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Daily Majors: Bhushan Sohani & Nishaanth Shanmughasundaram Chop Millionaire Series #18 The Elite; Raj, Sharma & Dembla Ship the Other Friday Flagships

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis November 27, 2021
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With Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Series 3.0 just two days away from the finish line, the weekend is shaping up to be a blockbuster one.

Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s biggest guaranteed event ran under The Millionaire Series branding, and the top two finishers added seven figures to their poker bankroll. We are talking about the ₹50 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series#18 – The Elite that crowned a champion in Bhushan Sohani, who won a career-best ₹10.90 Lakhs after a heads-up deal with Nishaanth Shanmughasundaram (2nd for ₹10.09 Lakhs). The poker streamer also chopped the Millionaire Series #19 heads-up, adding ₹12.20 Lakhs in Friday earnings.

PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul Raj busted a prolonged title drought by taking down Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹5.76 Lakhs. He scored in two more events, netting a cumulative ₹7.03 Lakhs.

Vaibhav Sharma won PokerBaazi’s The Weekly Highroller for the second time last night for ₹3.25 Lakhs! He chopped the title heads-up with another “Sharma” – Tuesday`s Bounty Builder HR winner Rajat Sharma (2nd for ₹2.77 Lakhs)!

Harsh Dembla came out on top in PokerStars India’s Super Highroller, winning his second High Roller title of the month and a winner’s paycheque worth ₹2.86 Lakhs. Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra came second for ₹2.20 Lakhs.

Arun Sriram, Jaya Bharathkumar Prajapati, Pranav Khandalkar, Vivek Pal, Ram Kakkar, Naresh Kumar, Murali Mohan, Amit Ayare, Adwait Pol, Rafiq Khan, and Vishal Singh won the other prominent winners!

Here are the Friday highlights!

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Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Series 3.0 had five events running yesterday, and only two of them played down to a winner!

The ₹50 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series#18 – The Elite (6-Max – 1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD) was the day`s headline event. Attracting 489 entrants, the ₹11,000 buy-in event saw Bhushan ‘funchampion’ Sohani walk away with the title and a career-best ₹10.90 Lakhs in prize money following a heads-up deal with Nishaanth ‘ephemeral’ Shanmughasundaram (2nd for ₹10.09 Lakhs)!

Bhushan Sohani
Bhushan Sohani


Bhushan Sohani almost won the other Millionaire Series marquee as well, lapping up ₹12.20 Lakhs in Friday winnings.

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #18 – The Elite for ₹10.90 Lakhs

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #19 for ₹1.30 Lakhs

Counting his fourth-place finish in Millionaire Series #16 – High Roller the day before, Bhushan Sohani is on a ₹17 Lakhs upswing in just two days. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹53.42 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹21.27 Lakhs

Jaya ‘denb’ Bharathkumar Prajapati took down the only other Millionaire Series 3.0 event that played down to a winner yesterday – ₹9 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series#19. Prajapati denied Bhushan Sohani (2nd for ₹1.30 Lakhs) the chance to claim back-to-back titles and walked away with the ₹1.53 Lakhs top prize, following a heads-up deal.

The three other events were all starting flights for the ₹1.50 Crores GTD Millionaire Series – The Millionaire (Day 1B), ₹10 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series – D’Lite (Day 1A), and ₹10 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series – D’Lite (Day 1B).

Millionaire Series – The Millionaire ₹1.50 Crores GTD – Day 1B | Total Entries – 268 | Survivors – 33 | Chip leader – Kapil ‘FengFu’ Arora (294,053)

Kapil Arora
Kapil Arora


Millionaire Series – D’Lite ₹10 Lakhs GTD – Day 1A | Total Entries – 606 | Survivors – 59 | Chip leader – Karan ‘karannthakker’ Thakker (255,332)

Millionaire Series – D’Lite ₹10 Lakhs GTD – Day 1B | Total Entries – 563 | Survivors – 52 | Chip leader – ‘giraffebanger’ (237,648)

Bhushan Sohani`s (3,021 points) trailblazing Friday run in Millionaire Series#18 – The Elite and Millionaire Series #19 has catapulted him to the top of the series’ leaderboard standing, relegating the erstwhile leader ‘Indianthug’ (anonymity requested) (2,853 points) to second place. Tanmay Sanjay Bhalerao (1,878 points) continues to hold the #3 spot.

