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After a near-year-long hiatus, live poker tournaments have returned in Goa with the 2021 Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) Xpress. The four-event series kicked-off last evening on board the Deltin Royale, with the series-opener ₹5K Burn N Turn. The last domestic live stop before the COVID-19 induced lockdown was the DPT Xpress February Edition that took place at the same venue between February 27 – March 1, 2020.
The series got off to a fantastic start with the ₹5K Burn N Turn recording 333 entries last night! A much better turn out than the previous edition’s 197 entries, basically going to show that Indian poker enthusiasts have been itching for live tournaments! Jaipur-based Shrey Baj (cover image) emerged as the first champion of the 2021 DPT Xpress series!
Baj entered the final table in the second chip lead behind eventual runner-up Nikunj Doshi; following two quick knockouts on the FT, in Sachin Kinger and KN Suresh, he took over the chip lead just before the heads-up match started. While Doshi did steal away the lead from Baj early on, in the end, Baj overcame Doshi to walk away with his career-first live title and the ₹3.35 Lakhs cash prize.
Several familiar faces were seen in the fray, including Shivam Jain, Vineet Kumar, Gaurav Gupta, Abhishek Garg, poker coach Abhishek Goindi, former DPT Xpress Main Event champion Anant Purohit and 2020 IOPC The Millionaire United winner Siddhanth Kripalani.
The series has three more events lined up until March 14, and if the series-opener is any indication, the 2021 DPT Xpress will be packed to the brim with electrifying action. Perhaps this series will act as the much-needed catalyst for other live stops like the IPC and BPT to come out of hibernation.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Firoz Khan was the first player to fall out of the nine-handed final table, with Ritesh Khatwani following him to the rail next.
Abhishek, Siddharth Ranshevre, and Gaurav Jain were all eliminated in quick succession during Level 23.
It took three more levels of play before India’s poker crusader, KN Suresh, was sent packing in fourth place by Shrey Baj. The elimination propelled Baj into the chip lead.
Soon after that, Sachin Kinger’s got busted by Baj’s pocket kings. Kinger’s third-place exit set up the heads-up between Baj and start-of-the-final table chip leader Doshi.
Baj’s back-to-back eliminations of Suresh and Kinger got him the edge over Nikunj Doshi heading into the final showdown. Doshi did whisk away the chip lead from Baj at one point, but the latter quickly won it back. It did not take long for Baj to deliver the final blow and win the title.
On the final hand, Baj limped from the button, and Doshi jammed his remaining stack. Baj quickly called.
The board did bring Doshi a flopped pair of tens, but it wasn’t enough to get past Baj’s pocket queens.
Final Table Results (INR)
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