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Anmol Narang, Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Shagun Jain, Vikranth Varma & Ankit Wadhawan Dominate the Sunday Flagships

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis June 21, 2021
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The National Poker Series (NPS), currently on its debut run on PokerBaazi, has well and truly captured the attention of the poker-playing masses. So much so that after a long time, Spartan Poker’s Sunday marquees, including the ever-popular The Millionaire, were hit with overlays. Given the highly affordable buy-ins and massive guarantees, it comes as no surprise that all the NPS tourneys so far have crushed their respective guarantees – and the aggressive marketing by PokerBaazi has only helped make NPS a roaring success.

While the NPS has enjoyed a successful start, Sunday’s biggest guarantee event was still Spartan Poker’s 1 Crore GTD The Millionaire. With 1,864 entrants on board, the event filled in 6.80 Lakhs in overlays. Anmol Narag became the latest entrant in the “Millionaire Club,” and he bagged his career-first Millionaire title for a personal-best 17.42 Lakhs*!

Vikranth Varma became the third player after Mohammad Azhar (Won NPS Kick-Off) and Satyam Prakash (Won NPS#36 NPS Super Highroller) to qualify for the ‘NPS Night of Champions’ that takes place on July 3. Varma won the NPS #48 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) for a whopping 11.05 Lakhs to earn his place at the champion’s table.

PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha came excruciatingly close to claiming his first NPS gold medal, losing the battle heads-up to Vikranth Varma. Chadha settled for the silver medal, along with a 7.75 Lakhs payday. Nevertheless, he did make up for it by taking down Adda52’s Sunday Showdown for 2.04 Lakhs. The Chandigarh-based pro ended the night with cumulative winnings worth 11.55 Lakhs.

Speaking of multiple FT finishes, the former Grand Mega Suits winner, Shagun Jain, pocketed 10.28 Lakhs in overall Sunday earnings. He took down PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller (PKO) and placed third in both PokerBaazi’s NPS Mini Main Event (Warm Up) and PokerStars India’s Sunday Special (PKO).

PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan has been on a breakout run since last week, and he took down yet another title on Sunday. This time it was the Adda52 Millions, adding 7.07 Lakhs to his ever-growing bankroll.

Pranav Bang (Won Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for 6.83 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul Raj (Won Adda52’s DeepStack Madness for 4.96 Lakhs), Kumar Vatsal (Won NPS #47 Marathon for 3 Lakhs), Anish Arora (Won Spartan Poker’s Money Heist for 2.28 Lakhs), and Amar Mehta (Won PokerBaazi’s NPS #50 Sprint for 2.61 Lakhs), were the other Sunday winners!

Here are the Sunday highlights!

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Spartan Poker

The third Millionaire tourney of June gathered 1,864 entries across five starting flights and, after a long time, was made to fill in an overlay worth 6.80 Lakhs. Given the National Poker Series (NPS) onslaught on PokerBaazi, perhaps this shortfall isn’t that surprising. We’ll talk about the NPS in the following segment. Coming back to The Millionaire, 258 qualifying stacks (176 unique) made it through to Day 2.

After a little over six hours of play, the Day 1D chip leader Anmol ‘luckychewy23’ Narang emerged as the latest Millionaire netting a personal-best 17.20 Lakhs. Narang also placed 58th for 22,100, cashing 17.42 Lakhs overall.

Anmol Narang
Anmol Narang

 

Anmol Narang defeated the mystery reg ‘virgincow’ heads-up before grabbing his career-first Millionaire title, the latter settling for a runner-up finish worth 9.61 Lakhs. They also finished 188th for 11,300.

As we have come to expect, The Millionaire final table comprised of several well-known names like Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit (3rd for 6.72 Lakhs), Anirban ‘pokernoob’ D Das (5th for 3.88 Lakhs), Young Gun Neel ‘Worm33’ Joshi (6th for 3.08 Lakhs), Kaushik ‘ikigai’ Tibrewal (7th for 2.35 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj (8th for 1.66 Lakhs).

