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.
Ashish Ahuja opened to 80K, Sriharsha Doddapaneni jammed for 1.1 Million. Ahuja called with and Doddapaneni tabled . The board brought an ace for Ahuja, and Doddapaneni lost the pot, along with his tournament life. A runner-up finish has fetched Doddapaneni ₹4.16 Lakhs in prize money.
As for Ahuja, the PokerGuru Ambassador has just won the BPT ₹10K Kickoff for a cool ₹6.18 Lakhs payday!
Ashish Ahuja opened to 80K and saw Sriharsha Doddapaneni 3-bet to 290K. Ahuja jammed and Doddapaneni called with . Ahuja showed pocket sevens and with the board running , Ahuja won the flip to double-up!
We’re now down to the heads-up between Ashish Ahuja and Sriharsha Doddapaneni! While Doddapaneni had started out Day 2 in pole position, Ahuja was a distant ninth in chips among 13 players at the start of the day.
The PokerGuru Ambassador drove up the aggression early into play and spun his stack up well. While Doddapaneni was still in the driver’s seat with a stack of 915,000 when the eight-handed final table began, Ahuja had taken up the second position with a stack of 730,000. If Ahuja had played commendably well till now, he took it many notches higher on the final table as he single-handedly eliminated six of his opponents,
Coming into the heads-up, Ahuja commands an overwhelming chip lead with 26.90 Million versus Doddapaneni’s 16 Million. But this contest is still wide open.
Heads-Up Chip Counts
Ashish Ahuja – 26,90,000
Sriharsha Doddapaneni – 16,00,000
Bikash Rai has fallen whiskers short of the top spot. On his last hand of the tournament, Rai open-shoved with . PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja called before Sriharsha Doddapaneni moved all-in over the top. Ahuja folded and Doddapaneni showed aces. Rai got no relief from the board and he busted. Nonetheless, a third-place finish added ₹2.68 Lakhs to Rai’s bankroll.
Ashish Ahuja who is presently commanding a dominating lead over the rest of the table continues to put pressure on his opponents. Ahuja just sent Vaibhav Shah packing out to the rail in fourth place!
Ahuja shoved with and Shah called with . A three on the flop and Shah headed to the payout desk to collect the fourth-place payday amounting to ₹1.94 Lakhs.
Pokerguru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja seemed to be on a roll. After claiming three knockouts in a row, Ahuja’s next victim was Chirag Sodha. Ahuja shoved on the button with and Sodha called from the big blind with . A jack on the flop quashed Sodha’s title hopes and he bowed out in fifth place to collect ₹1.48 Lakhs in prize money.
Nishant Sharma had entered the final day third in chips but a few setbacks saw him lose his chip advantage. Sharma now opened from the button holding and Ashish Ahuja 3-bet with pocket kings. Sharma shoved and Ahuja called. No help came from the board for Sharma who busted in 6th place. Sharma has taken home a ₹1.19 Lakhs payout.
Vikas KN has just lost his chances to the title. Ashish Ahuja opened to 50K with and Vikas moved all-in with pocket jacks. Ahuja called and hit a one card straight on the board to eliminate Vikas.
Phanindra Akkina had 18 bigs left and he opened with pocket queens. Action folded to PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja who jammed with . Akkina called and was looking for a double-up but a king appeared on the board and he busted in 8th place. Akkina collected ₹79,300 for finishing eighth.
The final table of the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) 2020 series-opener ₹10K Kickoff has been formed! Since Zook Kurup (9th) and Anuj Yadav (10th) were eliminated almost simultaneously on separate tables, the final table features only eight players. Each of these eight finalists is in the money for at least ₹79,300 but has his eyes set on the prestigious BPT title and the top prize of ₹6.18 Lakhs!
Start-of-day chip leader Sriharsha Doddapaneni has maintained his dominance over the field and towers over the rest of the table with a stack of 915,000. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja may be a distant second to Doddapaneni but has a sizeable 730,000 to start play on the final table. Nishant Sharma rounds out the top three stacks with 725,000 in his bag.
Final Table Chip Counts
Watch the final table in action below:
While Yadav was playing for his tournament life, over at the other table, Zook Kurup open-shoved 12 bigs with and was called by PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja who had . The board of bricked Kurup and he hit the rail in ninth place. Kurup earned a payout of ₹59,400 for his deep run.
Since both Yadav and Kurup were eliminated within minutes, the final table will now be eight-handed instead of featuring the final nine players.
Not long after Akash Banka (11th for ₹43,300) and Siddharth Pandey (12th for ₹43,300) were eliminated, Anuj Yadav also hit the rail. Yadav open-shoved for 134K with and Nishant Sharma called with . The board panned out , and Yadav got up to collect his 10th place payout of ₹43,300.
Chirag Sodha seems to be on a heater. We caught him in action, opening with 47K on which Bikash Rai 3-bet to 95K. Sodha shoved with and Rai called with . The runout was the and Sodha scored another double up!
Akash Banka shoved with and found a caller in small blind Nishant Sharma who held . King-high was good enough for Sharma to scoop the pot.
Chirag Sodha went all-in with and saw Phanindra Akkina call it off with . With the board running , Sodha scored a double-up!
The second shortest stack of begin Day 2, Vikas K N, has just managed to squeeze out a much-needed double-up through the chip leader Sriharsha Doddapaneni. It was Vikas`s pocket queens against Doddapaneni`s . The community cards opened getting Vikas the double up.
With Day 2 already 15 mins in play there are still three players yet to show up. While the second chip-lead Bikash Rai (721,000) has a buffer in chips, the other two – Anuj Yadav (264,000) and Aakash Banka (183,000) will need to get in fast to avoid bleeding chips.
With the play already underway, there were a few players yet to take their seats with PokerBaazi CEO Navkiran Singh among the late arrivals. He, however, has become the first player to hit the rail. Singh moved allin with and the two-time Millionaire Champion Phanindra Akkina came along with a call with . The board ran dry eliminating Singh in 13th place for ₹35,500.
It has been a great start to the day for PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja who has managed to double up on the first hand of the day. It was Ahuja putting his tournament life at risk with a shove for 208K. Chirag Sodha who was sitting with almost twice as much made the call.
Ashish Ahuja Chirag Sodha
The board ran getting Ahuja a double-up!
Day 2 of the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) ₹10K Kick Off begins! The series-opener registered 286 entries on Day 1, smashing its guarantee to accrue over ₹26 Lakhs in prize money. A good start to the series indeed!
There’s a ₹6.18 Lakhs up top awaiting the winner and one of the most seasoned pros and a former WPT champion, Sriharsha Doddapaneni is starting the day in pole position with 830,000. Bikash Rai (721,000) and Chirag Sodha (396,000) round out the top three stacks for Day 2.
Also in the field are Nishant Sharma (335,000), Anuj Yadav (264,000), Phanindra Akkina (261,000), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (208,000) and PokerBaazi CEO Navkiran Singh (185,000).
The cards are in the air and PokerGuru is on site to bring you regular updates on the action, so stay connected!
Start of Day 2 Chip Counts