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Daily Majors: Kushagra Mehta Ships ‘The Big Deal,’ Jyoti Ranjan Nayak & Atishay Samuel Dominate the Other Monday Marquees

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis June 29, 2021
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After two weeks of high-octane action at the National Poker Series, the online poker action will likely settle down a little for the next fortnight before the 11th edition of the IOPC kicks off on July 11 on Spartan Poker.

Monday saw an overlay avalanche, with most sites having to fill in significant overlays in primetime events.

Spartan Poker’s The Big Deal returned as the biggest guaranteed event on offer. The NPS Golden Rush runner-up finisher Kushagra Mehta championed the event for a ₹7.87 Lakhs payday, while Ghanshyam Tripathi finished runner-up for ₹5.52 Lakhs.

Here are the Monday highlights!

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Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker yet again carried out two marquees on Monday, and headlining the schedule was the ₹30 Lakhs GTD The Big Deal. Kushagra ‘The Unconventional’ Mehta was the last player standing in the ₹22,000 entry buy-in high roller, and he traversed the 140-entry field to collect a ₹7.87 Lakhs payday.

Kushagra Mehta
Kushagra Mehta


Kushagra Mehta’s stellar run at the FTS 2.0 earlier in the year earned him the nickname ‘Mr. Consistent’. He has, well and truly, lived up to the name. On the heels of a spectacular Sunday run that saw him clinch the NPS Silver Medal in the iconic NPS Golden Rush, Mehta was back at the virtual felts, clinching his career-first The Big Deal title, pushing his lifetime online winnings close to ₹80 Lakhs.

For a third consecutive week, The Big Deal experienced an overlay. This time around, the site had to fill in a deficit of ₹2 Lakhs. The top 13 spots received payouts.

The three-time Destiny winner Ghanshyam ‘Tiger10’ Tripathi placed second for ₹5.52 Lakhs, while Krishna Chaitanya Reddy ‘virenderkris’ Bannur locked up the third-place payout worth ₹3.64 Lakhs.

Fourth-place finisher Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj deserves special mention. After raking in a cumulative ₹3.32 Lakhs on Friday, he went on another winning spree yesterday, ending up with ₹3.10 Lakhs in Monday winnings.

His ITM finishes include:

> 4th in Spartan Poker’s The Big Deal for ₹2,86,500

> 8th in Spartan Poker’s ReCharge for ₹23,940

The other flagship on offer was the ReCharge. With the NPS now in the books, the ReCharge had its guarantee boosted back to ₹9.50 Lakhs from last week’s ₹9 Lakhs. With 434 contenders signing up to play, the event registered an overlay shortfall of ₹82,000. Ashwini ‘DANIELDURR’ Panwar juggernaut to the top of the field, claiming the title and top prize of ₹1.61 Lakhs. A heads-up deal saw online reg Jyoti ‘joey114114’ Ranjan Nayak take home ₹1.55 Lakhs for his runner-up finish.

Runner-up Jyoti Ranjan Nayak
Runner-up Jyoti Ranjan Nayak


This win propelled Ashwini Panwar’s tracked online winnings to ₹6.53 Lakhs (across Spartan Poker & Adda52).



With two weeks of mind-boggling National Poker Series (NPS) action now in the rear-view mirror, PokerBaazi returned to its regular weekly schedule. Starting off the working week was the Monday bonanza, the ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD The Big Show. The ₹2,750 entry buy-in event logged in 439 entries, posting a ₹10.98 Lakhs prize pool. The player known only as Vinod, aka ‘Vinuggurikar,’ championed the tournament for ₹2.20 Lakhs. Vinod had won his way into The Big Show through a ₹132 satellite and ended up shipping the event to improve his online earnings to ₹3.39 Lakhs.

For a second time this week, PokerBaazi reg ‘macchi’ came close to capturing the title but eventually settled for a runner-up finish. The anonymous player had placed second in the NPS#90 Slam Dunk on Sunday and followed through with yet another runner-up finish in this event, adding ₹1.54 Lakhs in winnings.

The user ‘Intruder’ (Won ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD 6-Max Holdem BOOST DST for ₹63,619) and Suraj ‘MR8BEAST’ N Yadav (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Night DST for ₹47,538) won the other PokerBaazi marquees.

Suraj N Yadav
Suraj N Yadav



PokerStars India

The ₹6 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale was the highlight event on PokerStars India’s Monday roster and experienced a ₹1.45 Lakhs overlay on the back of 182 entries. The unknown user ‘iveynotivy’ shipped the event for ₹1.52 Lakhs (includes ₹86,602 in bounties), just as ‘raghav1990’ finished second for ₹70,078 (includes ₹4,375 in bounties). The former APOS Main Event winner Faiz ‘LFGgggg’ Alam rounded out the top three payouts, placing third for ₹59,715.

