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Daily Majors: Puneet Mishra, Chirag Sodha, Ritwik Khanna, Akshay Joshi & Aman Parakh Crush the Thursday Flagships

Daily Majors: Puneet Mishra, Chirag Sodha, Ritwik Khanna, Akshay Joshi & Aman Parakh
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 8, 2022
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With the weekend nearly upon us, there was an uptick in the online action, with the fourth edition of PokerBaazi`s APT India Online Series just three days away from the finish line. While the APT Championship Event found its champion yesterday, the other Championship Ring event, the APT Main Event, played out its first starting flight!

Puneet Mishra made the Thursday headlines for winning the first Championship Ring event at PokerBaazi’s APT Online India series, the ₹50 Lakhs GTD APT#36 Championship Event, for a mouth-watering ₹12.19 Lakhs and the APT trophy. He also FT-ed Adda52’s Godfather, making away with the day`s ₹12.44 Lakhs (overall).

Puneet Mishra chopped the APT#36 Championship Event three-way with Akshay Joshi (2nd for ₹8.61 Lakhs) and Chirag Sodha (3rd for ₹9.73 Lakhs)!

Rising Star Ritwik Khanna has been crushing the online flagships this year. Proving his mettle once again, Khanna accumulated a whopping ₹8.76 Lakhs yesterday, most prominently taking down Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller for ₹7.95 Lakhs. His terrific Thursday grind catapulted him to #5 on the annual rankings while also pushing him past ₹6 Crores in tracked online winnings.

Aman Parakh was the second Rising Star on the Thursday winner’s list. The online crusher cashed eight events for ₹7.34 Lakhs overall and won two titles – Adda52’s Godfather (₹6.12 Lakhs) and PokerBaazi’s Daily Night SPRINT (₹54,881).

The former IOPC Super High Roller champion Akshay Kapoor took down Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday replacement, Ultron, for ₹5.03 Lakhs. The poker pro and commentator made another two ITM runs, filling in ₹5.61 Lakhs in Thursday winnings.

The inaugural WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal came out on top in PokerBaazi’s APT#38 DST to win his first APT Online title and ₹3.46 Lakhs in prize money. Incidentally, he had won his first APT trophy in the same format six years ago. The long-time poker pro also FT-ed Adda52’s Godfather (7th for ₹68,750), adding ₹4.15 Lakhs overall.

Alok Birewar was another breakout winner yesterday. The IPC Megastacks ₹100K High Roller champion became the second player to win two APT Online India titles on the same day, with top finishes in APT#34 Monsterstack (₹1.92 Lakhs) and APT#39 (6-Max) Turbo (₹ 2.09 Lakhs). He cashed two other APT Online India events, rounding up ₹4.63 Lakhs in Thursday winnings.

Binoj S (Won APT#35 (PLO) for ₹1.14 Lakhs) and Sachin Raj (Won APT#33 Superstack for ₹74,464) won the other APT Online titles on Thursday.

Mohammad Azhar was the last player standing in PokerStars India’s Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) and won ₹1.72 Lakhs, following a three-way deal with ‘uvrv007’ (2nd for ₹1.70 Lakhs) and Armaan Kochhar (3rd for ₹1.80 Lakhs).

Sarthak Bhardwaj shipped MPL Poker’s Thursday Smash for ₹1.20 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Rony Chowdhury finished runner-up for ₹81,250. Chowdhury squeezed out two other deep runs, adding ₹2.47 Lakhs overall.

Nitin Rawat, Vikas Kumar, Abhishek Mandal, Mukesh Surana, Sarvesh Sharma, Laldingliana Tlau Vantawl, Naman Puri, Karan Thakker, Amit Sinha, and Monish Kumar were the other title winners on Thursday.

Here are the Thursday highlights!

 

Spartan Poker

Thursday High Roller (6-Max) – ₹25 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹22,000

Entries – 90

Re-entries – 26

Rebuys – 42

Prize Pool – ₹31,60,000

Places Paid – 17

Rising Star Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna fired up an impressive Thursday grind, netting ₹8.76 Lakhs across four deep runs (all on different sites) to storm into the top five of the annual rankings. He simultaneously crossed ₹6 Crores in tracked online winnings.

Ritwik Khanna
Ritwik Khanna

 

The 25-year-old poker pro most prominently beat out 157 opponents (including re-entries and rebuys) in Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller (6-Max) to win ₹7.95 Lakhs. Last week’s Wednesday High Roller champion, PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘KasolHieghts’ Singh, finished runner-up for ₹5.37 Lakhs.

Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh

 

Ritwik Khanna`s Thursday finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller (6-Max) for ₹7,95,056

> 11th in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹31,250

> 9th in PokerStars India’s Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) for ₹30,691

> 8th in PokerBaazi’s APT#39 (6-Max) Turbo for ₹18,889

Ritwik Khanna`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹6.07 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.81 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #9 | Annual Winnings: ₹1.94 Crores | Moves to #5 in the 2022 Leaderboard Standings (Total Cashes)

The ₹22,000 buy-in event made an over eight-hour run from 9 PM to 5.32 AM, and the top 17 places earned a share from the ₹31.60 Lakhs prize pool.

Final Table Results

  1. Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna – ₹7,95,056
  2. Vivek ‘KasolHieghts’ Singh – ₹5,37,200
  3. Gurpal ‘ToTheMoon’ Singh – ₹3,49,180
  4. d00mtr00per – ₹2,89,140
  5. Harshad ‘Epic Whale’ Barve – ₹2,33,208
  6. AkkiDan7777 – ₹1,83,912

 

Ultron – ₹21 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 240

Re-entries – 84

Rebuys – 192

Prize Pool – ₹25,80,000

Places Paid – 47

New Delhi-based poker pro, the IOPC January 2022 – Super High Roller champion Akshay ‘AustralianAccountant’ Kapoor trounced a field of 516 hopefuls in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday replacement, the ₹21 Lakhs GTD Ultron, for ₹5.03 Lakhs. Mohit ‘thejoker’ Mehta came second for ₹3.19 Lakhs (won ₹3.69 Lakhs across five ITM finishes).

Akshay Kapoor
Akshay Kapoor

 

Last night, Akshay Kapoor collectively added ₹5.61 Lakhs across three deep runs, which include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Ultron for ₹5,02,842

> 8th in PokerStars India’s Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) for ₹36,549

> 19th in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹21,250

Akshay Kapoor’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.38 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹71.49 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2022: #4

Final Table Results

  1. Akshay ‘AustralianAccountant’ Kapoor – ₹5,02,842
  2. Mohit ‘thejoker’ Mehta – ₹3,19,404
  3. Rubin ‘OMG_s1mple’ Labroo – ₹2,39,424
  4. Rajat ‘NoPrisoners’ Sharma – ₹1,93,758
  5. Manish ‘diamond101’ Ranjan – ₹1,52,736
  6. Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall – ₹1,16,616
  7. Nadeem ‘blindgame’ Basha – ₹85,656
  8. Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit – ₹62,952

 

‘R_w’ (Won ₹4.50 Lakhs GTD Thursday PN for ₹90,225), ‘Nuke_Nuke’ (Won ₹2 Lakhs GTD Sundowner for ₹51,067), ‘talissya’ (Won ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD PN Night Rider for ₹42,432), Laldingliana Tlau patea1971’ Vantawl (Won ₹80K GTD PN Reloaded for ₹22,612), and ‘AaoChipender’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Chip Up for ₹21,427) won the other Spartan Poker marquees.

 

PokerBaazi

APT#36 Championship Event – ₹50 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹22,000

Entries – 187

Re-entries – 151

Prize Pool – ₹67,60,000

Places Paid – 45

The first of the two Championship Ring events of the ongoing APT Online India series, the ₹50 Lakhs GTD APT#36 Championship Event, was the biggest attraction on Thursday and brought in a guarantee-crushing 338 starting field. The fight for the bragging rights ended in a three-way deal with Puneet ‘bonomo’ Mishra clinching the coveted APT Trophy, Championship Ring, and ₹12.19 Lakhs in prize money (his second-best career finish).

Puneet Mishra
Puneet Mishra

 

The PBC#15 Game Changer runner-up finisher Akshay ‘akdolos’ Joshi (2nd for ₹8.61 Lakhs) and NPS 2.0 Main Event champion Chirag ‘miyagi’ Sodha (3rd for ₹9.73 Lakhs) banked the other top prizes, courtesy of the FT deal.

