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Daily Majors: Harshad Barve Champions ₹1 Crore GTD IOPC Blaze of Glory to Win Career-Best ₹16.97 Lakhs!

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 13, 2021
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With the 11th edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) on its second day, Monday wasn’t as slow-paced as it usually is. With the first of the series’ six marquees, the Blaze of Glory, playing down to a champion, the virtual rail was lit up as hundreds of railbirds tuned in for the FT live stream, where the long-time circuit reg Harshad Barve (cover image) clinched the IOPC Gold Badge and a career-best ₹16.98 Lakhs! The start-of-the-FT chip leader Ashwin Vijay chopped the top prize heads-up with Barve to collect ₹12.01 Lakhs.

Day 2 of the IOPC had six events on the schedule, and Saroj Mehta championed the day’s headliner, the IOPC#10 Monday Prime for ₹4.37 Lakhs, following a three-way deal with ‘Chowmeinchoudhary’ (runner-up for ₹3.48 Lakhs) and Vivek Karwa (3rd for ₹3.48 Lakhs).

Vinay Rajpal was among the breakout winners of Monday with two title victories. He took down Spartan Poker’s IOPC#12 All Rounder and PokerBaazi’s The Big Show, pocketing ₹4.26 Lakhs overall.

The annual leaderboard topper Manish Lakhotia also picked up multiple scores yesterday, including shipping the IOPC#11 Monday Spotlight for ₹1.52 Lakhs. He added ₹2.43 Lakhs in cumulative winnings.

Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal, Aniket Waghmare, Sacheen Ramchandani, Brijesh Negi, Yash Jain, and Vasu Ramanan won the other marquee titles.

Here are the Monday highlights!

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The first of IOPC July edition’s six marquee tournaments, the ₹1 Crore GTD Blaze of Glory, crowned a champion in Harshad ‘Omglukbox’ Barve, who walked away with a jaw-dropping ₹16.97 Lakhs up-top! This happens to be the former SSS Destiny champion’s biggest online score to date.

Harshad Barve
Harshad Barve


The 38-year-old Pune-based player had entered the final table as the fifth biggest stack and ultimately chopped the heads-up with the start-of-final table chip leader Ashwin ‘A116’ Vijay (runner-up for ₹12.01 Lakhs) before clinching his second IOPC title.

Runner-up Ashwin Vijay
Runner-up Ashwin Vijay


Harshad Barve’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.23 Crores | Lifetime Profit: ₹33.73 Lakhs | Annual Winnings: ₹91.39 Lakhs FTS 2.0 Main Event winner, Young Gun Siddharth ‘Ari Tribbiani’ Karia (3rd for ₹7.42 Lakhs), Advait ‘GTf018’ Rajguru (5th for ₹4.27 Lakhs), Guneet ‘GeeKay’ Kwatra (6th for ₹3.26 Lakhs), Young Gun Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi (7th for ₹2.50 Lakhs) and Sachin ‘Ullumanati’ Sharma (8th for ₹1.77 Lakhs) cashed on the Blaze of Glory final table.

The final table live stream featured some interesting commentary by Peter Abraham, Goonjan Mall, and Young Gun Kanchan Sharma.

Moving onto the Monday grind, Day 2 of the IOPC had six events on the tap, and the ₹23 Lakhs GTD IOPC#10 Monday Prime was the day`s biggest draw. The ₹2,200 entry buy-in tourney registered 1,517 entrants, collecting a prize pool worth ₹30.34 Lakhs. Saroj ‘Pepperchino’ Mehta juggernaut to the top of the field to claim a winner’s paycheque worth ₹4.37 Lakhs. He now has ₹23.7 Lakhs in lifetime online winnings. A three-way deal saw ‘Chowmeinchoudhary’ (runner-up for ₹3.48 Lakhs) and Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa (3rd for ₹3.48 Lakhs) also secure podium finishes.

Vivek Karwa
Vivek Karwa


Vinay ‘BeepBeepImaJeep’ Rajpal showed off his MTT skills as he took down the ₹10 Lakhs GTD IOPC#12 All Rounder for ₹2.34 Lakhs. Not just that, he also came out on top in PokerBaazi’s The Big Show, raking in over ₹4.26 Lakhs in total winnings. The IOPC#12 All Rounder also played down to a three-way deal. Besides Vinay Rajpal, ‘APOPHIS’ (runner-up for ₹1.67 Lakhs) and Amit ‘Penguin071’ Gaikwad (3rd for ₹1.65 Lakhs) also benefitted from the deal.

The IOPC #12 fourth-place finisher Tarush ‘Tarush123’ Gupta scored an impressive three FT finishes last night, netting ₹1.65 Lakhs in total earnings. His ITM finishes include:

Tarush Gupta
Tarush Gupta


> 4th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #12 All Rounder for ₹97,856

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s Turbo for ₹42,225

> 3rd in PokerStars India’s Deepstack for ₹17,149

> 23rd in PokerBaazi’s The Big Show for ₹8,610

The two-time Millionaire champion Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia is on a mission. And we are not talking about #MissionKhazana. The Siliguri-based pro seems to be on a mission to win or final table tourneys daily. The top-ranked player in the country, Manish Lakhotia, clinched his first IOPC Gold Badge of the series in the ₹6 Lakhs GTD IOPC#11 Monday Spotlight for ₹1.52 Lakhs. He made another three deep runs, netting ₹2.43 Lakhs overall. His deep runs include:

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


> 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC#11 Monday Spotlight for ₹1,52,915

> 2nd in PokerStars India’s Battle Royale for ₹75,729

> 46th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC#10 Monday Prime for ₹9,800

> 38th in Adda52’s Iron Man for ₹4,525

Manish Lakhotia’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹8.23 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.96 Crores | Annual Winnings: ~₹2.90 Crores | Ranked #1 on the Annual Leaderboard Standings

The first-ever IOPC Mastermind, Aniket ‘Ntwadumela’ Waghmare, clinched his second IOPC title in the ₹5.75 Lakhs GTD IOPC#8 for ₹1.46 Lakhs. The NPS Gold Medalist and IOPC The Millionaire Legends champion has now accumulated ₹2.61 Crores in tracked online winnings.

Aniket Waghmare
Aniket Waghmare


Sacheen ‘Chiefisback’ Ramchandani (Won ₹4 Lakhs GTD IOPC#9 for ₹1.07 Lakhs) and Brijesh ‘AilaaProAaya’ Negi (Won ₹3.5 Lakhs GTD IOPC#7 for ₹81,312) won the other IOPC titles on Monday.

Sacheen Ramchandani
Sacheen Ramchandani


With Day 2 now in the books, Suraj N Yadav sits on top of the IOPC Leaderboard standings with 1,858 points. Abhishek Goindi has dropped down to #2 with 1,834 points, while Tanmay Benara is ranked #3 with 1,826 points.

IOPC July Edition Leaderboard Standings After Day 2

1Suraj 'MR.BEAST' N Yadav1,858
2Abhishek 'MambaMentality' Goindi1,834
3Tanmay 'PlusEv' Benara1,826
4Bhanu 'spectre' Prakash KC1,706
5Aniket 'Ntwadumela' Waghmare1,645
6Nishkarsh 'DesiKanye' Madavi1,513
7Vinay 'BeepBeepImaJeep' Rajpal1,395
9Saroj 'Pepperchino' Mehta1,334
10Abhijeet 'knot_snudtke' Kumar1,309



Capturing his second flagship title of the night, Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal championed PokerBaazi’s ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD The Big Show for ₹1.83 Lakhs, following a heads-up chop with the NPS Main Event runner-up finisher Ashwani ‘Leokarma2609’ Vishwakarma (runner-up for ₹1.81 Lakhs).

