Indian poker player Vikash Mantri recently claimed the 55K Main Event winning title at the inaugural WPT India series and took home a whopping cash prize of INR 60,30,000. With the growing popularity of poker in India, the World Poker Tour (WPT) conducted their first WPT India series at the Mecca for Indian poker, Deltin Royale Goa.
The event became an instant success with more than 1400 players participating in the series. The main event attracted a total of 527 entries alone. But it was Vikash Mantri who made headlines for poker news India by claiming the winning title. The 55K WPT India Main Event, which ran from 10th to 13th November 2017, witnessed a host of globally reputed international players like Daniel Weinman, Pete Chen & Bryan Huang. All the national and international players fought hard at the main event but Vikash Mantri worked his poker magic and emerged as the champion. He was also awarded a massive prize money of INR 60,30,000 which he was more than happy to take home.
He started playing the table as the chip leader and maintained his lead throughout the game and became the winner by defeating Arjun Arora in the heads-up battle. Arjun also bagged an impressive prize money of INR 39,47,000 as the runner-up.
An MBA from Visakhapatnam, Vikas Mantri is a veteran at DPT (Deltin Poker Tournament) events. However, this record-breaking victory will sure add heaps to his current poker resume and list as one of the best players in the country. Regarding his win, Vikas said “It is a great achievement but I think it is too early in my poker career as I am still a student of the game. This victory raises expectations from myself, which I am not still prepared for.”
He added “I think I will now try to spare more time for the game, which currently my professional life doesn’t permit. I will try to play more tournaments across the globe. I will definitely plan a visit to Vegas this summer. Also, I will spend more quality time in reading books and watching online videos to improve my game.”
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