After days of anticipation, hope and excitement, India’s Biggest Online Poker Tournament – The Game Changer finally gave us our Champion. The smasher of an event recorded a mammoth prize pool of 3.78 Crore – the largest BY FAR in the country, and promised a life-changing payday of INR 60 Lac to the Winner. Coming out on top of the massive field of 3777 total entries was Bangalore-based Prashanth “Iveyleague” Sekar.
The multi-day event was the first of its kind and received an unbelievable turn-out. What was slated to be India’s Biggest online poker tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of INR 2 Crore saw the number almost double – proving that the poker community in India is a lot bigger than predicted!
386 hopefuls from the three starting flights returned to the felts of PokerBaazi.com for Day 2 of the event last night. The survivors included pros, recreational players and first-timers – all hoping to etch their name on the coveted trophy. While only one would succeed, plenty of others managed to bag massive paydays owing to magnitude of this event.
33 players managed to take home paydays of at least 1 Lac each, with the top 5 taking home over 10 Lac each. When play whittled down to the final four, the players decided to make a deal based on their chip counts (ICM chop). Once the deal was made, the four resumed play with all eyes on the title. Eventually, it was Sekar’s day – who goes down in history as India’s first Game Changer Champion!
Here’s a look at the Final Table Payouts:
|1||Prashanth “IveyLeague” Sekar||INR 33,00,000*|
|2||Sikander “advanced_basic” Rajwade||INR 39,08,712*|
|4||Pranay “setmeup” Chawla||INR 33,00,000*|
|5||Gaurav “DragGEReR” Mittal||INR 11,33,100|
|6||Ashish “OMG_spew” Munot||INR 8,30,940|
|7||Ashutosh “indianpro” Pandey||INR 6,00,543|
|8||Farhaad “kilpauk” Khazvini||INR 4,34,355|
|9||Hari “herry7” Om Meena||INR 3,32,376|
* indicates ICM pay outs based on 4- way deal
The Game Changer also stands proof of the fact that poker is indeed a skill-based game. Not only were there many familiar faces on the final table, but the most accomplished of the 9 managed to finish in the top 6 positions. The sport is slowly growing in popularity as a mind-sport, and it is only a matter of time before it is recognised for what it is.
Congratulations once again to all the winners and participants of India’s biggest online poker tournament. It is truly a matter of pride to be a part of this historic event, and if we’ve learnt anything about PokerBaazi thus far, it’s that they will be back with something bigger, and something grander! So stay tuned!