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Day 5 of The Indian Poker Series (TIPS) Season 3 was phenomenal for Team India as Nitin Jain (cover image) claimed his first-ever live title in the TIPS Super High Roller (SHR) for a handsome payday of €18,165 (~₹14.22 Lakhs). The Indian contender who was among the shortest stacks at the start of Day 2, ran past a field of 90 entries and ultimately took down the event following a three-way deal with Florian Braun (runner-up for €14,401) and José Carlos (3rd for €14,000).
While four Indians had made Day 2 in the SHR, besides Jain, only Kanishka Samant managed to cash the event. Samant placed 10th for €1,945 (~₹1.52 Lakhs), falling one place short of the final table.
Indian challengers were also seen in action in the other two events running alongside the TIPS SHR, namely the star attraction SPF Main Event and the fast-paced TIPS Big Friday.
Day 1C of the Main Event saw Samant (409,000), Avneesh Munjal (253,000) and Mani Singh Gurditta (107,000) book seats for Day 2.
TIPS Super High Roller (SHR) – Final Day
With late registrations open till Level 13 on Day 2, the total number of entries clocked in at the TIPS Super High Roller (SHR) stood at 91, creating a prize pool of €77,805. Among the 36 players who had advanced to Day 2 was the Indian trio of Kanishka Samant (480,000), Allen Arun Bansode (427,000), and Nitin Jain (82,000).
Himanshu Dewan, who had finished 15th in the series-opener Spanish Cup for €796 (~₹62,374), was among the players to register on Day 2.
While it is unknown which position Allen Arun Bansode busted out in, he was among the first Indian’s to be eliminated on Day 2.
With only the top 11 slated to finish ITM, Himanshu Dewan was dismissed in 20th place. He moved all-in preflop, but his could not hold up against his opponent’s which bettered to a Broadway straight on the runout .
Kanishka Samant came excruciatingly close to making the final table but busted out in 10th place instead. The elimination hand saw a player in the cutoff open, and Samant, who was in the small blind jammed for 28 BBs with pocket sevens. The initial raiser called with . The latter won the flip, eliminating Samant, who collected €1,945 (~₹1.52 Lakhs) for his efforts.
Samant’s elimination meant that Jain was the only Indian still standing in the SHR. He managed to enter the final table with the seventh-largest stack of 1.6 Million.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Alin Mitrache – 3,840,000
2. José Carlos – 2,540,000
3. Aleksandr Nemtsov – 2,520,000
4. Antifragil – 2,125,000
5. Petr Kubenka – 2,110.00
6. Florian Braun – 1,700,000
7. Nitin Jain – 1,630,000
8. Denys Kaplin – 1,180,000
9. Radko Dimitrov – Unknown
Final Table Recap
Though not much is known of what went down in the final table, we do have confirmation that after the elimination of Radko Dimitrov, Jain’s stack had slightly improved to 1.7 Million.
With just six players left in the fray, Jain saw his stack dwindle down to 1.54 Million.
Following the elimination of Alin Mitrache in fifth place, Jain had taken over the chip lead with a massive stack of 9.6 Million.
After the elimination of ‘Antifragil’ in fourth, the remaining three finalists agreed to an ICM chop that saw Jain claim the trophy along with €18,165 (~₹14.22 Lakhs) in prize money. Florian Braun finished runner-up for €14,401, and José Carlos came in third for €14,000.
Final Table Results
1. Nitin Jain – €18,165*
2. Florian Braun – €14,401*
3. José Carlos – €14,000*
4. Antifragil – €7,446
5. Alin Mitrache – €6,069
6. Petr Kubenca – €4,746
7. Aleksandr Nemtsov – €3,735
8. Denys Kaplin – €2,918
9. Radko Dimitrov – €2,217
*denotes three-way deal
SPF Main Event – Day 1C
The third starting flight of the SPF Main Event pulled in the most massive crowd yet, logging in 396 entries to take the total field size to 712 entries (Day 1A – 123, Day 1B – 193 and Day 1C – 396). With three more starting flights yet to play out, the event is well-poised to reach the 1,200-entry mark needed to meet its advertised guarantee of €300,000 (~₹2.35 Crores).
Following 16 levels of play, only 83 runners were left in the field. Representing the Indian contingent on Day 1C were Sanjay Taneja, Mani Singh Gurditta, Kanishka Samant and Avneesh Munjal.
Taneja was the only challenger of the trio who failed to make the cut for Day 2. He lost a massive pot in a blind v. blind encounter when his was cracked by an opponent’s with the flop showing . Sometime later, Taneja busted out when his was outlasted by an opponent’s .
Samant (409.000), Munjal (253,000) and Gurditta (107,000) were both able to advance to Day 2.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1C
1. Mordechay Gaier – 920000
2. Marcel Schoenborn – 910000
3. Oliver Patrick Srienz – 744000
4. Oleh Haisiuk – 517000
5. Marco Penta – 514000
6. Volkan Alkan – 501000
7. Hillebrand Graaf – 495000
8. Cesar Calderon – 488000
9. Tzur Surikatta – 458000
10. Maria Cayuela – 450000
TIPS Big Friday – Day 1
This two-day event drew in 289 entries, generating a prize pool of €31,573 (~₹24.71 Lakhs). The top 31 places are assured a min-cash of €278 (~₹21,762), while the eventual champion will walk away with €6,677 (~₹5.22 Lakhs).
From the Indian contingent, Jaydeep Dawer and Manish Goenka were seen in action and both co-founders failed to make the cut for Day 2.
José Luis López captured the overnight chip lead with a stack of 750,000 and will lead the 31 Day 1 survivors to Day 2.
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