8 Indian Poker Players from all areas of the country have got the amazing opportunity to travel to Bahamas and a chance to win part of a minimum ₹63 crore prize pool. This is the richest ₹17.5 lakh buy-in poker tournament in the history of poker launched by PokerStars. The PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC) has a prize pool of at least ₹63 crore including ₹6.2 crore guaranteed for the winner. The Tournament runs from 6th to 10th January I the Bahamas. So this new year is going to be an exciting start for all of these eight players.
Each of the Eight Players heading towards Bahamas tournament won a prestigious Platinum Pass worth ₹21 Lac (including hotel room costs and expenses) by participating in various online contests and poker tournaments initiated by PokerStars and Its ambassadors Daniel Negreanu, Liv Boeree and Chris Moneymaker.
These eight star players namely Sumit Sapra, Nikhil Segel, Sharad Rao, Raman Gujral, Aneesh Nair, Vivek Singh, Saurabh Sindhwani and Kavin Shah have landed here with different inspirations and from diverse backgrounds.
Nikhil Segel, aged 43, an architect from New Delhi by being the most determined player won the $30,000 Platinum Pass in PokerStars #MyUltimateSweat challenge pised by Ambassador Jaime Staples to play in the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC). Nikhil set himself the challenge of quitting smoking, losing 17.2 Kg in weight, and decreasing his sugar level. He successfully quit smoking 50 cigarettes a day, went from 105.3 Kg to 88.1 Kg in 83 days, got his sugar levels (HB1AC) from 8.2 to 5.3!
Sharad Rao, a young online poker professional from Pune, outlasted over 500 players in an online poker battle and emerged as the winner of the PokerStars India Diwali Rush tournament, earning himself a PSPC Platinum Pass. A keen animal lover, he’d like to retire early and open a zoo.
Sumit Sapra is a well-known poker player who beat PokerStars Ambassador Randy Lew to win himself a Platinum Pass at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Korea.
Raman Gujral from Chandigarh; Kavin Shah from Mumbai; Vivek Singh from Chennai; Saurabh Sindhwani from Ghaziabad; and Aneesh Nair from Kerala secured their passes by participating in the Global Poker League (GPL) tournament hosted by PokerStars India, beating five other GPL Teams, and over 7,000 online qualifiers.
PokerStar’s Indian Ambassador Aditya Agarwal will also be present at the PSPC to encourage and advise the players to win.
“I am extremely delighted to see the growing interest amongst people towards poker which has led to so many players from India travelling to the Bahamas to compete in this incredible tournament,” said Mr. Ankur Dewani, CEO at Sachiko Gaming Pvt. Ltd. “It is the biggest Indian contingent to head to the PCA/Bahamas so far and I’m confident it will only get better. Our country has come a long way and it’s exhilarating to see that skilled poker players from all across India are winning global tournaments and contests to make their mark on the international poker scene. I wish our eight proud winners of the PSPC Platinum Passes all the best in the Bahamas but more than anything I hope they enjoy every bit of the experience and bring home a trophy.”
Throughout 2018, PokerStars has given away more than 300 full packages to the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC) with its platinum pass. Each Platinum Pass is worth a colossal $30,000 and includes (according to the PokerStars website):
- $25,000 entry to the PSPC event
- Six nights’ accommodation at Atlantis Resort, Nassau, in The Bahamas
- $2,000 in travel expenses and room folio
So there’s a lot to grab! Let’s hope the best for our Indian Players.
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