Akshay Joshi
Akshay Joshi

 

Puneet Mishra also cashed in Adda52’s Godfather (14th for ₹25,000), netting the day’s best ₹12.44 Lakhs overall! His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.35 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹44.96 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2022: #3

Final Table Results

  1. Puneet ‘bonomo’ Mishra – ₹12,18,655*
  2. Akshay ‘akdolos’ Joshi – ₹8,60,793*
  3. Chirag ‘miyagi’ Sodha – ₹9,72,691*
  4. Harsh ‘harsh1327’ Bubna – ₹4,73,200
  5. Abhinav ‘Abhinav’ Gupta – ₹3,54,900
  6. Ashish ‘OMG_spew’ Munot – ₹ 2,83,920

*denotes a three-way deal

 

APT#38 DST – ₹15 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹3,300

Entries – 350

Re-entries – 261

Prize Pool – ₹18,33,000

Dhaval Mudgal, who had won his first APT trophy in a Deepstack Turbo event in 2016, co-incidentally clinched his first APT Online title last night in the same format as he took down PokerBaazi’s APT#38 DST for ₹3,46,437. Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPro’ Kumar finished runner-up for ₹2.43 Lakhs.

Dhaval Mudgal
Dhaval Mudgal

 

The long-time MTT pro, Dhaval Mudgal, made another FT finish in Adda52’s Godfather (7th for ₹68,750), netting ₹4.15 Lakhs overall. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.42 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.23 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #4

The IPC Megastacks Main Event champion, Young Gun Siddhanth ‘ender’ Kripalani, pocketed ₹2.17 Lakhs from three deep runs, which include:

Siddhanth Kripalani
Siddhanth Kripalani

 

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s APT#38 DST for ₹1,56,172

> 11th in Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller for ₹55,447

> 16th in Spartan Poker’s Thursday PN for ₹5,535

PokerGuru Ambassador Rony ‘bisadip176’ Chowdhury raked in ₹2.47 Lakhs through three ITM finishes:

Rony Chowdhury
Rony Chowdhury

 

> 4th in PokerBaazi’s APT#38 DST for ₹1,15,662

> 2nd in MPL Poker’s Thursday Smash for ₹81,250

> 25th in PokerBaazi’s APT#36 Championship Event for ₹50,024

Final Table Results

  1. Dhaval ‘Rehab77’ Mudgal – ₹3,46,437
  2. Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPro’ Kumar – ₹2,42,873
  3. Siddhanth ‘ender’ Kripalani – ₹1,56,172
  4. Rony ‘bisadip176’ Chowdhury – ₹1,15,662
  5. Girish ‘gitty17’ Bhavnani – ₹86,701
  6. Mrperfecto – ₹69,471
  7. Deepankur ‘Dp179’ Gupta – ₹57,923
  8. Aman ‘KarmaPoker’ Parakh – ₹46,192

 

APT#39 (6-Max) Turbo – ₹8 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 321

Re-entries – 273

Prize Pool – ₹11,88,000

Last month`s APT Vietnam Hanoi NLHE champion, Alok ‘TheProfessional’ Birewar, is now the second player to win two titles at the ongoing APT Online India series on the same day. The long-time circuit regular (and also one of the first few PokerGuru members) went on a tear on PokerBaazi last night, netting ₹4.63 Lakhs overall (his best finish this year)!

Alok Birewar
Alok Birewar

 

His biggest coup of the day was taking down the APT#39 (6-Max) Turbo for ₹2.09 Lakhs. Saransh ‘saransh004’ Garg finished runner-up for ₹1.46 Lakhs.

Saransh Garg
Saransh Garg

 

Alok Birewar`s Thursday finishes include:

> 1st in APT#39 (6-Max) Turbo for ₹2,08,969

> 1st in APT#34 Monsterstack for ₹1,91,625

> 23rd in APT#36 Championship Event for ₹56,784

> 67th in APT#38 DST for ₹5,682

Alok Birewar`s online stats (excluding PokerStars India): Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.05 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.42 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #3

Final Table Results

  1. Alok ‘TheProfessional’ Birewar – ₹2,08,969
  2. Saransh ‘saransh004’ Garg – ₹1,45,649
  3. Arjun ‘Asuran’ Baskaran – ₹1,01,336
  4. Shubham ‘backchod’ Agarwal – ₹70,686
  5. Mukesh ‘Guruuu’ Surana – ₹49,302
  6. Rishab ‘ryuk’ Malik – ₹34,214

 

APT#34 MonsterStack – 7.50 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 2,750

Entries – 188

Re-entries – 177

Prize Pool – 9,13,000

Places Paid – 45

The IPC MegaStacks 100K High Roller champion, Alok ‘TheProfessional’ Birewar went on a rampage on PokerBaazi last night! And one of the two APT Online titles he won last night was in PokerBaazi`s 7.50 Lakhs GTD APT#34 MonsterStack for 1.91 Lakhs. Suraj ‘kioshima6969’ Singh collected 1.34 Lakhs in second place.