Faiz Alam
Faiz Alam


‘AN11328’ toppled Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma (runner-up for ₹24,400) heads-up to win the ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD Deepstack for ₹47,174 (includes ₹30,068 in bounties).

Runner-up Umesh Sharma
Runner-up Umesh Sharma


‘kSportsTalk24’ (Won ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Ultrasonic for ₹32,344), ‘kvanj123’ (Won ₹50K GTD Ultra KO for ₹24,981), ‘Tushhaalm’ (Won ₹70K GTD Deepstack for ₹16,907), ‘conversestruck’ (Won ₹50K GTD Primetime Grind for ₹7,878) and Armaan ‘armaan007111’ Kochhar (Won ₹15K GTD Late Night Last Chance Hyper Turbo for ₹5,374) were the other winners.



Adda52’s ₹8 Lakhs GTD Iron Man offered the third-biggest guarantee of the day. With 351 participants ponying up the ₹2,000 entry buy-in, the event fell ₹1.61 Lakhs short of the break-even mark. The mystery user ‘DangerDaddy’ took down the title for ₹1.88 Lakhs with Sunday’s Money Heist runner-up finisher Atishay ‘pokergod56’ Samuel missing out on the title yet again, cashing ₹1.33 Lakhs in second place.

Runner-up Atishay Samuel
Runner-up Atishay Samuel


The ₹3 Lakhs GTD Voyager was taken down by former DOPT JAQK and Iron Man winner ‘dp178’ for ₹80,500. Pritam ‘pritam1301’ Amritkar finished runner-up for ₹48,783.

Runner-up Pritam Amritkar
Runner-up Pritam Amritkar


The other Monday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
dp178₹80,500Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Intruder₹63,6196-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
danavraj₹60,500Ultimate PLO ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Biplob 'hellhell' Rana₹51,211Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
AN11328₹47,174Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India
PokerStars India
lex_veldi82₹42,297Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
narayanpn₹34,787Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
user1620668513₹34,500The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
kSportsTalk24₹32,344Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
kvanj123₹24,981Ultra KO ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
pyaar₹24,300Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
Penguin071₹22,614Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
papertiger₹21,749Afternoon Kick-Off ₹65K GTDSpartan Poker
Ankit1305₹21,000Daily ₹1 Lakh GTD PLO GrindPokerDangal
Gaurav ‘BIT00Poker’ Verma₹18,000Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
Tushhaalm₹16,907Deepstack ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
S1mple.₹13,445The Centurion ₹75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
conversestruck₹7,878Primetime Grind ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Armaan ‘armaan007111’ Kochhar₹5,374Late Night Last Chance Hyper Turbo ₹15K GTDPokerStars India
spingo₹4,160Quick Freeze ₹10K GTDKhelo365


The Big Deal 30 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹22,000

Entries – 60

Re-entries – 27

Re-buys – 53

Prize Pool – ₹30,00,000

Places Paid – 13

Kushagra ‘The Unconventional’ Mehta, fresh from his second-place finish in the record-shattering NPS Golden Rush on Sunday, clinched The Big Deal title last night for ₹7.87 Lakhs, making him Monday’s biggest winner. The FTS 2.0 Main Event third-place finisher Mehta bagged his fifth title of the year, boosting his lifetime tally to ₹79.77 Lakhs (₹31.63 Lakhs in net profits).

The three-time Destiny winner and the former Two-of-a-Kind champion Ghanshyam ‘Tiger10’ Tripathi, placed runner-up for ₹5.52 Lakhs, boosting his lifetime winnings on Spartan Poker to ₹2.47 Crores (₹1.09 Crores in site-profits).

Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj deserves a special mention for posting an FT finish in both the Spartan Poker headliners yesterday. He finished fourth in The Big Deal for ₹2.86 Lakhs and eighth in ReCharge for ₹23,940, banking a collective ₹3.10 Lakhs. He now has ₹47.85 Lakhs in recorded winnings on Spartan Poker with ₹26.67 Lakhs in site-profits.

The ₹22,000 entry buy-in event logged in 140 hopefuls, falling 10 entries or ₹2 Lakhs short of its advertised ₹30 Lakhs guarantee. The top 13 places walked past the money with a min-cash worth ₹61,500.

Krishna Chaitanya Reddy ‘virenderkris’ Bannur (3rd for ₹3.64 Lakhs), Rajeev ‘AthenaVolt’ Kumar (5th for ₹2.31 Lakhs), and Manish ‘potlords’ Gandhi (6th for ₹1.80 Lakhs) FT-ed the tourney.

PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘KasolHieghts’ Singh kept his online scorecard ticking as he finished seventh for ₹1.42 Lakhss.

Final Table Results

  1. Kushagra ‘The Unconventional’ Mehta – ₹7,87,500
  2. Ghanshyam ‘Tiger10’ Tripathi – ₹5,52,000
  3. Krishna Chaitanya Reddy ‘virenderkris’ Bannur – ₹3,64,500
  4. Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj – ₹2,86,500
  5. Rajeev ‘AthenaVolt’ Kumar – ₹2,31,000
  6. Manish ‘potlords’ Gandhi – ₹1,80,000


ReCharge 9.50 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 201

Re-entries – 97

Re-buys – 136

Prize Pool – ₹9,50,000

Places Paid – 39

Topping a field of 434 entries, Ashwini ‘DANIELDURR’ Panwar shipped the ReCharge for career-best (on Spartan Poker) ₹1.62 Lakhs. After this win, his overall recorded scores on Spartan Poker almost doubled to ₹3.23 Lakhs.

Before taking down the title, Panwar agreed to a heads-up chop with former Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble champion Jyoti ‘joey114114’ Ranjan Nayak, who settled for a runner-up score of ₹1.56 Lakhs.

The ₹9.50 Lakhs GTD event fell ₹82,000 short of its listed guarantee, and the top 39 places benefited from the value on offer.

Sandeep ‘ChasingExcellence’ Bhatnagar (5th for ₹58,615), PokerStars India`s “Star of the Month” – February Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar (7th for ₹32,585), and Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj (8th for ₹23,940) also FT-ed the event.

Final Table Results

  1. Ashwini ‘DANIELDURR’ Panwar – ₹1,61,606*
  2. Jyoti ‘joey114114’ Ranjan Nayak – ₹1,55,504*
  3. SoJaoBhaiya – ₹92,625
  4. dp179 – ₹74,765
  5. Sandeep ‘ChasingExcellence’ Bhatnagar – ₹58,615
  6. DKDS84 – ₹44,365
  7. Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar – ₹32,585
  8. Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj – ₹23,940

*denotes a heads-up deal


Iron Man 8 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹2,000

Entries – 192

Re-entries – 159

Prize Pool – ₹8,00,000

Places Paid – 38

The Adda52 user ‘DangerDaddy’ banked the lion’s share of the prize money in the ₹8 Lakhs GTD Iron Man, collecting ₹1.88 Lakhs for the win. The former Iron Man champion Atishay ‘pokergod56’ Samuel missed out on winning the event for a second time this month, finishing second for ₹1.33 Lakhs.

Samuels’ lifetime online winnings have now topped ₹80.56 Lakhs.

Adda52 regular Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh placed third for ₹88,000.

The Iron Man logged in 351 entries, overlaying ₹1.61 Lakhs.

Final Table Results

  1. DangerDaddy – ₹1,88,197
  2. Atishay ‘pokergod56’ Samuel – ₹1,33,003
  3. Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh – ₹88,000
  4. abhinaos – ₹64,000
  5. royalflush0811 – ₹43,200
  6. oshosidhant – ₹30,000


The Big Show 7.50 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 237

Re-entries – 202

Prize Pool – ₹10,98,000

Places Paid – 54

Vinod, aka ‘Vinuggurikar,’ fired four bullets (one of them he had won in an online satellite) in PokerBaazi’s ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD The Big Show before taking down the title for ₹2.20 Lakhs. The mystery reg ‘macchi’ placed runner-up for ₹1.54 Lakhs.

Vinod was sitting on ₹2.50 Lakhs in losses on PokerBaazi and recovered almost 90% of his deficit after last night’s win.

Starting at 8 PM, the ₹2,750 entry buy-in event registered 439 entrants to make for a prize pool collection of ₹10.98 Lakhs (almost 50% more than its listed guarantee).

Final Table Results

  1. Vinod aka Vinuggurikar – ₹2,20,598
  2. macchi – ₹1,54,638
  3. cowboy2710 – ₹99,434
  4. ADEV22 – ₹73,533
  5. loosingfreak – ₹55,204
  6. zomunk – ₹44,229
  7. InAutumn – ₹36,876
  8. Dp179 – ₹29,413


Battle Royale 6 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 94

Re-entries – 88

Prize Pool – ₹6,00,000

Places Paid – 20

Starting at 7.30 PM, PokerStars India’s ₹6 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale drew 182 runners, filling in a glaring ₹1.45 Lakhs in overlays. The user ‘iveynotivy’ was the last player standing and won ₹1.52 Lakhs (includes ₹86,602 in bounties). ‘raghav1990’ placed runner-up for ₹70,078 (includes ₹4,375 in bounties).

