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The five-day long 2019 Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) February edition has finally come to a close with the culmination of the ₹35K Main Event which declared a winner in Ankit Kapoor (cover image). Kapoor has been on a final tabling streak since last November when he reached the final table of two 2018 WPT India events. He got straight down to business here with a final table finish in the opening event at the series where he eventually placed 3rd for ₹2.90 Lakhs and he did two places better tonight.
In the pre-heads-up interview Kapoor had said that since his stellar run in the opening event his chances have mathematically been getting better. And ultimately his words came true as he easily bested Mayank Jaggi in the final showdown and claimed a career-best score of ₹22.50 Lakhs.
The ₹35K Main Event, which is the centrepiece of this popular series, began on February 8 and was hosted across three starting flights which registered 286 entries (91 from Day 1A, 114 from Day 1B and 81 from Day 1C). By the end of Day 2, the nine-handed final table had been formed and leading the charge was Kapoor who did not relinquish his lead till the very end.
After masterminding the eliminations of Ankur Sehgal, Arun Karthik and Rachit Prakash, Kapoor had amassed a massive chip lead over heads-up opponent Mayank Jaggi. Even as Jaggi fought hard to remain in contention, it did not take long for the event to wrap up and Kapoor, deservingly, took down his first-ever live tournament title.
Commenting on his victory, Kapoor stated, “It feels great. I couldn’t get over the line in the earlier tournament [₹15k Deep Dive], but I managed to do it this time, so it feels good. Mayank [Jaggi] played really well. He was a tough opponent and he almost caught me bluffing a few times. I’ll definitely be at all future DPT events, but I’ll try my hand at other Asian tournaments as well.”
The series, which had kicked off on February 7, witnessed some mind-boggling action and nail-biting finishes. The series-opener ₹15K Deep Dive NLH was won by 2018 WSOP Tag Team bracelet winner Nikita Luther for ₹6.80 Lakhs, while Abhishek Goindi donned the crown of this edition’s Adda52 ₹65K High Roller champion and bagged ₹14.50 Lakhs in prize money. The last event on the schedule was the fast-paced ₹15K NLH Bounty which was taken down by online pro Sajjan Barnwal who increased his bankroll by ₹2.30 Lakhs.
Team PokerGuru Ambassadors stormed the felts of the Casino Deltin Royale and were seen in action in many events. Jayjit Ray, who is also our latest Young Gun, reached the final table of the Adda52 ₹65K High Roller and finished 8th for ₹2.20 Lakhs, while Laksh Pal Singh (24th for ₹77,000) and Kartik Ved (30th for ₹75,000) crossed the money line in the Main Event.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Ankit Kapoor – 23,95,000
2. Sai Raveesh V – 14,40,000
3. Ankur Sehgal – 10,90,000
4. Mayank Jaggi – 8,40,000
5. Rachit Prakash – 7,10,000
6. Meherzad Munsaf – 6,75,000
7. Dhaval Mudgal – 5,55,000
8. Arun Karthik – 4,75,000
9. DhirajkumarTotala – 4,10,000
Final Table Recap
2018 WPT Vietnam Main Event winner Dhaval Mudgal started the final table as one of the shorter stacks but managed to chip up to 610,000 before hitting a roadblock in the form of Mayank Jaggi leading to his ninth-place elimination. Mudgal announced all-in from the cutoff holding and Jaggi called from big blind with . The board ran and Jaggi rivered a pair of aces to send Mudgal to the rail.
The next player to bite the dust was Meherzad Munsaf when he shoved all-in from under-the-gun with and Ankur Sehgal called from big blind with . The board opened and Sehgal picked up three-of-a-kind kings on the river to win the pot, eliminating Munsaf in eighth place.
Finishing in sixth place was Dhiraj Kumar Totala. Totala raised from the button to 125,000 and Sehgal called from small blind to see the flop . Sehgal checked and Totala jammed for 250,000. Sehgal promptly called and both players tabled their cards.
Dhiraj Kumar Totala
The remaining two streets brought and . While Totala flopped a pair of treys, it wasn’t enough to beat Sehgal’s pocket kings, bringing an end to the former’s deep run.
About an hour later, Jaggi moved all-in from the cutoff for over 960,000 with . Sai Raveesh, who was in the small blind, called holding for 735,000. Jaggi’s hand improved to a set of aces on the runout , spelling the end of Raveesh’s run in sixth place.
Following Raveesh to the rail was Ankur Sehgal. He jammed from the small blind for 420,000 and was called by chip leader Ankit Kapoor from the big blind. Sehgal turned over against Kapoor’s . The community cards missed both players and Kapoor’s ace kicker held on to eliminate Sehgal in fifth place.
Less than 20 minutes later, Arun Karthik, who was seated in the big blind position, pushed his entire stack in the middle holding . Kapoor called from small blind with . The board revealed and Karthik hit a pair of jacks on the turn, but it was still no match for Kapoor’s stronger pocket queens, eliminating the former in fourth place.
Down to three-handed play, Kapoor raised to 180,000 with from the button and Rachit Prakash called from big blind with . The flop fell and Prakash was in the lead with a bottom pair of sevens that made him a 56% favorite to win the pot. Prakash checked and Kapoor led out for 200,000. Prakash moved all-in, risking his tournament life. Kapoor tanked for a while before making the call. The turn and river completed the board and Kapoor picked up a jack-high straight to eliminate Prakash in third place.
The heads-up play between Ankit Kapoor (5.7 Million) and Mayank Jaggi (2.7 Million) began with the former taking a commanding lead. Jaggi tried hard to catch up but in the end the chip gap was too vast for Jaggi to overcome.
On the final hand of the event, Kapoor jammed from the button with and Jaggi called from big blind with . The board showed and was of no help to either player. Jaggi was relegated to the runner-up spot, while Kapoor finally went the distance and captured his career-first live title for a colossal payday of ₹22.50 Lakhs.
Final Table Results (INR)
1. Ankit Kapoor – ₹22,50,000
2. Mayank Jaggi – ₹14,80,000
3. Rachit Prakash – ₹9,55,000
4. Arun Karthik – ₹7,40,000
5. Ankur Sehgal – ₹6,00,000
6. Sai Raveesh – ₹4,75,000
7. Dhiraj Kumar Totala – ₹3,85,000
8. Meherzad Munsaf – ₹2,95,000
9. Dhaval Mudgal – ₹2,25,000
You can catch the final table action right here.
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