The first-ever National Poker Championship which was hosted, the biggest online poker site in India was won by 23-year-old Ujjawal Narwal who had just under $5,000 in prize money prior to his win.
The Delhi player became India’s first National Poker Champion winning INR 16,00,000 after outlasting 382 other players at the last day of the tournament. Playing by his code name “fourteenk”, Narwal engaged in a heads-up battle against “tenfiveftw” who took home INR 10,50,000 for his runner-up finish.
Ujjawal Narwal has had success before in his young poker career after taking the 26th spot at the WPTDeepStacks – India Main Event in 2018 and a 9th place finish at the Deltin Poker Tournament in Feb 2019.
Unique State-Level Qualifiers
Adda52 is known for putting together poker tournaments with low buy-ins and high prize pools which are very popular with Indian poker players. Some of the other tournaments hosted include Adda52 Millions, Gayle Storm, Mega Suits and Godfather.
For the inaugural NPC, Adda52 decided to host state-level free qualifiers, along with low buy-in satellites in order to ensure maximum participation from players all over the country, making it a unique competition. The tournament drew a total of 4214 players, with over 2000 of that coming from the free qualifier rounds held in various states. The players then battled it out for a huge guaranteed championship prize of 1 Crore. The intense action started on April 4 until the final day, April 7.
Narwal Keen On Playing More NPC Tournaments
Narwal thanked the organizers of the hugely successful tournament, saying it has been a memorable experience for everyone involved, most especially for him as the first NPC winner. The young poker pro said tournaments like the NPC play a vital role in pushing players to step up their game and hone their skills. Most importantly, they provide recognition to the tremendous hard work, patience and energy all players need to bring into play to be able to keep pace with the evolving mind sport.
Narwal has been grinding online since 2017, earning multiple achievements under his belt. Last year, he emerged victorious in one of PokerBaazi’s weekly feature tournaments called The Endeavour which had a guarantee of INR 15 Lakhs. He bested a field of 458 entries to claim the top prize of INR 2,85,654. Narwal managed to win the tournament which saw several regular grinders and top pros taking part to get a shot at the massive 15 Lakhs prize pool.
The Delhi player also took down Adda52’s Friday tournament named The Whale, winning INR 4,05,000 after beating 127 other players back in 2018.
His NPC victory is a career-defining moment for Narwal who said he is eager to take part in upcoming tournaments.
Poker Continues To Spread Across India
The massive participation in the recently-concluded NPC tournament once again reflects the rise of poker in India. With the high engagement shown by players across the country, CEO & Co-Founder Mohit Agarwal said it only goes to show that there is a rapidly growing base of poker players in the country.
The one-of-a-kind concept of state-level qualifiers was intentionally incorporated into the NPC to give every player the opportunity to get in on the action regardless of the size of their bankroll. Agarwal said NPC’s massive success was mainly due to its exciting format which resonated well with all the aspiring poker champions. Adda52 will continue to introduce new game styles so players will stay excited and engaged.
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