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Daily Majors: Ankit Wadhawan, Sanket Arora, Vivek Singh & Gaurav Bhandari Stand Tall Among the Monday Winners

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis May 25, 2021
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Coming back after a fantastic Sunday outing, PokerGuru Ambassadors had another field day last night. Following through on Mithun Mahesh‘s The Millionaire win on Sunday, his teammates Ankit Wadhawan and former Millionaire champion Vivek Singh added two more titles to PokerGuru Staking’s ever-growing tally.

Ankit Wadhawan was Monday’s star winner as he took down Spartan Poker’s The Big Deal for an impressive ₹8.83 Lakhs. The former ATOC Mini Main Event champion Surbhit Grover finished runner-up for ₹6 Lakhs.

With Spartan Poker deciding to host both The Big Deal and ReCharge on the same day, it was double the excitement for poker enthusiasts. The second marquee tourney, ReCharge, had an eventful run with Sanket Arora championing the event for ₹2.11 Lakhs.

Vivek Singh was the second PokerGuru Ambassador to capture a flagship title yesterday, and he bagged Adda52’s Iron Man title for ₹1.97 Lakhs.

Gaurav Bhandari ended his seven-month-long dry spell by taking down PokerBaazi’s The Big Show for ₹1.77 Lakhs.

Sanjay Mohan (Won Adda52’s Voyager for ₹91,500), Rajneesh Thakur (Won PokerBaazi’s 6-Max Holdem Boost for ₹65,607) and Shubham Nirban (Won PokerBaazi’s PLO Boost Monster for ₹34,570) took down the other marquee titles.

Here are the Monday highlights!

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Spartan Poker

After a failed attempt to run both The Big Deal and ReCharge on the same day last week, Spartan Poker successfully pulled it off last night.

Headlining the day’s roster was the ₹35 Lakhs GTD The Big Deal that kicked off at 9:30 PM. After late registrations had been concluded, the event posted a ₹36.80 Lakhs prize pool on the back of 184 entrants, who ponied up the ₹22,000 entry buy-in. It was nearly 5 AM on the tournament clock by the time PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit ‘Shippament’ Wadhawan took down the event. The former Holdem High Roller champion Wadhawan outlasted the former ATOC Mini Main Event champion Surbhit ‘grovahova’ Grover (runner-up for ₹6 Lakhs) in heads-up play, with Wadhawan taking home a winner’s paycheque worth ₹8.83 Lakhs. Ankit Wadhawan now has ₹5.17 Crores in recorded online winnings.

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan


Starting exactly an hour-and-a-half before The Big Deal was Spartan Poker`s Monday staple, the ₹10 Lakhs GTD ReCharge. The ₹2,200 entry buy-in event collected 546 entries, generating a ₹10.92 Lakhs prize pool. Sanket’ BANK$Y’ Arora was the last player standing following almost seven hours of play, pocketing a handsome ₹2.11 Lakhs top prize. The two-time Millionaire champion Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia, the #2 ranked player on the annual leaderboard, placed runner-up for ₹1.34 Lakhs. With this win, Sanket Arora’s lifetime earnings crossed ₹3.63 Crores.

Sanket Arora
Sanket Arora



PokerStars India

PokerStars India’s ₹3 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale was the site`s headline event on Monday and recorded 201 entries, creating a ₹3.19 Lakhs prize pool. The user

‘MrBigSlick139’ (anonymity requested) was the last player standing and won ₹70,294 (includes ₹42,746 in bounties), after besting ‘Bashir@321’ heads-up. The runner-up received ₹41,457 (includes ₹13,909 in bounties).

‘drogonaces7’ shipped the ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Deepstack for ₹34,970 (includes ₹19,746 in bounties), while ‘stanoneil86’ came second for ₹21,122 (includes ₹5,898 in bounties). The event logged in 128 entries, overlaying a marginal ₹4,464.



PokerBaazi’s ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD The Big Show locked in 339 participants, collecting a hefty ₹8.48 Lakhs prize pool. Ending an exactly seven-month-long title drought,

Gaurav ‘Zillastar’ Bhandari emerged victorious to win the ₹1.77 Lakhs up-top cash prize. The user ‘jaideepmanocha’ placed runner-up for ₹1.24 Lakhs. Bhandari currently boasts ₹1.21 Crores in tracked online earnings.

Gaurav Bhandari
Gaurav Bhandari


PokerBaazi regular Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur captured the ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD 6-Max Holdem Boost title for an impressive seventh time last night for ₹65,607.

Rajneesh Thakur
Rajneesh Thakur


Naman ‘KidPoker09’ Puri booked the runner-up spot for ₹46,035. The ₹1,100 entry buy-in event logged in 297 entries, and the ₹2.97 Lakhs prize pool was distributed among the top 36 finishers.

Thakur almost took down two late-night tourneys on the site on Monday, working up ₹96K in total winnings. His deep runs include:

> 1st in the 6-Max Holdem BOOST DST for ₹65,607

> 2nd in the PLO Boost Monster for ₹24,213

> 25th in The Big Show for ₹6,272

‘pingu’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Night DST for ₹48,750) and Shubham ‘shUbh1995’ Nirban (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD PLO Boost Monster for ₹34,570) were the other title winners on PokerBaazi.



Adda52’s Monday signature tourney, the ₹8 Lakhs GTD Iron Man, wrangled in 444 contenders, posting a profitable ₹8.08 Lakhs prize pool. Adding yet another title to Team PokerGuru’s tally was last week’s The Millionaire champion Vivek ‘vivek94540’ Singh, who came out on top to collect a ₹1.97 Lakhs payday. The Young Gun defeated ‘rishal55’ (runner-up for ₹1.17 Lakhs) heads-up to claim his career-second Iron Man title, pushing his lifetime winnings north of ₹5.62 Crores.

Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh


The ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Voyager clocked in 366 entries, creating a ₹3.66 Lakhs prize pool. After a little over six hours of non-stop tournament action, Sanjay ‘smr1g10’ Mohan shipped the event for ₹91,500, while ‘LaufingBuddha’ secured the second-place payout worth ₹55,449.

Sanjay Mohan
Sanjay Mohan


The other Monday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Sanjay 'smr1g10' Mohan₹91,500Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manoj ‘cutymannu’ Sharma₹70,319Monster Stack ₹3.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rajneesh Thakur₹65,6076-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pawan '_luffy_1x1' Tez₹58,032Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
pingu₹48,750Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek 'abhiom' Chhajer₹37,547Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
drogonaces7₹34,970Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shubham ‘shUbh1995’ Nirban₹34,570PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Dhaval 'dhavhe' Heda₹23,405Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
SportsTalk24₹22,433Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
rohhit2₹16,364Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
Anmol ‘freak_weird0’ Agarwal₹16,126Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
Hero29₹15,188Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
lokeyferguson₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365


The Big Deal 35 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹22,000

Entries – 86

Re-entries – 50

Re-buys – 48

Prize Pool – ₹36,80,000

Places Paid –20

Redefining the usual slow-paced Mondays, Spartan Poker ran its alternating Monday flagships together last night.

The biggest tourney of the day was the ₹22,000 entry buy-in high roller tourney, the

₹35 Lakhs GTD The Big Deal. After getting canceled last week, the event managed to bring in an impressive 184 MTT regs, making for a guarantee-crushing ₹36.80 Lakhs prize pool. The top 20 places boarded the money bus.

For the second day running, the day`s top scorer title landed on a PokerGuru Ambassador, with 27-year-old Ankit ‘Shippament’ Wadhawan outlasting the competition to win the ₹8.83 Lakhs up-top. Surbhit ‘grovahova’ Grover settled for the runner-up spot, netting ₹5.99 Lakhs.

Wadhawan`s The Big Deal victory brought one of two Monday titles for PokerGuru Staking, with Vivek Singh bagging the other in Adda52’s Iron Man for ₹1.97 Lakhs.

Wadhawan’s PokerGuru Staking teammate Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj (4th for ₹3.26 Lakhs), Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar (5th for ₹2.62 Lakhs), and Yohan ‘PAPITO’ Patel (6th for ₹2.05 Lakhs) also FT-ed The Big Deal.

Runner-up Surbhit Grover
Runner-up Surbhit Grover


Final Table Results

  1. Ankit ‘Shippament’ Wadhawan – ₹8,83,200
  2. Surbhit ‘grovahova’ Grover – ₹5,99,840
  3. TheMeisTeR – ₹3,95,600
  4. Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj – ₹3,26,784
  5. Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar – ₹2,62,384
  6. Yohan ‘PAPITO’ Patel – ₹2,05,712


ReCharge 10 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 276

Re-entries – 95

Re-buys – 175

Prize Pool – ₹10,92,000

Places Paid –55

Spartan Poker`s ₹10 Lakhs GTD ReCharge ran alongside the Big Deal and saw 546 contestants pony up the ₹2,200 entry buy-in, collecting ₹10.92 Lakhs in the prize pool. The 8 PM tournament got in the books at 3:46 AM.

