India Poker Legend April edition roundup

  • Lavanya Desai
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The April edition of the India Poker Legend took place from 4th – 8th April, 2012 aboard Casino Royale in Panjim, Goa. Once again Delhi-based tournament organisers had put up almost 40 lacs in guarantees and given that it was a long weekend due to Good Friday, they expected a good turnout.

The first event for the weekend was the INR 5,000 Double Re-Buy and Add on. 56 hopefuls entered the tournament hoping to take down the lion’s share of the prize pool. In heads up action, it was Laveena Belani against Shabby BS. In the final hand, Shabby tried to make a move and shoved all in with {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and got insta-called by Belani who had {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. The board of {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} was not kind to Shabby and Belani took down the 5k Double Re-Buy + Add on for a INR 260, 000 payday.

Next on the cards was the INR 15,000 Freezeout. This event drew 51 entries and lasted just shy of 7 hours. In the final hand of the night, it was Rakesh Sharma taking on Apoorva Goel. Goel moved all in with {A-Spades}{8-Clubs} and got snap called by Sharma, whose {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} was ahead. The board {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{K-Spades}{10-Spades}{2-Spades} didn’t give either player a pair and Sharma’s Ace high with a Queen kicker took down the pot.
He received INR 260, 000 for outlasting the competition.

The featured event of the weekend was the INR 100, 000 Main Event. 31 players coughed up the big buy in amount and in the end it was the ever consistent Abhishek Goindi versus Frederick Hallen vying to take down the title. In the last hand, Goindi moved all in on a flop of {J-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and got called by Hallen who showed {10-Clubs}{3-Spades}. He was behind Goindi’s {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}. No help on the turn {5-Hearts} or river {4-Clubs} meant that Goindi took down the pot and the IPL 100k Main Event. He added INR 1, 250, 000 to his ever growing bankroll.

An otherwise good weekend suffered its only blip when the final event on Sunday night, the 50k Headsup tournament was called off due to lack of minimum number of participants. The next IPL is expected to take place from 19-22 July and

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