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It’s BACK! The 12th edition of the IOPC is up and running on Spartan Poker (and other partner sites). Thursday marked the onset of the 30 Crores GTD series’ 18-day-long run, with six players bagging IOPC titles. Given the guarantee-crushing turnouts yesterday, we might have another record-breaking series on our hands.
Some of the biggest guaranteed tournaments of the day were all from the IOPC stable, and the top draw was the IOPC #4 Thursday Prime. The lawyer-cum-poker reg Armaan Kochhar championed the event for ₹7.79 Lakhs, bagging his second career IOPC title. Not only was Kochhar Thursday`s biggest winner, but he also crossed the ₹6 Crore mark in online winnings. The July 2021 IOPC – The Crown champion Vaibhav ‘Lang Syne’ Temani, who only recently recovered from COVID-19, fired a runner-up finish worth ₹4.85 Lakhs.
Adda52’s Godfather was taken down by site reg Vijendra Sharma, who won the Thursday flagship for the third time yesterday for ₹6.62 Lakhs. Vikk Sharma came second for ₹3.86 Lakhs.
PokerBaazi user ‘Srini2021’ climbed his way to the top of The Summit to win ₹5.42 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘holdbaby’ Singh Chadha placed second for ₹3.79 Lakhs. The poker pro from Chandigarh, Chadha, made away with ₹6.83 Lakhs in cumulative winnings!
India’s first solo WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer flexed his way to ₹6.61 Lakhs in Thursday winnings, including third-place finishes in IOPC #4 Thursday Prime and Godfather!
Last week`s Winter Series #18 Highroller champion Aditya Singh came out on top in IOPC #5 Thursday Spotlight to win ₹4.85 Lakhs and his second IOPC title. In all, the poker reg added ₹5.32 Lakhs in Thursday winnings.
PokerHigh user Vaibhav Arora took down the IOPC #6: All Rounder for ₹2.96 Lakhs. Sooraj Todi settled for a runner-up finish worth ₹1.85 Lakhs.
Yash Chitre bagged the first title at the series after wading past a monster field in the series-opener IOPC #1 – Launch Party to collect ₹2.53 Lakhs. Actor, DJ, and poker player, Siddhanth Kapoor, fought a fiercely contested FT battle and eventually placed runner-up for ₹1.40 Lakhs.
Lavesh Meena won IOPC #3 Monster Stack for ₹2.17 Lakhs, and Tanmay Benara came second for ₹1.32 Lakhs.
The #2 ranked player of 2021, Manish Lakhotia, conquered IOPC #2 for ₹2.17 Lakhs and bagged his fourth career IOPC title following a heads-up deal with ‘Hyena_Killer’ (2nd for ₹1.84 Lakhs). The poker pro from Siliguri FT-ed IOPC #6 All Rounder as well, adding ₹3.46 Lakhs to his online tally that is fast approaching the ₹10 Crore mark!
Young Gun Devang Yadav made it across the finish line in PokerStars India`s Winter Series-63 Highroller to claim the ₹2.61 Lakhs up-top. Myron Pereira posted a runner-up finish worth ₹2.01 Lakhs.
The NPS Main Event champion Mohammad Azhar made away with over ₹3.33 Lakhs last night – earning over half of it, i.e., ₹1.69 Lakhs for taking down Adda52`s Monster Turbo.
Ashish Kumar shipped PokerStars India’s Winter Series-65 Big Bubble Rush for ₹1.14 Lakhs, with Harsh Bubna taking second place for ₹63,937.
Nishant Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Neeraj Sharma, Kunal Yadav, Pratik Doshi, Nitin Rawat, Prabhudas Sajeev, and Clinton Tavares were the other prominent title winners.
Here are the Thursday highlights!
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The 12th edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) got off to a rousing start on Thursday, with all the six events that ran to culmination yesterday crushing their respective prize pool guarantees.
Topping the winner`s list was the circuit regular Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar, who topped the 1,017-entry field in the ₹35 Lakhs GTD IOPC #4 Thursday Prime to collect his second career IOPC title and a ₹7.79 Lakhs payday. The defending IOPC – The Crown champion Vaibhav ‘Lang Syne’ Temani (2nd for ₹4.85 Lakhs), and bracelet winner Abhinav ‘hightr0ller’ Iyer (3rd for ₹3.47 Lakhs) secured podium finishes in the IOPC Day 1 headliner. The ₹4,400 buy-in event generated a ₹40.68 Lakhs prize pool and paid out 87 places.