The weekly Sunday bonanza, 40 Lakhs GTD Sunday Superstack, logged in 393 entries, overlaying 70,000. Pranav ‘I’mThePlayboi’ Bang championed the event for 6.83 Lakhs after striking a heads-up deal with poker coach, NPS bronze medallist, and PokerBaazi’s The Pre-Flop Show panelist, Abhishek ‘MambaMentality’ Goindi (runner-up for 6.51 Lakhs).

Pranav Bang
Pranav Bang

 

Anish ‘HotsForTheSlots’ Arora shipped the 12 Lakhs GTD Money Heist for 2.28 Lakhs, with ‘The Thunder Guy’ placing second for 1.40 Lakhs. The event attracted 995 participants, resulting in an overlay deficit worth 1.05 Lakhs.

Anish Arora
Anish Arora

 

 

PokerBaazi

Sunday marked Day 8 of the inaugural National Poker Series (NPS) on PokerBaazi with six events on the schedule and five NPS gold medals to be won. All eyes were on the series, and unsurprisingly all the events overrode their advertised guarantees by significant margins.

The 1 Crore GTD NPS Golden Rush played out the eighth of its 15 starting flights. Flight 1H drew 888 entries, and only 84 of them could qualify through to Day 2. Leading the lot is Dhaval ‘dhavhe’ Heda (710,000), with Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain (456,000), and ‘Realfc’ (384,000) being the other two top stacks of the day. The tournament has, by now, recorded 10,816 entries. With another seven starting flights still to run course, the event looks right on track to create a new attendance record!

Dhaval Heda
Dhaval Heda

 

Headlining the Sunday lineup of National Poker Series (NPS) events was the 50 Lakhs GTD NPS #48 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) that took off at 7.30 PM. With a field of 1,316 entries, the event collected a massive 65.80 Lakhs prize pool – a good 30% more than the listed guarantee. It was 5.18 AM today when play culminated, with former Millionaire Legends runner-up finisher Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma making his way to the top to claim the 11.05 Lakhs top prize. PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh ‘holdbaby’ Chadha placed runner-up for 7.75 Lakhs.

Vikranth Varma
Vikranth Varma

 

This is Vikranth Varma’s eighth title win of the year and also his best-recorded score of 2021. He also final-tabled the Sunday Superstack yesterday, and his Sunday grind earned him a collective 12.26 Lakhs. His top finishes include:

> 1st in the NPS #48 Mini Main Event Warm Up 50 Lakhs GTD for 11.05 Lakhs

> 8th in the Sunday Superstack 40 Lakhs GTD for 95,071

> 62nd in The Millionaire 1 Crore GTD for 18,800

Vikranth Varma’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: 5.27 Crores|Lifetime Profits: 2.38 Crores

The 31-years old Arjanveer Singh Chadha from Chandigarh was another star performer on Sunday. He cashed in six events that include winning Adda52`s Sunday Showdown for 2.04 Lakhs. He lapped up over 11.55 Lakhs yesterday and is now ranked #5 on the annual rankings with annual cashes worth 1.70 Crores. Chadha’s lifetime winnings stand at 7.31 Crores.

The 20 Lakhs GTD NPS #49 Sunday Slam Dunk began at 9 PM and witnessed 779 players compete for a share of the guarantee-smashing 31.16 Lakhs prize pool. The mystery player ‘panther193’ proved the last player standing and won a site-best 5.64 Lakhs. The Game Changer 4.0 runner-up Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor finished runner-up for 3.95 Lakhs.

Runner-up Mohak Kapoor
Runner-up Mohak Kapoor

 

The champion ‘panther193’ now has 7.04 Lakhs in recorded earnings on PokerBaazi (2.51 Lakhs in net profits).

Mohak Kapoor cashed in two more events, adding 4.41 Lakhs in Sunday winnings. He currently boasts 2.06 Crore in lifetime online winnings.

