India’s largest online poker platform, PokerBaazi, recently wrapped up the “Greatest of All Tournaments” (G.O.A.T). Arun Vijay Mutgi, an IT consultant from Bengaluru, emerged as the champion, earning INR 1.5 Crore in prize money. Spanning 12 days, the second edition of the tournament attracted nearly 17,000 participants and witnesssed a thrilling nine-hour final table showdown featuring well-known Indian poker players vying for massive cash rewards up for grabs.
While Arun Vijay Mutgi secured the top position, winning INR 1.5 Crore, Sreekanth KN from Kerala finished runner-up, also winning a prize of INR 1.5 Crore. Post his grand victory, Mutgi said, “I have been playing poker for a decade, and over time, I’ve come to realize the importance of continually honing my skills and evaluating every move. I believe this significantly contributed to my growth in poker and ultimately led to my victory. I am thrilled to have shared the stage with respected poker players and am grateful to PokerBaazi for providing platforms like ‘The Greatest of All Tournaments,’ which offer opportunities for emerging players like me to showcase their talents on a grand scale.”
Navkiran Singh, Founder and CEO at Baazi Games, reflected on the tournament and extended his congratulations to the champion. He said, “It’s truly gratifying to observe the evolution and wide acceptance of online gaming, especially poker, as a mental sport in our country. Skill continues to be a vital factor driving the growth of this mental sport. I am thrilled to witness the game’s popularity and its positive impact on the development of similar skill sets and cognitive abilities in people’s lives.”
Singh further stated, “My heartfelt congratulations to Arun Vijay Mutgi for being crowned the tournament champion and to the other podium finishers. I am confident that we will soon see these participants representing India in various global poker tournaments.”
The tournament witnessed a notable increase in participation, especially from Maharashtra and Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Haryana. States such as Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Haryana demonstrated strong representation, making it to the top 10 in terms of participant engagement. PokerBaazi is dedicated to the growth of the poker community in India, and the G.O.A.T. serves as a prime example of their dedication and commitment. The platform offers a diverse range of tournaments, including freerolls, micro, and major tournaments, encouraging poker players to hone their skills and compete with the best players in the country.
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