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Daily Majors: Kanav Parwal, Gaurav Sood, Vishal Bajaj, Ankit Wadhawan & Shashank Desai Score BIG on Friday

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  • RUPAM THAKUR May 8, 2021
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The online action has reached a feverish pitch, with Spartan Poker`s The Millionaire Series setting the stage for a massive weekend ahead. PokerGuru Ambassadors crushed the MTT flagships for the second day running by scoring a title and two top-three finishes between them. Kanav Parwal emerged as the day`s top scorer after winning The Millionaire Series The Elite for ₹13.99 Lakhs. Young Gun Gaurav Sood finished runner-up for ₹5.35 Lakhs, climbing up to #2 on the annual rankings. PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj placed third for ₹4.98 Lakhs.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan earned his first Super Achiever badge for crossing the benchmark ₹5 Crore mark in lifetime earnings last night after placing second in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹4.23 Lakhs.

PokerGuru Ambassador Shashank Desai completed the trifecta of top finishes for PokerGuru Staking by taking down PokerBaazi’s The Weekly Highroller for a site-best ₹4.07 Lakhs. Yudhisthir Singh Rathore finished runner-up.

Deepak Choudhary came out in top in PokerBaazi’s COVID-19 relief tourney, The O2 Initiative, adding ₹2.78 Lakhs to his bankroll. PokerBaazi, in partnership with GiveIndia, will donate all the rake, i.e., ₹3.31 Lakhs, generated from the event to provide oxygen assistance to those in need.

Haider Madraswala, Piyush Jain, Kuttappan Assina, and poker streamer Gautam Rohilla shipped the other marquee tourneys of the day.

Here are the Friday highlights.


Spartan Poker

The Millionaire Series 2.0 has entered the home stretch, and Friday saw Spartan Poker flagging off the showstopper ₹1.50 Crore GTD The Millionaire. Day 1A of the ₹11,000 entry buy-in event logged in 306 participants, and 44 stacks advanced through to Day 2. The mystery user ‘avikon’ (205,687), Raman ‘tathagat’ Gujral (187,772), and The Elite third-place finisher PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj (184,972) bagged the top stacks of the day. The multi-flight tourney has another four flights to run before Day 2 on Sunday.

Raman Gujral
Raman Gujral


MTT players had two other headline tourneys on Spartan Poker to choose from last night. The day`s featured offering, the ₹40 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series #8 The Elite, had 538 contenders signing for ₹11,000, creating a juicy ₹53.80 Lakhs prize pool (over a third more than the listed guarantee). The 9:30 PM tourney ended at 6:34 AM today, with the former Destiny champion Kanav ‘slickooo’ Parwal coming out on top to win a career-best ₹13.99 Lakhs, making him the fourth Millionaire at the ongoing series. Young Gun Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood (runner-up for ₹5.35 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj (3rd for ₹4.98 Lakhs) secured podium finishes in the tourney.

Kanav Parwal
Kanav Parwal


The undisputed #1 ranked player of 2020, Gaurav Sood, is the only player on our database with over ₹8 Crores in tracked earnings. The dentist-turned MTT pro lapped up almost ₹9.29 Lakhs in total winnings last night to climb up to #2 on the 2021 leaderboard standings. His Friday deep runs include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker`s The Millionaire Series #10 – The Elite for ₹8,60,800

> 4th in PokerStars India`s Uppercut for ₹46,829

> 22nd in The Ballers for ₹21,167

Gaurav Sood`s stats: Annual Winnings: ₹1.68+ Crores | Annual Profits: ₹87+ Lakhs | Lifetime Winnings: ₹8.36 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹4.28 Crores

The high-value ₹10 Lakhs GTD Millionaire D’Lite was another marquee tourney that commenced its run on Friday. The ₹220 entry-buy-in tourney played out two of its seven starting flights last night. Day 1A logged in 779 entries, and 87 runners advanced to Day 2. Shrey ‘Kingsb30’ Baj (218,623), Sanket ‘DONKA’ Deshmukh (207,657), and Archit ‘Richie4ich’ Saraogi (202,481) bagged the top stacks of the flight. Day 1B pulled in 916 entries, and after the stipulated 25 levels of play, 87 survivors packed their bags for Day 2. ‘Ashoka1′ (206,458), ‘Loki92’ (201,608), and ‘MichaelScarn’ (173,722) topped the survivor’s list.

The ₹7 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series #11 saw former Destiny winner Kuttappan ‘Dr House’ Assina shipping the tourney for ₹1.37 Lakhs following a four-way deal with ‘WuZetian’ (runner-up for ₹1.18 Lakhs), ‘MaiMeel’ (third for ₹1.15 Lakhs), and Rishab ‘NoChanc3’ Malik (4th for ₹1.05 Lakhs).