Another NPS tourney that registered a bumper field was the 12 Lakhs GTD NPS #47 Marathon, where 1,319 entries led to a prize pool collection of 22.78 Lakhs. After a long-drawn run that lasted for over nine hours, the final two players decided to end it with a deal that handed Kumar ‘23offsuits’ Vatsal the NPS Gold Medal and 3 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun ‘thepokeraja’ Mahesh finished runner-up, however, pocketing a bigger payday worth 3.59 Lakhs.

Kumar Vatsal
Kumar Vatsal

 

Kumal Vatsal made ITM finishes in the Sunday Slam Dunk, the Mini Main Event, and The Millionaire, collecting a cumulative 3.65 Lakhs. He currently boasts 81.19 Lakhs in recorded online winnings.

Mahesh also added three more Sunday scores, winning a collective 4.98 Lakhs. The PokerGuru Staking member has now 3.87 Crore in tracked online winnings.

Amar ‘kidpoker0109’ Mehta championed the 8 Lakhs GTD NPS #50 Sprint for 2.61 Lakhs after toppling the 719-strong field that included his heads-up rival, bracelet winner Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant (runner-up for 1.83 Lakhs). The event collected a hefty 14.44 Lakhs prize pool – over 80% more than the advertised guarantee! Amar Mehta picked up four more ITM finishes yesterday, working up 3.30 Lakhs in total winnings. He now has 1.67 Crore in recorded lifetime scores.

Amar Mehta
Amar Mehta

 

Bisu4444’ (Won NPS#45 PLO5 DST 1.5 Lakhs GTD for 43,610) was the other NPS Gold Medal winner on Sunday.

TLB crusher Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC currently leads the 35 Lakhs-added NPS Leaderboard race with 6,987 points, with Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal (6,501 points) and Mohammad chandlerbing’ Azhar (5,952 points) rounding out the top three on the leaderboard standings.

Bhanu Prakash KC
Bhanu Prakash KC

 

NPS Leaderboard Standings After Day 8

RankPlayerPoints
1Bhanu 'Chennaino1' Prakash KC6,987
2Vinay 'vinay09' Rajpal6,501
3Mohammad 'chandlerbing' Azhar5,952
4BigFishh5,693
5Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra5,405
6gd19215,059
7Kunal 'VasooliChacha' Patni4,843
8Anirban 'pottysingh' D Das4,829
9Chirag 'miyagi' Sodha4,821
10Puneet 'neo1' Dua4,730

 

PokerStars India

With the Summer Series now in the books, PokerStars India has shifted back to its weekly schedule. The site is also hosting the super-exciting “Sundays With PokerStars” live streams hosted by ace comedians Samay Raina and Tanmay Bhat on Raina’s massively popular YouTube channel.

Two 12 Lakhs GTD PKO events headlined the site’s Sunday roster, namely the Sunday Special and the Sunday Highroller, and both of them crushed their advertised guarantees comfortably.

Commencing at 5 PM was the Sunday Special that dragged in 314 entries, posting a 15.70 Lakhs prize pool. Play concluded at 1:10 AM with the mystery user ‘demons_rulzz’ claiming the top prize of 2.55 Lakhs (includes 1.25 Lakhs in bounties). Young Gun Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover, who joined the 8 Crores Club’ on Saturday, crossed 8.08 Crores in lifetime earnings after placing runner-up in this event for 1.64 Lakhs (includes 34,766 in bounties).

Runner-up Arsh Grover
Runner-up Arsh Grover

 

Starting almost two-and-a-half hours later was the Sunday Highroller. Sporting a 11,000 entry buy-in, the event logged in 133 entries, generating a 13.30 Lakhs prize pool. After a little over seven hours of play, the Game Changer 2.0 champion Shagun ‘Sogani22’ Jain took down the event for 3.61 Lakhs (includes 2.36 Lakhs in bounties).

