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The ₹7K Ship IT was the fifth event on the 2019 World Poker Tour (WPT) India schedule. Kicking off at 9 PM on Saturday, October 19, the fast-paced variant pulled in 90 entries, again a noticeable fall from the 110 entries the last edition. In 2018, it was Sacheen Ramchandani who had championed this event, adding ₹2.35 Lakhs to his bankroll, while Neeta Banker had topped the 50-entry field at this event in 2017 to collect ₹1.32 Lakhs.
This time it was Pratik Mehta (cover image) who came out on top after eliminating the likes of Pankanj Kothari and eventual runner-up Karan Kapur, to clinch his career-first live title, along with a personal-best live score of ₹2.07 Lakhs!
The unique variant splits the game into two phases, and in the first phase, all 90 players were spread across nine ten-handed tables. An open hand flip determined which players from each table would progress to the final table.
The winners of the flip were Pratik Mehta, Karan Kapur, Pankaj Kothari, Sahil Chuttani, Amit Kumar, Abhay Bokadia, Ujjwal Vishnani, Sanjay Sharma, and Ronak Agarwal – all in the money.
On the final table, each player started off with a stack of 12,000 and the levels were 15-minute long. No surprise here that it took only a few hours to find a winner in Mehta who ultimately walked away with the title.
A relatively lesser-known player, Mehta had two previous cashes to his name, with both coming in the India Poker Championship (IPC) series in 2015. His first-ever live cash was in the ₹11,500 NLHE Super Knockout wherein he finished 10th for ₹10,000 and his second score came in the ₹11,500 NLHE where he placed 18th for ₹36,000. This win was an epic comeback for the player who has been missing from the live tournament poker scene for nearly four years now!
Final Table Recap
Ronak Agarwal was the first player to depart from the final table when his were overcome by Abhay Bokadia’s pocket queens, busting Agarwal in ninth place.
After Sanjay Sharma exited in eighth place, Ujjwal Vishnani followed suit when his lost out to Sahil Chuttani’s . Though Vishnani did find a two pair on the board , it wasn’t enough to trounce Chuttani’s flopped set of treys, ending Vishnani’s run in seventh place.
Soon after Narwal’s exit, Abhay Bokadia‘s locked horns with Pankaj Kothari’s . The runout brought both players a pair each, however, Kothari’s pair of queens was stronger than Bokadia’s pair of fives, eliminating the latter in sixth place.
Finishing in fifth place was Amit Kumar. He jammed on the cutoff with , and Kothari called from the big blind with only to turn a one-card straight on the board , sending Kumar to the rail.
The most experienced player at the final table, Sahil Chuttani‘s deep run came to an end when he shoved all-in with , and Karan Kapur called with . The board bricked, and Kapur’s ace kicker won him the pot, dismissing Chuttai in fourth place.
Down to three-handed play, Pankaj Kothari moved all-in with . Pratik Mehta called with and rivered top pair, ousting Kothari in third place.
The heads-up had Pratik Mehta pitted against Karan Kapur, and while the latter fought hard, Kapur failed to go the distance, eventually surrendering the title to Mehta.
On the final hand, Kapur moved all-in with , and Mehta called with . The community cards opened , and Mehta flopped a pair of kings, knocking Kapur out in second place. Mehta not only claimed his first-ever WPT title, which also happens to be his first live title but also collected a career-best ₹2.07 Lakhs in the process.
Final Table Results (INR)
1. Pratik Mehta – ₹2,07,446
2. Karan Kapur – ₹1,18,540
3. Pankaj Kothari – ₹72,606,
4. Sahil Chutani – ₹51,861
5. Amit Kumar – ₹40,007
6. Abhay Bokadia – ₹31,117
7. Ujjwal Vishnani – ₹26,671
8. Sanjay Sharma – ₹23,708
9. Ronak Agarwal – ₹20,744
Content & Images Courtesy: Online Poker News, India
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