The Millionaire Series 3.0 Leaderboard Standings After Day 6

1Bhushan 'funchampion' Sohani3,021
3Tanmay 'tsb2127' Sanjay Bhalerao1,878
4Buhr 'C@rnage' Advirkar1,798
5Harshit 'PokerinOlympics' Sanghi1,737
6Kritagya 'Kritagya_1703' Sharma1,709
7Abhijeet 'The SupremeOne' Kumar1,678
9Amar 'PsykoEko' Iyer1,602
10Rahul 'Vasili Arkipov' Lal1,566

‘charo’ (Won Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.15 Lakhs GTD for ₹49,987), ‘Ranbirrr’ (Won The Centurion ₹80K GTD for ₹16,920) and ‘fultufun’ (Won Epic ₹30K GTD for ₹8,202) shipped the other Spartan Poker marquees.



PokerBaazi’s ₹12 Lakhs GTD The Weekly Highroller logged in a 132-entry field on its latest run, collecting ₹13.20 Lakhs in the prize pool. The former SSS The Millionaire runner-up finisher Vaibhav ‘WakhraSwagNi’ Sharma came out on top, winning the event for the second time this year for ₹3.25 Lakhs. He struck a heads-up deal with the APT Online India Super Highroller champion Rajat ‘LungFakeer’ Sharma (2nd for ₹2.77 Lakhs)!

Vaibhav Sharma
Vaibhav Sharma


Vaibhav Sharma had won The Weekly Highroller for the first time in June for ₹4.23 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹6.21 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.32 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹1.45 Crores | Titles Won in 2021: #12

The Baazi Grinders Series crowned six champions yesterday, and the biggest of them was Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram. The former Adda52 Big Game winner decimated a guarantee-crushing 375-entry field to win the ₹6 Lakhs GTD Grinders#27 Highroller for ₹1.57 Lakhs. The user Steelbala finished runner-up for ₹1.10 Lakhs.

Arun Sriram
Arun Sriram


Arun Sriram made another FT finish in Adda52’s The Ballers, placing third for ₹2.59 Lakhs, adding ₹4.16 Lakhs in Friday earnings. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.72 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹28.17 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2021: #15

‘aikansh98’ (Won Grinders#28 6-Max Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹42,916), ‘5AA5’ (Won Grinders#29 PLO Boost ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹30,161), Rafiq ‘Mrkhan’ Khan (Won Grinders#30 PKO ₹60K GTD for ₹12,162), ‘Ganesh24’ (Won Grinders#26 ₹60K GTD for ₹7,437), and ‘einstein7’ (Won Grinders#25 6-Max ₹30K GTD for ₹5,895) won the other Baazi Grinders Series events!

Rafiq Khan
Rafiq Khan


The 10 Mein 10 Lakhpati has another day of qualifiers to run before the Week 2 finale on Sunday. The event has so far logged in 18,028 entries across 25 flights. Here are details of the five qualifiers the site ran on Friday.

> Qualifier 21: Total Entries – 818 | Total Survivors – 15| Chip Leader – ‘ftsure’ (10,57,000)

> Qualifier 22: Total Entries – 511 | Total Survivors – 10| Chip Leader – ‘Roney72’ (841,000)

> Qualifier 23: Total Entries – 854 | Total Survivors – 16| Chip Leader – ‘Himaan’ (634,000)

> Qualifier 24: Total Entries – 958 | Total Survivors – 18| Chip Leader – ‘Bedi’ (799,000)

> Qualifier 25: Total Entries – 980| Total Survivors – 19| Chip Leader – ‘Pokergod321’ (697,000)

Vivek ‘viveksnmc10’ Pal made quite an impression in the smaller Friday marquees -adding five ITM finishes and two titles for a cumulative ₹56,188.

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Sprint 1 PM ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹24,664

> 1st in Sprint 1 AM ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹21,155

> 7th in Daily Night Sprint ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹7,831

‘munna1967’ (Won Daily Night Sprint ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹47,008) and ‘sevenpockets’ (Won Daily Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹26,800) won the other Friday marquees!


