Rajesh Goyal wins PokerGuru Tour Main Event; Back-to-Back titles for Kanishak Kapoor

  • Nikhil Shetty
Rajesh Goyal wins PokerGuru Tour Main Event; Back-to-Back titles for Kanishak Kapoor 0001
Rajesh Goyal
Rajesh Goyal

Rajesh Goyal from Hyderabad has been crowned the latest PokerGuru Tour (PGT) Main Event winner in the 7k Re-entry format which saw him outlast 83 entries to win the title.

But all the action at this edition of the PGT started on a Wednesday evening where the long overdue Player of the Year freeroll worth 12 lacs was up for grabs. Essentially the top 10 players of the season gone by would do battle to claim their share of the prizepool. Leading the way was Karan Jain who started as chipleader and no surprises that he eventually hung on to play headsup with Prabhat Mukherjee. Considering their near even stacks, both players decided to chop the prize. Immediately thereafter, the money went in and it would be Mukherjee's hand which would hold up and secure him the POY title.

The following evening saw 56 players participate in the 5k Freezeout event and Delhi's Kanishak Kapoor was looking to carry his good form over from his Main Event runner-up finish in March at the IPC. Kapoor had his fair share of luck and that coupled with his elimination of Siddharth R and Paras Kumar, got him to headsup against Abhishek Chopra. Both players took some time out to talk about a chop and once done, the money went in on the following hand. Chopra with {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} was ahead of Kapoor's [Khs] but the flop decided otherwise {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and that was all she wrote as Kanishak Kapoor win the 5k Freezeout.

Kanishak Kapoor
Kanishak Kapoor

But it seems that previous event was just his way of warming up as the very next evening Kapoor found himself once again on the final table. A flopped set of Jacks in headsup against Goa local Myron Pereira gave him a virtually insurmountable lead. And when it's going good, even the poker gods seem to be on your side as Kapoor's {K-Hearts}{10-Clubs} turned two pair on a board of {8-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{7-Spades}{10-Hearts}{J-Hearts} against Periera's {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}. Back-to-back titles for Kanishak Kapoor as he makes it two for two with his win at the 10k Super Bounty event.

And back to the featured tournament of the weekend, the organisers decided to switch things around a bit by keeping the Main Event buy-in at about a quarter of their previous Main Events. Also newly introduced here was a re-entry format which would allow busted players to buy back in during the initial levels of play. That made it a total of 83 entries who contributed to the prizepool which would be shared among the top six survivors at the final table. It had been a while since Rajesh Goyal had won a title despite coming agonizingly close in the past season. But 2013 has finally brought the Hyderabad player his first title and that too at a Main Event. The top six finishers featured some extremely good players in Amit Jain, Siddharth Shanker, Dhaval Mudgal and Rajnish Kumar, all of whom had a good mix of aggression and experience to take down the title. But they all fell short. Eventually in headsup against Vikas Jain {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}, a board of {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{K-Hearts} gave both players two pair but Rajesh Goyal's {A-Spades}{10-Clubs} took home the win.

The final event of the PGT weekend was the 3k Turbo event which drew 29 participants and local player Husain Lakda defeated Madhav Gupta in headsup battle to win the event.

Image courtesy: PokerGuru Tour

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