Alok Birewar
Alok Birewar

 

In all, Birewar made away with 4.63 Lakhs on the back of four ITM finishes. His Thursday finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s APT#39 (6-Max) Turbo for 2.08 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s APT#34 MonsterStack for 1.91 Lakhs

> 23rd in PokerBaazi’s APT#36 Championship Event for 56,784

> 67th in PokerBaazi`s APT#38 DST for 5,682

The 2,750 buy-in event began at 4 PM and went on until 11:45 PM, and the top 45 places got paid.

Final Table Results

  1. Alok ‘TheProfessional’ Birewar – 1,91,625
  2. Suraj ‘kioshima6969’ Singh – 1,34,138
  3. Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni – 86,231
  4. Priyank ‘Piko1432’ Kothari – 63,875
  5. rahullpharm – 47,906
  6. Allen ‘romeo333’ Romeo – 38,325
  7. Punya ‘madhumangal’ Behera – 31,938
  8. Aditya ‘gooner67’ Singh Punn – 25,550

 

APT#35 (PLO) – ₹6 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 116

Re-entries – 152

Prize Pool – ₹6,00,000

Places Paid – 47

Binoj ‘snakeeyes’ S overcame the 268-player field in the 5:30 PM marquee, APT#35 (PLO), to collect the lion’s share of the prize pool worth ₹1.14 Lakhs.

The former APT Championship Event winner Punya ‘madhumangal’ Behera banked ₹81,000 in second place. He made another two deep runs, netting ₹1.57 Lakhs overall. His Thursday finishes include:

Punya Behera
Punya Behera

 

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s APT#35 (PLO) for ₹81,000

> 36th in PokerBaazi’s APT#36 Championship Event for ₹43,940

> 7th in PokerBaazi’s APT#34 Monsterstack for ₹5,250

Punya Behera’s online stats (excluding PokerStars India): Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.89 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.09 Crores

The NPS 2.0 Main Event champion Chirag ‘miyagi’ Sodha locked in ₹28,620 in fifth place. He ran deep in three events on the site and made Day 2 in the APT#37 Main Event. His top Thursday finishes include:

Chirag Sodha
Chirag Sodha

 

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s APT#35 (PLO) for ₹28,620

> 11th in PokerBaazi’s APT#33 Superstack for ₹7,179

> 31st in PokerBaazi’s APT#34 Monsterstack for ₹5,931

> Made Day 2 in APT#37 Main Event

Chirag Sodha’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹7.21 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.11 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #7

Final Table Results

  1. Binoj ‘snakeeyes’ S – ₹114,420
  2. Punya ‘madhumangal’ Behera – ₹81,000
  3. ‘marvels’ – ₹57,840
  4. Vasanth ‘volkafilas’ N – ₹40,500
  5. Chirag ‘miyagi’ Sodha – ₹28,620
  6. Ashwani ‘Leokarma2609’ Vishwakarma – ₹20,280
  7. Saahib ‘Junta’ Bawa – ₹16,560
  8. ‘saurav29’ – ₹13,500

 

APT#33 Superstack – ₹5 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Entries – 288

Re-entries – 260

Prize Pool – ₹5,48,000

Places Paid – 95

Sachin ‘browguy26’ Raj overcame the 548-entry field in APT#33 Superstack to win the title for ₹74,464 following a three-way deal with Jimmy’ jeeven’ Arora (2nd for ₹71,644) and Gaurav’ gauravgoru’ Bhutra (3rd for ₹65,091).