The former Sunday Superstack champion Sanket ‘BANK$Y’ Arora cut his way across the competition to win the title and the ₹2.11 Lakhs cash prize that came with it. The win must have been a welcome break for Arora, who has made a top-three finish in the ReCharge on at least four previous attempts, but this was his first time winning the tourney.

The #2 ranked player on the annual leaderboard, Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia, placed runner-up for ₹1.34 Lakhs.

Amit ‘Penguin071’ Gaikwad (3rd for ₹97,079), Gurpal ‘Salt bae’ Singh (5th for ₹62,135), Parag ‘Persie’ Shah (6th for ₹47,829), and Mohit ‘Bigfox’ Dhingra (8th for ₹25,771) FT-ed the tourney.

Runner-up Manish Lakhotia
Runner-up Manish Lakhotia


Final Table Results

  1. Sanket ‘BANK$Y’ Arora – ₹2,11,848
  2. Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia – ₹1,34,316
  3. Penguin071 – ₹97,079
  4. Majestic – ₹78,515
  5. Gurpal ‘Salt bae’ Singh – ₹62,135
  6. Parag ‘Persie’ Shah – ₹47,829
  7. Pablo Escobalu – ₹35,599
  8. Mohit ‘Bigfox’ Dhingra – ₹25,771


Iron Man 8 Lakhs GTD – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹2,000

Entries – 223

Re-entries – 221

Prize Pool – ₹8,08,083

Places Paid – 49

Adda52’s ₹8 Lakhs GTD Iron Man logged in 444 entries, and 49 places got paid a share of the ₹8.08 Lakhs prize pool.

It took about seven hours for PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘vivek94540’ Singh to top the field, and he grabbed his seventh title of the year along with a ₹1.98 Lakhs payday. rishal55’ placed runner-up for ₹1.17 Lakhs.

Vivek Singh is one of three PokerGuru Ambassadors to have won The Millionaire title this month and last night`s win fetched him his second tourney title of May. He also finished ITM in another tourney, netting ₹2.03 Lakhs overall.

Vishal Singh`s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.62 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.65 Crores

Sanjay ‘Floppednuts’ Kumar (3rd for ₹80,808), Siddhanth ‘Shark1411’ Kishore (4th for ₹60,606), and Gagandeep ‘gaganhyd’ Singh (5th for ₹40,404) were other FT scorers.

Final Table Results

  1. Vivek ‘vivek94540’ Singh – ₹1,97,980
  2. rishal55 – ₹1,17,172
  3. Sanjay ‘Floppednuts’ Kumar – ₹80,808
  4. Siddhanth ‘Shark1411’ Kishore – ₹60,606
  5. Gagandeep ‘gaganhyd’ Singh – ₹40,404
  6. echayan – ₹28,283


The Big Show 7.5 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 184

Re-entries – 155

Prize Pool – ₹8,48,000

Places Paid – 45

PokerBaazi’s Monday headliner, the ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD, The Big Show, generated a profitable ₹8.48 Lakhs prize pool on the back of a turnout of 339 players.

PokerBaazi regular Gaurav ‘Zillastar’ Bhandari ran through the field, besting ‘jaideepmanocha’ heads-up to win the title for ₹1.78 Lakhs. The latter earned ₹1.25 Lakhs for their runner-up finish.

Pranav ‘pranavpoker’ Khandalkar (4th for ₹59,325), Ankit ‘Ankitmodi’ Modi (5th for ₹44,494), Akshat ‘Badger69’ Verma (7th for ₹29,663) and Saransh ‘saransh004’ Garg (8th for ₹23,730) also FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. Gaurav ‘Zillastar’ Bhandari – ₹1,77,975
  2. jaideepmanocha – ₹1,24,583
  3. Padaydai9 – ₹80,089
  4. Pranav ‘pranavpoker’ Khandalkar – ₹59,325
  5. Ankit ‘Ankitmodi’ Modi – ₹44,494
  6. Mr.XOXO – ₹35,595
  7. Akshat ‘Badger69’ Verma – ₹29,663
  8. Saransh ‘saransh004’ Garg – ₹23,730


Battle Royale [7- Max] 3 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,750

Entries – 130

Re-entries – 71

Prize Pool – ₹3,19,791

Places Paid – 23

PokerStars India’s ₹3 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale filled in 201 entries to collect a profitable ₹3.19 Lakhs prize pool. The user ‘MrBigSlick139’ (anonymity requested) proved the last player standing and won ₹70,294 (₹26,548 in prize money, ₹42,746 in bounties), with ‘Bashir@321’ placing second for ₹41,457 (₹27,548 in prize money, ₹13,909 in bounties).

