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Team India enjoyed an eventful run at the recently concluded Aussie Millions and three of the top pros stayed behind for an extended poker vacation. They certainly managed to make the most of their stay, as along with taking in the sights, the trio picked up a couple of wins along the way. The trio in question were none other than 2017 WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant, 2019 APT Vietnam Main Event winner Abhinav Iyer and Mumbai-based pro Vinod Megalmani. While Sushant banked A$11,423 (₹5.77 Lakhs) for taking down the Weekly Wednesday at the Star Poker Sydney, Megalmani and Iyer chopped the A$150 NLHE Monday MegaStack at Casino Crown Melbourne where Megalmani claimed the top spot for A$2,295 (₹1.16 Lakhs), while Iyer finished runner-up for A$1,460 (₹73,845).
Poker Exploits Down Under
Sushant, Iyer and Megalmani were all part of a small Indian group present at this year’s Aussie Millions. Sushant and Megalmani were the only Indians to post scores at the series, with Sushant scoring in the A$1,150 Hyper Turbo (25th for ₹1.22 Lakhs) and A$10,600 Main Event (87th for ₹8.07 Lakhs), while Megalmani final tabled the A$1,150 Terminator (5th for ₹6.87 Lakhs) for his career-best live score.
After a long series the trio decided to extend their Australian getaway. While in Melbourne, they even swung by Casino Crown to play the weekly tournaments on offer. Megalmani and Iyer entered the A$150 NLHE Monday MegaStack event and were the last two players left standing. The two players quickly made a deal with Megalmani taking the title and Iyer contending with the runner-up spot.
From Melbourne, the band of boys made their way to Sydney and on the last day of their trip, Sushant struck gold at the Star Poker Sydney where he won the Wednesday Weekly tournament to bring an end to the group’s poker exploits Down Under.
A$150 NLHE Monday MegaStack – Casino Crown Melbourne
The Indian brigade featured prominently in the A$150 NLHE Monday MegaStack that pulled in 58 entries, generating A$6,960 in total prize money. Only the final seven players received payouts and as luck would have it, the heads-up battle took place between our two Indian challengers i.e. – Vinod Megalmani and Abhinav Iyer.
The duo went about the heads-up play for some time before shaking hands on a deal that saw Megalmani claiming the title and A$2,295 (₹1,16,079), while Iyer bagged A$1,460 (₹73,845) and took the runner-up title.
Final Table Results (AUD)
1. Vinod Megalmani – A$2,295
2. Abhinav Iyer – A$1,460
3. Saijes Mundadan – A$975
4. Danny Dabab – A$765
5. Darren Thompson – A$560
6. Deanne Dale – A$485
7. Adrian Rebiere – A$420
Megalmani even shared a picture of Iyer and himself after the heads-up deal was struck, captioned “After a week long road trip…Chopped the 150 aud daily for 2k aud with this fish @abhinav_58 … He seems tilted coz I didn’t want to make a deal. On to the next one!! ?!! Time to get back on the road.”
PokerGuru caught up with the Mumbai lad and talking about his win and upcoming plans, Megalmani said, “I ran good in the wrong tourney! My sister just had a baby few days ago so will now travel to San Francisco to visit her. Post that, me, Abhinav Iyer, Vidwath Shetty & Chiraag Patel are going to Maldives to learn to dive.” He added, “Poker wise I may attend EPT Sochi but not sure. I will be attending the WSOP this time in Las Vegas. I might participate in partypoker Montreal before Vegas and WPT Amsterdam in April. But mostly chilling till March.”(sic)
Weekly Wednesday at the Star Poker Sydney
On the final day of their extended holiday, the trio hit the floors at Star Poker Sydney where Aditya Sushant got a pleasant valentine gift as he took down the Weekly Wednesday event, collecting A$11,423 (₹5,77,462) in prize money.
The Weekly Wednesday at the Star Poker Sydney usually brings in between 130 and 160 players and offers attractive prize pools. On February 14, the event drew in 136 runners creating a prize pool of $40,800.
Out of the 15 players who finished in the money were Claudio Nobili (10th for $836), Bruce Hall (11th for $836), Zizheng Huang (12th for $836), Anthony Barry (13th for $689), Yukimasa Imaizumi (14th for $689) and Salvatore Lucisano (15th for $689).
Sushant defeated Andrew Hay in heads-up play to add another international title to his name. Speaking to PokerGuru, Sushant said, “I was only in Sydney for a day and had this tourney in mind when I went there. Felt good to win one on last day of our Oz trip.”
Final Table Results (AUD)
1. Aditya Sushant – A$11,423
2. Andrew Hay – A$7,061
3. Samir Khoueis – A$5,097
4. Jeremy Hyman – A$3,745
5. Donald Civic – A$2,800
6. Kurtis Lazenby – A$2,129
7. Emmanuel Petris – A$1,645
8. Matthew Rolfe – A$1,293
9. Yang Lei – A$1,032
The Star Poker Sydney announced Sushant’s win on their official Twitter Page.
Congratulations Aditya Sushant for taking the lion’s share of the Weekly Wednesday prize pool!
He walked away with $11,423 cash! pic.twitter.com/LfZJSJQi3N
— Star Poker Sydney (@StarPokerSydney) February 14, 2019
The WSOP bracelet winner also shared the good news on Instagram. “Weekly Wednesday at Star, Sydney. Last day of Oz trip. Check. Fishes @abhinav_58 @figureit0utx around to rail and sweat swaps. Check #starpoker #onwardandupward #moveon”