The lawyer-cum-poker pro, Armaan Kochhar, has been on a heater this week and only two days ago had won PokerStars India`s Winter Series-49 Bounty Builder HR. While winning a second title in three days is definitely a plus, Kochhar has other reasons to celebrate as he hit a new career milestone yesterday, crossing ₹6 Crores in online earnings. His trailblazing run makes him our third Super Achiever of 2022.
Armaan Kochhar`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹6.02 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.18 Crore | Finished #18 in the 2021 Leaderboard Standings
The 9:30 PM IOPC #5 Thursday Spotlight walloped past its ₹18 Lakhs advertised guarantee after 842 hopefuls ponied up the ₹3,300 buy-in, making for a prize pool collection of ₹25.26 Lakhs. Last week`s Winter Series #18 Highroller champion Aditya ‘konstantinn’ Singh was the last player standing and won the title for ₹4.85 Lakhs, beating ‘TheBeard’ (2nd for ₹3.04 Lakhs) to the finish line.
Last night`s win happens to be Singh’s fourth six-figure finish this year, and he cashed another two events yesterday, filling in ₹5.32 Lakhs to his Thursday tally.
His ITM finishes include:
> 1st in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #5 – Thursday Spotlight for ₹4.85 Lakhs
> 6th in PokerBaazi`s SPRINT for ₹30,245
> 31st in PokerBaazi`s The Summit for ₹16,770
Aditya Singh`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.80 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹44.96 Lakhs
PokerHigh user Vaibhav ‘Vakeel.sahab’ Arora made quite the run on Day 1 of the IOPC. He played eight IOPC-branded events and found success in three of them, most notably winning the ₹12 Lakhs GTD IOPC #6: All Rounder for the lion’s share of the ₹15.40 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹2.96 Lakhs. Sooraj ‘GotNoChange31’ Todi came second out of a 770-player starting field, collecting ₹1.85 Lakhs in second place.
Vaibhav Arora`s top finishes include:
> 1st in IOPC #6 – All Rounder for ₹2.96 Lakhs
> 36th in IOPC #1 – Launch Party for ₹4,861
> 28th in IOPC #3 – Monster Stack for ₹5,292
Even with a relatively modest ₹12 Lakhs prize pool guarantee, the series-opener IOPC #1 – Launch Party was one of the featured attractions of the day. Spartan Poker ran an extended Daily Final Table Offer that awarded the top three finishers of marquee events tickets to the event. All of that helped the ₹550 buy-in event rake in a massive 2,982-strong field, registering ₹14.91 Lakhs in the prize pool. Yash ‘Babyshark10’ Chitre cut his way across the vast field and overcame a chip deficit three-handed to win the title for ₹2.53 Lakhs. Bollywood actor, DJ, and poker player, Siddhanth ‘Liu Kang’ Kapoor took second place for ₹1.40 Lakhs.
Lavesh ‘devbhati’ Meena was another IOPC title winner yesterday. He outplayed a 1,454-player field in the ₹6.50 Lakhs GTD IOPC #3 Monster Stack to win ₹2.17 Lakhs, defeating Tanmay ‘PlusEv’ Benara (2nd for ₹1.32 Lakhs) heads-up.
The #2 ranked player of 2021, Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia, launched his IOPC campaign in style by topping the 855-player field in the ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD IOPC #2 for a ₹2.17 Lakhs payday and his fourth career IOPC title. He struck a heads-up deal with ‘Hyena_Killer’ (2nd for ₹1.84 Lakhs).
Manish Lakhotia ITM-ed an impressive six other events, collectively adding ₹3.46 Lakhs.
His top ITM finishes include:
> 1st in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #2 for ₹2.17 Lakhs
> 6th in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #6 – All Rounder for ₹63,756
> 15th in Adda52`s Godfather for ₹27,600
Manish Lakhotia`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹9.96 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹3.24 Crores | Finished #2 in the 2021 Leaderboard Rankings
The first multi-flight event of the series, the ₹1.50 Crore GTD IOPC Blaze, kicked off yesterday. Day 1A of the ₹8,800 entry buy-in event clocked in 396 entries (218 unique, 46 re-entries, and 132 rebuys), and 64 players survived the day’s onslaught. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja (230,937), ‘PsyDon’ (211,660), PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul ‘The Greak Freak’ Raj (201,602), Anurag ‘CultOfPersonality’ Srivastava (160,786), and Sriharsha ‘Sygrayem’ Doddapaneni (155,590) topped the day-end chip counts. The event has another five starting flights still to go.
