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BPT 2022: Niranjan NJ Headlines Final 18 in Series-Opener ₹15K BPT Kickoff

BPT 2022: Niranjan NJ leads final 18 in 15K Kickoff
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis March 24, 2022
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There couldn’t have been a better start for the first live MTT series of 2022! The Baazi Poker Tour returning after an over two-year-long gap made a rousing comeback with the ₹15K Kickoff event on March 23. You can read through the event coverage here.

The series-opener was running in tandem with the NPS Super Highroller FT and locked in 385 entries after late registrations were closed at the end of Level 5, posting a generous ₹54.29 Lakhs prize pool. Day 1 played out 20 levels of 25 mins each, and 18 players bagged a stack for Day 2, with Niranjan NJ headlining the advancing field with a stack of 799,000.

Niranjan NJ
Niranjan NJ


Anant Purohit, who secured a phenomenal double knockout towards the end of the day, bagged the second-largest stack of 662,000, with Abhishek Sharma securing the third most-massive stack of 612,500.

Anant Purohit
Anant Purohit


Some other notables still in contention include Kalyan Chakravarthy (432,500), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (373,000), PokerGuru Ambassador Naresh Veeravalli (282,00), and Siddarth Singhvi (274,000).

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


End of Day 1 Chip Counts

Table - Seat NoPlayerChip Count
28-5Niranjan N J799,000
28-4Anant Purohit662,000
28-8Abhishek Sharma612,500
28-7Sagar Raj565,000
27-3Kalyan Chakravarthy432,500
27-6Raman Dixit391,500
27-4Gaurav Sood373,000
28-2Naresh Veeravalli282,000
27-8Siddarth Singhvi274,000
27-9Rajesh Patel274,000
28-1Vikash Shah245,000
27-2Prajit Gambhir164,000
28-9Viney Singal151,000
27-1Archit Khandelwal122,000
27-7Mohammad Azhar113,500
28-6Piyush Goenka107,000
27-5Abhishek Chhajer87,000
28-3Daniyal Kazi81,000


The 2020 edition of ₹10K Kick-Off had locked in 286 entries, posting a ₹26 Lakhs prize pool. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja championed the event for ₹6.18 Lakhs. This time, the Kickoff champion is guaranteed a ₹11.25 Lakhs payday and the BPT trophy.

With the top 49 places receiving payouts, the notables who finished in the money include Vinay Rajpal (20th for ₹54,200), Paawan Bansal (21st for ₹54,200), Romit Advani (22nd for ₹45,000), PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh (26th place for ₹38,000), Shuchi Chamaria (35th for ₹31,000) and Amar Reddy (42nd for ₹28,200).

Vinay Rajpal
Vinay Rajpal


The play will resume at 2 PM on March 24, from Level 21, with the blinds set at 10,000/20,000 and a running ante of 20,000.

The PokerGuru live coverage crew will be on the ground to bring you all the latest happenings as they unfold. So, stay tuned!

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