If the recently concluded Freedom Series at CardRack Poker Room is anything to go by then it may not be all doom and gloom for the sport in the garden city. After multiple false starts, CardRack Poker Room successfully completed a tournament series for the first time in over a year in Bengaluru. With over 16 Lakhs in tournament guarantees and high-stakes cash games, the Freedom series was an entertainer for all.

With three successful tournaments and two days of cash games, CardRack executed a largely triumphant series over the Independence Day weekend. The highlight of the series was most certainly  the 7.5 Lakhs GTD Main Event which saw a full-house at the poker room in Jayanagar.

After a modest start, participation at CardRack markedly picked up from the day of the first tournament on the 12th. With players from across India, the competition was stiff and dogged. However, it was encouraging to see local players emerge victorious on all three days. Among the consistent players were Ankesh Anand, who won the first event and was most unfortunate in the Main Event to to finish third owing to a ludicrous river. Amjad Pasha was the dominant player on the Main Event day, with a range of plays on the final table, culminating in victory.

Ankesh Anand after winning the opening event. He also finished 3rd in the Main Event

Sampath Kumar, owner of CardRack Poker Room, and his team deserve immense praise for the way in which they managed the entire series. Besides creating an atmosphere of trust among the players, CardRack also had great services on offer for it’s patrons, thereby establishing itself as one of Bengaluru’s premier poker clubs.

Sampath Kumar (centre) and the CardRack Team

CardRack Poker Room also saw many known faces from the Bengaluru poker-circuit during the action packed few days. Some of the names to visit were Praveen Dwarkanath, Santosh Suvarna and Madan Kumar. Below are some of the best moments from the Freedom Series at the CardRack Poker Club!

Praveen Dwarkanath



Santosh Suvarna (L) and Sampath Kumar

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