Ankit Ahuja marked another significant victory in his poker career at the Merit Royal Hotel and Casino as he secured the title for the European Poker Tour Cyprus Eureka main event on Oct. 16, pocketing a substantial $362,265 prize. The win boosted his career earnings, propelling them over the $2 million mark. Ahuja, originally from India and now settled in the Isle of Man, has previously celebrated five wins with payouts exceeding six figures.
Responding to the press, Ahuja expressed his delight, “I think this is the best win, I mean, every win is very special … You know, the more you know, you get better, you learn things.” Recalling his aspirations, he added, “It used to be a dream when I was learning to play poker, or coming up even when I was working with Stars. So yeah, it’s a dream come true.”
The event wasn’t without its challenges, as Ahuja confessed, “It was tough, but that’s bound to happen in any tournament, these were hands where I couldn’t have done anything, so I didn’t make any mistakes.”
This no-limit hold’em tournament had an entry fee of $1,100 and attracted 2,659 participants across four starting flights. With players hailing from 74 countries, the tournament boasted a global presence. Ahuja was among the top players as the game progressed, leading the last 31 contenders at the end of day 2.
Key moments included Ahuja doubling up against Andrei Vavilonskii, subsequently leveraging this advantage to eliminate Roman Gadzhiev. He further built on this success, knocking out Vavilonskii and later, Andrei Teodorescu. In the final heads-up against Eduard Norel, Ahuja maintained his strong position. Their duel wrapped up swiftly, leading to Norel’s exit with $226,500—his most considerable tournament achievement to date.
EPT Cyprus 2023 Final Table Results