Rishab Malik has been crushing online MTT’s across all the top platforms in the country since 2018. Like everyone else, he started playing low-mid stakes MTT’s and made his way up the ladder, creating a sizable bankroll for himself and became a regular at the biggest tournaments the platforms had to offer.
With over INR 2 Crores in online lifetime earnings, the 27 year old made his biggest cash when he finished in 6th place in the INR 5 Crores GTD The EndBoss on PokerBaazi for a payout of INR 19,35,357! His most notable first place finishes include titles such as the Adda52 Millions, Hercules 40L GTD on Pokerstars India and his most recent one, the 12L GTD Weekly Highroller title on PokerBaazi!
IPN had a quick fire interview with the 27 year old MTT reg and here are the results!
IPN: Tell us something about yourself, where you’re from, childhood, studies, college life.
RM: I played a lot of sports during my childhood. Started out with Judo and then shifted to basketball. I didn’t like staying inside at home. I loved to spend time outside with my friends! I am an economic honours graduate from Delhi University.
IPN: Share some of your memories from college.
RM: I had a lot of fun during the first year of college but then I got into poker and things were never the same. Most of my waking hours of the day and night went to this game.
IPN: How did you get into poker?
RM: My brother-in-law told me about the game at a Diwali party and I decided to give it a shot, have been in love with it ever since!
IPN: What’s your poker schedule? How many hours do you play on a daily basis?
RM: I play 5 days a week, 10-12 hours a day.
IPN: If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world and money wasn’t an issue, where would you go?
RM: I would love to see the Northern Lights.
IPN: If you could marry one celebrity, who would it be?
RM: Emma Stone
IPN: Do you have a pet? If yes, then what’s his/her name?
RM: No not yet, but I’m planning to get a beagle or husky!
IPN: What’s your favourite book and what’s the last book you read?
RM: My favourite book is Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. The last book I read was Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a long and happy life.
IPN: What’s your favourite cuisine?
RM: Asian food
IPN: What’s your dream car?
RM: Rolls Royce
IPN: Which superpower do you wish you had?
RM: The ability to fly or superspeed!
IPN: What is the one thing that you would change to help about this COVID-19 situation?
RM: The people in power should be more considerate about people and not play politics over this pandemic.
IPN: What’s the best thing about being a poker player?
RM: Freedom is one for sure. Second would be that I have to be a better version of myself everyday in order to reach greater heights!
IPN: What are your plans for the weekly lockdowns being put in place?
RM: I’ll spend my time mostly studying and playing poker, spending time with my family. Not much you can do when you have to stay at home at all times.
It was a pleasure talking to Rishab Malik and India Poker News hopes to see him continuously performing well at the online poker tables!