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Arsh Grover Champions Spartan Poker’s ₹2 Crores GTD FTS #41 Main Event For a Career-Best ₹40.23 Lakhs

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis March 14, 2022
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What a firecracker Sunday it was! The Final Table Series (FTS) 4.0 all but wrapped up proceedings yesterday, with just the FTS The Masters Table left to play out.

Young Gun Arsh Grover was the star that shined the brightest yesterday as he took down the 2 Crores GTD FTS #41 – Main Event (6-Max) for a career-best 40.23 Lakhs and the last remaining seat on the FTS The Masters Table. The fat paycheque was enough to make him the fourth player to cross ₹1 Crore in annual winnings and catapulted him to the #2 spot in the 2022 leaderboard rankings.

Mohammad Azhar came excruciating close to winning the FTS Main Event title but eventually settled for a runner-up payout worth 24.84 Lakhs. He accumulated 25.80 Lakhs in Sunday winnings.

The NPS Highroller winner Sumit Sapra was another top pro in spectacular form as he banked a collective 14.70 Lakhs on the back of four ITM finishes, including a fourth-place finish in the FTS Main Event for 13.60 Lakhs.

Amit Ajwani ended a long title drought in FTS #39, banking ₹9.59 Lakhs after striking a heads-up deal with PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh (2nd for 9.35 Lakhs).

Pradip Ghosh (Won FTS #40 for 3.78 Lakhs) and Aayush Arya (Won FTS #38 for 2.53 Lakhs) won the other FTS medallions on the last day of the series.

Kshitij Kucheria banked a hefty ₹7 Lakhs and his first NPS gold medal in NPS#44 NPS Value Mine and chopped the title three-way with Kovid Saraswat (2nd for 6.14 Lakhs) and Ryan Cardoso (3rd for 5.20 Lakhs).

The 2020 India Poker Champion Rubin Labroo shipped NPS#43 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) for 5.39 Lakhs and struck a four-way deal with Aryan Chauhan (2nd for 5.43 Lakhs), Akshay Joshi (3rd for 6.52 Lakhs), and Yash Dutt (4th for 5.61 Lakhs).

Chiraag Patel (Won NPS#42 Sunday Slam Dunk for 3.49 Lakhs), Akhilesh Chauhan (Won NPS#41 Marathon for 3.47 Lakhs), K Chandrasekhar (Won NPS#45 KO Bout for 2.16 Lakhs), Young Gun Siddharth Karia (Won NPS#46 SPRINT for 1.94 Lakhs), and Shagun Jain (Won NPS#40 PLO5 Deepdive for 1.27 Lakhs) won the other NPS titles.

The poker reg from Pune, Siddarth Singhvi championed Adda52’s 1 Crore GTD Full House for a site-best 17.05 Lakhs. He scored in two more events, cumulatively adding 17.94 Lakhs.

The former SSS Millionaire champion Saurabh Rohila won Adda52 Millions for 6.08 Lakhs. Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal collected 5.48 Lakhs for his runner-up finish, courtesy of a heads-up deal.

‘ishrox’ won PokerStars India’s Micro Millions-36 Main Event for 2.38 Lakhs, while Anurag Srivastava took down the Sunday Highroller for the second time last night for 2.42 Lakhs.

Gopal Bajaj and Rohit Singh shipped the other Sunday majors.

Here are the Sunday highlights.

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Spartan Poker

The fourth edition of the Final Table Series played out a thrilling finale yesterday, with the last four events playing down to a winner.

FTS #41 – Main Event (6-Max) Day 2 – ₹2 Crores GTD

Buy-in – 35,000

Total Entries – 355

Total Re-entries – 139

Total Rebuys – 165

Prize Pool – 2,10,88,000

Total Survivors – 99 (90)

Places Paid – 95

The 2 Crores GTD FTS #41 – Main Event (6-Max) was the crowning glory of the series, and the 35,000 buy-in event packed in a lot of action yesterday. The Main Event gathered 659 entries across two starting flights, generating a guarantee-surpassing 2.10 Crores prize pool. A total of 99 qualifying stacks (90 unique players) made it through to Day 2, which commenced at 10:30 PM.

After a little over four hours of play, Young Gun Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover walked away with the prestigious title and his third FTS medallion, along with a personal-best 40.23 Lakhs payday! This was the Delhi-based pro’s sixth title win of the year. His other title wins of 2022 include APT#11 (6-MAX) Turbo and NPS#16 Sprint.

