PokerStars Festival Manila: Viren Kapur Ships Inaugural Event

The PokerStars Open attracted a total 451 entries, making a total prize pool of ₱6,562,050 with the top 69 finishers getting paid. His success at the Asian event will spur enthusiasts of poker in India to participate in more live events.

Outlasting them all was Indian competitor Viren Kapur who was playing a live tournament following a three-year long hiatus. The 29-year-old exports trader from India was up against Kai Paulsen heads-up and the two fought tooth and nail for nearly two hours before deciding on a deal that had both of them flipping for the title. The heads-up deal guaranteed both players ₱1,001,000 (~INR 12,69,832) with Kapur winning the flip to grab the title.

When heads up play began, Paulsen nearly had a five to one chip advantage but Kapur was in no mood to relent easily. After a few double ups, he was back in contention. When the chip stacks evened out, Kapur proposed a chop, which Paulsen eventually agreed to. Kapur then persuaded Paulsen into a blind flip for the trophy as well.

On the final hand of the event, both men stood up being all-in. Once the board was dealt, both players turned up their cards one at a time. Paulsen had a top pair, but Kapur had an opportunity to make a flush after looking at just one of his cards. His second card gave him the flush and the title.

“I haven’t really been playing much for the last few years, and I haven’t really won any significant events,” stated Kapur after his win

Final Table Results (PHP)

1. Virenjit Kapur - ₱1,001,000*

2. Kai Paulsen - ₱1,001,000*

3. Ricardo Torres - ₱552,050

4. Yu Li - ₱450,000

5. Sparrow Cheung - ₱351,000

6. Georges Georgiou - ₱274,000

7. Ivan Zalac - ₱204,000

8. Mark Lloyd - ₱143,000

9. Dino Sabatini - ₱119,000