Kuttappan Assina sits on₹25.63 Lakhs in recorded winnings on Spartan Poker, with ₹10.58 Lakhs in net profits on the site.

The Millionaire Series Leaderboard Standings After Day 4

2Laksh 'LuckyBhai$' Singh2,083
3Bhanu 'spectre' Prakash KC1,929
4Gaurav 'mozzie17' Sood1,826
5Aniket 'Ntwadumela' Waghmare1,708
6Jaya 'denb' Bharathkumar Prajapati1,705
7Anant 'Dr.Infinitipower' Malik1,672
9Kunal 'NutsTodayBluffTomorrow' Patni1,608
10Pranav 'I'mThePlayBoi' Bang1,560


PokerStars India

PokerStars India’s ₹3,850 entry buy-in Friday headliner, the ₹7 Lakhs GTD Uppercut MAGIC Edition, logged in 225 entries, and 24 places got paid a share of the ₹7.87 Lakhs prize pool. Monday’s Battle Royale winner Piyush ‘jacks_apart’ Jain shipped the tourney, netting ₹1.64 Lakhs (includes ₹96,811 in bounties).

Amar ‘AceConsultant’ Mehta placed runner-up for ₹72,645 (includes ₹5,250 in bounties).

Runner-up Amar Mehta
Runner-up Amar Mehta


With this win, Piyush Jain’s recorded earnings on PokerStars India have touched ₹8.69 Lakhs (₹2.68 Lakhs in net profits).

The ₹2 Lakhs GTD The Classic PKO saw ‘CURR¥300’ outlasting the 157-entry field to win ₹55,215 (includes ₹33,937 in bounties). ‘wolfbacki45 ‘ placed runner-up for ₹25,122 (includes ₹3,844 in bounties).



The star attraction on PokerBaazi was the ₹15 Lakhs GTD The O2 Initiative. With the entire nation reeling from the devastation caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, PokerBaazi, in partnership with GiveIndia, hosted a ₹1,200 (₹200 per buy-in went to charity) entry buy-in charity tourney. The site donated 100% of the tournament fees to provide oxygen to those in need. The tourney logged in 1,655 entries to collect ₹16.55 Lakhs in the prize pool and ₹3.31 Lakhs in donations. Deepak ‘sabJuwaaHai’ Choudhary was the last player standing and added ₹2.78 Lakhs to his bankroll. Gurpal ‘roothless’ Singh settled for a runner-up score worth ₹1.95 Lakhs.

Deepak Choudhary
Deepak Choudhary


Running alongside The O2 Initiative was the ₹12 Lakhs GTD The Weekly HighRoller. The ₹11,000 entry buy-in tourney clocked in 158 entrants, resulting in a guarantee-crushing ₹15.80 Lakhs prize pool. PokerGuru Ambassador Shashank ‘indianrat’ Desai championed the event to win₹4.07 Lakhs, denying chef Yudhishthir ‘Rowdy6’ Singh Rathore (runner-up for ₹2.85 Lakhs) the title.

Shashank Desai
Shashank Desai


This happens to be Shashank Desai’s best-recorded finish of the year so far, pushing his lifetime earnings to ₹1.62 Crores (₹19.98 Lakhs in net profits). The Value Bomb Extreme runner-up finisher, Yudhishthir Rathore, converted a ₹550 satellite entry buy-in to a six-figure payday, boosting his lifetime tally to ₹1.06 Crores (₹12.16 Lakhs in net profits).

Poker streamer Gautam ‘M8a7’ Rohilla (Won Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹48,240) and ‘abarjatiya’ (Won PLO Boost ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹38,370) took down the other marquee tourneys on PokerBaazi.

Gautam Rohilla
Gautam Rohilla




Adda52`s ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD The Ballers logged in 412 challengers to form a prize pool worth ₹28.22 Lakhs. The user ‘pratap2904’ came out trumps, winning the title for a personal-best ₹7 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit ‘d00mtr00p3r’ Wadhawan placed runner-up for ₹4.23 Lakhs.

Runner-up Ankit Wadhawan
Runner-up Ankit Wadhawan


The former Holdem High Roller champion, Ankit Wadhawan`s six-figure score made him the latest entrant to the “Super Achiever’s Club,” adding the ‘₹5 Crores’ badge to his name. His lifetime tally reflects ₹5.01 Crore in winnings (₹1.10 Crores in net profits) across domestic sites.

Haider ‘Donktown22’ Madraswala toppled a field of 419 entries in the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Running Hot to win ₹2.08 Lakhs. Masroor ‘jason911’ Ansari placed runner-up for ₹1.26 Lakhs.

Haider Madraswala
Haider Madraswala


The other Friday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Kapildev77₹1 LakhGrand Slam ₹4 Lakhs GTDKhelo365