Grover’s incredible Sunday victory has catapulted him to the #2 spot in the annual leaderboard rankings. He also became the fourth player to cross 1 Crore in yearly winnings. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 10.42 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 5.20 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #6 | Annual Winnings: 1.21 Crores | Ranked #2 in the 2022 Leaderboard Standings

Mohammad ‘Cupid stunt’ Azhar, who doesn’t know this MTT beast?! The inaugural NPS Main Event champion has made a habit of final tabling marquee tournaments. Last year, he finished runner-up in the WPT Main Event for 34.09 Lakhs. This year, he has already won four titles, and last night, he came close to shipping the FTS Main Event and added a whopping 24.84 Lakhs in second place.

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar

 

Mohammad Azhar cashed in three more events, filling in an impressive 25.80 Lakhs into his Sunday tally. His ITM finishes include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s FTS #41 – Main Event for 24,84,166

> 7th in Spartan Poker’s FTS #40 for 65,904

> 29th in Adda52 Millions for 22,640

> 44th in Adda52’s Sunday Showdown for 7,282

The recent NPS Highroller champion, Sumit ‘AAddicted’ Sapra, raked in 14.70 Lakhs (cumulatively) on the back of four ITM finishes that include:

Sumit Sapra
Sumit Sapra

 

> 4th in Spartan Poker’s FTS #41 – Main Event for 13,60,176

> 25th in Spartan Poker’s FTS #39 for 47,242

> 35th in Adda52’s Full House Finale for 36,381

> 24th in Adda52 Millions for 25,470

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover

 

Final Table Results

  1. Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover – 40,23,590
  2. Mohammad ‘Cupid stunt’ Azhar – 24,84,166
  3. Severide – 17,75,610
  4. Sumit ‘AAddicted’ Sapra – 13,60,176
  5. pokerbrat7 – 10,77,597
  6. Anuj ‘tittooTauji’ Yadav – 8,39,302

 

FTS #39 – 50 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 11,000

Entries – 312

Re-entries – 107

Rebuys – 179

Prize Pool – 59,80,000

Places Paid – 55

Amit ‘DoctorGTO’ Ajwani came out on top in the Sunday 8 PM flagship, ₹50 Lakhs GTD FTS #39 for ₹9.59 Lakhs, picking up his first title in almost eight months. Last night`s win fetched Ajwani, his first FTS medallion!

Amit Ajwani’s online stats: 95.22 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: 12.51 Lakhs

Ajwani chopped the title with PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh ‘LuckyBhai$’ Pal Singh, who posted his second runner-up finish in a marquee event in two days. He made another two ITM runs, collecting 9.60 Lakhs overall. His ITM finishes include:

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh

 

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s FTS #39 for 9,35,718

> 30th in PokerStars India’s Micro Millions-36 Main Event for 13,533

> 41st in Spartan Poker’s FTS #40 for 8,940

Amit Ajwani
Amit Ajwani

 

Final Table Results

  1. Amit ‘DoctorGTO’ Ajwani – 9,59,942*
  2. Laksh ‘LuckyBhai$’ Pal Singh – 9,35,718*
  3. Mayank ‘bairaagee’ Shekhar – 5,31,622
  4. Akhilesh ‘Ikk@5’ Chauhan – 4,29,962
  5. Rajat ‘SlugaBed’ Mahajn – 3,40,262
  6. Harsh ‘aaja maal phuka’ Dembla – 2,61,924
  7. Punya ‘madhumangal’ Behera – 1,94,948
  8. Vishnu ‘violator’ Khandelwal – 1,41,128

*denotes a heads-up deal

 

FTS #40 – 15 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 3,300

Entries – 421

Re-entries – 91

Rebuys – 181

Prize Pool – 20,79,000

Places Paid – 71

Two days after winning the NPS#32 Deepdive, Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh made his way back into the spotlight, this time collecting his first-ever FTS medallion and the ₹3.78 Lakhs first-place cash prize in the 15 Lakhs GTD FTS #40. Mithilesh ‘StrangeSadhu’ Choubey came second for 2.75 Lakhs.