PokerStars India

PokerStars India`s Friday headliner, the ₹12 Lakhs GTD Super Highroller, ended up registering a 95-player starting field, resulting in a significant ₹1.20 Lakhs overlay shortfall (a 10% deficit). After almost seven hours of gameplay, Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla cut his way across the reg-infested field to collect the ₹2.86 Lakhs up top. Young Gun Sanat ‘durrsanta’ Mehrotra finished runner-up for ₹2.20 Lakhs.

Harsh Dembla
Harsh Dembla


Harsh Dembla bagged his second High Roller title of the month last night – breaching the ₹1.88 Crores mark in recorded online winnings (excluding PokerStars India).

The second Friday night marquee, the ₹2 Lakhs GTD Uppercut Mini, made the required quorum with 161 entrants signing up for ₹1,375, and the top 17 places finished in the money. Ram ‘TheLagLawyer’ Kakkar (opted out of our tracked database) was the last player standing and won ₹48,848, with ‘rdx1111’ placing runner-up for ₹18,761.

Ram Kakkar
Ram Kakkar


Amit ‘Nitin&AMIT9999’ Ayare (Won Ultrasonic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD for ₹29,746), Adwait ‘Adwait Pol’ Pol (Won Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD for ₹17,288), ‘solo7183’ (Won ₹50K GTD Deepstack for ₹13,156), ‘c1ph3r420’ (Won Primetime Grind ₹50K GTD for ₹11,948), and ‘PhilIvey2021’ (Won Omania ₹30K GTD for ₹11,132) won the other PokerStars India marquees!



Adda52’s ₹22.50 Lakhs GTD The Ballers had a disappointing run last night with a below-par 294-entry field resulting in an overlay shortfall worth ₹2.36 Lakhs! It was past 4 AM today when play culminated with PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul ‘Niruha’ Raj (opted out of our tracking) taking down the event for ₹5.76 Lakhs. ‘rockydgreat’ placed second for ₹3.43 Lakhs.

Gokul Raj
Gokul Raj


The Ballers win fetched Gokul Raj his best score since his second-place finish in the INCOOP Main Event in September! Raj cashed two other Friday flagships for a total take-home worth ₹7.03 Lakhs.

His top finishes include:

> 1st in The Ballers for ₹5.76 Lakhs

> 6th in PokerStars India`s Super Highroller for ₹77,051

> 14th in The Spartan Poker`s Millionaire Series #18 – The Elite for ₹50,000

The Adda52 Big Game champion Arun ‘runyrules’ Sriram, who had placed fifth in The Ballers last week, finished two places better third time – collecting ₹2.59 Lakhs in third place. He also won the Baazi Grinders Series #27: Highroller for ₹1.58 Lakhs, adding over ₹4.16 Lakhs on total winnings.

Arun Sriram
Arun Sriram


The ₹4 Lakhs GTD Friday Bounty brought in 239 participants, generating a guarantee-smashing ₹4.78 Lakhs prize pool. The former The Millionaire champion Pranav ‘pkpok’ Khandalkar outlasted them all to collect ₹1.17 Lakhs in first-place prize money (includes ₹8,625 in bounties), defeating ‘rupoomdey’ in the heads-up play. The latter went on an elimination spree in the event and notched up an incredible 14 bounties to make away with ₹1.28 Lakhs (includes ₹28,617 in bounties).

Pranav Khandalkar
Pranav Khandalkar


Pranav Khandalkar, who had finished third in the ₹65 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series #16 High Roller the day before, also FT-ed the ₹6 Lakhs GTD Grinders #27 Highroller!

His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Friday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.17 Lakhs (Includes bounties)

> 5th in the Grinders #27 Highroller ₹6 Lakhs GTD for ₹39,375

Naresh ‘nareshnow’ Kumar (Won Afternoon Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs for ₹34,268), Murali ‘grind121’ Mohan (Won Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹30,941), ‘TT52’ (Won Punch ₹80K GTD for ₹21,600), Vishal ‘Mitsen’ Singh (Won Sundown Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹11,874) and ‘Ronima1978’ (Won Evening Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹9,988) won the other Friday marquees!



Khelo365 regular ‘picnic123’ won the ₹30K GTD Prime Time PLO for ₹9,300, with ‘jungle123’ finishing runner-up for ₹6,300.


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