Top performers of the inaugural WPT Online India on Adda52

Having recently concluded an Asia-dedicated online series on Natural8, the World Poker Tour wasted no time hosting another online festival. This one was exclusive to players from India. Running from November 5 to 22 on poker client Adda52 was the inaugural WPT Online India featuring a whopping ₹ 13.5 crore (~US$ 1,822,200) in guaranteed prizes across 154 events. With buy-ins ranging from a lowly ₹5,500 (~US$ 7.50) to ₹55,000 (~US$ 750), big fields were produced at nearly every event. Well known live tournament players such as Ashish Munot “ragspoker”, Abhinav Iyer “checkshove”, and Raghav Bansal “BaLuGaWhAlE” were among those that banked wins. The most envied player was Kumar Sahaj “kumar69” who took down the Main Event for his first ever WPT title. Listed below are results of the festival’s top performers.

WPT Online India results

WPT India Main Event – KUMAR SAHAJ “kumar69” – ₹ 50 lakhs (~US$ 67,500)

Headlining the inaugural online festival was the WPT India Main Event with ten entry flights offered for a chance at the juicy ₹ 2.5 crore guarantee. In the aftermath, 2,573 poured in to breach the guarantee in exchange for a richer ₹ 2.57 crore (~US$ 347,385) prize pool. Kumar Sahaj “kumar69” emerged victorious to lock up his first ever known victory. In addition to the ₹ 50 lakhs (~US$ 67,500) first place cash, Sahaj was awarded a WPT Passport worth US$ 5,000. Sahaj joined Ashish Munot (2019), Nikunj Jhujhunwala (2018), and Vikash Mantri (2017) in the exclusive WPT India Main Event champions circle.

Buy in: ₹ 11,000 (~US$ 150)
Guarantee: ₹ 2.5 crore (~US$ 337,500)
Entries: 2,573
Prize pool: ₹ 2.57 crore (~US$ 347,385)
ITM: 269 places

In addition to the ₹ 50 lakhs (~US$ 67,500) first place cash, Sahaj was awarded a WPT Passport worth US$ 5,000 and Hublot Classic Fusion watch valued at ₹ 7 Lakhs (~US$ 9,450)

Mega Leaderboard – ASHISH MUNOT “ragspoker” – 813 points

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Ashish Munot credit: Asian Poker Tour

It was a nail biter for the WPT Online India Mega Leaderboard title. Players earned points across 29 featured events. After tallying up, it was WPT India 2019 Main Event champion Ashish Munot “ragspoker” who edged the rest to claim the ₹ 1,000,000 (~US$ 13,500) top prize.

Munot was a wrecking ball scoring two victories at the festival. He won the ₹ 5,500 buy in WPT Mega Stack ₹ 30 lakhs guaranteed and the ₹ 2,750 buy in WPT Wednesday Feature ₹20 lakhs guaranteedAt the former, Munot topped the 233 field to bank ₹ 903,000 (~US$ 12,200) and at the latter he outlasted a towering 957 runners for another ₹ 411,000 (~US$ 5,550). Munot pocketed a combined ₹ 1,314,000 (~US$ 17,750) in victory earnings and two additional WPT titles under his belt.

New Rank userId userName leagueId Points
1 258902 ragspoker MEGA-WPT-LBD 813
2 245266 rocky3705 MEGA-WPT-LBD 786
3 119365 BaLuGaWhAlE MEGA-WPT-LBD 782
4 682365 BoomTilt23 MEGA-WPT-LBD 743
5 697511 lazyman MEGA-WPT-LBD 728
6 189876 badtameez_donk MEGA-WPT-LBD 721
7 1164239 ksn123 MEGA-WPT-LBD 700
8 13767 aggtarun MEGA-WPT-LBD 694
9 481724 gaganhyd MEGA-WPT-LBD 693
10 2002660 PsychG0D MEGA-WPT-LBD 663

In addition to the Mega Leaderboard, players raced to the top of the Mini Leaderboard. 15 select events generated points. Arjun Arora “Beatthefish66” claimed the win and the ₹ 300,000 (~US$ 4,050) first prize.

WPT Big Game 30 L: RAGHAV BANSAL “BaLuGaWhAlE” – ₹ 9.67 lakhs (~US$ 13,000)

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Raghav Bansal credit

Raghav Bansal “BaLuGaWhAlE” was another star performer with several deep runs at the series. His largest payout of ₹ 9.67 lakhs (~US$ 13,000) was earned at the WPT Big Game 30 L where he triumphed past the 280 entrants. Based on The Hendon Mob, Bansal is ranked 4th in India’s All Time Money List sporting easily over US$ 1.1 million in live earnings.

