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Mondays are almost always the slowest day for online poker. Still, the last couple of weeks have been different, especially with Spartan Poker’s 10th IOPC edition keeping the action in top gear since January 18.
Bringing the series to a close (pending only the IOPC Masters Table) was the IOPC The Crown. The live-streamed FT on Monday turned out to be a spectator’s delight. It took under 90 mins of play for PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh to win the guarantee-smashing event, don the metaphorical crown, and collect a jaw-dropping ₹51.81 Lakhs payday!
Besides Singh, Avijit Jaiswal (runner-up for ₹29.92 Lakhs), Yudhishter Jaswal (3rd for ₹17.53 Lakhs), Saurabh Jain (4th for ₹14.14 Lakhs), and Suresh Kolli (5th for ₹11.55 Lakhs) secured seven-figure payouts in the IOPC – The Crown.
The 10th edition of the IOPC has been a raging success, but there is no denying that PokerGuru Ambassadors were a dominating force in the series. While Singh topped the list with his win last night, many others performed exceptionally well at the series. The first name that comes to mind is a no-brainer, i.e., Ashish Munot. The 2019 WPT India Main Event champion featured in two live-streamed final tables but sadly didn’t win either. Nevertheless, he placed runner-up in the IOPC#73 – The Millionaire Legends for ₹22.16 Lakhs and finished fourth in the IOPC#97 – Super High Roller for ₹13.72 Lakhs.
The MTT crusher Kartik Ved was another player in the thick of the action with multiple deep runs. His biggest score of the series was the ₹10.82 Lakhs he won from his fifth-place finish in the IOPC Millionaire Legends.
Naresh Veeravalli has been a consistent performer over the past few months, and his most notable performance in the IOPC came in the IOPC Super High Roller. He had entered the live-streamed final table as the shortest stack but managed to spin it up to a third-place finish for ₹16.90 Lakhs.
Kolkata-based Parikshit Dhall captured two IOPC titles in this series and FT-ed an impressive six tourneys. His consistency got him a fifth-place finish on the IOPC leaderboard, worth ₹6 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes.
Joining Dhall on the IOPC leaderboard was Young Gun Arjanveer Singh Chadha, who raked in numerous ITM finishes throughout the series, including seven final table finishes, and three IOPC title wins. His incredible run throughout the series ensured him the seventh spot on the IOPC leaderboard, fetching him ₹4 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes.
The IOPC January edition is now all but over, with just the IOPC Masters Table still left to play out. This special live-streamed event will take place on February 3, when the winners from the IOPC featured events, along with the IOPC leaderboard topper, will be vying for the bragging rights of becoming ‘The Mastermind,’ and the chance to win an exquisite AVENGER CHRONOGRAPH 43 BREITLING customized watch.
The other big Monday scorers included Sandeep Bhatnagar (won Spartan Poker’s ReCharge for ₹1.80 Lakhs), Avinash Kumar (runner-up in Adda52’s Iron Man for ₹1.52 Lakhs), Naman Puri (runner-up in PokerBaazi’s The Big Show for ₹1.39 Lakhs) and Sreeharsha Boneni (won PokerStars India’s Battle Royale for ₹1.15 Lakhs).
Here is the complete recap of the Monday tourneys.
The IOPC January edition’s centerpiece, the ₹3.5 Crores GTD IOPC#117 – The Crown, is now in the books. The ₹11,000 entry buy-in event commenced on January 25 and accumulated 3,985 entries across eight starting flights, generating almost ₹4 Crores in the prize pool kitty!
Day 2 saw a field of 732 runners (380 unique) dwindle down to the eight-handed final table. It took less than 90 minutes of play for PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh ‘LuckyBhai$’ Pal Singh to win the flagship title for a career-defining ₹51.81 Lakhs! Singh bested Avijit ‘evilpotato’ Jaiswal (runner-up for ₹29.92 Lakhs) heads-up to capture the top honors. His lifetime earnings have crossed ₹5.72 Crores after this win.
