Justin Frolian Wins German Pokerclub Championship Main Event; Ankit Kapoor Headlines 8 Team India Scores

GPC Main Event
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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly September 10, 2019
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The German Pokerclub Championship (GPC) that had hit the floor running on September 2, recently wrapped up proceedings on September 9. Hosted at one of the largest casinos in Europe, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the series comprised of 10 events, with the stop’s Main Event declaring a winner in Germany’s Justin Frolian who not only claimed his career-first live title but also posted a personal-best score of €86,131.

The Main Event had registered 1,394 entries across six starting flights, collecting €475,000 (3.76 Crores) in prize money – falling short of its advertised €500,000 (3.95 Crores) guarantee. A group of nine Indians had qualified for Day 2 through the various starting flights, but only eight were able to finish in the money. TIPS & KENTA €115 Pot Limit Omaha Turbo champion Ankit Kapoor was the highest scorer from Team India, finishing 20th for €2,916 (2.31 Lakhs).

Team India Cashes in the GPC Main Event

PlayerFinishPrize Money
Ankit Kapoor 20th €2,916 - ₹2.31 Lakhs
Gaurav Gupta36th€1,532 - ₹1.21 Lakhs
Nehal Agarwal57th €1,079 - ₹85,566
Tanveer Singh Kohli78th€906 - ₹71,847
Pranav Khandalkar88th€906 - ₹71,847
Manish Goenka 89th€906 - ₹71,847
Vinay Rajpal 114th€817 - ₹64,789
Vinayak Bajaj124th€728 - ₹57,731


Apart from being the first Indian to breach the money line in the Main Event, Vinayak Bajaj also final tabled the €115 NLHE Saturday Night Turbo, banking €2,634 (2.08 Lakhs) for a fourth-place finish.

Day 2 Recap

A group of nine Indians had entered Day 2 of the GPC Main Event, but only eight finished in the money. Sameer Tavanandi was the only one to fall out empty-handed.

The first Indian challengers to finish in the money was Vinayak Bajaj who placed 124th for €728 – 57,731). Gaurav Gupta (36th for €1,532 – 1.21 Lakhs), Nehal Agarwal (57th for €1,079 – 85,566), Tanveer Singh Kohli (78th for €906 – 71,847), Pranav Khandalkar (88th for €906 – 71,847), Manish Goenka (89th for €906 – 71,847) and Vinay Rajpal (114th for €817 – 64,789), all picked up scores in the event.

Vinayak Bajaj - GPC Main Event Day 2
Vinayak Bajaj

The last man to fall from the Indian contingent was the 2019 DPT February edition 35K Main Event champion Ankit Kapoor. He had bagged the biggest stack of 1,915,000 on Day 1A and did well to place 20th for €2,916 (2.31 Lakhs).

Ankit Kapoor - GPC Main Event Day 2
Ankit Kapoor

Final Table Recap

The final table was dominated by German players with five out of the nine players from Deutschland. Romania’s Serban Dragulet was the first player to be eliminated in ninth place.

He was followed to the rail by Enrico Linke (8th), Andrej Desset (7th), Said Hussein (6th), Friedrich Hensler (5th), Shakal (4th) and Doron Michealson (3rd).

The final showdown was set up between two German players Alexander Lange and Justin Frolian, and in the end, it was Frolian who took down the event for an €86,131 payday.

Justin Frolian Wins GPC Main Event
Justin Frolian

Final Table Results (EURO)

  1. Justin Frolian – €86,131
  2. Alexander Lange – €55,003
  3. Doron Michealson – €41,755
  4. Shakal – €33,883
  5. Friedrich Hensler – €28,380
  6. Said Hussein – €13,332
  7. Andrej Desset – €10,162
  8. Enrico Linke – €7,242
  9. Serban Dragulet – €5,621

€115 NLHE Saturday Night Turbo

The Saturday Night Turbo pulled in 258 entries (216 unique and 42 re-entries), creating a prize pool worth €24,510 (19.43 Lakhs).

Germany’s Diana Butz came out on top to win the title and the top prize of €3,448.

India’s Vinayak Bajaj narrowly missed the title, finishing in fourth place for €2,634 (2.08 Lakhs).

Final Table Results (EURO)

  1. Diana Butz – €3,448
  2. Alessandro Surini – €3,153
  3. Dennis Jaime – €2,774
  4. Vinayak Bajaj – €2,634
  5. Persch mann – €2,490
  6. Sebastian Roelz – €2,071
  7. Andreas Gondrom – €917
  8. Michal Nahlik – €664
  9. Dominique Potenza – €549

Content & Images Courtesy: King’s Casino

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