Hitesh ‘hiteshbhai999’ Batra (4th for ₹16,928) and Shubham ‘theViperArena’ Chaudhary (5th for ₹15,951) also FT-ed the tourney.


Voyager 2.75 Lakhs GTD – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Entries – 193

Re-entries – 173

Prize Pool – ₹3,66,000

Places Paid – 38

Adda52`s 9:30 PM attraction, the ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Voyager, attracted 366 hopefuls. Sanjay ‘smr1g10’ Mohan outlasted them all to collect the lion`s share of the ₹3.66 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹91,500. ‘LaufingBuddha’ finished runner-up for ₹55,449.

With this win, Sanjay Mohan now has ₹16.89 Lakhs in lifetime online winnings with ₹5.40 Lakhs in net profits.

Dhaval ‘dhavhe’ Heda (3rd for ₹40,260), Rising Star Ritwik ‘ritwik27’ Khanna (5th for ₹19,764), Vikrant ‘vk21’ Kohli (6th for ₹13,725), Sharad ‘zimbawe’ Haridasan (7th for ₹10,980), and Vaibhav ‘vroy219’ Roy (8th for ₹9,150) FT-ed the tourney.


6-Max Holdem Boost 1.5 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Entries – 150

Re-entries – 147

Prize Pool – ₹2,97,000

Places Paid – 36

PokerBaazi`s ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD 6-Max Holdem brought in 297 runners, smashing its listed guarantee by ₹1.47 Lakhs. Starting on schedule at 9 PM, the action went on for five and a half hours, and 36 players made it in the money.

PokerBaazi regular Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur was the last player standing and took down the title for an incredible seventh time last night for ₹65,607. Naman ‘KidPoker09’ Puri placed runner-up for ₹46,035.

Runner-up Naman Puri
Runner-up Naman Puri


Ashish ‘Notoriouskonvict’ Nailwal (3rd for ₹29,611) and Rishabh ‘rishabhjuneja’ Juneja (4th for ₹21,919) FT-ed the event.

Rajneesh Thakur finished second in the PLO Boost Monster as well for ₹24,213, raking in almost ₹96,000 in Monday winnings.


Deepstack 1.5 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,250

Entries – 82

Re-entries – 46

Prize Pool – ₹1,50,000

Places Paid – 13

Taking off on PokerStars India at 9.30 PM last night was the ₹1,250 entry buy-in Deepstack. The tourney drew 128 entries, overlaying a negligible ₹4,464.

The play culminated short of 2 AM, with ‘drogonaces7’ coming out on top for ₹34,970 (includes ₹19,746 in bounties). ‘stanoneil86’ picked up a runner-up score worth ₹21,122 (includes ₹5,898 in bounties).

Battle Royale champion ‘BigSlick139’ (5th for ₹8,009) & Yuvraj J ‘yuvrajlo9097’ Lohakpure (6th for ₹5,835) also FT-ed the tourney.


Monday Blues 75K GTD – PokerDangal

Buy-in – ₹440

Entries – 103

Rebuys – 61

Prize Pool – ₹75,000

Places Paid – 26

The user ‘Hero29’ shipped PokerDangal`s ₹75K GTD Monday Blues for ₹15,188, with ‘Salazar’ placing runner-up for ₹11,438.

Somenn ‘Prokiller’ Singh also made it to the six-max FT, placing third for ₹8,625.


Grinder 2.0 20K GTD – Khelo365

Buy-in – ₹275

Entries – 54

Re-entries – 16

Prize Pool – ₹20,000

Places Paid – 8

The user lokeyferguson was the last player standing in Khelo365’s ₹20K GTD Grinder 2.0 and won ₹6,800. Site regular ‘inderenggi’ finished runner-up for ₹4,000.


This report was updated at 4:30 PM on 25.05.2021.

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