Sachin Raj
Sachin Raj

 

Jimmy ‘jeeven’ Arora locked in ₹82,754 in Thursday winnings through deep runs in three APT Online Events. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.29 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹26.74 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2022: #12

Jimmy Arora
Jimmy Arora

 

#BB3 MoneyMaker champion Mukesh ’Guruuu’ Surana made four ITM runs on PokerBaazi, collectively adding ₹1.24 Lakhs.. His top Thursday finishes include:

Mukesh Surana
Mukesh Surana

 

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s APT#39 (6-Max) Turbo for ₹49,302

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s ₹1 Lakh GTD SPRINT for ₹40,756

> 4th in PokerBaazi’s APT#33 Superstack for ₹32,716

Mukesh Surana’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.30 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹22.37 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2022: #12

Final Table Results

  1. Sachin ‘browguy26’ Raj – ₹74,464*
  2. Jimmy ‘jeeven’ Arora – ₹71,644*
  3. Gaurav ‘gauravgoru’ Bhutra – ₹65,091*
  4. Mukesh ‘Guruuu’ Surana – ₹32,716
  5. ‘Allthewell’ – ₹22,797
  6. ‘deepanshu02’ – ₹15,892
  7. ‘arunkumar012’ – ₹11,070
  8. Nishant ‘Mr.Wonderful’ Bhutoria – ₹8,768

*denotes a three-way deal

 

APT#37 Main Event – 1.50 Crores GTD – Day 1A

> Day 1A: Entries – 189 | Re-entries – 127 | Survivors – 38 | Chip Leader: Shiven ‘sodasopa’ Rajore (275,000)

Vikas ‘Fideroyc’ Kumar (Won ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD Afternoon Boost for ₹65,000), last night’s Godfather champion Rising Star Aman ‘KarmaPoker’ Parakh (Won ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD Daily Night SPRINT for ₹54,880), Mukesh ‘Guruuu’ Surana (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD SPRINT for ₹40,760), ‘Nikhilaneja’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Baazi Super Value for ₹15,600) won the other titles on PokerBaazi.

 

MPL Poker

Thursday Smash – 5 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 2,500

Entries – 66

Re-entries – 112

Prize Pool – 5,00,000

Places Paid – 30

Sarthak ‘rpghouse2177848’ Bhardwaj was the last player standing in MPL Poker’s 5 Lakhs GTD Thursday Smash and won the marquee title for 1.20 Lakhs in first-place prize money.

PokerGuru Ambassador Rony ‘rogueking323602’ Chowdhury finished runner-up for 81,250 and made another two ITM finishes for ₹2.47 Lakhs (cumulatively).

Rony Chowdhury
Rony Chowdhury

 

Final Table Results

  1. Sarthak ‘rpghouse2177848’ Bhardwaj – 1,20,000
  2. Biswadip ‘rogueking323602’ Chowdhury – 81,250
  3. Princess ‘suryabhaiya’ Kumari – 52,500
  4. Anish ‘retropair188704’ Arora – 42,500
  5. queen2738488 – 29,750
  6. Jeevendra ‘leader1113495’ Arora – 20,500
  7. Ramanuj ‘sinbanram’ Banghel Singh – 15,500
  8. Amrendra ‘viswatma’ Kumar Ray – 13,000

 

 

Pocket52

Pocket Jacks – 2 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹1,250

Entries – 100

Re-entries – 73

Prize Pool – ₹2,00,000

Places Paid – 27

Pocket52 user ‘goldeneye’ was the last player standing in the 2 Lakhs GTD Pocket Jacks and added 41,500 in hard cash. ‘ADHEERA333’ came second for 31,000.

Final Table Results

  1. goldeneye – 41,500
  2. ADHEERA333 – 31,500
  3. kissmyass – 22,000
  4. Pan8145 – 14,000
  5. madhuribalwar – 10,500
  6. Immeasurable – 8,000

 

PokerStars India

Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹7,700

Entries – 87

Re-Entries – 69

Total Prize Pool – ₹10,92,000

Places Paid – 20

The first-ever National Poker Series Main Event champion Mohammad’ Bund_Blaster’ Azhar was in crackling form yesterday, for he overtook a reg-laden field of 156 entrants (including 69 re-entries) in PokerStars India’s ₹10 Lakhs GTD Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) to collect ₹1.72 Lakhs. He struck a three-way deal with ‘uvrv007’ (2nd for ₹1.70 Lakhs) and Armaan’ armaan007111′ Kochhar (3rd for ₹1.80 Lakhs).

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar

 

Mohammad Azhar’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.79 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.12 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #13

The two- time IOPC title winner Armaan’ armaan007111′ Kochhar locked in ₹1.99 Lakhs across two ITM runs, which include:

Armaan Kochhar
Armaan Kochhar

 

> 3rd in PokerStars India’s Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) for ₹1,80,334

> 24th in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹18,750

Another consistent winner Harsh’ harsh1327′ Bubna lapped up ₹5.58 Lakhs across four ITM finishes, which include: