‘Would recommend to play this tournament for the insane value it gives’: Rahul Melwani, Gayle Storm 2.0 Winner

Adda52 is always searching for unique ways to reward poker players in India and the poker site recently came up with ‘Gayle Storm’ – a super-value online poker tournament launched by the Universe Boss – Chris Gayle after joining India’s largest poker site – Adda52 as its brand ambassador.

The first edition of Gayle Storm featuring INR 50 Lac GTD prizepool took place in August 2018 and found a winner in Dinesh Kumar aka ‘danny_durr’, who outlasted 2000 + entries to win INR 12.17 Lac in top prize. After roaring success of the first Storm, Adda52 came up with the 2nd edition – Gayle Storm 2.0, which took place this past Sunday and featured a bigger guaranteed prizepool of INR 75 Lac for just INR 2500 buy-in. Coming on top this time was Rahul Melwani aka ‘therealslowroller’.

Hailing from Bangalore, Rahul Melwani outlasted 2457 entries in this tournament to claim his biggest online cash of INR 11,44,786. He defeated Aditya Chaudhary aka‘cash9hai’ in heads-up and a strong final table that featured the likes of the regular player Kunal Vohra aka ‘netaji111’ – (5th place for INR 3,05,957 and Manish Adnani aka ‘jhulelaal’ – (7th place for INR 1,58,171).

A total of 251 places were paid out with a min-cash of INR 9,882. Some notables who finished in the money included Sumit Sapra aka ‘Hammer_Head’ – ( 221st for INR 9882), Adda52 Team Pro Amit Jain aka bblacklegend – (217th for INR 9882), Mihir Thakkar aka gameofdeath – (215th for 9882), Shravan Chhabria aka sweatmyass13 – (190th for INR 11193), Abhinav Iyer aka checkshove – (189th for INR 11193), Jaydeep Dawer aka armageddon – (159th for INR 11193), King0fMerge – (152nd for INR 12678), Deepak Bothra aka bothras – (141st for INR 12678), Adda52 Team Pro KunalPatni – (84th for INR 14,360), and Ragesh Mishra aka ragesh91 – (63rd for INR 16265).

Other notables included Pranav Khandalkar aka pkpok – (60th for INR 16265), Eka Vedantham aka squashgod – (57th for INR 16265), Willson Yomso aka kaling – (51st for INR 16265), Sahil Agarwal aka bhaijiii – (42nd for INR 16265), Vidwath Shetty aka phoenix66990 – (38th for INR 21854).


In heads up, Melwani started as the chip leader. Though he had a good lead for most of the time, Aditya Chaudhary aka‘cash9hai’ came back and took the lead 2:1 in chips at one time. However, the latter couldn’t go all the way and Melwani won a couple of hands to come back and win the event.

The tournament came to an end with ‘cash9hai’ moving all-in with Ad 6h and ‘therealslowroller’ calling with As Jh. The board ran out Kh Ah 3s 4d 9s where the latter won the pot as well as the title.

Playing poker for several years, Rahul Melwani is a well-known face on India’s poker circuit. The player has won several live tournaments, including WPT India Deep Turbo last year. He also finished runner-up in the 25K Bounty Event at DPT July 2017. Playing under ‘therealslowroller’ on adda52.com, Melwani has cashed across online poker tournaments such as Sunday Suits and Big Millions. However, this grand win in Gayle Storm 2.0 is his career’s biggest online score.

Expressing his feelings about his win, Melwani said, “It feels amazing to win in such a big field. Great value for money, especially with one bullet! It was my biggest online score till date.”

Talking about Gayle Storm, he said, “I would recommend everybody to play this tournament for the insane value it gives. Great fun playing this tournament..even heads up battle was fun.”

 Talking about the field, the player said, “To be honest, the field was pretty soft, because it’s a low buy- in and a lot of entrants. I am glad that I played well and held my nerves when it mattered.”

 Talking about the Gayle Storm 2.0 final table, he said, “Manish Adnani was pretty short and busted early. Overall, the FT was pretty soft .. but that is expected in such big fields and low buy ins.”

 When asked about his plans for WPT India in November this year, he said, “Definitely going for WPT India. I won the WPT India Turbo Event last time, so it was a good experience for me.”

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