Making an appearance in the third edition of our brand-new video property, #ChampionsSpeak is Subhayan Das.
On Sunday, the 26-year-old catapulted himself into the spotlight after storming past a 1,465-entry field in the ₹1 Crore GTD APT Online India Main Event to clinch his first Asian Poker Tour trophy. The Siliguri-based player took home a personal-best ₹15.17 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal with the mystery user.
Behind the rosy success, Das had a complicated situation to run through. Having just taken a flight, he was unwell right before starting Day 2 of the APT Main Event. Nevertheless, his perseverance saw him through to the final table. Das dominated his opponents, eventually winning him the title.
A Doctor by profession, Das learned the game after seeing a college friend use his laptop to play online poker. A self-taught player, Das started playing poker about five years ago. But as per his own admittance, he does not play consistently. “I started playing five years ago, where I played for six months and then quit. It was only after another year or two that I started playing again and yet again stopped playing after six months. That’s how I do it.”
Being a front-line worker during the pandemic, Das had to attend to his professional duties. During this time, he had been put up in a hotel where he started playing poker during his spare time. All while managing his work and his studies.