Poker in the country has grown to become extremely popular, and recent events continue to indicate that this growth is fast rising. PokerBaazi.com received an incredible response from players across the country in the recently concluded online poker tournament The MoneyMaker.
The event promised a whopping INR 1 Crore Prizepool and a top prize of INR 25 Lac, the largest ever to be recorded in Indian poker. Not only were these numbers unheard of, they were also beaten! 1219 total entries, a total of nearly INR 1.22 Crore, and a top prize of a jaw dropping INR 30.47 Lac is what was on offer!
Sunday night saw 800 poker players from across the country take a shot at the coveted bracelet, title and juicy prize-pool offered by The MoneyMaker. It took over 11 hours to crown the winner, Champion of The MoneyMaker – Anuj “aatmaan” Kodam. In addition to the hefty top prize of INR 30.27 Lac, Anuj wins himself the bracelet, title and a place in the history books. Facing him in the heads up battle was former PokerBaazi Team Pro Paawan “ukissmyace” Bansal, who received INR 18.77 Lac for his second place finish.
The MoneyMaker took the poker community by storm, recording figures that were shocking to most. A cap of 800 unique entries to the event proved to be inadequate- a scenario that was by no means anticipated. An additional 419 re-entries to the event took the total number of entries to 1219. With a higher entry cap, this number would have been bigger!
While there were many players that were unable to register to the event, this overwhelming turnout means so much for the game of poker in India. A turnout like this one only means that next time, it’ll be bigger. It’ll be grander. And it’ll me meatier. The event created history and is a benchmark for what’s in store next.
PokerBaazi.com is absolutely delighted with the response shown by the poker community in the country. The event inspires us to give more to the community, and together, recreate history. We sincerely apologize to those players who were unable to register in time, and will ensure that moving forward such instances do not arise. We would like to thank everyone for making the event such a grand success, and truly believe that this is only the beginning. See you at the tables #Baazigars.