sitting with a commanding 26.90 Million stack to Doddapaneni’s 16 Million. It took less than two hours for Ahuja to finish the job and he eventually took it down after his ace-ten found an ace on the board to defeat Doddapaneni’s king-jack.