Buy in: ₹ 15,000 (~US$ 202)
Guarantee: ₹ 30 lakhs (~US$ 40,500)
Entries: 280
Prize pool: ₹ 45.43 lakhs (~US$ 61,335)
ITM: 35 places

WPT India Kickoff – AYUSH GARG “lazyman” – ₹ 8.57 lakhs (~US$ 11,570)

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Ayush Garg. Credit:

Festival opener WPT Kickoff was a sign of things to come with 686 flooding the virtual felt. At ₹ 5,500 buy in, it was plenty enough to smash the ₹ 30 lakhs guarantee for a larger ₹ 38.38 lakhs (~US$51,835) prize pool. Last year’s WPT India Kickoff event runner up Ayush Garg “lazyman” returned for redemption and impressively shipped it to pocket ₹ 8.57 lakhs (~US$ 11,570) and his first ever WPT title. Garg also took 3rd place in the Mega Leaderboard race for ₹ 300,000 more in the pocket.

Buy in: ₹ 5,500 (~US$ 74)
Guarantee: ₹ 30 lakhs (~US$ 40,500)
Entries: 686
Prize pool: ₹ 38.38 lakhs (~ US$ 51,835)

WPT India Super High Roller – SIDDHANTH KRIPALANI “Sidstack” – ₹ 19.39 lakhs (~US$ 26,180)

Siddhanth Kripalani. Credit: India Poker News

Not much live tournament info on Siddhanth Kripalani “Sidstack” which makes him a fairly unknown player worldwide. In India though, that may not be the case. Krapalani recently shipped the WPT India Super High Roller event after defeating a field of 137 heavy hitters. For his achievement, he earned ₹ 19.39 lakhs (~US$ 26,180). According to poker media site pokerguru, this was not Kripalani’s first online victory, however, it was his first WPT title.

Buy in: ₹ 55,000 (~US$ 740)
Guarantee: ₹ 65 lakhs (~US$ 87,740)
Entries: 137
Prize pool: ₹ 71.76 lakhs (~US$ 96,900)

WPT India High Roller – ABHINAV IYER “checkshove” – ₹ 17.55 lakhs (~US$ 23,700)

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Abhinav Iyer

2019 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer “checkshove” has been busy cashing in at various online felts during this pandemic and it was no different at the inaugural WPT India online series. Iyer claimed the High Roller event for ₹ 17.55 lakhs (~US$ 23,700) to earn his first ever WPT title. This was his third known major victory with the APT 2019 Vietnam Main Event won just before the WSOP. Iyer has accrued well over US$ 1 million in live earnings and is ranked 5th in The Hendon Mob’s India All Time Money List.

Buy in: ₹ 27,500 (~US$ 370)
Guarantee: ₹ 50 lakhs (~US$ 67,500)
Entries: 270
Prize pool: ₹ 6,682,500 (~US$ 90,225)

Mike Sexton Tribute – HEMANT PADAMWAR “hemper” – ₹ 9.79 lakhs (~US$ 13,200)

To honor WPT’s beloved commentator Mike Sexton who passed in September, a special event was held on the final day featuring ₹ 30 lakhs guaranteed. A strong showing of 395 signed up for ₹ 11,000 eact to bump up the pot to ₹ 39.5 lakhs (~US$ 53,360). Hemant Padamwar “hemper” took it down to win the ₹ 9.79 lakhs (~US$ 13,200) and the added WPT Passport worth US$ 1,000.

Other winners

Largest field: WPT Mini Main Event

Buy in: ₹ 1,100 (~US$ 15)
Guarantee: ₹ 25 lakhs (~US$ 33,750)
Entry flights: 7
Entries: 2,704
Prize pool: ₹ 27.04 lakhs (~US$ 36,500)
ITM: 287 places
Winner: ANUJ YADAV “anuj25395” – ₹ 409,000 (~US$ 5,520)

WPT India 6 Max Championship

Buy in: ₹ 11,000 (~US$ 150)
Guarantee: ₹ 35 lakhs (~US$ 47,200)
Entries: 376
Prize pool: ₹ 37.6 lakhs (~US$ 50,760)
Winner: PRATIBHA ARYA “TeamRocket” – ₹ 9.4 lakhs (~US$ 12,700)

WPT Super Stack

Buy in: ₹ 5,500 (~US$ 74)
Guarantee: ₹ 30 lakhs (~US$ 40,500)
Entries: 718
Prize pool: ₹ 35.90 lakhs (~US$ 48,500)
Winner: SAAHIB BAWA – ₹ 8.97 lakhs (~US$ 12,100)

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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