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It’s been a great month for Team PokerGuru, with many of our lads running deep in multiple events. Less than two weeks ago, PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan missed out on claiming the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) ₹100K High Roller title, finishing runner-up for ₹27.57 Lakhs. Last night, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot did even better by taking down the most sought-after event of the 2019 World Poker Tour (WPT) India schedule, the ₹55K Main Event for a jaw-dropping ₹63.48* Lakhs! However, Munot wasn’t the only PokerGuru Ambassador who claimed a WPT trophy, as PokerGuru Staking’s very own Madhav ‘Maddy’ Gupta (cover image) closed out the series in style by bagging his first-ever live title in the ₹20K MegaStack for a cool ₹5.33 Lakhs!
A reputed poker room operator, Gupta has blossomed as a poker player over the last few years under the mentorship of poker icon and PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal. He was last seen in action at the 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP), where he posted a total of five scores for a cumulative $15,528 (~₹10.99 Lakhs) in winnings. Before that, he had final tabled the WPT Vietnam Kickoff Event in March, finishing fourth for VND 316,910,000 (₹9.39 Lakhs).
Gupta was in commendable form on the MegaStack final table last night as he took out Saurabh Arora, Ankit Jajodia, Somashekhar KM, and eventual runner-up Amit Dhall, en route to capturing his career-first live title!
Final Day Recap
The ₹20K MegaStack kicked off at 3 PM on October 21, and a ton of well-known faces were in the fray at Casino Deltin Royale, including BPT Big Bounty winner Gokul Krishna and his wife Suni Sunder, defending champion Siddarth Singhvi, latest WPT India Kickoff champion Gurukumar G, Mayank Agarwal, celebrity poker player Minissha Lamba, Yohan Patel and PokerGuru Ambassador Faiz Alam.
Following eight levels of play, late registrations were closed, with the tournament clocking in 88 entries, of which only the top 11 were assured at worst a min-cash of ₹46,400.
Gangadhar Raaj became the bubble boy of the event and busted in 12th place when Saurabh Arora opened from UTG, and Raaj announced all-in holding . Arora calling tabling pocket nines which stayed good on the jack-high board.
The first one to bust in the money was Sanchit Pande. Somashekhar KM opened, and Pande moved all-in holding . Somashekhar quickly called showing and took down the pot on the runout, eliminating Pande in 11th place for ₹46,400.
After that, Kiran Kumar departed as the final table bubble in 10th place for ₹49,680, when he shoved with pocket sevens and got called by Arora, who tabled . Arora flopped a pair of jacks to take down the pot, eliminating Kumar in the process.
With Kumar gone, the final table was redrawn. It was a star-studded final table that comprised of Madhav Gupta, Amit Dhall, Ankit Jajodia, Somashekar KM, Saurabh Arora, Maria Kirloskar, Gokul Krishna, Samit Mehta, and Naveen Sagar.
Final Table Recap
The first to fall out of the final table was Samit Mehta. The hand in question saw Somashekhar KM opening the pot with , and Mehta moved all-in with a better which got called. Mehta was looking in good shape for a double-up, but Somashekar spiked a queen on the board and took down the pot.
Somashekhar KM’s next victim was Naveen Sagar. He raised and Sagar shoved all-in with . Somashekar called tabling and once again got lucky as the board ran .
BPT Big Bounty champion Gokul Krishna was on the prowl eyeing his second title in less than a week but hit the rail in seventh place after getting unlucky. Krishna jammed holding , and Somashekhar KM called with . Somashekar rivered two pair to eliminate Krishna from the event.
The next casualty of the table became Maria Kirloskar, who was last seen finishing seventh in the BPT Main Event for ₹8.66 Lakhs, and her bustout was again courtesy Somashekhar KM. Kirloskar shoved with and Somashekhar called with . The poker gods obliged Somashekhar who rivered two pair yet again to bust Kirloskar in sixth place.
Working along the sidelines, Madav Gupta got to work by announcing all-in with . Saurabh Arora woke up with pocket jacks and made the call at the risk of elimination. The board brought out two more aces, and Gupta scooped up the pot, railing Arora in fifth place.
BPT ₹20K PLO runner-up Ankit Jajodia’s dream run ended next in fourth place when his lost to Gupta’s .
Gupta’s elimination streak continued, and he took out Somashekhar KM in third place. In a blind vs. blind confrontation, Gupta completed his small blind, and Somashekhar shoved from the big blind holding . Gupta called showing and took down the pot on the rundown .
With that, the heads-up match between Madhav Gupta and Amit Dhall started, and in the end, Gupta lifted the trophy.
On the final hand of the event, Dhall matched his small blind, and Gupta checked his option to see the flop open . Dhall decided to shove holding pocket sevens, and Gupta quickly called showing for flopped two pair. Gupta further improved to a full house on the runout to win his first WPT title and an impressive ₹5.33 Lakhs in prize money!
Final Table Results (INR)
1. Madhav Gupta – ₹5,33,990
2. Amit Dhall – ₹3,22,880
3. Somashekhar KM – ₹2,00,700
4. Ankit Jajodia – ₹1,35,800
5. Saurabh Arora – ₹1,03,500
6. Maria Kirloskar – ₹82,800
7. Gokul Krishna – ₹68,710
8. Naveen Sagar – ₹57,950
9. Samit Mehta – ₹53,400
Content & Images Courtesy: Online Poker News, India