India Poker Championship announced another massive INR 8 Crores GTD event, the Final Table Series at Spartan Poker and everyone is losing their minds about one of the biggest online poker events in the country. The FTS will be held from 16th-23rd November. This week’s long poker festival will have 6 feature tournaments that will be streamed live! The live stream is going to be hosted on YouTube but will also be cross posted across 10 platforms! Today, we’ll be covering and talking about the incredible Casters and Commentators the IPC have lined up for this series!
Sam Razavi is the No.1 ranked player in the UK. He has over 200 live tournament cashes to his name and is also 2018 WSOP Millionaire Maker Runner Up & Player of the Year – Asian Poker Tour; four times in a row!
Sam Razavi was born in Epsom, just outside of London in the United Kingdom. He originally trained as an actor and it was during a theatre tour that a fellow actor introduced him to the game. In the following months he started playing online. After spending the best part of a decade as a heads-up no limit specialist online, he began venturing into live tournaments. The first major tournament he played with them was the 2011 Aussie Millions main event, where he went on to finish 6th. He has since gone on to amass $2.7 million in live tournament earnings, most notably finishing second in the Millionaire Maker at the 2018 WSOP. Of his 224 live tournament cashes, he has won 42 outright, placing him 15th in the world for number of live tournaments won and number 1 in the UK for number of live tournaments cashes. He spent much of his time on the Asian circuit where he went on to win the Asian Poker Tour “Player of the Year” award four years in a row. He has commentated on several high-profile events in India and is looking forward to calling in the action on the IPC!
With over 160 cashes to his name, the 2-time WSOP bracelet winner has over 13 million in cashes in both live and online tournaments! With a foundation in competitive Magic the Gathering, he made a characteristic progress into poker in 2005 while going to University of Idaho. A refined online player, he has played more than 50,000 competitions under the screennames “ImaLuckSac” and “Wu_Wizard.” He broke out as a star on the worldwide competition scene in 2010 when won the infamous European Poker Tour, Berlin for €1,000,000. Throughout his renowned poker career he has amassed over 13M in cashes out both live and online competitions!
One of the most famous and brilliant people in the poker industry, Maria Ho is a fantastic poker player as well as a great strategic commentator! With over 4 million dollars in poker earnings, she’s one of the top ranked female poker players in the world as well as an inductee of the Women in Poker Hall Of Fame 2018! She also received the 2019 Global Poker Awards Broadcaster of the Year for her analysis and casting abilities. She has been the last Women standing in 4 WSOP events (’07, ’11, ’14, ’17)! Maria is also the first female in history hired to a poker TV broadcast team as the primary strategic commentator. She is also the Celebrity Spokesperson for WinStar World Casino! It’s going to be great to hear what she has to say about the Indian poker scene while commentating and experiencing the online game in India!
Founder of one of the most fun poker groups, Indian Poker Bakchods on Facebook, Ramesh Thothapalli has played poker semi-recreationally since 2009. He has experience playing in various poker stables as well as running poker stables himself! A very experienced player with multiple cashes in tournaments such as Red Dragon in Macau, APT in Manila, Aussie Millions in Melbourne, Melbourne Poker Cup in Melbourne, DPT, IPC, BPT, WPT. The man also has multiple titles and big cashes on Spartan Poker as well!
Radhika Shankar started playing poker back in 2018. She is a member of the Poker Bootcamp India as well. Her biggest finish in the competitive field was when she finished 2nd runner-up in the DPT Xpress 2020 Main Event! She is a poker mom and has over 20 years of experience in advertising. Here is what she had to say about her journey:
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“I fell in love with Poker a couple of years ago, and I think I’ll be in love forever!! I yearn to get better and better at the game with each passing day. I watch, read, study, play poker all the time, when I’m not busy being a mum to my six year old daughter! I’m a student at the Poker Boot Camp India for the last one year, and they have helped me grow manifold, the changes are evident not only in my game play, but also in my confidence, understanding and application of concepts and strategies, both online and live. I’m super excited to be on board as a commentator for the FTS, this is going to be fun!”
With a power-packed commentator line-up for the Final Table Series, we can all hope that the poker is also as good as the pedigree of the casters we have in place! For more information about the Final Table Series and poker news, keep reading PokerShots!