The other multi-flight event, the ₹30 Lakhs GTD IOPC D’Lite, ran two starting flights. The ₹550 buy-in event registered a cumulative 1,368 entries across the two starting flights, with another six flights left to run.
Day 1A logged in 690 entries, and 61 players bagged for Day 2. Sahil ‘Captain Falcon’ Mahboobani (366,912), Sooraj ‘GotNoChange31’ Todi (277,924), and ‘anands1240’ (220,004) bagged the top three stacks.
Day 1B brought in an even better 678 participants. ‘Fletcher’ (292,424), Anuj ‘Anuj16101’ Laddhad (273,099), and ‘TheManager’ (239,799) topped the 59-player surviving field.
Manish Lakhotia has taken an early lead in the ginormous ₹1 Crore IOPC Leaderboard race with 1,870 points. The IOPC #1 Launch Party champion Yash Chire (1,602 points) and the IOPC #6 champion Vaibhav Arora (1,504 points) sit at #2 and #3 positions respectively.
IOPC Leaderboard Standings
Rank Player Points
1 Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia 1,870
2 Yash 'babyshark10' Chitre 1,602
3 Vaibhav 'Vakeel.sahab' Arora 1,504
4 Lavesh 'devbhati' Meena 1,466
5 Siddhanth 'Liu Kang' Kapoor 1,241
6 Armaan 'space ace' Kochhar 1,151
7 Aditya 'konstantin' Singh 1,073
8 Tanmay 'PlusEv' Benara 1,070
9 Lang Syne 1,044
10 Abhinav 'hightr0llrr' Iyer 988
Even with the IOPC stealing most of the spotlight, MTT players flocked in droves to PokerBaazi, with the site`s ₹15 Lakhs GTD The Summit logging in a 344-player field, leading to a prize pool collection of ₹25.80 Lakhs. After nearly eight hours of play, the user ‘Srini2021’ walked away with the title and ₹5.42 Lakhs in prize money. PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘holdbaby’ Singh Chadha finished runner-up for ₹3.79 Lakhs.
Arjanveer Singh Chadha powered his way to ₹6.83 Lakhs in total winnings on the back of five ITM finishes.
His ITM finishes include:
> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for ₹3.79 Lakhs
> 4th in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #4 – Thursday Prime for ₹2.68 Lakhs
> 9th in PokerStars India’s Winter Series-65 Big Bubble Rush for ₹20,221
> 16th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #1 – Launch Party for ₹11,093
> 44th in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) SPRINT for ₹4,033
Arjanveer Singh Chadha`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹9.30 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹3.39 Crores | Finished #5 in the 2021 Leaderboard Rankings
The ₹5 Lakhs GTD (7-Max) SPRINT ran from 9 PM to 3:42 AM, registering 517 participants and posting a ₹7.76 Lakhs prize pool. Nishant ‘rektace’ Kumar won the title for ₹1.38 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal with Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey (2nd for ₹1.18 Lakhs).
‘bungakat’ (Won Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹52,550), ‘pubgindia’ (Won SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹43,670), ‘Heretowin20’ (Won Holdem BOOST ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹43,410), ‘darkblazer’ (Won Hyper Sprint ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹42,950), ‘gehrman’ (Won Daily Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹37,280), Kunal ‘callmeifyoucan’ Yadav (Won Evening SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹31,470), ‘nik3105’ (Won PLO5 BOOST ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹30,540), and Prabhudas ‘manumkg7’ Sajeev (Won 5-max Daily ₹50K GTD for ₹12,230) won the other PokerBaazi marquees.
The Winter Series After Party laid out another eventful day of MTT action on PokerStars India. The day`s biggest draw was the ₹11 Lakhs GTD Winter Series-63 Highroller. The ₹7,700 buy-in event locked in 188 entries, collecting a guarantee-smashing ₹13.16 Lakhs prize pool. Young Gun Devang ‘trappyfish93’ Yadav was the last player standing and won ₹2.61 Lakhs, and Myron ‘khAAbib’ Pereira came second for ₹2.01 Lakhs.
The final table was replete with top regs like Young Gun Gaurav ‘3betPanda’ Sood (3rd for ₹1.55 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul ‘Haxton Jr’ Raj (4th for ₹1.20 Lakhs), Mohammad ‘Bund_Blaster’ Azhar (5th for ₹93,026), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘chipcharity999’ Munot (6th for ₹71,873), Nitin ‘Checkshoveit’ Arora (7th for ₹55,530), Dhinesh ‘you3betl4bet’ Kumar (8th for ₹42,904) and Chirag ‘WhyworrY_56’ Sodha (9th for ₹35,195).
