The 2017 Edition of Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) has been a resounding success with record-breaking competitors in attendance at the Deltin Royale Poker Room, Goa. The INR 10K Kickoff event drew a massive 354 player field and continuing the action was the INR 60K High Roller with INR 50 Lakhs guaranteed. The event witnessed an impressive 202 runners on Friday of which 70 contestants made it to Day 2 the following day.
Rajat Jain was in lead at the end of Day 1 but when the dust settled, the title was snatched by Vishkhapatnam based Manoj Pentakota for ₹33 Lakhs. The 28-year-old Mechanical Engineer has been playing poker professionally for two years now and has been a regular online winner on Indian poker sites.
At the end of the second day, young gun Kartik Ved started off as the final day chip leader followed by Manoj Pentakota.
The final table chip leader Kartik Ved was unsuccessful in closing the deal and was eliminated by Lakshamanan S in fourth place.
The final table was mostly dominated by Manish Jain who knocked out quite a few players, starting off by busting Rajat Jain at fifth and then sent Lakshmanan S packing in third.
Pentakota who entered the final table second in chips seemed content to stay under the radar till it came to heads-up action. Manish Jain was in front at the beginning of heads-up play but Pentakota wrestled his way to the summit. The last hand of the event witnessed Jain opening to 230K with and Pentakota went all-in holding . Jain called only to see the board open . Pentakota claimed the event for ₹33 Lakhs while Manish Jain pocketed ₹21 Lakhs for his second place finish.
FINAL TABLE STANDINGS:
1. Manoj Pentakota – ₹33 Lakhs
2. Manish Jain – ₹21 Lakhs
3. Lakshamanan S – ₹13.8 Lakhs
4. Kartik Ved – ₹1.02 Lakhs
5. Rajat Jain – ₹8.7 Lakhs
6. Aseem Jain - ₹6.9 Lakhs
7. Sandipan Das - ₹5.4 Lakhs
8. Santosh Govindraj - ₹3.6 Lakhs
9. Prashant Rawat - ₹2.4 Lakhs
For those who can’t live a day without playing India’s most popular card game, here is some great news.
More than a month ago the Gujarat High Court had judged poker to be a game which relied considerably on chance; a judgement which affected the countless individuals who play poker in India.
In what can be dubbed as a boost to poker in India, a top government official has stated that Goa’s offshore casinos may soon be shifted on land in the coming years