Vinay Rajpal
Vinay Rajpal


Vinay Rajpal stat’s: Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.55 Crores | Lifetime Profit: ₹71.34 Lakhs | Annual Winnings: ₹63.25 Lakhs | Annual Profit: ₹14.22 Lakhs

The ₹2,750 buy-in event registered 410 entries leading to a prize pool collection of ₹10.25 Lakhs. The top 45 places were paid.

PokerBaazi’s micro-stakes series, the Baazi Grinder Series, commenced a new edition yesterday. Promising over ₹50 Lakhs in prize pool guarantees, the series is slated to run till July 18. Day 1 comprised of six tourneys and the biggest guaranteed event of the day was the ₹2 Lakhs GTD Grinders #4 Holdem Boost. Yash ‘Scylla’ Jain took down the event for ₹70,688, while ‘Gabbar2017’ came second for ₹49,600.

Yash Jain
Yash Jain


‘advait1087’ (Won ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD Grinders #5 PLO BOOST for ₹33,500), ‘Amol18’ (Won ₹1 Lakhs GTD Afternoon DST for ₹23,520), Pawan Pawan46 S (Won ₹90K GTD Grinders #6 for ₹21,480), ‘SatyenTrehan’ (Won ₹50K GTD Grinders #2 for ₹11,900) and ‘exzackk’ (Won ₹50K GTD Grinders #3 6-Max for ₹11,300) shipped the other PokerBaazi titles on Monday.


PokerStars India

PokerStars India’s Monday extravaganza, the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale, just about broke even on the back of 200 entries. Site regular ‘anuragaces’ was the last player standing and won ₹1.05 Lakhs (includes ₹62,187 in bounties).

The annual leaderboard topper Manish ‘theoldestkid’ Lakhotia continued his superb Monday night run, placing runner-up for ₹75,729 (includes ₹32,656 in bounties). With the three more deep runs that Lakhotia picked up yesterday, he is now sitting atop ₹8.23 Crores in recorded online winnings, with ₹2.95 Crores in net profits.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


Vasu ‘Aggrolegend’ Ramanan (Won ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Ultrasonic for ₹34,933), ‘Poker_Basilisk’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Bigstack Turbo for ₹26,991), Sanjay ‘baba1g10’ Mohan (Won ₹60K GTD Afternoon on Stars for ₹15,955) and ‘ratishharsha1’ (Won ₹50K GTD Deepstack for ₹11,479) won the other Monday marquee on PokerStars India.



Young Gun Ujjwal ‘fourteenk’ Narwal raced ahead of the 452-entry field in Adda52’s ₹8 Lakhs GTD Iron Man to claim the title and the top prize of ₹2.01 Lakhs. The event posted a ₹8.22 Lakhs prize pool that was distributed among the top 49 runners.

Ujjwal Narwal
Ujjwal Narwal


Sunday’s BSS SuperStack champion, PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun ‘themiths’ Mahesh, seems to be in unstoppable form. The former Millionaire winner added another ₹2 Lakhs to his bankroll on the back of three deep runs. His ITM finishes include:

Mithun Mahesh
Mithun Mahesh


> 2nd in Adda52’s Iron Man for ₹1,19,283

> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s IOPC#8 for ₹71,370

> 15th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC#9 for ₹7,231

The mystery user ‘Friction21’ shipped Adda52’s ₹3 Lakhs GTD Voyager for ₹68,279, following a three-way deal with Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh (runner-up for ₹56,861) and Umang ‘umang006’ Agarwal (3rd for ₹56,443).