Shagun Jain
Shagun Jain

 

The Summer Series – 93 Super Highroller champion Shagun Jain, was in sublime form last night as he came close to shipping two more events, hauling in a whopping 10.28 Lakhs (cumulative). His FT scores include:

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#48 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) for 5,02,712

> 1st in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller – PKO for 3,61,220

> 3rd in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special – PKO for 1,61,093

Young Gun Gaurav ‘3betPanda’ Sood ran deep in multiple events last night but only FT-ed the Sunday Highroller, securing the runner-up finish for 1.72 Lakhs (includes 47,500 in bounties). With 2.38 Lakhs in Sunday winnings, Sood now has 8.81 Crores in lifetime online earnings – the most on our tracked player database.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood

 

Another player who deserves special mention is the online beast Anirban D Das, who bagged almost 6.85 Lakhs on the back of nine ITM scores that included three FT finishes. He notably final tabled both the Sunday Special (5th for 79,315) and the Sunday Highroller (9th for 38,876), in addition to his FT score in The Millionaire (5th for 3.88 Lakhs).

Anirban D Das
Anirban D Das

 

The user ‘MrBigSlick139’ (anonymity requested) was another breakout performer as they took down the Sunday Supersonic for 34,028 and the Ultrasonic for 30,951, raking in 64,979 overall.

‘lavesh786’ (Won 1.5 Lakhs GTD Sunday Warm-up for 32,772), Chaitanya ‘crylighter’ Dhingra (Won 1.5 Lakhs GTD Sunday Storm for 29,042) and ‘lilholdem143’ (Won 70K GTD Deepstack for 14,920) won the other PokerStars India marquees.

 

Adda52

PokerGuru Ambassadors dominated the Sunday marquees on Adda52 with Ankit Wadhawan, Gokul Raj, and Arjanveer Singh Chadha, making a clean sweep of all the flagship events running on the site last evening.

The Sunday headliner 25 Lakhs GTD Adda52 Millions locked in 272 entries, creating a 27.20 Lakhs prize pool. The NPS#30 DeepStack Championship winner Ankit ‘d00mtr00p3r’ Wadhawan captured his second title, and third FT finish in less than a week, taking down the event for 7.07 Lakhs. The former PPL High Roller champion Shashank ‘felter’ Jain finished runner-up for 4.21 Lakhs.

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan

 

Ankit Wadhawan raked in about 8.20 Lakhs in total winnings from seven ITM finishes on Sunday, moving up one place to #18 on the annual leaderboard standings.

The former SSS Millionaire champion Gokul ‘Niruha’ Raj added yet another title to his tally by taking down the 20 Lakhs GTD DeepStack Madness for 4.96 Lakhs. The DOPT Highroller winner locked horns with Bharat ‘rungooserun’ Vasan for the title, and the latter took home a second-place payout worth 2.89 Lakhs.

Gokul Raj
Gokul Raj

 

Besides shipping the Deepstack Madness, Gokul Raj picked up five more ITM finishes, raking in 8.64 Lakhs in Sunday winnings. His ITM finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52’s DeepStack Madness for 4,96,320

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#48 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) for 2,77,676

> 89th in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for 38,800

> 33rd in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for 27,600

> 9th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special PKO for 21,488

Joining Ankit Wadhawan and Gokul Raj on the winner’s podium was fellow PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘arjan30’ Singh Chadha, who came out on top in the 8 Lakhs GTD Sunday Showdown for 2.04 Lakhs. The Young Gun bested Mohit ‘thejokerrrr’ Mehta (runner-up for 1.49 Lakhs) heads-up to bag the title.

Arjanveer Singh Chadha
Arjanveer Singh Chadha

 

Chadha was, in fact, the biggest winner among the three PokerGuru Staking lads with a total of five ITM finished that saw him rake in 11.55 Lakhs in cumulative earnings. He jumped up two spots to #5 on the annual leaderboard. His ITM finishes from Sunday include:<