The latest edition of the India Poker Championship saw Mumbai's Richard Haridasoham walk away with the title of 25 Big Game (Main Event) champion. This 3 day event took place from 02-04 August on board Casino Royale in Panjim, Goa.
It's been over four months since the India Poker Championship held its last edition in Goa and the weekend kicked off with the 5k Freezeout which had 62 players participate in this tournament. When the dust settled it was 26 year old Egyptian, Khalid Zidan who emerged victorious in his Indian poker tournament. Zidan, who is an engineer by profession, Zidan who is a native of Egypt, was on vacation in Goa specifically to explore the local poker scene and its been a profitable trip for him on his maiden visit to the sandy shores of Goa.
Their stacks were relatively even when action was 3-way between Zidan, Kevin Neves from Goa and Mumbai's Hitesh Thakurani. However, on Neves' elimination, Zidan moved upto to an almost 2:1 chip lead over Hitesh Thakurani. After exchanging a few hands back and forth, it came down to this final hand - from the small blind, Zidan raised it up to 30000. Thakurani moved all-in and Zidan snap off with against Thakurani's . It wasn't easy going for the Egyptian though as the flop was giving his opponent flush and straight draws. The turn reduced the percentages in his favour and a brick on the river sealed the hand and the title for him.
The following night saw 60 runners for the 10k Weekend Kickoff tournament. And it seemed like Kevin Neves had some unfinished business they way he went about brutalising the final table; determined to go better than his performance from the previous night. He started off in 3rd chip position at this final table and a big hand against erstwhile chipleader Danish Shaikh would catapult him into the massive 11:1 lead over Jujhar Kochhar in headsup. In the final hand of the night Kochhar moved his short stack with and Neves knew his was good going by his instacall. The board did not go Kochhar's way and with that Kevin Neves captured his maiden IPC title.
The final event of the weekend which was the Main Event saw 26 players participate in the 25k Big Game. The final three that remained were former IPC winner Sanjay Lawrence, Rajeev Raut and Richard Haridasoham. It was almost exactly a year to the day that Lawrence made his last IPC final table where he went on to win the 10k title on that particular weekend. This time around though a second runner-up finish was the best he could manage when his were shown the door by Raut's on a board of . Mumbai would best Pune when the final hand of night went like this. With the blinds showing 3000-6000, Haridasoham on the dealer button, tossed in the additional 3000 to complete the blinds. Raut min-raises it to 12000 which is called by Haridasoham. The flop has Raut checking and Richard betting 21000. Rajeev calls the raise and sees the turn . Both the players were a little leery of that Ace and check. The river has Rajeev checking and Richard betting 60,000. Rajeev goes all in and a quick call by Haridasoham with who rivered the straight crushing the holdings of Raut . Haridasoham was down to less than a 1000 chips at a point in time and continued to struggle in the middle stages. But in the end a terrific comeback by the Mumbai native to win his first IPC title.
The next IPC is scheduled to take place from 04-07 October in Casino Royale. For more information, visit www.indiapokerchampionship.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org m or call 9920803125.