Yudhishter ‘McFly’ Jaswal (3rd for ₹17.53 Lakhs), Saurabh ‘Beast555’ Jain (4th for ₹14.14 Lakhs), Suresh ‘pokergambit’ Kolli (5th for ₹11.55 Lakhs), Raman ‘tathagat’ Gujral (6th for ₹9.56 Lakhs), Anirudh ‘kalagato’ Singhal (7th for ₹7.57 Lakhs) and Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit (₹5.77 Lakhs) banked the other FT payouts.
Watch the cards-up FT action of the final table below, with commentary from Celina Lin, Peter Abraham, Richard Haridasoham, and actor/comedian Suresh Menon.
With this glorious victory, Singh also booked himself a seat at the IOPC Masters Table, where he will be joining Shrey Maheshwary (winner of ₹50 Lakhs GTD IOPC#110 PLO High Roller), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (winner of ₹1.25 Crores GTD IOPC#97 Super High Roller and ₹1 Crore GTD IOPC#52 High Roller), Aniket Waghmare (winner of ₹1.75 Crore GTD IOPC#73 Millionaire Legends) and Bhanu ‘spectre’ Prakash KC (winner of IOPC Leaderboard), on February 3.
As predicted yesterday, the IOPC The Crown FT`s outcome had no impact on the IOPC Leaderboard standings, with TLB crusher Bhanu ‘spectre’ Prakash KC walking away with a ginormous ₹30 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes. Prakash ‘Robin Van Charsi’ Gupta received ₹20 Lakhs for his second-place finish, and Kunal ‘NutsTodayBluffTomo’ Patni banked ₹10 Lakhs for coming in third.
IOPC Leaderboard Standings
|Rank||Player||Points||Prize Amount (BM)|
|1st||Bhanu 'spectre' Prakash KC||13,262||₹30,00,000|
|2nd||Prakash 'Robin Van Charsi' Gupta||12,704||₹20,00,000|
|3rd||Kunal 'NutsTodayBluffTomo' Patni||12,083||₹10,00,000|
|4th||Priyank 'Piko' Kothari||11,606||₹8,00,000|
|5th||Parikshit 'zapdos1311' Dhal||10,850||₹6,00,000|
|6th||Gadadhar 'Roohdaar' Behera||10,620||₹4,50,000|
|7th||Arjanveer Singh 'bazzingaa' Chadha||10,451||₹4,00,000|
|8th||Ankur 'showstopper89' Aryan||10,223||₹3,50,000|
|9th||Amit 'Immortal Killer' Sur||9,441||₹3,00,000|
|10th||Sanat 'avneed' Mehrotra||9,028||₹2,50,000|
With the IOPC extravaganza all but over, Spartan Poker has switched back to its regular routine. Monday saw the ₹9 Lakhs GTD ReCharge run course, registering 432 entries, to fill in an overlay of ₹36,000 (18 entries). The 8 PM event culminated at 3:39 AM, with Sandeep ‘hawes’ Bhatnagar walking away with the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool worth ₹1.8 Lakhs. The anonymous user ‘SolveForCos’ finished runner-up for ₹1.2 Lakhs. This happens to be Bhatnagar’s second-best recorded finish on the site and his first flagship title, boosting his lifetime earnings to ₹28.12 Lakhs.
The ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD The Flash ran past its listed guarantee. The ₹1,100 entry buy-in tourney gathered 463 participants, generating a prize pool worth ₹4.63 Lakhs. ‘iLiSHMaCh’ locked horns with Tejaskumar ‘Speedpost09’ Pradipbhai Sur heads-up. Eventually, the former came out on top to collect ₹90,239. The latter took home ₹57,319 for his runner-up finish.
