‘A fun and learning heads-up experience, each of us tried to out-think the other’: Adda52 Millions Winner, Tarun Goyal

India’s largest poker site – adda52.com brought up an opportunity to rise and shine in its 20 Lac GTD weekly tournament-Adda52 Millions yesterday. The INR 11K buy-in tournament drew a strong field of 209 entries, easily crushing the specified guarantee and creating INR 20 Lac + in total prizepool. Outlasting the field this time was none other than Adda52 Team Pro – Tarun Goyal aka ‘aggtarun.

Top 27 players made money with min-cashes starting from INR 12,540. The lion’s share went to the online grinder – Tarun Goyal who took home INR 5,43,400 for his grand victory. The runner-up in this particular tournament was Arjanveer Singh Chadha aka ‘arjan30’, who had won The Whale tourney this past Friday after beating none other than the eventual winner of this event – Tarun.

Adda52 Millions attracts some top pros and yesterday was no exception, with a good number of pros joining in. Some of these pros ,who made it to the ITM list, included the Shravan Chhabria aka ‘sweatmyass13’ (9th for INR 43,890), Kartik Ved aka ‘Pegasus1505’ (12th for INR 26,125), Anik Ajmera aka ‘slotmachine’ (13th for INR 20,900), Aditya Sushant (15th for INR 20,900), the young gun – Abhinav Iyer aka ‘checkshove’ (19th for INR 12,540). The rising star – Akshay Nasa aka ‘vibaks’, who has won several poker tourneys on adda52.com, exited the event in 27th place for INR 12,540.

Tarun’s Journey 2018

Playing for several years now, Tarun Goyal has come a long way in poker, be it online and live. The player has been in amazing form this year and has won several key tournaments on adda52.com, including Godfather, The Roar, Judwaa (3 times), Sunday Masters, and Whale 6-Max (2 times), apart from making ITM finishes across all big tourneys. The player had earlier grabbed headlines for winning DPT 10K Kickoff in August 2016 and Adda52 Player of the Year (POY) title in December 2016.

After his grand win, we caught-up with Tarun to know about his win, tournament journey, heads-up play and of course his plans for WPT India starting tomorrow. Here are the excerpts of the chat:

OPN: A big congratulation on Adda52 Millions win? How does it feel to win this tourney?

Tarun: Adda52 Millions is a wonderful online event with a good structure. It feels really satiating to win this event. It was a pretty featured Final table, so I had to concentrate hard to get that win.

OPN: How tough was the field? Could you describe your tournament journey?

Tarun: The field was pretty tough. I just concentrated on playing every spot well, I don’t remember many hands though. Final 3 tables, I really opened up and put the pressure on the opponents. Overall, this tourney was a good learning curve.

 OPN: You had heads-up with Arjanveer Chada, who beat you in The Whale this past Friday. How was the experience playing HU with him this time? 

Tarun: Arjan is a good short-handed player, especially heads up. It was a fun and learning heads-up experience , each of us tried to out-think the other. It was really real fun, winning or losing doesn’t really matter. He played it really well. Past Friday, I played the heads up terribly. I was not at my best from concentration point of view and made some mistakes. This time around, I really wanted to win it.

OPN: Finally, what are your plans in online and live poker? What about your plans for the much-awaited WPT India 2018 starting tomorrow at Deltin Royale, Goa?

Tarun: There are no specific plans. I continuously strive towards improving my game. I didn’t really get much time to prepare specifically for WPT, but I am pretty excited for this WPT as I haven’t played a live tourney since a long time. It would be good fun 3-4 days for me. Really looking forward to it!


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