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The historic observation passed by the Karnataka High Court in 2011 where poker was recognized as a game of skill, helped create a cohesive poker ecosystem in the Garden City of Bengaluru.
Reviving some of the lost glory of live events in Bengaluru was online poker site MadOverPoker that joined hands with the newly opened Tilt Room in Indiranagar for its inaugural Hysteria Live event that took place last weekend. And well, to say that the inaugural event was a success would be an understatement. With players flying in from all corners of the country to join this high value event, the least we can say is that the Tilt Room was truly bustling with action.
All in all, the ₹4,400 buy-in event attracted a huge field of 148 entries (115 unique entries and 33 re-entries) and with that, the ₹5 Lakhs prizepool guarantee was easily crushed with the final prize pool touching ₹5.92 Lakhs that was divided among the top 18 finishers.
Banking the lion’s share was Alireza P (cover image) who chopped the event with his heads-up rival Gautam Raju with each player collecting ₹1.22 Lakhs in prize money.
A few notables who attended the debut event included MadOverPoker pro Zarvan Tumboli, VB Vinstil, Madan Kumar, Praveen Dwarkanath, Vidwath Shetty, Chiraag Patel, Chirag Sodha, and Anik Ajmera among many others.
Tumboli carried a ₹15,000 bounty on his head and it was Sachin Prabhu who claimed the pro bounty. Tumboli’s failed to beat Prabhu’s pocket aces on the rundown that got the latter the bounty.
Some notables who made it in the money but couldn’t reach the final table included Nishant Pandey (12th for ₹12,000), Kaushik Tiberwal (13th for 12,000), Amar Mehta (14th for ₹10,000), Sanjay Choudhary (15th for ₹10,000), Sundeep Aneja (16th for ₹10,000), Satish S P (17th for ₹10,000) and Amit Dev (18th for ₹10,000).
The nine-handed final table of the event was set after Ankur Sehegal exited in 10th place for ₹12,000.
Final Table Recap
Gokul was the first elimination and he was followed out by the sole female player on the final table Radhika, who exited in eighth place.
Tournament regular and localite Praveen Dwarkanath’s tournamentrun ended in seventh place while Vikas followed him out at fifth place.
The heads-up battle between the eventual champion Alireza P and Gautam Raju got underway after Pranjal (4th place) and Aditya (3rd place) hit the rail in quick succession.
The duo was quick to reach a deal and chopped the prize money though play continued to crown a champion. Eventually Alireza lifted the shining trophy and was crowned the first-ever Hysteria Live champion.
Final Table Results
1. Alireza P – ₹1,22,500*
2. Gautam Raju – ₹1,22,500*
3. Aditya – ₹65,000
4. Pranjal – ₹50,000
5. Stalin – ₹40,000
6. Vikas – ₹32,000
7. Praveen Dwarkanath – ₹25,000
8. Radhikha – ₹20,000
9. Gokul – ₹15,000
*denotes heads-up deal