The featured tourney of the day on PokerStars India was the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale. The event ran with a reduced ₹3 Lakhs prize pool guarantee last week, featuring a six-max format. With the guarantee amped up and the event back to featuring nine-max tables, there was still a significant ₹1.32 Lakhs overlay recorded last night, with 147 runners registered to play. Site regular Sreeharsha ‘DonkeyCommitted’ Boneni outran the competition and defeated ‘mariojee’ ₹61,524 (₹49,708 in prize money, ₹11,816 in bounties) heads-up to bag a payday of ₹1.15 Lakhs (₹65,884 in prize money, ₹49,551 in bounties).
Boneni had last run close to the title on December 31, when he finished runner-up in the event for ₹64,034. With yesterday’s score, his lifetime winnings have crossed ₹1.31 Crores.
The ₹1 Lakh GTD Bigstack Turbo was the other PokerStars India tourney besides the Battle Royale that awarded TLB points towards the ‘Star of the Month’ – February leaderboard race. The ₹1,100 entry buy-in tourney registered 100 entries to just about meet its posted guarantee. Abhishek ‘Addysonu’ Sonu shipped the event for ₹22,373, while ‘yd199999’ placed runner-up for ₹16,922.
For complete details on the ‘Star of the Month’ promotion and the latest leaderboard standings, visit the promotions page.
Spearheading the tournament action on Adda52 was the ₹8 Lakhs GTD Iron Man, where 353 entries registered to play, overlaying ₹1.57 Lakhs. The dust settled short of six hours once ‘thesetminer’ claimed the bragging rights for ₹1.68 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal with Avinash ‘i_fart_you_faint’ Kumar (runner-up for ₹1.52 Lakhs).
Avinash Kumar is fresh off a profitable Sunday grind when he final-tabled three events on the site, most prominently finishing runner-up in the Hurricane for ₹86,473. He also won the ₹50K GTD Unravel on Pocket52. Kumar`s runner-up finish in the Iron Man last night fetched him ₹1.52 Lakhs, boosting his tracked MTT earnings to ₹25.57 Lakhs.
The ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Voyager logged in 232 entries and came to a close after a four-way final table deal. ‘champ98’ championed the tourney to collect ₹50,764. Manish ‘manurathi’ Rathi (runner-up for ₹48,311), ‘RamanRaghav2’ (3rd for ₹39,383), and ‘udai10’ (4th for ₹37,680) were the other three who benefitted from the deal.
Grabbing the spotlight on PokerBaazi was the ₹8 Lakhs GTD The Big Show. Running from 8 PM to 1:56 AM, the event locked in 168 contenders, experiencing a ₹2.96 Lakhs overlay. The mystery user ‘jackoff’ clinched the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool worth ₹2 Lakhs, just as Naman ‘Kidpoker09’ Puri settled for a runner-up finish worth ₹1.39 Lakhs.
On Sunday, Puri had finished third in the PBBS#34 PBBS Main Event ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹27,265.
The₹2 Lakhs GTD Monday MonsterStack suffered a ₹30,500 shortfall on the back of 154 entrants. The anonymous user ‘silentkid’ shipped the tourney for ₹53,600, just as Uttam ‘dragon777’ Shaw finished second for ₹37,540.
The other Monday winners were:
|Player||Prize Amount||Event||Poker Site|
|hariya1058||₹57,455||Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|silentkid||₹53,600||Monday MegaStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|champ98||₹50,764||Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Shivam ‘broosky’ Shukla||₹45,000||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Kashish177||₹30,000||6-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Sankalp 'Wobbegong' Marwah||₹28,150||PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|darubhai||₹28,149||Nighttide DST Adda||Adda52|
|Abhishek 'Addysonu' Sonu||₹22,373||Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|Madpoker||₹16,500||Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTD||Pocket52|
|Rohin ‘ws125’ Bhansali||₹15,188||MONDAY BLUES ₹75K GTD||PokerDangal|
|Iamuniverse||₹11,684||Unravel ₹50K GTD||Pocket52|
|JIO||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
IOPC#117 – The Crown ₹3.5 Crores GTD – Spartan Poker
Buy-in – ₹11,000
Entries – 3,985
Prize Pool – ₹3,98,50,000
Places Paid – 695
The pièce de résistance of the IOPC January edition, the ₹3.5 Crores GTD IOPC#117 – The Crown, has finally crowned a champion, and it was PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh ‘LuckyBhai$’ Pal Singh who walked away with the metaphorical crown! The Young Gun outlasted some of the best in the business to claim his first title win of 2021. And what a win it was, as it brought with it a career-best ₹51.81 Lakhs payday!
