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Nikunj Jhunjhunwala managed to win the World Poker Tour India Main Event after topping a field of 697 players. This is the biggest field ever recorded in a Main Even in India. He came to the final table as the player with nearly the lowest number of chips. Nevertheless, he successfully found his way out and ended up first, claiming a total of 6,635,000, which is roughly $92,180 in prize cash. The tournament took place in Deltin Royale in Goa, India, which is one of the famous floating casinos. Jhunjunwala won the biggest money ever in his lifetime, and he had a significant number of people cheering for him on the rail. In other words, he already gained a lot of popularity in his home country as a poker player and his mates expected nothing less from him. The second-placed player was Sahil Mahboobani who took home 4,653,000. He had a fierce fight in the heads-up play, but couldn’t make it as his opponent was much more skillful. Deepak Singh was a chip leader at the start of the day, but he ended up fourth in the end. Another player that had a great start is Amit Jain who is a member of Adda52 Team Pro. He ended up seventh.

Although he managed to win the most important tournament in his career, Jhunjhunwala claimed that he was on a sort of “poker sabbatical” just three weeks before that. He said that going there included a bet with his friend that he would reach the final table in either Main Event or the High Roller. After the victory, he added that he had managed to do it all and that all was starting to sink in. The second biggest cash he has ever won was back in 2015 when he managed to win both the Main Event and the High Roller. He won a total of $50,000 in a time period of just three days. He stated that he was very glad that his rail was there to watch him win the tournament and create history. Jhunjhunwala admitted to having a sleepless night. He stated that he had been very anxious, as he had known that there were at least two people in the final table who were really tough opponents. He added that he had to double up to be able to play with them. However, he had a 25-30 bb at one point and decided to widen up his range and open up. Furthermore, Jhunjhunwala said that he wanted to play heads up with Amit Jain, and the feeling was mutual. However, Jain wasn’t lucky enough and did not manage to enter the final stage of the tournament. At the same time, Jhunjhunwala was relieved when Jain dropped out since he was the only player that new Nikunj’s played very well.