The other Monday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Sacheen ‘Chiefisback’ Ramchandani₹1.07 LakhsIOPC#9 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Brijesh ‘AilaaProAaya’ Negi₹81,312IOPC#7 ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Yash ‘Scylla’ Jain₹70,688Grinders #4 Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Friction21₹68,279Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Jitendra 'jeet0' Gadhwal
₹54,311Afternoon Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rids1₹53,547Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
rpthepoet₹41,900Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹36,921Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vasu ‘Aggrolegend’ Ramanan₹34,933Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
advait1087₹33,500Grinders #5 PLO BOOST 1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Poker_Basilisk₹26,991Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Sagar 'sagar28389' Gulati₹24,300Punch ₹90K GTDAdda52
Amol18₹23,520Afternoon DST 1 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pawan ‘Pawan46’ S₹21,480Grinders #6 90K GTDPokerBaazi
3bet₹16,500Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
Sanjay ‘baba1g10’ Mohan₹15,955Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
SatyenTrehan₹11,900Grinders #2 50K GTDPokerBaazi
Mkskamal₹11,764Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
ratishharsha1₹11,479Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
exzackk₹11,300Grinders #3 6-max 50K GTDPokerBaazi
Cristo91₹4,600Quick Freeze ₹10K GTDKhelo365


Blaze of Glory – 1 Crore GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹7,700

Entries – 773

Re-entries – 273

Re-buys – 454

Prize Pool – ₹1,05,00,000

Places Paid – 215

Long-time circuit reg Harshad ‘Omglukbox’ Barve took down the first of the six marquee events at the ongoing IOPC edition on Spartan Poker – the whopping ₹1 Crore GTD Blaze of Glory to claim his second IOPC title and a career-best ₹16.98 Lakhs. The high stakes cash game regular chopped the top prize heads-up with the start-of-day chip leader Ashwin ‘A116’ Vijay, who pocketed ₹12.01 Lakhs.

The ₹7,700 entry buy-in event hosted three starting flights on Sunday, clocking in 1,500 entries between them, and 215 places got paid a share from the ₹1.05 Crore prize pool.

The final eight contestants of the tourney converged for the final table play at 5 PM, and the event was live-streamed from 6 PM, with Peter Abraham, Goonjan Mall, and Young Gun Kanchan Sharma calling the action.

Barve is a former professional water polo professional who has represented Maharashtra and India at various domestic and international sports meets. He is an old-timer and a regular at live poker events since 2010 with a litany of titles under his belt. He championed the 2012 APT Highroller and won his first IOPC title in IOPC The Elite on July 19, 2019. Barve also picked up a fourth-place score at the IPC Highroller in January 2020.

Talking about Barve`s final table run, the 38-year-old poker player from Pune entered the final table fifth in chips but charted a steady climb up. Barve started chipping up after knocking Young Gun Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi out in seventh place. He found his next victim in Advait ‘GTf018’ Rajguru, whom he eliminated in fifth place. Rajguru held which proved no match against Barve’s that hit a full house on the runout .

At four-handed play, Barve and Vijay were the two top stacks, but the former took the lead after winning a massive pot through ‘Heartbrrkr.’ The latter was chasing a flush draw with but couldn`t get there as the board saw Barve hitting trips.

Barve steadily added to his stack, even as ‘Heartbrrkr’ was eliminated by Vijay with his flopped pair of sevens dominating the former’s pair of fours.

At three-handed play, Barve sat with more chips than Karia and Vijay. Young Gun Siddharth ‘Ari Tribbiani’ Karia, who had eliminated Sachin ‘Ulluminati’ Sharma, fought valiantly on the FT but steadily lost his stack. He hit the rail after moving all-in with pocket sevens only to come up against Vijay`s pocket nines. Karia needed a seven to survive but the board ran , eliminating him in third place.

Barve entered heads-up with 1,183,390 against Vijay’s 915,594. The two players shook hands on a deal that handed Barve the IOPC Gold Badge, with Vijay conceding to a runner-up finish.

