Indian Poker players to represent the country in Match Poker World

Updated: Nov 20, 2017, 10:55 IST | Gaurav Sarkar | Mumbai

Team emerges victorious in Match Indian Poker league; to represent Team India at the Match Poker World in England next month

Over a power-packed two days filled with calls, bluffs, and straddles, Team Mumbai emerged victorious from among seven teams across the country to win the Match Indian Poker League on Saturday night.

The Mumbai All Stars celebrate their win at the Match Indian Poker League
The Mumbai All Stars celebrate their win at the Match Indian Poker League

Seven teams representing different cities from across the country spent two intense days competing for the prize money totalling Rs 2.5 crore, with the winning team getting the chance to represent India at the Match Poker World Cup, which would be held in Oxford, England next month.

200 hands were played in 8 sessions over 2 days, with the Mumbai All Stars narrowly leading at the close of Day 1. As the second day progressed it became evident that this was going to go down to the wire as teams moved up and down the leader board.

Crowned champions
Finally at the end of the day 2, Team Mumbai showed that the right mix of skill, strategy and a deep understanding of this mind sport, as they were crowned the first-ever Match Indian Poker League Champions, narrowly beating Team Jaipur and Ahmedabad to second and third place respectively.

Pandemonium broke loose once the final hand was played as Team Mumbai in their black jerseys erupted into wild cheers and a spontaneous team hug after having secured the cherished win.

“It’s almost an unreal feeling to win the first edition,” said Harman Baweja, captain, Team Mumbai, “We were trying to get our bearings right and strategize accordingly, but apart from that, we were also clearly underdogs, which made it equally challenging and motivated us to go for the kill. As a team, we outperformed what people expected us to do.”

Almost surreal
About representing Team India in England next month, he said: “The road ahead is no recee—you are playing for the country. It’s almost surreal to wear the team India jersey and play a sport. It’s going to be challenging and exciting, but we didn’t crack under pressure and I hope that the team continues to perform the way it did this time.”

Rs 2.5 cr
Prize money won by Mumbai All Stars

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