Over the past few months, Singh had come close to shipping quite a few marquee tourneys. Some of these deep runs include a third-place finish in Adda52’s ₹2.5 Crores GTD WPT India Main Event for ₹19.21 Lakhs and a runner-up spot in Spartan Poker’s ₹55 Lakhs GTD GPS#39 High Roller for ₹11.79 Lakhs. His latest win had propelled his online scorecard to ₹5.72 Crores.
The final table of this showstopper event kicked-off at 6 PM sharp on Monday, with Saurabh ‘Beast555’ Jain (17,721,348) headlining the eight finalists. Well-known reg Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit had entered the final table with the shortest stack and predictably was also the first player to leave in eighth place for ₹5.77 Lakhs. Anirudh ‘kalagato’ Singhal followed Purohit to the rail in seventh for ₹7.57 Lakhs.
Seasoned pro Raman ‘tathagat’ Gujral had started out with the second shortest stack but laddered up one place, ultimately falling out in sixth place for ₹9.56 Lakhs. Soon after Suresh ‘pokergambit’ Kolli exited in fifth place for ₹11.55 Lakhs, the start-of-the-final-table chip leader, Saurabh Jain, was knocked out in fourth place ₹14.14 Lakhs.
Former Millionaire champion Yudhishter ‘McFly’ Jaswal fought hard to claim the coveted title but eventually fell two places short in third place for a personal-best score of ₹17.53 Lakhs.
Down to the final two players, Avijit ‘evilpotato’ Jaiswal did win a few pots but never quite managed to whisk the chip lead away from Singh. On the final hand of the tournament, Jaiswal’s were pitted against Singh’s . The board brought , giving Singh trip sixes and eliminating Jaiswal in second place. His runner-up payout of ₹29.92 Lakhs boosted his MTT record to ₹2.31 Crores.
Singh will now join the seven other feature event winners and the IOPC leaderboard topper on the IOPC Masters Table on February 3.
Final Table Results
ReCharge ₹9 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker
Buy-in – ₹2,200
Entries – 236
Re-entries – 62
Re-buys – 134
Prize Pool – ₹9,00,000
Places Paid – 39
Spartan Poker’s Monday flagship ReCharge drew 432 entries, falling ₹36,000 short of its listed ₹9 Lakhs prize pool guarantee. Sandeep ‘hawes’ Bhatnagar shipped the tourney to collect ₹1.80 Lakhs after defeating ‘SolveForCos’ (runner-up for ₹1.2 Lakhs) in heads-up play. This was Bhatnagar’s second-biggest score on the site and his first major flagship win, boosting his lifetime scorecard to ₹28.12 Lakhs.
Ravi ‘Rvjn91’ Jain (3rd for ₹87,750), Sunil ‘Badass’ Singh (5th for ₹55,530), and Rahul ‘Klopp’ Sharma (8th for ₹22,680) FT-ed the tourney.
Final Table Results
The Big Show ₹8 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi
Buy-in – ₹3,300
Entries – 113
Re-entries – 55
Prize Pool – ₹8,00,000
Places Paid – 21
PokerBaazi’s Monday night extravaganza, The Big Show, managed to bring in only 168 entries, falling a mammoth ₹2.96 Lakhs short of its listed ₹8 Lakhs prize pool guarantee.
Taking down the tourney was the mystery user ‘jackoff,’ who bulldozed their way through the player pool after six long hours of play to take home ₹1.99 Lakhs in prize money. Sunday’s PBBS#34 PBBS Main Event ₹2 Lakhs GTD third-place finisher, Naman ‘Kidpoker09’ Puri, finished runner-up for ₹1.39 Lakhs.
