Ankit Ahuja won the main event of the European Poker Tour Cyprus Eureka. As a result, he brought home $362,265. Also, his career earnings are now over $2 million. It was his sixth win in his professional poker career. In addition, it is his fifth prize of at least six figures.
There were 2,659 total entrants in four separate starting flights at the $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold ’em event. Also, the event’s global popularity was evident in the participation of players from 74 countries. The top 399 finishers each won at least $1,675. At the end of day 2, Ahuja had the most chips out of the remaining 31 players, and he was sitting in third place at the start of Day 3 of the final table.
Ankit Ahuja Wins European Poker Tour Cyprus Eureka Main Event
According to live dealer casino experts, five players were still in the pot when Ahuja took the chip lead with a double after improving his A-Diamond K-Heart to trip aces against Andrei Vavilonskii’s Q-Spade Q-Heart preflop. When the board ran out of cards, Ahuja exploited the advantage of having A-K to remove Roman Gadzhiev in fifth place with his low stack of K-7. Thus, it showed the importance of reading a poker betting hand.
When Vavilonskii went out in fourth place, Ahuja capitalized by eliminating him and taking a commanding chip lead. After giving up doubles to his next two opponents, Ahuja got back on track by eliminating Andrei Teodorescu from the tournament in third place. That gave him a slight chip edge over Eduard Norel before they went head-to-head.
According to online poker websites, Ahuja maintained a comfortable lead for the entirety of the last match, which lasted less than an hour. Norel went all in on a five-bet push with K-Spade J-Clover in the hole on the previous hand, but Ahuja called with A-Spade K-Heart and won the pot. When the board read 6-Heart 3-Diamond 2-Spade 3-Clover 8-Spade, Norel was eliminated and awarded $226,500. It was the best cash prize the Romanian player had ever won in a poker event.