Pradip Ghosh also cashed in Adda52’s Ultimate DST (25th for ₹2,102), netting ₹3.81 Lakhs (overall). His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 1.66 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 74.90 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2022: #6

Pradip Ghosh
Pradip Ghosh

 

Final Table Results

  1. Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh – 3,78,992
  2. Mithilesh ‘StrangeSadhu’ Choubey – 2,75,062
  3. Jyoti ‘joey114114’ Ranjan Nayak – 1,81,081
  4. bluechipp – 1,42,619
  5. firehaimai – 1,12,058
  6. Akansha ‘akanshasehgal’ Sehgal – 87,526
  7. Mohammad ‘Cupid stunt’ Azhar – 65,904
  8. Mithun ‘nodelocker’ Mahesh – 45,946

 

FTS #38 – 9 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 1,650

Entries – 544

Re-entries – 82

Rebuys – 256

Prize Pool – 13,23,000

Places Paid – 87

Aayush ‘Eureka226’ Arya raced past 881 opponents in the 9 Lakhs GTD FTS #38 to claim the lion’s share of the 13.23 Lakhs prize pool worth 2.53 Lakhs. He also cashed Adda52’s Full House Finale (118th for ₹18,891), making away with a collective 2.72 Lakhs.

Aayush Arya’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 1.10 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 35.01 Lakhs

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja pulled out another brilliant run last night as he finished runner-up in not one but two Sunday flagships. He banked an impressive 4.62 Lakhs on the back of seven deep runs, including runner-up finishes in Spartan Poker’s FTS #38 (1.57 Lakhs) and PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller (1.90 Lakhs).

Aayush Arya
Aayush Arya

 

Final Table Results

  1. Aayush ‘Eureka226’ Arya – 2,53,355
  2. Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja – 1,57,702
  3. Saransh ‘iammrmeeseeks’ Garg – 1,12,852
  4. Vineeth ‘Luckywinner’ Bolar – 87,318
  5. Harrshith ‘Dunnopoker’ Karthik – 68,796
  6. Akash ‘braceletdreams’ Malik – 53,846
  7. Anant ‘Dr.infinitipower’ Malik – 39,822
  8. Parminder ‘Bounceez’ Randhava – 27,386

 

With the FTS 4.0 playing out the last four tournaments on its 41-event schedule on Sunday, the series leaderboard rankings have been formalized.

No surprises here as Nitin ‘NITINABD’ Rawat topped the charts in what was a dominating run throughout the series to collect 10 Lakhs as the series champion. Young Gun Anuj Yadav, who topped the IOPC Leaderboard last July, came second for 6 Lakhs, and Vikram ‘MentalScience’ Mishra grabbed 4 Lakhs in third place.

Nitin Rawat
Nitin Rawat

 

FTS 4.0 Leaderboard Complete Standings

RankPlayerPrize Amount (BM)
1Nitin 'NITINABD' Rawat₹10,00,000
2Anuj 'tittooTauji' Yadav₹6,00,000
3Vikram 'MentalScience' Mishra₹4,00,000
4Pradip 'Nit2Donk' Ghosh₹2,20,000
5Mohammad 'Cupid stunt' Azhar₹1,80,000
6Arun 'vazharmorghulis' Sriram₹1,60,000
7Rahul 'Vasili Arkipov' Lal₹1,40,000
8Arsh 'BiggTymeR' Grover₹1,20,000
9Siddharth 'FLIPopotamus' Kadel₹1,00,000
10Arunkumar 'denoi' Singh₹80,000

‘rags291’ (The Centurion 50K GTD for 9,62), ‘Greko’ (Epic 18K GTD for 5,247), and ‘bobo123’ (Unstoppable 15K GTD for 4,617) shipped the other Sunday marquees on Spartan Poker.

 

PokerBaazi

The second edition of PokerBaazi’s 18.50 Crores GTD National Poker Series is entering the home stretch, with only a week`s worth of events left before the NPS flagship FTs in Goa.

Day 8 of the series had seven events on the tap, headlined by the 50 Lakhs GTD NPS#44 NPS Value Mine.

NPS #44 NPS Value Mine Day 2 – 50 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 1,100

Entries – 3,100

Re-entries – 1,441

Prize Pool – 50,00,000

Places Paid – 456

The ₹50 Lakhs GTD NPS #44 NPS Value Mine logged in a 4,541-entry field across eight starting flights, and the 728 qualifiers converged for the first time yesterday.

It took Kshitij ‘kmk1127’ Kucheria just under seven hours to take down the title and win his first NPS gold medal and the ₹7 Lakhs up-top. He struck a three-way with Kovid ‘fzzzyyy’ Saraswat (2nd for ₹6.14 Lakhs) and Ryan ‘AceFromSpace’ Cardoso (3rd for ₹5.20 Lakhs) with both these players banking their respective career-best paydays.

