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The Big Wrap PLO series commenced on September 9 at the ever-popular King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The series opener, €550 The Big Wrap Warmup PLO, attracted 362 entries (Day 1A – 61, Day 1B – 101 and Day 1C – 200), and only 72 participants advanced to Day 2.
Among the runners progressing to Day 2 was a band of three Indian challengers – Manish Goenka, Ankit Kapoor, and Vinay Rajpal. While Kapoor and Rajpal fell short of crossing the money line, Goenka, who is the co-founder of The Indian Poker Series (TIPS) and has made a second home for himself at the King’s Casino, was the lone Indian to post a score, placing 16th for €2,522 (~₹2 Lakhs).
The Big Wrap PLO series is quickly becoming a well-attended series by Indian players. In April this year, three Indians, Gaurav Gala, Manish Goenka, and Jagdeep Singh had participated in the series-opener The Big Wrap Warmup PLO event. While Singh had busted out empty-handed, Gala had finished 42nd for €1,326 (~₹1.03 Lakhs), and Goenka placed 44th for the same €1,326 (~₹1.03 Lakhs).
The September edition of The Big Wrap Warmup PLO eventually crowned a champion in Hungarian pro Richard Toth. Ranked eighth on Hungary’s All-Time Money List, Toth is a former WPT titleholder and WSOPC gold ring winner. Toth agreed to a four-way deal with eventual runner-up and Indian-origin player Paresh Doshi, Manfred Ronacher and ‘NEUK1’ before he clinched the title, banking €33,395 in first-place prize money. With this win, his total live earnings now stand tall at $1,648,751.
Three Indians had made it through to Day 2 of The Big Wrap Warmup PLO, namely Manish Goenka, Ankit Kapoor, and Vinay Rajpal. The trio has been in Rozvadov for quite some time now. All three players had scored in the German Pokerclub Championship (GPC) Main Event, with Kapoor headlining the eight Indians scores.
Goenka had also cashed in the German Poker Days €175 NLHE Main Event, where he had finished 11th for €2,658 (₹2.09 Lakhs). He was yet again the sole Indian to register a score in The Big Wrap Warmup PLO, finishing 16th for €2,522 (~₹2 Lakhs).
A total of 72 players had returned for Day 2, and following 59 eliminations, only 13 runners progressed to the final day. Among the notables who fell on Day 2 were, Day 1B chip leader Adrian Kyiak (15th for €2,843), Franz Utikal (18th for €2,202), Ralf Werner (20th for €2,202), Alexander Just (31st for €1,560), Angelo Benedetto (42nd for €1,218) and Johan Espholm (46th for €1,218).
Following the eliminations of ‘Mr. Inkognito’ (13th for €3,164), ‘RULAZ’ (12th for €3,164), Botond Barat (11th for €3,591), Norbert Burkhard (10th for €3,591) and finally, Giovanni Salvatore (9th for €4,275), the eight-handed final table was set up.
Germany’s Jonas Kronwitter was the first to depart from the final table in eighth place. He was quickly followed to the rail by David Wajntraub (7th), Jakub Číhař (6th) and ‘BOSKO’ (5th).
Down to four-handed player, a deal was struck between the remaining finalists. While the details of the four-way deal are not available, as per the payouts shared by the tournament organizers, ‘NEUK1’ locked in €16,053 for his fourth-place exit, Austria’s Manfred Ronacher received €26,208 for his third-place finish.
The heads-up play convened between Hungary’s Richard Toth and Indian-origin Paresh Doshi.
In the end, Toth emerged victorious, walking away with the title and top prize worth €33,395, while Doshi bagged €24,160 for his runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Richard Toth – €33,395*
2. Paresh Doshi – €24,160*
3. Manfred Ronacher – €26,208*
4. NEUK1 – €16,053*
5. BOSKO – €12,654
6. Jakub Číhař – €9,662
7. David Wajntraub – €7,097
8. Jonas Kronwitter – €5,216
*denotes four-way deal
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