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TIPS 2018: Hetalkumar Desai Headlines 7 Indian Cashes in the Main Event, Martin Kabrhel Wins Title For €18,406 (₹14.65 Lakhs)

The Indian Poker Series

The Indian Poker Series

The showstopper at the inaugural The Indian Poker Series (TIPS) was undoubtedly the Main Event that featured five starting flights. The event collected €95,000 in prize money from a total of 410 entries, which included 328 unique players and 82 re-entries.

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The showstopper at the inaugural The Indian Poker Series (TIPS) was undoubtedly the Main Event that featured five starting flights. The event collected €95,000 in prize money from a total of 410 entries, which included 328 unique players and 82 re-entries.

Team India had a sizeable turnout at the event and out of the 24 Indians who made in to the final day, only seven were able to reach the money namely, Hetalkumar Desai (35th for ₹44,599), Varun Gupta (44th for ₹37,047), Manish Goenka (45th for ₹37,047), Anish Patra (47th for ₹37,047), Roshan Romeo Rodrigues (49th for ₹37,047), Ankit Saxena (51st for ₹37,047) and Tanveer Singh Kohli (53rd for ₹37,047).

Outlasting the massive playing field was local pro Martin ‘Simona’ Kabrhel, who claimed the trophy and top prize worth €18,406 (₹14.65 Lakhs). Currently ranked second on the Czech Republic All Time Money List, this win has swelled Kabrhel’s total live earnings over $3.90 Million.

Day 1C, 1D & 1E Recap

Day 1C and 1D played out on Saturday, August 18 with Day 1C drawing 93 runners and Day 1D attracting 97 players.

Devesh Thapar (271,000), Sameer Tavanandi (233,000), Sumit Sapra (201,000) and Vinit Kore (190,500) qualified for Day 2 through Day 1C, while Saumil Krishnani (253,000), Hetalkumar Desai (233,000), Manish Goenka (222,500), Tanveer Singh Kohli (208,500) and Kushal Patel (120,000) bagged a stack on Day 1D.

Following the conclusion of Day 1E on Sunday, a total of 112 hopefuls made the cut for the final day, among which 24 were Indians with Roshan Romeo Rodrigues (347,000) leading Team India ranked ninth in chips coming into Day 2.

Indian Chip Counts For Day 2

Indian Chip Counts For Day 2
Indian Chip Counts For Day 2

Topping the leaderboard with a huge stack of 680,000 was Germany’s Valentino Adler, followed by Dang Toan Nguyen (617,000) and Krzysztof Tomas Bielak (535,000) rounded up the top three stacks.

Top 10 Chip Counts For Day 2

1. Valentino Adler – 680,000

2. Dang Toan Nguyen – 617,000

3. Krzysztof Tomas Bielak – 535,000

4. Cong Tuan Le – 474,000

5. Richard Roettelbach – 467,000

6. Kim Andre Hoehne – 440,000

7. Zurab Ejibia – 403,000

8. Sven Meschede – 388,000

9. Roshan Romeo Rodrigues – 347,000

10. Ingo Schneider – 340,000

Final Day Recap

112 players took to the felts on the final day, but only the top 55 places received payouts. Many players managed to make it in the money including Oliver Mihajlovski (11th for €1,501), Cong Tuan Le (13th for €1,302), Jeremy Bleu (14th for €1,150), Roman Sobek (18th for €941), Peggy Gambetti (25th for €751) and Ronald Van Dam (40th for €466).

Hetalkumar Desai (35th for €561 – ₹44,599) made the best finish among the 7 Indian challengers who finished in the money.

Indian Cashes in Main Event

Indian Cashes in Main Event
Indian Cashes in Main Event

Matthias Hugo Beal (10th for €1.501) bubbled the final table.

Final Table Chip Counts

1. Martin ‘Simona’ Kabrhel – 7,854,000

2. Christofor Stefanidi – 5,635,000

3. Andre Hoeveken – 2,790,000

4. Valentino Adler – 2,600,000

5. Ion Tabacaru – 2,540,000

6. Michail Petrovic Deikun – 1,330,000

7. Daniel Abel Van Os – 1,250,000

8. Hans Martin Simon – 880,000

9. Michal Kuric – 430,000

Final Table Recap

Martin ‘Simona’ Kabrhel (23,154,000) entered the heads-up play with a massive chip lead over Christofor Stefanidi (4,650,000). On the final hand of the event, Stefanidi`s were pitted against Kabrhel’s . The board ran out , and though Stefanidi flopped a pair of fives, it wasn’t enought to beat Kabrhel’s pocket rockets. The Czech pro won the trophy and the top prize of €18,406 (₹14,65,066).

Martin Kabrhel
Martin Kabrhel

Final Table Results (EURO)

1. Martin ‘Simona’ Kabrhel – €18,406

2. Christofor Stefanidi – €11,685

3. Michail Petrovic Deikun – €8,446

4. Ion Tabacaru – €6,831

5. Daniel Abel Van Os – €5,406

6. Andre Hoeveken – €4,161

7. Hans Martin Simon – €3,097

8. Valentino Adler – €2,242

9. Michal Kuric – €1,815

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