The IPC January 2020 series witnessed a whole lot of female participation from all over the country, be it B-town celebs, regular players, professionals and even newbies.
We’re already aware of the fact of our Indian Poker Industry being dominated majorly by the male players across the country. When we look at achievements world over, Nikita Luther has become only the second Indian to win a WSOP gold bracelet in 2018 after Aditya Sushant in 2017. Like her, a couple of female players are turning to poker and ruling the blazing felts as well.
At the IPC, we saw some of the women playing really well at the series. IPC as a brand is always pushing for more female participants and they even gave away the Last Lady Standing award to the female player making the deepest run in each tournament, which included goodies from online giant Spartan Poker and merchandise brand, Poker Stuff India. Let’s scroll below and see who all attended the events at this prestigious series.
Delhi’s Deepanshi Tomar surpassed a field of 315 entries and ran good enough to finish 12th in the IPC 10K Kick-Off. Before the series, she finished on 2 final tables at the BPT ’20.
The 100K Highroller had the highest buy-in of the tournament series, that saw quite a few female participants although none managed to finish ITM. The Last Lady Standing prize turned out to be handed it to PokerStars Team Pro Muskan Sethi who made the deepest run. No doubt she’s an amazing poker ambassador for the women playing this sport in India, who also won a President’s Award for the same.
Another woman who shone through with her skills at the 100K Highroller was B-town actress Anita Hassanandani who stacked up big on the featured table, although couldn’t make it to Day 2 of the tournament. The actress and big time poker professional has been ruling the tables and taking over the male dominated sport for a while now.
The 50K Main Event crowned the eventual winner, Rubin Labroo as its 2020 champion, but we witnessed so many women making a lasting impression in this series. One of them being Sarala Ramakrishna, who won the Last Lady Standing award for finishing 15th in the Main Event for a prize of INR 4.1 Lakh. She also won the same award in IPC September 2019 for finishing 17th in the 100K Highroller back then.
Dr. Akanksha Singh
At the same event (50K Main Event), Dr. Akanksha Singh also made a deep run, finishing 22nd in the event, after taking up one of the top stacks in starting flight Day 1A. She stated she had a wonderful experience this time at the IPC and the brand is always seen promoting a lot of women in poker, which is a pretty good thing.
The bounty tournament – 15K Head Hunter was the last event of the IPC 2020 series where no woman finished ITM, but TV’s most loved actress Aditi Bhatia won the award for Last Lady Standing, busting just before the money bubble.
Several other women were also spotted on the tables throughout the series including Nisha Sareen, Shruti Sinha, Neha Dhupia, Minissha Lamba amongst others. A regular face at IPC tournaments, Deepika Agarwal stated that she loved her time at the IPC this January and has been with the brand since the very beginning. Delhi based Kanchan Sharma also had an amazing start to the year with this year’s IPC. She agreed that there was a lot of female participation in the event and she clearly sees the industry turning its tables to a completely new kind of perspective now.