Dane Carl Holstrup might have won the Asian Poker Classic (APC), but the real success story of the event was third-place finisher Pranav Bathija. The Indian native learned how to play Texas Hold'em just four months ago, but still managed to reach the final table and win $97,000.
Bathija learned the basics of the game by playing free online poker, and soon earned himself a sponsorship deal from a local poker site, along with 11 other Indian players.
He certainly made the most of the opportunity given to him, and battled his way through a starting field consisting of far more experienced poker players from all over the world. In total, 143 players participated in the $5,000 tournament.
Bathija is very excited about his success in the Asian Poker Classic, and thinks his achievement will do great things for poker in Asia.
"If I can learn poker in just four months and place third in an international poker tournament, then I've proven that it is very possible to be a successful poker player in India," said Bathija.
"This is a serious tournament. I'm so happy to prove myself and to prove that Indians can compete in this sport on an international level."
Results from the Asian Poker Classic Main Event are as follows:
|9th||Lieu Van Nguyen||United States||$19,400|