This is the first year that the infamous casino hub for card players, Manila has been appointed to be hosting the most anticipated poker event of the year – PokerStars Festival. Manila is the proud host of a USD 1.2 Billion Casino, City of Dreams which is one of the four casinos that form a coveted international gaming hub at the PAGCOR Entertainment City precinct in Paranaque City.
It was just 3 days ago that the inaugural play poker games event of the series kicked off with a brag-worthy 451 total entries which makes up for a total of ₱6,562,050 in the prize pool. The organizers have decided to pay up the top 69 finishers.
What’s even more exciting for the Indian poker community is the fact that notable poker figure, Viren Kapur was one of the last few contenders who made it to the live tournament after three long years of poker hiatus.
Viren is a smart 29 year old, exports trader by profession who fought hard at the tight heads-up battle against Kal Paulsen for almost two hours. Finally, a decided deal had the two of them going hard to flip for the coveted title. This deal had both the contenders locked in with ₱1,001,000 as assure winnings (INR 12, 69,832). It was finally Viren who won the flip and claimed the title of PokerStars Open Trophy.
After this well-deserved win he shared his joyful words – “I feel great. Absolutely! I feel fantastic.”
The event with remaining 68 survivors for the final day battle had many “Asia Player of the Year” race contenders, along numerous Indian challengers well-known in the domestic poker circuit.
A few Indian poker names who cashed out at the event are – PokerMet Team Pro Dhaval Mudgal at 62nd place for ₱27,500, Abhinav Iyer at 44th place for ₱29,500, Sameer Rattonsey at 42nd also for ₱29,500, Jaydeep Dawer at 38th with ₱34,000, Arjun Dhingra at 28th place for ₱40,500 along with Kanishka Samant at a nice 15th spot for ₱75,000.
Reportedly, Viren Kapur after his long hiatus and not too many significant wins at the major poker events wasn’t planning on playing any more events at this series, however after belting a popular title and a hefty win he plans to reconsider his stay at the dream city series.
Here’s hoping we see more poker actions at the PokerStars Festival Manila, until then keep reading PokerIndianGroup for more juicy gossip about the Indian poker community.