Faiz ‘LFGgggg’ Alam (3rd for ₹59,715), Armaan ‘armaan007111’ Kochhar (5th for ₹37,452), Akshay ‘VaahBhaiVaah’ Gupta (6th for ₹20,508) and Praveen ‘pinawxd’ KR (7th for ₹17,111) also FTed the seven-max tourney.

Final Table Results (Includes Bounties)

  1. iveynotivy – ₹1,52,304
  2. raghav1990 – ₹70,078
  3. Faiz ‘LFGgggg’ Alam – ₹59,715
  4. getsetgo666 – ₹40,610
  5. Armaan ‘armaan007111’ Kochhar – ₹37,452
  6. Akshay ‘VaahBhaiVaah’ Gupta – ₹20,508
  7. Praveen ‘pinawxd’ KR – ₹17,111
  8. dp8218 – ₹17,345
  9. demons_rulzz – ₹15,626


Voyager 3 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Entries – 176

Re-entries – 146

Prize Pool – ₹3,22,000

Places Paid – 34

Adda52`s ₹3 Lakhs GTD Voyager worked up ₹3.22 Lakhs in the prize pool from 322 participants. The 9:30 PM event ended at 3:05 AM with mystery user ‘dp178’ clinching the title for ₹80,500. Their heads-up opponent, Pritam ‘pritam1301’ Amritkar, scored ₹48,783 for placing runner-up.

Abhishek ‘Quant00’ Reddy Rachur finished eighth for ₹8,050.


Deepstack 1.75 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,500

Entries – 91

Re-entries – 55

Prize Pool – ₹1,82,500

Places Paid – 15

The 9.30 PM Deepstack Madness managed to collect a profitable ₹1.83 Lakhs prize pool from a starting field of 146 entries. The play culminated short of 2 AM, with mystery player ‘AN11328’ walking away with the title and ₹47,174 (includes ₹30,068 in bounties). Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma, who had fired five bullets in the event, finished runner-up for ₹24,400 (includes ₹7,295 in bounties).

Adarsh ‘Subham007’ Subham finished seventh for ₹8,969.


6-Max Holdem BOOST DST 1.50 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Entries – 156

Re-entries – 132

Prize Pool – ₹2,88,000

Places Paid – 36

The user ‘Intruder’ raced past the competition in the ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD 6-Max Holdem BOOST DST on PokerBaazi and earned a winner’s paycheck worth ₹63,619. ‘Allin47’ finished runner-up for ₹44,640.

Mukesh ‘silentkid’ Ahuja (3rd for ₹28,714), Rehmat ‘Seinfeld’ Singh Walia (4th for ₹21,254), and Karan ‘karangogi’ Malhotra (6th for ₹12,758) also FT-ed the tourney.


The Closer 1.5 Lakhs GTD – GoodPoker

Buy-in – ₹1,000

Entries – 124

Re-entries – 45

Prize Pool – ₹1,50,000

Places Paid – 19

GoodPoker`s ‘user1620668513’ closed out their run in ‘The Closer’ with the victory, netting ₹34,500 for the win. Raj Kumar Fireman’ Gehlot finished runner-up for ₹24,750.

Hriday ‘MARRII’ Mondal (4th for ₹13,500) also FT-ed the event.


Daily 1 Lakh GTD PLO Grind – PokerDangal

Buy-in – ₹660

Entries – 81

Re-entries -58

Prize Pool – ₹1,00,000

Places Paid – 23

‘Ankit1305’ took down PokerDangal`s ₹1 Lakh GTD Daily PLO Grind for ₹21,000 after eliminating ‘RISHIJAIN1984’ (runner-up for ₹15,500) in second place.


Monday Blues 75K GTD – PokerDangal

Buy-in – ₹440

Entries – 78

Re-buys – 32

Prize Pool – ₹75,000

Places Paid – 17

PokerDangal regular Gaurav ‘BIT00Poker’ Verma was the last player standing in the ₹75K GTD Monday Blues and won ₹18,000. ‘Mr_Ghost’ finished runner-up for ₹12,750.


Quick Freeze 10K GTD Khelo365

Buy-in – ₹220

Entries – 29

Re-entries – 23

Prize Pool – ₹20,400

Places Paid – 6

Khelo365’s ₹10K GTD Quick Freeze was taken down by ‘spingo,’ who fired two bullets before taking down the title for ₹4,160.


This report was updated at 6:30 PM on 29.6.2021.

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