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Saturday was a truly remarkable day at the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) ₹100K High Roller. A total of 33 survivors came back to play Day 2, and part of the field was PokerBaazi’s CEO Navkiran Singh (cover image). Singh entered the eight-handed final placed second in chips with 1.672 Million. Though he was a reasonable distance behind PokerGuru Ambassador Rohit Mishra at the start of the final table, Singh came from behind and took his run straight to victory! It was Mishra whom Singh eventually defeated heads-up, with his turned Broadway straight besting Mishra’s pocket sixes. In addition to scripting his name in history, Singh has also walked away with the hefty top prize of ₹31.82 Lakhs!
“It still feels very surreal…hadn’t planned for this. So I still don’t know how to feel about this because I’m not really a tournament player,” Singh said, talking about his win.
His strategy coming into the final table? “No particular strategy. I wanted to play solid. I wanted to fold more hands than I usually do. I knew I would be against the guys who knew their numbers, and stuff like equity and pot odds. So I knew I had to do something different.”
Commenting on the heads-up against Mishra, Singh said, “I knew he knew his numbers. There was no point playing that kind of a game, I had to do something different. So when the first hand happened, I 4-bet him with ace-six. I could see that he was kind of rattled because I was till that time playing very solid. I wasn’t really three-betting him lightly. Even though I was in position, but he always had the chip lead.”
The PokerBaazi CEO is widely acknowledged as the man behind the high standards of operations that PokerBaazi follows. Singh is also an avid poker player. He picked his first live title in Las Vegas this July, where he won the $400 PLO Bounty event at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series. While he has several WSOP scores to his credit, his best live score on domestic soil was his second-place finish at the 2018 WPT India Shootout. All of that changed today! The High Roller win is also now Singh’s personal-best live score to-date.
The event registered 118 runners on its opening day, and 33 of them led by PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja made the cut for Day 2. Another seven players late-registered on Day 2, taking the final field size to 125 entries. This generated a ₹1.18 Crores prize pool and guaranteed the top 15 finishers at least ₹2.11 Lakhs in prize money.
The bubble burst in the fourth level of the day with Krishna Kumar exiting as the bubble boy after his ace-eight was outdone by Yudhishter Jaswal’s flopped pair of kings. Since the bubble was insured, Kumar did not go empty-handed. Instead, he took home a ₹75,000 paycheque.
Deepak Singh (10th for ₹2.31 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (11th for ₹2.31 Lakhs), former BPT champion Gokul Krishna (12th for ₹2.31 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (13th for ₹2.11 Lakhs), Millionaire Legends champion Anish Patra (14th for ₹2.11 Lakhs) and Anmol Srivats (15th for ₹2.11 Lakhs) were the other players who finished ITM.
Some of the notable players who were eliminated empty-handed on Day 2 include Vikram ‘Lungi’ Kumar, Anmol Mehta, Kunal Patni, Vivek Rughani, Amar Reddy, Neel Joshi, and Nikhil Jain.
Yudhishter Jaswal (9th for ₹3.14 Lakhs) was the final elimination before the final table was redrawn.
The final table was a star-studded affair, and while Mishra (2,136,000) remained at the forefront, Singh (1,672,000) and Raghav Bansal (1,462,000) were the next big stacks.
Final Table Chip Counts
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Final Table Recap
PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan had entered the final table as the shortest stack. Despite his attempts, Wadhawan was unable to spin it up. Wadhawan`s bustout hand saw Raghav Bansal opening from the cutoff for 58K, and Wadhawan shoved for 650K. Bansal called, and Wadhawan tabled pocket jacks versus Bansal’s pocket kings. With no jack on the board, Wadhawan departed in eighth place.
Around 40 minutes later, Abhishek Goindi crashed out in seventh place, his ace-ten cracked by Navkiran Singh’s pocket deuces that held through the board.
Next to go was Santosh Suvarna, who ran his pocket eights into Rohit Mishra’s aces. With no help on the board, Suvarna collected the sixth-place payout.
Less than 30 minutes later, PPL MoneyMaker champion Romit Advani hit the rail in fifth place. Advani was done in by another PPL champion, Shashank Jain, who opened UTG for 110K. Mishra made it 300. Big blind Advani, who had only 300K in chips, woke up with and made an easy call. Jain folded, and Mishra called with and hit two-pair, eliminating Advani.
Raghav Bansal had gone short-stacked by then, and he went out to Mishra in a hand where Mishra opened from the button. Bansal shoved for 12 big blinds from the big blind with , and Mishra called with . Mishra hit a full house on the runout to eliminate Bansal in fourth place.
Three-handed play between Mishra, Jain, and Singh lasted nearly one-and-half hours before Shashank Jain fell out. The action began with Singh opening the pot from the button with . Jain, who was in the small blind, moved all-in with . Singh’s pocket pair held through the rundown, booting Jain out in third place.
The heads-up play between PokerGuru Ambassador Rohit Mishra and PokerBaazi CEO Singh began with Mishra on top with 4.295 Million as against Singh’s 3.205 Million. However, Singh didn’t take long to cover the distance and surge ahead.
The final hand of the tournament had Mishra limping in, and Singh raised. Mishra moved all-in, and Singh made the call.
The board ran , and Singh hit a Broadway straight on the turn to win his first domestic title!
Final Table Results (INR)
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