PokerBaazi Premier League in its Season V reached the next level with the prize pool reaching 1.1 CRORE! Season V had a total of 3049 entries in 24 tournaments spread over five days.
Five consecutive days of super exciting tournaments, each one getting its guarantee crushed. This season of the PPL started with a 30 LAC GTD Rebuy event which attracted 146 entries. The craze of PPL was only going to shoot up from here and we saw 190 entries for the next in line, a 50K FreezeOut event.
The 20K HighRoller event this PPL had a 15 LAC guarantee. 98 entries along with 19 re-entries took the prize to a whopping 23.4 LAC! It was Rajat Sharma ‘LungFakeer’, who took away the HighRoller crown along with a big prize amount of 5,61,600. The heads-up match at the final table finished with Rishab Jain on the other side of the crown. Rishab won 4,09,500. The event had top 6 places paid in 6 figures!
In the race up to the Main Event, we witnessed some exciting contests including the big PLO tournament. It was a 5 LAC GTD Rebuy event which started on Day4 of the League. Baazigars proved their love for this variant of the game, taking the prize pool up to almost 8 LAC!
The final day had a line up of 6 tournaments. FreezeOut, Rebuy, a hangover Turbo event & the highlight of this season, 25 LAC GTD Main Event. The Main Event started at 10 PM & had 222 entries. Big names from across the Indian poker spectrum took part in the big game. One of the most talented players in the industry, Kanishka Samant ‘Highness’ emerged as the winner. Kanishka proved his mettle in a battle which lasted for over 8 hours! He took away a prize amount of 5,75,250 out of a massive prize pool of 29.5 LAC.
The most interesting fact of this season of the PPL is about the Baazigar of the Series. PokerBaazi Team Pro Paawan Bansal became the Baazigar of the Series, but without a win! Yes, Paawan got 10 ITMs including 5 final table finishes. He missed the numero uno twice, finishing 2nd in the 45K GTD Rebuy event & 60K GTD 6-Max Turbo Rebuy event.
Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all the participants, who made this India’s biggest online poker league!