Final Table Results

  1. Harshad ‘Omglukbox’ Barve – ₹16,97,615*
  2. Ashwin ‘A116’ Vijay – ₹12,01,435*
  3. Siddharth ‘Ari Tribbiani’ Karia – ₹7,42,350
  4. Heartbrrkr – ₹5,46,000
  5. Advait ‘GTf018’ Rajguru – ₹4,27,875
  6. Guneet ‘GeeKay’ Kwatra – ₹3,26,865
  7. Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi – ₹250,110
  8. Sachin ‘Ullumanati’ Sharma – ₹1,77,135

*denotes heads-up deal


IOPC#10 Monday Prime ₹23 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 661

Re-entries – 301

Re-buys – 555

Prize Pool – ₹30,34,000

Places Paid – 143

Just as the live-streamed Blaze of Glory FT played down to a winner, the ₹23 Lakhs GTD IOPC#10 Monday Prime got underway. The IOPC Day 2 headliner garnered a massive 1517-player field, crushing its listed guarantee by ₹7.34 Lakhs.

The action went on for almost nine hours before Saroj ‘Pepperchino’ Mehta came out on top to win ₹4.37 Lakhs after striking a three-way deal with ‘Chowmeinchoudhary’ and Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa – both the players sharing ₹3.49 Lakhs each for securing the second and third position, respectively.

The IOPC#9 third-place finisher Tanmay ‘PlusEv’ Benara (4th for ₹1.78 Lakhs), WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav ‘hightr0ller’ Iyer (5th for ₹1.38 Lakhs), Jyoti ‘joey114114’ Ranjan Nayak (6th for ₹1.02 Lakhs), and Blaze of Glory fifth-place finisher Advait ‘GTfO18’ Rajguru (8th for ₹52,761) also FT-ed the event.

Final Table Results

  1. Saroj ‘Pepperchino’ Mehta – ₹4,37,364*
  2. Chowmeinchoudhary – ₹3,48,678*
  3. Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa – ₹3,48,674*
  4. Tanmay ‘PlusEv’ Benara – ₹1,78,399
  5. Abhinav ‘hightr0ller’ Iyer – ₹1,38,047
  6. Jyoti ‘joey114114’ Ranjan Nayak – ₹1,01,639
  7. Ankit ‘magnum736’ Saurabh – ₹73,878
  8. Advait ‘GTfO18’ Rajguru – ₹52,761

*denotes a three-way deal


IOPC#12 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 319

Re-entries – 129

Re-buys – 256

Prize Pool – ₹14,08,000

Places Paid – 63

PokerBaazi`s The Big Show champion Vinay ‘BeepBeepImaJeep’ Rajpal conquered the ₹10 Lakhs GTD IOPC#12 All Rounder to win his second title for the day and a payday worth ₹2.34 Lakhs. Here again, the event played down to a three-way deal with ‘APOPHIS’ (2nd for ₹1.68 Lakhs) & Amit’ Penguin071′ Gaikwad (3rd for ₹1.65 Lakhs) banking the other top payouts.

With two flagship titles in one day, Vinay Rajpal added over ₹4.26 Lakhs in cumulative earnings, boosting his online scorecard to ₹2.55 Crores.

The ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD Turbo champion Tarush ‘Tarush123’ Gupta (4th for ₹97,856), FTS Main Event champion Arjun ‘lol this guy’ Pasricha (5th for ₹76,736), TLB crusher Bhanu ‘spectre’ Prakash KC (6th for ₹60,122), and Spartan Poker regular Nishkarsh ‘DesiKanye’ Madavi (8th for ₹32,102) also FT-ed the event.

Final Table Results

  1. Vinay ‘BeepBeepImaJeep’ Rajpal – ₹2,34,232*
  2. APOPHIS – ₹1,67,751*
  3. Amit’ Penguin071′ Gaikwad – ₹1,65,340*
  4. Tarush ‘Tarush123’ Gupta – ₹97,856
  5. Arjun ‘lol this guy’ Pasricha – ₹76,736
  6. Bhanu’ spectre’ Prakash KC – ₹60,122
  7. Aurobindo181 – 45,197
  8. Nishkarsh ‘DesiKanye’ Madavi – ₹32,102

*denotes a three-way deal


Iron Man 8 Lakhs GTD – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹2,000

Entries – 245

Re-entries – 207

Prize Pool – ₹8,22,643

Places Paid – 49

Adda52`s ₹8 Lakhs GTD Iron Man registered a 452-entry field, and 49 places got paid from the ₹8.23 Lakhs prize pool.