Ashish ‘TRIPPINonACID’ Kumar overcame the 229-entry field in PokerStars India’s ₹5 Lakhs GTD Winter Series-65 Big Bubble Rush to pocket the most significant portion of the ₹5.72 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹1.14 Lakhs (includes ₹65,371 in bounties). Harsh ‘harsh1327’ Bubna picking up his fourth runner-up finish this month, collected ₹63,937 in second place (includes ₹14,941 in bounties).
Ashish Kumar’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹79.11 Lakhs | Lifetime Profit: ₹19 Lakhs
Harsh Bubna’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.28 Crores | Lifetime Profit: ₹39.26 Lakhs
‘kaisa lagaa’ (Won Winter Series-67 Ultrasonic ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹36,502), ‘Apna Anna’ (Won Winter Series-61 Deepstack ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹18,702), Pratik ‘pratspratik’ Doshi (Won Afternoon on Stars ₹50K GTD for ₹17,429), Nitin ‘NRIPOKER’ Rawat (Won Winter Series-64 Primetime Grind ₹60K GTD for ₹12,909), and Clinton ‘Clinton Tavares’ Tavares (Won Winter Series-62 Bounty Builder Progressive KO ₹40K GTD for ₹9,621) were the other PokerStars India marquees.
Adda52’s ₹25 Lakhs GTD Godfather drew a 552-player field, generating a guarantee-smashing ₹27.60 Lakhs prize pool. The site reg Vijendra ‘sadhu16’ Kumar Sharma clinched the Godfather title for the third time last night for a site-best ₹6.62 Lakhs. Vikk ‘uniquepersonality’ Sharma placed runner-up for a career-best ₹3.86 Lakhs.
Vijendra Kumar Sharma also placed fourth in the Bounty Adda for ₹8,401. His Adda52 stats: Site Winnings: ₹63.46 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹33.33 Lakhs
India’s first solo WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav ‘checkshove’ Iyer crossed the money line in four events, collectively earning ₹6.61 Lakhs.
His ITM finishes include:
> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s IOPC#4 – Thursday Prime for ₹3.47 Lakhs
> 3rd in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹2.62 Lakhs
> 11th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC#5 – Thursday Spotlight for ₹35,111
> 30th in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for ₹16,770
Abhinav Iyer’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹6.62 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.97 Crores
The ₹5 Lakhs GTD Monster Turbo ran from 9.30 PM to 2.07 AM, with 281 players in contention. The ₹6.32 Lakhs prize pool was distributed among the top 30 finishers. The NPS Main Event champion Mohammad ‘blankspace’ Azhar overcame the competition to win the Monster Turbo for the second time for ₹1.69 Lakhs. The first-ever Game Changer winner Prashanth ‘ekthatalli’ Sekar placed runner-up for ₹97,999.
Mohammad Azhar ITM-ed six other events, collectively adding ₹3.33 Lakhs to his Thursday tally.
His ITM finishes include:
> 1st in Adda52’s Monster Turbo for ₹1.69 Lakhs
> 5th in PokerStars India’s Winter Series#63 Highroller for ₹93,026
> 18th in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for ₹27,606
> 7th in PokerBaazi’s Sprint 7-Max for ₹25,204
> 33rd in Spartan Poker’s IOPC#6 All Rounder for ₹7,238
> 27th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC#3 Monster Stack for ₹6,107
> 18th in PokerStars India’s Winter Series#65 Big Bubble Rush for ₹4,467
Mohammad Azhar’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.10 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.54 Crores
Pawan ‘bubba88’ Kumar went on a tear on Adda52 yesterday. He took down two events and placed runner-up in two others, earning ₹69,436.
His Adda52 finishes include:
> 1st in Nighttide DST Adda for ₹39,822
> 1st in Bounty Adda for ₹12,327
> 2nd in Sundown Adda for ₹9,248
> 2nd in Evening Adda for ₹8,039
Pawan Kumar’s Adda52 stats: Site Winnings: ₹43.08 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹15.43 Lakhs
Neeraj ‘ns12pathak’ Sharma (Won Afternoon Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹36,992), ‘hazard57′ (Won Freeze Out Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹13,655), and ‘as2029’ (Won Evening Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹10,868) won the other Adda52 marquees.
Khelo365’s ₹30K GTD Hitman PLO was conquered by site regular ‘fortunemaker,’ who took home ₹12,000. ‘Chankumankey193’ came second for ₹7,500.
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