Uday Bansal, India, won the first ever PokerStars Festival Manila ₱55,000 (~ INR 69,518) Main Event on Monday. Bansal earned a prize of PHP 4,676,000 (INR 59,07,323) in a PHP30,000 buy-in, which is the largest international event in the history of the Philippines. A total of 594-entrants collected a pool prize of far over than ₱20 million (~INR 2,52,88,178) guarantee.
On the final day of the Main Event of the tournament, only 14 players could survive after three days of starting along with a pool prize of ₱28,809,000 prize pool (~INR 3,64,26,359). Michael Falcon, Denmark, was leading on the final days initially. Falcon finished in the 3rd place in the Main Event cashing at ₱2,456,000 (INR 31,05,398).
As the match raced up to its showdown between the last two players, Bansal had a slight lead over Antti Halme, from Finland. The players soon after decided on a deal where they were agreed to independent chip model deal and left ₱300,000 (~INR 3,78,975) as well as the trophy for the winner. In about an hour, the winner was announced, and Bansal came out winning. Halme scooped a total ₱4,273,000 (INR 53,98,287).
Bansal is a 30-year-old entrepreneur from Delhi. He is a co-founder of the company SkyBulls that provides financial advising using artificial intelligence. Bansal is a London Business school alumni. He holds a Master’s Degree in business administration and management. Bansal considers himself to be an amateur poker player but has been playing poker for seven years. His biggest poker win has been runner up position in India Poker Championship, earning $15,942 (approx. Rs. 10,52,000) in 2015.
Bansal told he started playing seven years and has spent time playing poker in Las Vegas for two to three months as poker market in India was not very active back then. Now there are poker rooms almost in every city with big tournaments taking place in Goa, Bansal further added. He hopes to see PokerStars Festival, to come soon to India.