Young Gun Ujjwal ‘fourteenk’ Narwal shipped the title, winning ₹2.02 Lakhs. The former Ballers champion Narwal defeated PokerGuru Ambassadors Mithun ‘themiths’ Mahesh (runner-up ₹1.19 Lakhs) and Rony ‘fish4life’ Chowdhury (3rd for ₹82,264) in the three-handed play.

Sunday’s BSS#4 SuperStack champion Mithun Mahesh enjoyed a second consecutive winning run. The former The Millionaire champion finished ITM in a total of four events last evening that included three podium scores, collectively earning ₹2.02 Lakhs. His ITM finishes included:

> 2nd in Adda52’s Iron Man ₹1.19 Lakhs

> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #8 for ₹71,370

> 15th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #9 for ₹7,231

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Epic – Freezeout for ₹4,420

Mithun Mahesh’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.14 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.19 Crores | Yearly Winnings: ₹1.38 Crores | Yearly Profits: ₹49.68 Lakhs

Last Friday’s The Ballers winner Mohit ‘thejokerrrr’ Mehta (5th for ₹41,132) also FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. Ujjwal ‘fourteenk’ Narwal – ₹2,01,547
  2. Mithun ‘themiths’ Mahesh – ₹1,19,283
  3. Rony ‘fish4life’ Chowdhury – ₹82,264
  4. monst3r – ₹61,698
  5. Mohit ‘thejokerrrr’ Mehta – ₹41,132
  6. Yagduut1211 – ₹28,792


The Big Show 7.50 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 193

Re-entries – 217

Prize Pool – ₹10,25,000

Places Paid – 45

Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal went on a tear last night as he took down two flagship titles in a day! Rajpal won the ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD The Big Show on PokerBaazi for a ₹1.83 Lakhs payday following a heads-up chop with the NPS Main Event runner-up finisher Ashwani ‘Leokarma2609’ Vishwakarma (runner-up for ₹1.81 Lakhs).

Rajpal raked in a total of ₹4.26 Lakhs last night, including his first gold badge, after taking down the IOPC #12 – All Rounder for ₹2.32 Lakhs.

The 8 PM The Big Show brought in a starting field of 410 contenders, collecting a guarantee smashing ₹10.25 Lakhs in the prize pool. It took over seven hours of gameplay to crown the champion, and the top 45 places finished ITM.

Harsh ‘100crdream’ Dembla (3rd for ₹96,863), Amarjeet ‘ninjakar’ Singh (4th for ₹71,750), Sanket ‘blackcod’ Arora (5th for ₹53,813), Ranjeet ‘Rj147’ Negi (6th for ₹43,050), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit ‘d00mtr00p3r’ Wadhawan (7th for ₹35,875) also FT-ed the tourney!

Runner-up Ashwani Vishwakarma
Runner-up Ashwani Vishwakarma


Final Table Results

  1. Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal – ₹1,83,941*
  2. Ashwani ‘Leokarma2609’ Vishwakarma – ₹1,81,984*
  3. Harsh ‘100crdream’ Dembla – ₹96,863
  4. Amarjeet ‘ninjakar’ Singh – ₹71,750
  5. Sanket ‘blackcod’ Arora – ₹53,813
  6. Ranjeet ‘Rj147’ Negi – ₹43,050
  7. Ankit ‘d00mtr00p3r’ Wadhawan – ₹35,875
  8. mahakal777 – ₹28,700

*denotes heads-up deal


IOPC#11 Monday Spotlight ₹6 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹3,300

Entries – 241

Prize Pool – ₹7,23,000

Places Paid – 31

The ₹6 Lakhs GTD IOPC#11 Monday Spotlight saw one of the most consistent winners of the year walking away with the title. Yes, we are talking about the #1 ranked player on the annual leaderboard, MTT beast Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia, who clinched the title for ₹1.53 Lakhs. Lakhotia ran past a 241-player field, besting online regular Guruprasad’ DONKAKING’ Gupta (runner-up for ₹1.03 Lakhs) in the heads-up play.