Kucheria (opted out of our tracking) also ITM-ed NPS#41 Marathon (93rd for ₹3,830), raking in ₹7.08 Lakhs through his Sunday run on the site.

Kovid Saraswat cashed another two NPS marquees, altogether adding ₹6.40 Lakhs. His ITM finishes include:

Kovid Saraswat
Kovid Saraswat

 

 

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#44 NPS Value Mine for ₹6.14 Lakhs

> 10th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#46 SPRINT for ₹20,500

> 77th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#41 Marathon for ₹5,040

Ryan Cardoso filled in ₹5.44 Lakhs in Sunday winnings, boosting his online scorecard to ₹43.32 Lakhs. His ITM finishes include:

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#44 NPS Value Mine for ₹5.20 Lakhs

> 54th in Adda52’s Full House Finale for ₹23,563

Gautam Rohilla is one of the top contenders in the NPS Leaderboard race and the fitness enthusiast added more points to his tally after cashing seven NPS marquees yesterday, lapping up at least ₹3.04 Lakhs. His ITM finishes include:

Gautam Rohilla
Gautam Rohilla

 

 

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#44 NPS Value Mine for ₹1.99 Lakhs

> 6th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#46 SPRINT for ₹56,000

>16th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#36 PLO Highroller for ₹36,166

> 57th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#42 Sunday Slam Dunk for ₹9,270

> 64th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#45 KO Bout for ₹3,520

The ₹1,100 buy-in NPS Value Mine ran eight qualifiers in the run-up to Day 2. A total field of 4,541 entries (including 728 unique entries) were recorded across them combined, resulting in an overlay shortfall worth ₹4.59 Lakhs.

Kshitij Kucheria
Kshitij Kucheria

 

Final Table Results

  1. Kshitij ‘kmk1127’ Kucheria – 7,00,000*
  2. Kovid ‘fzzzyyy’ Saraswat – 6,14,000*
  3. Ryan ‘AceFromSpace’ Cardoso – 5,20,000*
  4. Heisenbergj – 2,57,000
  5. Gautam ‘M8a7’ Rohilla – 1,99,000
  6. chinchan0524 – 1,55,000
  7. HIMKIR69 – 1,23,000
  8. Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra – 97,500

*denotes a three-way deal

 

NPS#43 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) – 50 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 5,500

Entries – 554

Re-entries – 529

Prize Pool – 54,15,000

Places Paid – 126

The 2020 India Poker champion and last Wednesday’s Maverick winner, Rubin ‘kornkid’ Labroo, outran the 1,083-entry field in the ₹50 Lakhs GTD NPS #43 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) to win the NPS gold medal and ₹5.39 Lakhs in prize money. He struck a four-way deal with Aryan PainProviderChauhan (2nd for ₹5.43 Lakhs), the former Game Changer runner-up finisher Akshay ‘akdolos’ Joshi (3rd for ₹6.52 Lakhs), and Yash ‘paranoid’ Dutt (4th for ₹5.61 Lakhs).

Rubin Labroo made it past the money line in another four events, collectively adding ₹6.20 Lakhs. The seasoned MTT pro is now whiskers away from entering the ₹8 Crore Club. His ITM finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s NPS#43 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) for ₹5.39 Lakhs

> 22nd in Adda52’s Full House Finale for ₹50,131

> 26th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#42 Sunday Slam Dunk for ₹17,210

> 33rd in Spartan Poker’s FTS #40 for ₹10,395

> 98th in PokerStars India’s Micro Millions – 36 Main Event for ₹2,969

Rubin Labroo`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹7.99 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.49 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #3 | Annual Winnings: ₹67.61 Lakhs | Ranked #29 in the 2022 Leaderboard Standings

For the NPS Mini Main Event (Warm Up) fourth-place finisher Yash Dutt, the ₹5.61 Lakhs he collected in the event was his personal best to date. He also cashed the NPS #41 Marathon, adding ₹6.31 Lakhs. His ITM finishes include:

> 4th in PokerBaazi’s NPS #43 Mini Main Event (Warm Up) for ₹5.61 Lakhs

> 6th in PokerBaazi’s NPS #41 Marathon for ₹70,430

Rubin Labroo
Rubin Labroo

 

Final Table Results<