Day 2 of the INR 30,000 Main Event at the India Poker Championship (IPC) commenced at 5pm on Sunday evening and after a 7 hour grind, Anuruddha Meddegoda was crowned the India Poker Champion for 2013!
It was a bustling card room on Sunday evening in the Royale card room in Panjim, Goa where other participants arrived in order to play the final event of the IPC weekend i.e. the Headhunter, a bounty-cum-re-entry event. But one table in the poker room drew all the attention as 10 individuals were doing battle for the honour and prestige of being crowned the India Poker Champion of the new season.
The nation of Sri Lanka is where the twenty-something Meddegoda hails. A London School of Economics graduate, this Colombo native is part of a small but active group of homegame players from the island country. His keen interest in poker led him to visit Goa for the first time and in doing so he claimed Indian poker's prestigious title. When the final table began, there were three serious stacks in contention for the title including Goa regular Husain Lakda, well known online and live pro Aditya 'Intervention' Agarwal and eventual runner-up Sikandar Berry.
Meddegoda who was at the bottom half of the final table chipstack-wise probably would not have fancied his chances to a great extent. But some dogged determination coupled with a slice of luck at crucial moments saw him gain momentum when action was three-way after which he gained the chiplead.
From then on, he won a couple of crucial pots and in the final hand of the night against Sikrandar Berry, it went down like this...
Meddegoda moved all-in from the small blind and Sikandar makes the call putting himself at risk in this headsup battle.
And that was all she wrote! Meddegoda's rivered set of Sixes took down the final hand of the night and with it the title and honour of being the new India Poker Champion! You can catch up on all the action that went down at the Main Event as well as the side events from the IPC weekend by reading all about it on PokerNews India's live reporting blog.