Wondering how only one score for Manish Lakhotia? Of course not! The online phenom went on a rampage last night with another three deep runs, including a runner-up finish in PokerStars India’s Battle Royale. In all, he raked in ₹2.43 Lakhs in total earnings and sits atop a mammoth ₹8.23 Crores in recorded lifetime winnings (₹2.96 Crores in lifetime profits).

The tourney ended up creating a guarantee-smashing 7.23 Lakhs prize pool, and 31 places got paid.

Rising Star Aman ‘Karmapoker’ Parakh (3rd for ₹72,589), Rajneesh ‘samkap’ Thakur (4th for ₹58,852), PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month – FebruaryArmaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar (6th for ₹35,355), and Manish ‘diamond101’ Ranjan (7th for ₹25,811) also FT-ed the tourney.

Runner-up Guruprasad Gupta
Runner-up Guruprasad Gupta


Final Table Results

  1. Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia – ₹1,52,914
  2. Guruprasad ‘DONKAKING’ Gupta – ₹1,02,955
  3. Aman ‘Karmapoker’ Parakh – ₹72,589
  4. Rajneesh ‘samkap’ Thakur – ₹58,852
  5. Mr vishnani – ₹46,561
  6. Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar – ₹35,355
  7. Manish ‘diamond101’ Ranjan – ₹25,811
  8. X–factor – ₹18,870


IOPC#8 ₹5.75 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹1,650

Entries – 227

Re-entries – 60

Re-buys – 201

Prize Pool – ₹7,32,000

Places Paid – 39

The first-ever IOPC Mastermind Aniket ‘Ntwadumela’ Waghmare took down Spartan Poker’s IOPC#8 to win his second IOPC title and a ₹1.47 Lakhs payday. The user ‘Drunkenstein’ finished runner-up for ₹97,576.

The tourney sailed past its ₹5.75 Lakhs guarantee by a ₹1.57 Lakhs margin after registering 488 participants.

Iron Man runner-up finisher PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun ‘Zima Blue’ Mahesh (3rd for ₹71,370), Biru ‘Donyipolo’ Nasi (4th for ₹57,608), Rajesh ‘Folsom’ Kumar (6th for ₹34,184), and MTT pro Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit (8th for ₹18,446) also FT-ed the event.

Final Table Results

  1. Aniket ‘Ntwadumela’ Waghmare – ₹1,46,766
  2. Drunkenstein – ₹97,576
  3. Mithun ‘Zima Blue’ Mahesh – ₹71,370
  4. Biru ‘Donyipolo’ Nasi – ₹57,608
  5. Indianthug – ₹45,164
  6. Rajesh ‘Folsom’ Kumar – ₹34,184
  7. tanmay1818 – ₹25,108
  8. Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit – ₹18,446


Battle Royale [7-Max] 5 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 107

Re-entries – 93

Prize Pool – ₹5,00,000

Places Paid – 23

PokerStars India`s ₹5 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale precisely broke even on its advertised guarantee after 200 players signed up to play. The user ‘anuragaces’ took down the title to win ₹1.05 Lakhs (includes ₹62,187 in bounties) with the IOPC #11 Monday Spotlight champion and current annual leaderboard topper, Manish ‘theoldestkid’ Lakhotia, placing runner-up for ₹75,729 (includes ₹32,656 in bounties).

In addition to the IOPC #11 Monday Spotlight title and the Battl