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India Poker Championship’s (IPC) inaugural Final Table Series (FTS) has been a smashing success so far!
Among the colossal guarantee events featured on the FTS roster, there are a total of three eight-figure guarantee tournaments. While the FTS Big Game is already in the books after crowning a champion in Dhirendra ‘dhiru91’ Kumar, and the FTS Main Event is yet to begin, the spotlight is now on the FTS Highroller.
Kicking off on November 20, the FTS Highroller registered 156 entries (93 unique players, 35 re-entries, and 28 re-buys), blowing its advertised ₹1 Crore prize pool guarantee to smithereens to post a ginormous ₹1.17 Crores prize pool.
Sporting the highest buy-in of the series, i.e., ₹80,000, the event played down to a six-handed final table last night, following the elimination of Poker Bootcamp India co-founder Abhishek ‘MambaMentality’ Goindi in seventh place for ₹5.20 Lakhs.
Rajesh Singh bagged the end of day chip lead, carrying a commendable 2,206,826 in chips to the final day`s play.
The star-studded final table also features the trio of Raghav Bansal, Aditya Sushant, and Jagdeep Singh. Apart from being considered among the top echelons of the India poker circuit, another common thread binding the three pros is their association with the social media forum, The Players Group (TPG). While Bansal and Sushant were former admins, Singh continues to be one. It will undoubtedly be interesting to see these accomplished pros face off against each other.
One of the FTS series’s key features is that its six featured events will be live-streamed on multiple platforms. The FTS Highroller is among those select events, and it will feature live commentary from top international pros and prominent domestic players. So, don’t miss the FT action that commences at 6 PM today.
Let’s us now take a closer look at the six finalists.
Rajesh ‘RULS’ Singh – 2,206,826 (92 BBs)
Former SSS Main Event winner Rajesh ‘RULS’ Singh enters the final table in the chip lead with a stack of 2,206,826 (92 BBs). Singh’s last recorded big score on the virtual felts had come in Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire hosted on August 30, where he had placed 11th for ₹1.06 Lakhs. Winning the FTS Highroller will significantly boost his online winnings on Spartan Poker, which currently stands at ₹68.45 Lakhs.
Raghav ‘thatssosick’ Bansal – 1,490,774 (62 BBs)
One of the more experienced players on the FT, Raghav ‘thatssosick’ Bansal, has been in phenomenal form these past few days. The Delhi-based pro has been raising quite the storm in the ongoing WPT Online India series and has already shipped two WPT trophies in the ₹30 Lakhs GTD WPT Big Game and the ₹30 Lakhs GTD WPT Thursday Feature. Bansal has only managed to post one deep run in the FTS series so far, a 20th place finish in the FTS Kick-Off for ₹32,400. He will undoubtedly be looking to claim his first FTS title in this event. Bansal will start the final table with the second biggest stack of 1,490,774 (62 BBs).
Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant – 1,322,962 (55 BBs)
The poster boy of India poker, Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant, has uncountable achievements to his name. His most glorious achievement to date has been his WSOP bracelet win of 2017, making him the first Indian player to bring home the coveted gold bracelet. Sushant had won a ₹5,500 buy-in satellite to the FTS Highroller and ended Day 1 with the third largest stack of 1,322,962 (55 BBs). This is one player who can outplay anyone on his day.
Sajal ‘GoMuckYourself’ Gupta – 1,125,250 (47 BBs)
A well-known pro both on the live and online felts, Sajal ‘GoMuckYourself’ Gupta raked up 1,125,250 (47 BBs) in chips, entering the FTS Highroller final table. His last prominent score had also come in a high roller tourney, Spartan Poker’s ₹55 Lakhs GTD GPS #34 High Roller on October 8, where he has placed runner-up for ₹10.82 Lakhs. Gupta would be looking to get the monkey off his back and win the FTS Highroller title.
Jagdeep ‘Zenos’ Singh – 1,089,616 (45 BBs)
Considered to be one of India`s best PLO players, Jagdeep ‘Zenos’ Singh has kept a relatively low profile on the online felts. Though the FTS Highroller will be played in the NLHE format, Singh is more than capable of giving all the other finalists a run for their money. Singh enters the FT with a stack of 1,089,616 (45 BBs).
Gokul ‘Super Kings’ Raj – 564,572 (24 BBs)
PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul ‘Super Kings’ Raj is a high roller expert, having won numerous titles in this format. Mentored by Aditya Agarwal, Raj is a former IOPC HR and Millionaire champion and will start the final table with the shortest stack of 564,572 (24 BBs). However, with his experience, Raj may well be able to turn the tables on his opponents.
Play will resume at 6 PM today, with the stakes set at 12,000/24,000 and an ante of 2,400. Follow the action live in the live-stream to be shared on our social media channels.
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