The final table featured the likes of Mayank ‘mayhem97’ Kajala (5th for ₹49,840), Anirban ‘pottysingh’ D Das (6th for ₹39,840), and Sameer ‘Killersam’ Tavanandi (7th for ₹33,120).
Final Table Results
Iron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD – Adda52
Buy-in – ₹2,000
Entries – 179
Re-entries – 174
Prize Pool – ₹8,00,000
Places Paid – 38
Adda52’s ₹8 Lakhs GTD Iron Man wrangled in 353 entries, overlaying ₹1.57 Lakhs.
Play continued till 1.40 AM, by which time the two finalists agreed to end the proceedings with a deal. ‘thesetminer’ captured the title for ₹1.68 Lakhs, with Avinash ‘i_fart_you_faint’ Kumar picking up the runner-up payday of ₹1.52 Lakhs.
This is the fourth FT finish for Kumar in the last two days. Before this, his most recent prominent score was his runner-up finish in Sunday’s Hurricane for ₹86,473. He currently boasts of ₹25.57 Lakhs in recorded MTT winnings.
The top 38 spots got paid, and among those to feature on the FT was Deepak ‘Peacelover’ Singh (6th for ₹30,000).
Final Table Results
*denotes heads-up deal
Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India
Buy-in – ₹2,750
Entries – 83
Re-entries – 64
Prize Pool – ₹5,00,000
Places Paid – 23
PokerStars India’s Monday headliner, Battle Royale, returned for another weekly run. Compared to last week, when the tournament featured a six-max format and a ₹3 Lakhs prize pool guarantee, there were ₹5 Lakhs guaranteed last night in the ₹2,750 entry buy-in tourney. A starting field of 147 entries led to a ₹1.32 Lakhs overlay.
The play culminated short of six hours, with site reg Sreeharsha ‘DonkeyCommitted’ Boneni pocketing the ₹1.15 Lakhs (₹65,884 in prize money, ₹49,551 in bounties) up-top after defeating ‘mariojee’ (₹49,708 in prize money, ₹11,816 in bounties) in heads-up play.
Boneni had cashed this tourney on multiple occasions before and came closest to winning it on December 31, 2020, placing runner-up for ₹64,034. He finally got his hands on the title last night, pushing his lifetime earnings to ₹1.31 Crores.
A total of 23 players finished ITM, also earning points towards the “Star of the Month” – February leaderboard race.
Kunal ‘charsilaladka’ Chaudhary (5th for ₹35,333), Deepesh ‘deep12322’ Raka (7th for ₹19,496), and Vaibhav ‘vaibsss’ Bhatia (9th for ₹7,800) were the other prominent FT finishers.
Final Table Results (Includes Bounties)
The Flash ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker
Buy-in – ₹1,100
Entries – 246
Re-entries – 77
Re-buys – 140
Prize Pool – ₹4,63,000
Places Paid – 47
Spartan Poker`s ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD The Flash began proceedings at 9.30 PM. By the time the late registrations closed, the tourney had clocked 463 entries to post a guarantee-smashing ₹4.63 Lakhs in the prize pool.
It read 3:53 AM on the tourney clock today when ‘iLiSHMaCh’ took down the title for ₹90,239. Tejas ‘Speedpost09’ Sur finished runner-up for ₹57,319 heads-up.
Neeraj ‘Jannat52’ Kumar (3rd for ₹42,966), Divyam ‘KIM28’ Jain (4h for ₹34,771), Aayush Anil ‘kawar’ Kawar (5th for ₹27,410), Kunal ‘kunaly005’ Yadav (7th for ₹15,372), and Rajeev ‘onlywinner007’ Atal (8th for ₹11,297) also FT-ed the tourney.
Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD – Adda52
Buy-in – ₹1,100
Entries – 145
Re-entries – 87
Prize Pool – ₹2,75,000
Places Paid – 24
The ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Voyager dragged in 232 entries. The virtual battle waged on for almost five-and-half hours of play before the four finalists agreed upon a deal. ‘champ98’ landed the title and the top prize of ₹50,764, with Manish ‘manurathi’ Rathi (runner-up for ₹48,311), ‘RamanRaghav2’ (3rd for ₹39,383) and ‘udai10’ (4th for ₹37,680) banking the other top payouts.
Siddharth ‘Gabandheer’ Pandey finished 5th for ₹16,500.
Monday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi
Buy-in – ₹1,650
Entries – 77
Re-entries – 36
Prize Pool – ₹2,00,000
Places Paid – 15
PokerBaazi’s 9 PM Special, the ₹2 Lakhs GTD Monday MonsterStack, registered 154 entries, overlaying ₹30,500. The mystery user ‘silentkid’ championed the tourney to win ₹53,600, just as Uttam ‘dragon777’ Shaw finished runner-up for ₹37,540.
Veer ‘Ragnarok1892’ Kaushal (3rd for ₹24,140), Sunday’s BSS Monster 6-Max runner-up Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah (4th for ₹17,880), and Santosh ‘drex7’ Kumar (8th for ₹7,140) FT-ed the event.
Sankalp Marwah also won the ₹1 Lakh GTD PLO BOOST Monster for ₹28,150.
Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD – PokerStars India
Buy-in – ₹1,100
Re-entries – 37
Prize Pool – ₹1,00,000
Places Paid – 17
The 10:30 PM weekday regular tourney on PokerStars India, the ₹1 Lakh GTD Bigstack Turbo, is one of two tourneys awarding TLB points for the “Star of the Month” leaderboard race between Monday and Saturday.
The tourney hit the exact 100 entries it needed to break even on the guarantee last night, and it took a little over three hours before Abhishek ‘Addysonu’ Sonu came out on top to win ₹22,373. ‘yd199999’ finished runner-up for ₹16,922.
Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTD – Pocket52
Buy-in – ₹550
Entries – 102
Re-entries – 42
Prize Pool – ₹75,000
Places Paid – 21
‘Madpoker’ came out on top of a 144-entry field in Pocket52’s ₹75K GTD Pocket Jacks to win ₹16,500. Prince ‘Abhik007’ Gupta finished runner-up for ₹12,000.
Arav ‘Arav6001’ Singh placed third for ₹9,000.
Monday Blues ₹75K GTD – PokerDangal
Buy-in – ₹440
Entries – 93
Rebuys – 62
Prize Pool – ₹75,000
Places Paid – 26
PokerDangal`s ₹75K GTD MONDAY BLUES clocked in 155 entries, and championing them all was Rohin ‘ws125’ Bhansali, who pocketed ₹15,188 for the win. ‘abhiroopron’ finished runner-up for ₹11,438.
Somenn ‘Prokiller’ Singh (5th for ₹4,875) and ‘chamdi’ (6th for ₹3,750) FT-ed the tourney.
Unravel ₹50K GTD – Pocket52
Buy-in – ₹440
Entries – 94
Re-entries – 33
Prize Pool – ₹50,800
Places Paid – 19
The unknown user ‘Iamuniverse’ was the last player standing in the ₹50K GTD Unravel and banked ₹11,684. ‘Xyz007’ finished runner-up for ₹8,382.
Insomnia ₹30K GTD – PokerDangal
Buy-in – ₹550
Entries – 37
Prize Pool – ₹30,000
Places Paid – 8
Topping a field of 37 entries, ‘Dalbeer’ captured the ₹30K GTD Insomnia on PokerDangal for ₹9,300. ‘shaktimunjal’ secured a runner-up payday of ₹6,300.
Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD – Khelo365
Buy-in – ₹275
Entries – 47
Re-entries – 20
Prize Pool – ₹20,000
Places Paid – 7
Khelo365’s ₹20K GTD Grinder 2.0 pulled in 67 entrants. ‘JIO’ ran past them all to win ₹7,200.
This report was updated at 4:30 PM on 2.02.2021.
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